Jump in and join the fish
  |  First Published: December 2006

The fishing around Tamworth has been picking up over the last month.

With the very hot days there seems no better place to be than by a river or dam so you can jump in whenever you need to cool down.

Even when you catch a nice fish, jump in and get your picture with it. This is going to cause less stress on the fish and really cool you down.

With this in mind I’d like to share a sad story with you. I was recently told about a 120cm breeder cod that was caught at Split Rock Dam. I don’t know who the culprit was but if I did know I’d have a few choice words to say to them.

This fish was caught during closed season and unfortunately the careless person must have lifted the cod out of the water to get a few happy snaps and then released it incorrectly and someone later found this fish belly up. I can’t stress how important it is when you catch a large fish like this to take extreme care when releasing it and if you want a photo, don’t lift it out, get in with it.

Apart from that little story I’ve heard heaps of reports of nice cod and golden perch around 25cm being caught at Splitty and in Keepit Dam.

Chaffey Dam is going OK. There are a few golden and silver perch being caught by trolling small lures around in about 30cm of water.

Another thing I want to remind readers of is that obviously the dams in our local area are getting extremely low. Because of the lack of water it gives anglers more of an advantage than when the dams are full.

We all need to remember that you don’t need to take your whole bag limit. If everyone does that then our fish will be as scarce as our water supply.

Small cod should bite well after dark this month.

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