Frosts fire the fishing
  |  First Published: August 2015

With the frosts on the ground the full chill of winter has done little to dampen the enthusiasm of anglers fishing the Murray River.

Good reports of large Murray cod and golden perch have filtered through from Swan Hill all the way through Mildura and spilling over the border into South Australia. Amongst the catches have been a few monster cod surpassing the 130cm mark, and most of these giants have been landed on large deep diving lures on the troll.

Visiting Daylesford angler Michael Hallinan has been fishing for cod most of his life but nothing could prepare him for the monster cod that engulfed his lure a few weeks ago. He was winding the 200mm lure in at the end of the troll run when the cod struck hard. Hallinan said the take was like two bricks clacking together and he wondered for a brief second on whether the lure could withstand such an assault.

Hallinan new it was a giant as the rod loaded to the cork and the drag begun to yield line at a slow steady pace. Seconds rolled into minutes and the giant fish was finely drawn to the boat before breaching the surface within net range. Hallinan could hardly believe his luck as the monster cod could barely be squeezed into one of the biggest Shimano Environets.

Measuring in at 133cm, Hallinan said it was his finest fishing moment and although the weather was less than favourable, he hopped into the water to have his pictures taken with the giant cod.

In other reports, the Murrumbidgee River at Hay has anglers landing good numbers of Murray cod up to and over a metre in length on lures. The humble StumpJumper has been doing the damage both on the cast and troll, with the best colours being a mix of the full spectrum. I’m guessing the colour closest the hungry fish is the one that generally gets eaten.

Swan Hill tackle proprietor Jim Credlin says the Murray has been fishing well for golden perch on bait with scrub worms working best. It’s a similar story at Boundary Bend with a few cod landed on lures. The Merran Creek has produced cod up to 85cm on yabbies and grubs while the Wakool River at Stoney Crossing has cod to 95cms on lures with some large golden perch on bait.

Wemen has fished well with several metre plus cod landed on lures and numerous perch taken on bait. Small yabbies and worms are working well in this area for the bait anglers.

With the lowering of the weir pool above Mildura, anglers are finding the fish a little quiet but it’s business as always below, with Wentworth, Fort Courage and lock 9 at Lake Cullulleraine all yielding Murray cod on lures.

It seems the first few frosts have certainly fired up the fishing and while the weather might be a little on the chilly side, I’m sure there will be no shortage of anglers keen to wet a line as the good reports continue to filter in.

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