It’s Raining Cod
  |  First Published: March 2007

A short respite from the dry conditions has been a welcome relief since I last put pen to paper. Good rains made their way along many sections of the Murray River with some areas measuring the downpour in multiple inches.

The rain had little effect on the river either in water clarity or flow and as quickly as it came, it went, but it’s damn good to know the stuff still exists. In the days leading up to these good rains anglers reported a string of big cod captures in many areas.

As anglers, we generally associate hot bites on native fish with rising barometric pressure, however it seems the same can be said for sudden drops. I have seen this now on several occasions in the lead up to many storms, the last of which took place on Lake Mulwala. The Martin brothers had travelled down from Canberra and weren’t going to let a few black clouds spoil their fishing. An hour on the water and nine cod later down she came. Looking like a pair of drowned rats when asked whether it was worth it, their cheesy grins were answer enough. Why a plummeting barometer has this effect on Murray Cod is anyone’s guess but it provides switched-on anglers another window of opportunity.

Fishing in most local areas has been good with plenty of cod around for anglers fishing bait and lures. The Murray at Robinvale itself has been a hit and miss affair but the fishing should improve over the coming weeks. Downstream of Euston Weir anglers have reported much better fishing with cod up to 30kg on bait and lures. The humble yabbies remain the best bait this season, followed by grubs and cheese. A variety of lures are working well including StumpJumpers, Codgers and spinnerbaits.

Further downstream around Mildura and Wentworth, the fishing has been superb, with plenty of good cod landed, backed up by a string of goldens on lures and bait. These areas fish well every season although it generally comes a little later when the weather starts to cool. If it continues on its current trend then the fishing could possibly be some of the best many of us have seen.

A new lure from the Mulldoon stable called the Big Mong is finding favour amongst cod anglers and rightly so with a string of big fish captures over the past few weeks. I suspect its name is derived from good mate and fishing partner Gus Storer after he bagged a 100lb-plus cod on one. This fish while huge was just a fraction smaller than the one I bagged the very next day. While Gus is still in denial about the larger of these two monsters, I suspect he will come around eventually.

Our smaller rivers like the Wakool, ’Bidgee and Edward continue to produce good numbers of Murray cod with almost uniform regularity. It’s a poor trip indeed not to land at least a few fish on bait. All up, most areas and rivers are fishing well and will only continue to improve over the coming months. It might be a little early and a big call but I predict for many anglers, one of the best cod seasons in living memory.

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