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Big cod a possibility
  |  First Published: May 2013



Things will really start to slow down over the next couple of months and we will more than likely see a decline in the number of Murray cod caught.

Most fisho who have been on the water lately would know that the goldens have well and truly lapsed into their Winter hibernation.

It will be interesting to see how things pan out in regards to the number of big fish that come out of our local system through Winter.

The hotter months delivered a huge number of 70cm-90cm fish and traditionally these above-average fish are more common in the colder times. There is potential for a great Winter season for trophy fish, so watch this space.

The Murrumbidgee River has been pretty kind to most who have ventured out over recent weeks, with plenty of fish being caught.

Bait and lures have been equally effective for those who have picked the right spots.

Look for areas of heavy structure just out of the main river current, where the big fish sit and pick off larger food items that will stand them in good stead for the Winter chill ahead.

Obviously this means using bigger baits and lures. As the water temp drops, fish become much more selective in the food they are willing to expend energy eating – it needs to present as a worthwhile meal.

AC Invaders up to 150mm are the go-to trolling hardbodies for our local system throughout Winter.

For casting, use spinnerbaits that have a big profile. I normally boost the profile of my Mudguts spinnerbaits by adding bigger plastic trailers and bigger blades.

EUCUMBENE

This is prime time for all trophy brown trout hunters. With the early spawners under way there are plenty of large fish about from Anglers Reach right up and into the Eucumbene River above Denison Campground.

This time presents anglers of all abilities the real chance of getting a fish of a lifetime. Last year’s spawn run produced plenty of 4kg-plus and with any luck we will see that happen this year.

If you’re not one who likes fishing with a crowd then perhaps the lake will be a better option. The river can become as busy as Parramatta Road in peak hour, but the results can be worthwhile.

Spin drifting and fly-fishing will be the pick methods as they are the only techniques that allow anglers to present small egg and nymph patterns, which is what the fish will be feeding on heavily throughout the spawn run.

The next-best option will be big, bright lures which will elicit aggressive responses from those bigger protective browns. Depth will be the key, so sinking hardbodies and plastics will be your best bet.

Those who have chosen the lake over the river have been rewarded reasonably well with good numbers of rainbows and the odd brown up around Frying Pan and Buckenderra, while Providence is providing plenty of big browns for all forms of fishing.

While it getting colder up in the mountains, if you dress appropriately you will still be able to enjoy yourself and catch plenty of fish. Quality alpine apparel is essential and will enable you to fish in even the coldest of conditions.

Remember, it’s a busy time on the river and good fishing etiquette is essential. Be tolerant of the wankers (there will be a few!) and reciprocate the actions of the nice guys.

 

 

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