Water temperatures down and quality cod encounters up: that's what to expect whilst fishing at the home of the mighty green fish this time of year.
Traditionally as the waters cool, reported capture numbers of standard 40-65cm size Mulwala cod decrease whilst the big boys seem to become more active leading into the spawning season. Big 90mm+ lures trolled in the deeper water should bring best results though those casting in the slightly warmer shallower water should not discount an encounter with a Mulwala monster.
George Jovanovic, local big fish specialist, has hit a purple patch over the last week or so turning up some more beasts. Numerous cod with his two biggest measuring 91cm and 110cm respectively have been a great reward for his efforts.
Kyle Dalrymple gained the mantle of ‘surface king’ for the month with a great capture that measured 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 no less than six inches from the rod tip! Off the back of CJ Wilsons previous 112cm monster that gained fame on YouTube, surface fishing popularity boomed with some great reports over the past month. Working a surface paddler with a slow steady retrieve, high rod tip and intermittent pause will 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 for the day landing four legal fish whilst 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 whilst here. I had the pleasure of accompanying Mark and watching the joy of somebody land their first ever 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. Once again, fishing the first 20km or so will be the most productive. Larger lures that haven't got a huge diving depth should be your go-to weapon. The shallower diving 120mm Koolabung or 90mm 24’ AC lures are a standout choice.
Cray season rules and regulations have changed of recent time 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. For the sake of not wanting to give any incorrect information, I urge you to do your own homework on the new rules.
A very happy Mark Spence with his first ever Murray cod. The cod measured 55cm.Reads: 705