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Go on the hunt for yellow fever
  |  First Published: November 2015



Once again it's a guessing game this time of year – when and where will the yellows fire in and around Lake Mulwala! As pen hits paper, we're in the middle of a great spell of warm weather and that might be all that's needed to get yellowbelly up and about.

Traditionally the water above Majors Creeks up to Bundalong and surrounding backwaters or areas with increased current flow should be your first port of call. Hardbody lures in the 50-70mm size range or smaller profile spinnerbaits in natural colours would be my preferred option.

Looking back, September proved to be an interesting month. Ethically it is wrong to target cod during the closed season but if they happen to be caught as a genuine by-catch and are worthy of mention, I will give them a run. Starting at the top of the tree by sheer weight of size, a genuine Mulwala monster was landed by a fella who was fishing off the foreshore at DC On The Lake. Details of the capture are slightly sketchy but the ultimate outcome was a beast measuring a whopping 130cm being caught and released. Bendigo boy Mick Bateman was another to received a pleasant surprise while fishing around the Kyffin's area. Mick's cast Bassman spinnerbait sparked the interest of a healthy 98cm cod that took a liking to his golden perch intended offering.

The feel good story of the month undoubtedly goes out to the Crothers’ kids from Woodlands and their fishing posse. It all started when young Mia went fishing off their front lawn in search of carp. An offering of corn was cast out with the cast ultimately going about 1m into the water! Low and behold the rod soon sprang to life and Mia landed a beautiful 69cm cod. This sparked the interest from the rest of her siblings and the neighbour’s kids. A huge two days of bait fishing followed with some amazing results. Carp, a yella and a couple more cod were all taken out of less than 3ft of water. Little sister Demi landed a 50cm+ model while young Jobe Fraser got in on the action as well. To top it off, 8yo Hudson Crothers took the ‘Champion Angler’ title when he got the surprise of his life landing an 85cm cod (again on corn!). Well done kids!

A few Yarrawonga/Mulwala locals started sniffing around up the top of the lake with varied results. George J came across a few yellas while Glen Becker had some success in his new 455 Hornet Wildfisher; whenever he could get it started or hadn't forgot his keys!

Organisation is well under way for the 2015 Yamaha Cod Classic. Again the Cod Classic promises to be huge with the amazing prize of a potential One Million Dollars* (that's right $1,000,000) on offer for somebody if they can catch ‘Phil’ the specially tagged Murray cod.

• Call in and see us at Lake Mulwala Fish Camp & Ski, the official Cod Classic shop (Opposite Post Office) or call 0357 441667 for further information.

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