Fishing in this part of the world over the past month or so has produced very slim pickings for those who have tried their hand.
The only decent fish reported for the month was taken by Mulwala larrikin Skater Leeworthy. Skater decided to wet a line during his lunch break and proceeded to drop his bait on top of a magnificent 108cm monster Murray cod.
A reminder that from September 1 to November 30 inclusive, the taking of Murray cod is illegal and the section of river between the Yarrawonga Weir and the Tocumwal traffic bridge is completely closed to all forms of fishing.
To finish off the Murray cray season, I had a great weekend entertaining a couple of Wagga lads, Terry McMahon and Terry Bagley. Over a couple of quiet frothies we managed 23 legal keepers for the weekend.
While cod season is closed it is still legal to target golden perch in Lake Mulwala and above. Water conditions and temperature will mean the fish become active in late October and November.
Keep in mind when targeting these fish that it should be done with smaller lures to avoid unnecessary captures of Murray cod.
Another point to keep in mind is the new NSW Fisheries regulations that will be introduced as of this month.
The major changes for those fishing the Murray River will be that the minimum size limit for Murray cod will be lifted to 55cm, and the use of all set lines and springers will be banned.
An official release from NSW Fisheries is expected to come out soon, so it will pay to have a look at the regulations and be up to speed with the new laws.
Organisation is well under way for the 2007 Cod Classic on December 1 and 2, with an amazing $100,000 worth of prizes up for grabs. This includes six boat, motor and trailer packages.
I can guarantee you a great weekend if you get to Yarrawonga/Mulwala for this event and I promise you will come back again. For enquiries phone 03 5744 1667.
To prevent the accidental capture of Murray cod during the closed season, use smaller lures to catch golden perch in Lake Mulwala this month.Reads: 661