Time to chase those great big green fish
  |  First Published: December 2013

Passing time chasing golden perch is almost over as we can get back to targeting the elusive green monsters that lurk in magical Lake Mulwala come December 1.

Excitement and anticipation that leads into a new cod season for all true blue anglers is on par with being a kid at Christmas time! Whether it be a pilgrimage to the iconic fishing festival, the Lake Mulwala Cod Classic with thousands of others or sneaking off to a secret backwater, it's time to pack the gear and get ready for take off.

Traditionally early season fishing throughout Lake Mulwala sees plenty of 60-70cm cod about for those who put in the effort pre-Christmas. The warm early summer evenings with little wind present the perfect opportunity to try your hand at surface fishing. Come Boxing Day and the arrival of speed boats and water lice, (jet skis), things slow a whisker but the adventurous angler who gets away from the increased boat traffic will still find pleasant returns.

It’s exciting looking at a few new gizmos and gadgets that will make an impact on Murray cod and Lake Mulwala this season. Nothing has stirred my loins as much as the new Lake Mulwala mapping system available from Chartered Waters. Having every creek, lagoon, depression, channel and snag available in unbelievable definition will be an invaluable tool for all lake fisho's. Available for either your fish finder, iPhone or iPad, this innovation will see you exploring new grounds with a extra confidence.

After doing a trip to the Australian Lure Expo earlier in this year in Qld, I can see the wheel slowly turning for those looking to get back into using genuine handcrafted timber lures. Names that will be hot on the lips will be Gidgee, Secret Creek, Garra, Gobsmacked and Chamo's to name a few. Along with the timber lures, some incredibly lifelike creations from Zurek Lures in the form of their soft plastic prawns and cherabin will create plenty of interest.

This season set yourself a few new goals and try to tick of as many as possible, Be it something as simple as stepping up from bait fishing to catching a cod on the troll, on a cast spinnerbait through to the use of soft plastics or surface fishing, challenge yourself to become a more rounded angler.

Fishing below the weir is always fun, especially if you are dangling a bardi grub or juicy scrub worm. Numbers of fish below the weir always outweigh the lake but general size is much smaller.

All is in readiness for the Cod Classic. It is still not too late to enter and all indications point to what should be another amazingly successful event. For all enquiries call Tony on 0357 441667 or drop into Lake Mulwala Fish Camp and Ski, the official Cod Classic store.

Cooper Bennett with a 60cm cod taken from the surface. Not a bad effort for an 8yo!

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