Prime time to chase a cod or three
  |  First Published: April 2013

February to June is your prime time and we are now right in the midst of all the action.

With the sting in the sun almost gone, there is no better place to while away some time casting or trolling any style of lure in the shallower parts of the lake. Anglers working in 2m-5m depths have returned better results on good numbers of cod than those who have trolled the deeper channels and original Murray River course.

Local anglers especially have produced some great cod recently. Adam Thomson, Glen Becker and Thorpy were three lucky enough to be invited on one of Joe Linehan's ‘mystery’ fishing tours. The cod decided to play the game and Joe actually had to get his net wet!

Glen started with a 68cm cod , then Thommo blew everybody away when a beautiful 97cm beast gobbled up his cast Bassman spinnerbait. A few quick happy snaps and this mighty fish was released to fight another day.

Steve Suckling, another quiet achiever, has turned up numerous cod with several around 1m. Steve said white spinnerbaits were doing the most damage.

Sparra Urquhart, wife Nic and kids Zoe and Jordan spent a few evenings trolling spinnerbaits around the northern end of the lake with some success. White skirts again did the damage, with Zoe's 65cm cod the best.

I hosted many of the country's keenest cod fishos out at Kyffins Reserve for the ninth Challenge Challenge. Fishing was tough for some, while others cracked the patterns required and returned great results.

None was better than Painter Rogers, of Corowa, who returned a catch card with 71cm and 103cm fish, both of which fell to cast Breakaway spinnerbaits around Majors Creek. Painter backed up on the Sunday morning when teamed up with local Simon D’Oliviera in the Dash 4 Ca$h, taking 61cm and 62cm fish and everybody's pocket money.

The recent Lowrance Da$h 4 Ca$h Super Series proved a massive hit with 90 teams competing. Blustery conditions made fishing hard for morning fishing sessions but some great fish were returned for measuring and release. Over the three four-hour sessions, 45 legal cod were captured.

An amazing 122cm beast was caught by Trent Royston, who cleaned everybody up to take home the big dollars on Sunday morning. Andrew Opie also presented an 82cm cracker to the weigh station. Even though it wasn't big enough to take home the major cash prize, you wouldn’t see many happier men.

This time of year is ideal for surface fishing, unmatched by any other style of fishing for sheer anticipation, excitement and exhilaration. Casting poppers, paddlers or buzz baits around the heavily timbered shallower parts of the lake will put you in with a great chance of getting a hit.

Andrew Opie and his terrific 82cm cod caught in the Da$h 4 Ca$h event.

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