Cod a’plenty
  |  First Published: May 2015

Spending 3 solid days fishing the Mulwala Classic Invitational has reminded me that Lake Mulwala is the undoubted home of the Murray cod.

If you are chasing the big green monsters, you are better off heading further downstream into ‘Mackenzie Country’, but if a genuine opportunity of crossing paths with 1 of our iconic native species is your goal, the border towns of Yarrawonga/Mulwala should be your number 1 destination.

As mentioned in previous reports, autumn is the best time of year to be fishing Mulwala, and we are smack bang in the middle of it now. There are no techniques that will out-do others, so be it bait fishing or the use of lures, patience is your biggest virtue. A general rule of thumb around Lake Mulwala is that you will get more cod of smaller size while fishing below the weir, with better sized cod coming from the lake, but not in big numbers.

Looking back, the reports of quality cod continued throughout March, with the undoubted king being Peter Pejkovic. Peter managed to snag 2 dream fish, with the first measuring a beautiful 113cm. To follow this up, he managed to pull another ‘metrey that stretched the tape out to 104cm. Both fell to cast lures.

Jamie Roberts was another to blow the metre mark to smithereens with a 116cm monster, while travelling Yamaha Super Tank presenter ‘Cooky’ had all his dreams come true when a 103cm bruiser took a liking to his drowned yabby! Cooky paid all credit to his net man, Trevor Beach.

After gaining a taste for fishing last month, young Isaac Pitches has become hooked, managing to drag father Mark back to the river for more visits. His unassisted PB has now stretched out to 62cm, along with other fine catches. Keep up the interest young fella, and I hope it doesn't get in the way of your footy!

I'm a tad weary writing this report, as the 23rd Mulwala Classic Invitational has just come to a close. Two and a half days of solid fishing saw 120 competitors gather from all parts of the country, including Phil Cockshut who made the long trip over from Perth. In total, 212 cod were caught, with 102 of them measuring in excess of 55cm. Roger Miles, the undisputed number 1 fisherman in this area and proprietor of Cod Hunter Fishing Tours, again proved his ability — claiming both 1st and 2nd place for biggest cod, with an 89 and an 86cm forming part of his bag.

Nationally renowned gun angler Chris Burbidge took the coveted Champion Angler title with his return of 6 legals for the weekend. Wodonga’s Rick Doyle picked up the chocolates for most cod overall, with a handy return of 10. The combined team of Roger Miles, Derek Blow, Phil Keetelaar and Pete Hromenko proved unstoppable in taking out the champion teams award.

Sunday’s Dash for Cash proved hotly contested, with some great cod being caught, but none better than a 97cm model. Fortunately for Rob Van Delft and Wazza Urquhart, their combined pointscore from their 74 and 68cm fish got them over the line to take the $1,000 cash. Congratulations to Mick Bressan and his organising crew for putting on a well run event.

An announcement has been made regarding the draining of Lake Mulwala that will commence in late April. In total, the lake will be drawn down 3m over a period of a few weeks. The lake is still very fishable through this period though, with the best launching facility that continues to have water access being the boat ramp at the yacht club. Seeing the lake drained is an amazing sight and something that should not be missed. June will be the best month for viewing and/or fishing.

If you are visiting town I urge you to call into Lake Mulwala Fish, Camp and Ski, the shop with the big green cod out the front (opposite the post office) in Mulwala. We are your largest Murray cod specific shop in Yarrawonga/Mulwala. For any information on upcoming events or fishing reports, call 0357 443 133.

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