Water temperatures down and quality cod encounters up: that's what to expect at the home of the mighty green fish at this time of year.
Traditionally as the waters cool, reports of standard 40cm-65cm size Mulwala cod decrease while the big boys seem to become more active leading into the spawning season. Lures of 90mm-plus trolled in the deeper water should bring best results, although those casting in the slightly warmer, shallower water might also encounter a Mulwala monster.
Local big fish specialist George Jovanovic has hit a purple patch, turning up some more beasts. His biggest have measured 91cm and 110cm, a great reward for his efforts.
Kyle Dalrymple gained the mantle of ‘surface king’ for the month with a great cod of 91cm. Kyle targeted a cod that he'd missed a few times previously and got the fright of his life when it hit his lure 15cm from the rod tip!
Off the back of CJ Wilson’s 112cm monster that gained fame on YouTube, surface fishing popularity has boomed, with some great reports over the past month. Working a surface paddler with a slow, steady retrieve, high rod tip and intermittent pauses could see you in for some thrilling fishing.
The final round of the Central Vic Lure Caster series was held here recently with some outstanding fish reported. With a flush of dirty water passing through the main body of the lake, the clearer water around the Kyffins area was the place to find cod.
Zeke Adams came up trumps, landing an 80cm fish to claim the cash for biggest cod. Jamie Stewart won the overall title, landing four legal fish, while Mick Miller bagged a 90cm the day before in the pre-fish.
Townsville lad Mark Spence visited town recently for the Beef and Burgundy convention and treated himself to a day's fishing. I had the pleasure of accompanying Mark and watching the joy of somebody land their first Murray cod, on a cast Bassman Mumbler.
Below the weir the big fish trend continues as the Summer/Autumn run of yellas slows a fair bit. Again, fishing the first 20km or so will be the most productive.
Larger lures that don’t dive too deeply should be your weapons. The shallower-diving 120mm Koolabung or 90mm 24’ AC lures are standout choices.
Murray cray rules and regulations have changed recently so it is important you are up to speed on the new implementations.
The 2013 season now opens on June 1 with a complete new range of bag, size and possession limits in place.
I urge you to do your own homework on the new rules.
A very happy Mark Spence with his first ever Murray cod, which measured 55cm.Reads: 720