As Christmas leaps its way to our doorsteps most inland anglers turn their attention to the pursuit of the mighty Murray cod. The season is already looking productive, with a mixture of good water temperature, excellent water clarity and consistent flows, all of which should combine to deliver spectacular angling over the summer.
The Goulburn River continues to produce yellow belly catches up to 2.5kg on green and white spinner baits casting from the bank, and if you’re keen on using bait, shrimp and worms should also land you a feed.
Yellow belly in the Murray are still a little hard to find. The best reports have come from below the Torrumbarry Weir around Gunbower. Successful anglers have been fishing from their boats around timber with small hard-bodies or shrimp, worms and yabbies. Trolling has also returned favorable results, and the best colours have been purples, pinks and blacks or a combination of these colours.
The Campaspe has been extremely quiet lately; only small silver bladed spinners have tempted the odd red fin. Reports suggest that anglers should concentrate their efforts in one spot but move on to the next snag if they have no hits or follows. The area around the siphon below Rochester is the place to try.
The town bridge through to the Whymoul Forest is the place to go to find some decent sized yellow belly. All methods have been producing good results, so mix up your casts with lures and bait. Most fish caught in the Wakool have been around 400-60g, although patient anglers are likely to hook on to some bigger catches.
Early in the month I fished the Murray River just below Wentworth with a few mates and returned with some good-sized catches of yellow belly up to 45cm. Shrimp and yabbies worked well, and hard-bodies in bright pink also attracted a fight.
Good luck to everyone this cod season, I hope you have a blast this summer. For any further information call Garry at Gone Fishing on (03) 548 24291.Reads: 476