Anglers from all over Australia flocked to Mulwala in the first weekend of December for the Yamaha Cod Classic.
Held on Lake Mulwala and the Murray River, this year’s competition attracted 2660 competitors. This year’s Classic was the largest inland freshwater fishing competition in the world.
Apart from the consistent 20 knot winds, the weather was much better this year with warm sunshine and only a few short downpours.
On the Thursday night 30 volunteers from Mulwala Footy Club and Bourke Hire staff erected a huge tent that stretched 90m and spanned 15m.
Friday night saw most of the competitors head into the tent and listen to the excellent catch and release and casting clinics held by Dave ‘the Barefoot Fisherman’ Hodge while ‘Flathead Fred’ whipped the kids into a frenzy on Saturday night.
Lucky door prizes were given out Saturday night and 1434 minor prizes saw 66% of competitors go home with a reward for showing up. All juniors received a free Bassman spinnerbait upon entry and there were six boat and trailer packages available to competitors.
The finals of the adult and junior amateur casting shootouts were held on the Saturday night. Hundreds of onlookers watched this event with the Australian pro-casting shootout closing out the night.
There were some great fish caught and released including a 121cm, a 103cm and a 100cm cod. Lots of 50cm golden perch were caught as well.
The funds raised in the event have helped the town build new football club rooms and community centre.
Keep an eye on www.codclassic.com.au and hope to see you there next year!
|Early Entry||Greg Gillet, Lara|
|Cod C & R||Darren Brauman, Bannockburn|
|Carp Boat||Daniel Webb, Lara|
|Raffle||Anne Hilet, Mulwala|
|Lucky Door||Chris Hal, Mulwala|
|Combined Lucky Door||Adam Veenvliet, Drysdale|
|Cod||Adult||Hayden Brown, 121cm|
|Junior||Harrison Manning, 62cm|
|Golden Perch||Adult||Kevin Doyle, 56cm|
|Junior||Alyssa Kershaw, 51cm|
|Carp (Open Section)||Warren Black, 79cm|
|Jnr Champion Angler||Locky Long, 1.09m|
|Lady Champion Angler||Julie Perkins, 69cm|
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An incredible 894 Carp were removed from the lake and taken to “Charlie Carp” for processing. Ron Kaponica form Charlie Carp report that the total weight of all the Carp was 1.52 tones.Reads: 1123