Autumn gold in green fish heaven
  |  First Published: May 2013

Crisp mornings, magnificent autumn days and still nights make Lake Mulwala the perfect choice for any cod fisho who is looking to put a bend in their rod this time of year.

Cooling waters have the big fellas coming out to play and this is the time when you’re a genuine chance of tangling with a monster Murray cod. You’re in with a good chance trolling larger lures in the deeper sections of the lake or along the original Murray River course.

As the waters cool further, the shallower flats become prime hunting grounds. Cast spinnerbaits, crankbait, chatterbaits or hardbodies will all account for fish.

The town has been abuzz with news of CJ Wilson's recent capture. CJ is a very persistent character who sets his fishing goals fairly high.

This season's aim was to land a metre cod off the surface. All his dreams came true when his Muldoon surface lure was smashed by a mighty beast, a hit he likened to somebody having just dropped a fridge in the water next to him!

A short battle ensued and next thing CJ knew, he had an unbelievable 112cm monster cod lying across his measuring tape.

The story only gets better when you hear that he captured all the action including the hit on his new Go-Pro head mounted camera. This footage can now be seen on Youtube, search for ‘112cm Mulwala monster cod off surface’.

Local lad Ricky Doyle had a day to remember when his cast red/black Breakaway spinnerbait snared another Mulwala monster. Fishing on his own from a small tinny, Ric had a fair battle on his hands to boat this 120cm beast. A few quick pictures from a nearby angler and now Ric has a lifetime of memories.

Carmel and Dean Hasnat spent a few days in Mulwala with a day’s fishing mixed into their stay. Although never having caught native fish before, it turned out a great event. Carmel trolled up three cod on blue Predator lures in the open waters of the lake while Dean landed two good yellas on cast spinnerbaits, a fair effort for someone who had never done any native lure casting before.

The His and Hers Partners Classic attracted 60 very understanding couples to Lake Mulwala. A total of 19 legal (60cm or more) cod and 14 golden perch were caught and released. Rob Menadue of Deniliquin and Helen Pyle of Berrigan took home first prizemoney with four good fish for the day. Griffith couple Ray and Karen Hillam were second and Lance Curry and Jacki Crossley of Bendigo finished third, with Jacki landing all their fish.

Aneke Cuscaden of Ballarat landed the longest cod for the females, a very respectable 71cm, while Wodonga's Dave Smith got the cash for the men with his 70cm specimen.

There are still plenty of golden perch below the weir. I was lucky enough to accompany young Ash ‘Gooba’ Saunders and Brendan ‘Rain Man’ Lewis on a mid-week sojourn to one of Gooba’s secret spots. We had a great afternoon landing six quality fish and losing as many. Rain Man caught a mixed bag with a Murray cod, trout cod and yellas all falling to his trolled Viking lures.

Those bait fishing, especially bobbing small yabbies or shrimp around the timber, are also landing some nice yellas.

Carmel Hasnat with her first ever cod, dad Dean holding boys Kai and Taj.

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