Cod fishing picks up
  |  First Published: January 2015

Summer in our region has produced some of the best fishing we have seen for quite a few years. After a slow start to cod season, the pace has steadily picked up, and with water temperatures at their peak and a relatively stable level, the mighty Murray is the place to be.

Find a section of river free of ski and wakeboard boats, and spend some time trolling the banks with the likes of Oar-Gee, StumpJumper, Custom Crafted or any large lure that will tap along the bottom and around the snags. Be prepared to work an area several times, with a lure change every couple of passes.

Many anglers prefer to flick lures at structure along the river, and the same applies — be patient and have multiple casts at an area you think may house a cod, as you are most likely correct with one waiting to ambush an injured fish. Sometimes they just need to be woken up!

For the many that like to bait fish, the river is also seeing good catches on bardi grubs and scrubworms, and my favourite bait, shrimps, of which there are plenty about at present. My preference with shrimp is to put multiples on the hook to entice the fish into biting.

Other waterways in our area like the Goulburn and Campaspe have been fishing similarly well, with great fish being caught, especially in the evening. Surface lures retrieved slowly across the top are always a good option and when struck by a fish is extremely exciting.

The irrigation channels are still producing redfin in good numbers, with most taking small yabbies and worms. Gunbower Creek, while not as good as most seasons, is still a worthwhile option, with some nice yellows and cod available.

The new slot limits put in place this year seem to be working well, and with the fish population growing stronger, we will see the benefits of this in future seasons. So with great weather and plenty of fish, it’s a great time to visit the region with your fishing tackle and get amongst them.

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