Chaffing at the bit
  |  First Published: December 2008

All looks set for the start of the cod season, with most anglers chaffing at the bit to get into action.

All we need now is the green light on December 1 and it’s on again for another season.

Over the past month in the lead-up to the opening the signs have looked good, with no shortage of incidental cod captures amid a virtual truckload of golden perch.

Since the warm weather arrived, catching a fish has been as simple as wetting a line.

Everyone has been in the action and even first-time fishos have found the art of angling not that big a challenge. I guess this will all change when the weather and water temperature become uncomfortable for angler and fish alike.

Until then, the fishing looks set to be full on and we can expect a great start to the cod season.

While we are talking cod, it’s a good time to remind anglers that last year’s minimum cod size limit of 55cm has been increased to 60cm so there are no excuses – let’s have a nice clean game and play by the rules.

The Murray River from Swan Hill to Wentworth has had one of the best runs of golden perch I can remember.

It seems regardless of where you drop in, the fish have some sort of death wish as they throw themselves at a variety of baits and lures.

In the Wakool River the infamous shrimp-worm cocktail, has been the downfall of many a solid golden, but in order to catch one you almost have to herd the small cod clear of the bait.

This river has produced a consistent run of fish and will be a favourite destination for cod opening.

Most sections of the Murray have been fishing well with no one spot or section better than another.

From Swan Hill through to Wentworth, good water clarity has provided excellent conditions for lure fishos and those casting spinnerbaits and bibless minnows.

A recent flush down the Darling, courtesy of the Government buy-back scheme, has tainted the Murray a coffee brown downstream of Wentworth and the fishing has slowed in favourite haunts like Fort Courage and Loch 9.

This flow looks set to continue for several months so it will be interesting to see its effect on the lower half of the Murray and the fishing as a whole.

Other than that, it’s great news for most waters and the season looks set to open with most rivers firing on all cylinders.

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