Cod and release fishing
  |  First Published: April 2014

As we get deeper into autumn we encounter some of our region's best conditions. The results from local fishing competitions over the past weeks indicate our system is in great shape with some outstanding catches being recorded.

A lot of juvenile cod have been landed and returned, which makes for a very bright future. It is very encouraging to see most anglers observing size and bag limits.

Around this time of year lures come into their own and for those willing to troll large lures bouncing across the bottom and snags, the big cod will come. My favourite lures are Oargee, Custom Crafted, Predators or age old StumpJumpers. These are just a few that give great action and just simply work.

The river system from the Narrows to Torrumbarry at this time of year provides deep holes and snags – the perfect habitat for cod and yellowbelly. The Goulburn is also a good option for casting lures and spinnerbaits.

For those that prefer bait fishing try scrubworms, yabbies, bardigrubs or catch your own shrimp, which are excellent bait, but be prepared to put a few on the hook for best results.

We often see many new products come through the shop and I have been very impressed with the Ballista LED Hunchback: a new surface crawler with great action. The LED technology is producing some top angling at dusk and dawn.

While cod seem to be our main focus at the moment we have many anglers who chase redfin and yellowbelly. Reports from the Gunbower area are that the yellows have slowed but are still taking lures and angled scrubworms.

The Campaspe is seeing some nice redfin on small yabbies and I have heard of some cod being taken on lures in the deeper holes while trying for reddies.

Despite it is starting to cool off a little, April presents great opportunities for everyone with school holidays, Easter and Anzac Day all in the same month. None of us have an excuse for not finding time to fish!

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