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Spring a yella
  |  First Published: November 2016



Either Nostradamus or that German World Cup tipping octopus would be better off writing this report. Honestly, with recent rains and surrounding areas being in flood, who knows what the fish will be doing today, tomorrow or in a week?

Traditionally, the water above Majors Creek up to Bundalong and surrounding backwaters should be your first port of call. TN60 Jackalls, hardbody lures in the 50-70mm size range or smaller profile spinnerbaits in natural colours would be my preference. If water conditions don’t clear in a hurry, a nice bunch of worms or a smaller yabbies will be unbeatable.

Report wise, spring is by far the worst time of the year for any fishing action. A closed cod season and yellas that haven’t started to fire yet makes things slow. In saying that, the one bright spot came late in the month when school holidays hit. Armed with a handful of bait and endless enthusiasm, kids hit the lake in search of some angling adventures.

Young gun Joel O’Dwyer was a standout and got all others inspired. Off the back of landing some nice yellas, Joel got a fair surprise when his bunch of scrubbies ended up in the bucket mouth of a monstrous 110cm cod. A super fish and a good reward for a keen young fisho. Regardless of closed season or not, this fish was always going to be released and that’s a credit to our new generation of fishers.

Tanner Irvine was another to spend every minute of his holidays trying to tempt a fish or two, with countless trips to the tackle store from mum to keep the bait supply up. Tanner saw plenty of action and was rewarded on numerous occasions. Even with fish on the smaller side, it’s a great way for kids to spend their time. Cooper and Hunter Lonergan were another duo to put in plenty of effort for some nice catches. Unfortunately, Hunter did most of the watching with his turn to catch fish coming soon!

For those who are keen on their tournament fishing, organisation is well under way for the 2016 Yamaha Cod Classic. The Cod Classic promises to be huge with something for everybody. Prizes include seven boating packages plus plenty more. For more information, call in and see us at Lake Mulwala Fish Camp and Ski, the official Cod Classic shop, opposite the post office in Mulwala, or find us at our Yarrawonga store located between Rivers and One Zach. For up to date fishing reports or further information call (03) 5744 1667.

In closing, I’d like to send my sincere condolences to the family of a great man, Stephen Gack, killed recently in an accident on the Hume Highway. ‘Gacky’ was a passionate representative in the fishing industry and was more than just a salesman – he was a friend. Full of energy, up for a joke and always looking to cut a deal, he will be sorely missed.

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Tanner Irvine with a nice little school holiday cod.

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