Echuca the place for big cod
  |  First Published: May 2006

Recent news from in and around Echuca suggests that anglers have been landing some very large cod. Autumn is definitely the time to come and try your luck, and see if you can catch that once in a lifetime trophy fish.

In March at least half a dozen 1m+ Murray cod were caught in the Murray River close to the Echuca township.

The biggest fish was caught just upstream of the Echuca east boat ramp, on a No.1 StumpJumper in colour 62. One of Alan Caliph’s Murray River Fishing Tour customers, Shane Garlick, landed this 128cm monster after just twenty minutes of trolling before midday.

Brian Hinson recently caught a 117cm cod at the junction of the Goulburn and Murray rivers. He was fishing with a 125mm Tiegar Lure, colour No. 6, when he hooked up to this huge fish. Brian also landed another 64cm cod on the same fishing trip. A good morning’s fishing one must say!

The Echuca-Moama RSL Club’s Fishing Classic was on recently and some excellent fish were caught. Brian Pygall recorded the biggest catch with his 110cm fish that he caught at the Echuca/Moama Bridge. It fell to a purple and orange Legend lure on the Sunday morning at 7:30am. Two other large cod were landed during the competition – one was 98cm and the other 96cm.

I fished the Wakool Fishing Classic recently, along with 420 others, and whilst the weather was excellent and the water was high, the fishing was tough.

I tried casting lures, spinnerbaits and a variety of baits but didn’t have any luck. I only landed one legal size 40cm golden perch on a shrimp that I was bobbing around some snags in 1.5m of water. Most anglers found the fishing very hard but the competition was a well-organised event and I’ll certainly be back next time for another try.

I recommend heading to Echuca in May to see if you can catch one of our large Murray cod that are well and truly on the move at the moment.

For more details about Echuca fishing call in and talk to Garry at Gone Fishin’ at 190 Annesley Street, Echuca.

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