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Cracking Copeton cod keep coming!
  |  First Published: August 2016



The water level at Copeton has been rising by a few millimetres per day over the last month or so, and after the rain our official water level is back to 18% with inflow of just under 500ML.

Copes Creek has just over 100ML of inflow, so it will certainly be worth checking out in the next few weeks.

The cod are continuing to bring smiles to the faces of many anglers at Copeton Waters, with the early morning bite still being the best, although evening and into the night is still good. We find that the lead up to and just after the new moon is the best period, particularly for surface action.

Kirk Taylor, a Copeton worker, fished a few weeks ago for two fish, one of 78cm the other a great fish going 114cm. He missed another good fish that day too.

Rowan and Ryan from Wangaratta in Victoria, who are regular visitors, have been getting some nice fish. The other night they got the fish they have been chasing for about a year. Congrats to Ryan on his 116cm cod!

It’s still big surface lures that are dominating the catches of cod at this time. If you’re not sure if the lures you have are going to be up to the task, then check out the range of lures we carry at the Copeton Kiosk, these are designed to catch our monster cod!

Once the sun is up and the day is starting to warm, that’s the time to swap over to deep diving hardbodies and spinnerbaits and spend some time slow trolling in water between 15-30ft deep around timber and rock structure. This will also get you some nice yellowbelly, and it never ceases to amaze me the size of the lures that a yellowbelly will try to eat.

Don’t think that the winter fishing at Copeton is only about lures, I spoke to a dedicated bait angler a few weeks ago who comes for the cod fishing during the winter and he catches and releases lots of fish using mainly wood grubs.

So it’s definitely worth braving the cold this August, especially if there’s a good chance of landing a jumbo-sized cod. – Inland Waters Holiday Parks

Photo courtesy of Adam Townsend.

Photo courtesy of Mark Muggleton.

Photo courtesy of Adam Townsend.

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