Topwater trouble in Moama
  |  First Published: March 2015

With some great weather still upon us, now is the perfect time to try some surface lures either early morning or just on dusk as his is a really exciting method of enticing some large cod to attack lures.

There are many different surface lures on the market and the best thing is to buy some quality lures and try not to lose them. When fishing them, try a couple of different types and colours and be prepared to have multiple casts in a given area, as often the fish will strike 3 or 4 casts in a row in a similar spot. They can be harder to hook up using this method of fishing.

If you don’t have a boat, this gives you the perfect chance to walk the banks casting. Just be ready, because when they hit it is like a shotgun going off – great fun!

March is always when we seem to get our bigger cod, so if you’re trolling, be prepared to use big lures as what they say is right, the bigger the lure – the bigger the fish! Troll an area a few times, changing lures on occasion and with time put in, the results will come.

If bait fishing is your preferred method, then I like a running sinker rig with a 4/0-5/0 circle hook loaded with a bardy grub, large yabby or scrubworm and this should entice some action.

There’s been some great reports from all parts of the Murray lately from Mathoura to Torumbarry where there’s been many cod and yellowbelly caught.

The Gunbower Creek, whilst not as prolific as last year, still produces some good angling days and Kow Swamp has its days and in favourable circumstances sees some excellent yellows.

The Goulburn has had some environmental flows of late, which seems to turn the fish on and if you’re lucky enough to strike one of these, you will enjoy your angling.

The Campaspe is always one of my favourites with its deeps holes, some fast running water, some wide areas and some narrow parts.

There is a variety of methods that can be used by all levels of anglers, so get out and enjoy it while the weather holds up and get yourself some action. 

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