Finally December is here, and we all know what that means. Murray cod season is open again!
After a three-month break from targeting the mighty Murray cod in the waters around Shepparton, we can all start chasing them again.
I spent most of November preparing for cod opening, but I found myself heading to the Main Eastern Channel almost every night for a good two week period when the redfin were on the bite.
My mates and I would land five or six good size reddies in a session, using light graphite spin rods with line between 4-6lb.
Fishing this light for redfin really is fun as you can feel everything the fish is doing, whether you are bait fishing or casting lures.
I found using lipless crankbaits in the shallower water was the best technique. They are pricey and if you lose one or two in a day it can be very frustrating. Nevertheless after the second cast I landed a 34cm redfin, so it’s definitely worth paying the money to get the right gear.
December will be an action packed month. If you have not already stocked up on fishing gear I suggest you pop into Trelleys Tackle World and the boys there will help set you up with everything you need to target Murray cod.
If you are bait fishing in the Goulburn or Broken rivers and you can get your hands on big juicy bardi grubs use them. I rate them as the best bait for cod fishing. Live shrimp and worms also work, well but I can’t go past a fresh bardi on the end of my line.
Lure fishers know that there are dozens of great Murray Cod lures on the market. No one lure stands out but if I had to put my money on a lure to produce a good cod I would say a Bassman spinnerbait or a locally made Codger hardbodied lure.
In saying that the old faithful StumpJumper works a treat, either trolled or cast and retrieved around the fallen timber in the Goulburn or Broken rivers.
I would like to wish you all a safe and Merry Christmas, I hope everyone gets out and catches a fish over the holidays.Reads: 1996