With the Christmas hangover gone and the guilt from eating too much a distant memory, it's time to snap into action and hit the water in search of some rod bending action. The hum and buzz of jet skis and the doof doof rubbish from ridiculously over-sized ski boats, has been replaced with the magic sounds of boof and bang from the mighty Murray cod. There is no better place to be at this time of year in search of a green fix than magnificent Lake Mulwala.
If the trend continues, it seems that every cod fisho is loading up on surface lures looking for exciting topwater action. We are in the midst of some great surface activity at present, so get yourself set-up with the right gear and see what this craze is all about. Once you get that first boof you will be hooked.
The other productive methods at present are both casting and trolling artificials in the timbered areas of the lake. With boat traffic easing, cod are starting to poke their heads up again after being shy about the traffic.
Locally, the festive season was hectic on-water, with numerous boats enjoying their time throughout our region. The fishermen that managed to find some quieter waters, especially on the northern side of the lake, found success with both lure and bait fishing for cod.
During the Christmas period, we received many great reports about quality fish. With all the chatter being about surface action, it’s hard to go past Chris Crabb's magnificent 113cm model. This cod came late in the year and is just reward for a fanatical fisho who now has claims to the Fish of the Year title!
Jamie Stewart and Beau Foster had an outstanding run on the surface, landing 4 beauties measuring 60, 75, 83 and 95cm respectively. According to Jamie, Beau's 95 was the unluckiest fish in the lake, after being missed a couple of times, bird nests and tangles, but just like golf, you don't draw pictures, you write numbers! Their lures of choice were Jackall Pompadours and Koolabungs.
Jamie also had his son Nathan out over the Christmas period, with the latter landing a new PB of 90cm. A great fish for a young fella and something many grown men would be happy to see. A couple of quick happy snaps and it went straight back in the drink.
The happiest ‘tourist’ in store over the break came in the form of one Mark Ratten, telling of the success of his mate, Dave Brennan from Arthurs Creek. Dave had a great afternoon below the weir, landing 67 and 75cm cod, and then topping it off with a monster that stretched the tape out to 115cm. It was a great afternoon for Dave and Mark that will stay in their memory bank for a long time. The boys’ choice of bait was yabbies.
Just as happy as these boys was one of the most passionate and switched-on young anglers I have come across — 12 year-old Charlie Mertadana from Benalla. Charlie spent a solid few days casting spinnerbaits below the weir and was up to around a dozen cod the last time we spoke. It's great to see young kids with such enthusiasm, and Charlie's sure to have a great future with his fishing.
I had the pleasure of accompanying the lovely Natalie Hunter from Totally Wild television for a day of filming downstream in the river. Joining us were the stars of the show, young Archer Lowe and Cooper Bennett. Natalie managed to land a couple of smaller cod that got her very excited, while Cooper landed a nice 56cm fish that provided some good footage. As for Archer, I'll say nothing apart from stay tuned very soon to see what went on!
With the competition season upon us, there are a few events coming up over the next couple of months. The first is the ever-popular Lowrance Da$h 4 Cash on February 14 and 15. Following this is the His & Hers Partners’ Classic on February 28; a great day for understanding couples to share time together in the boat. To round out the comp season is the Cod Nationals, 5 days of serious tournament fishing for the dedicated green fish angler.
If you are visiting town, I urge you to call into Lake Mulwala Fish, Camp & Ski (Opposite the post office) in Mulwala and say G’day. We are your largest Murray cod-specific shop in Yarrawonga/Mulwala and specialise in all things ‘green’! For any information on the upcoming events or fishing reports, give us a hoy on (0357) 443 133.Reads: 490