Before I get started, I’d like to wish all involved with VFM the very best. I’m glad to be involved and hope it continues to grow in the future. If the popularity of QFM and NSWFM is anything to go by, it won’t be anything but a huge success!
At this time of year, the fishing around Yarrawonga/Mulwala is fairly quiet with the cod season closed until December 1. For those that have been fishing in Lake Mulwala in recent times chasing the yellas, the most popular and productive place has been in and around the mouth of the Mulwala Canal. The canal mouth is accessible to all fishos and is one of the few land-based venues that produces fish on a consistent basis. The most productive methods have been using a combo of worms/shrimp, small yabbies or casting mid-sized hard-bodied lures or spinnerbaits.
The area around the Lake Mulwala – Mulwala Canal drop has recently been fenced off. Even though this area has proved very productive in the past, I don’t think the dangers involved in gaining access are worth taking for the sake of a fish.
As of 1 September 2004, all of Lake Mulwala is governed by NSW Fisheries regulations. This has come about as part of a trade-off with the Victorian government, which has now taken over control of Lake Hume. This will alleviate the confusion associated with imaginary boundaries and the need of having two separate licences to fish the one venue.
From 1 September to 30 November it is closed season for all fishing downstream of the Yarrawonga Weir through to the main traffic bridge at Tocumwal. It is illegal to have in your possession any fishing equipment while in these areas during this time.
Another law to keep in mind is that it is illegal to take any Murray cod, regardless of size, between September 1 and November 30.
Organisation for the 2004 Yamaha Cod Classic is progressing well with the prize pool now standing at well over $80,000. This augurs well for competitors, as you would have to be pretty unfortunate if you missed out on at least lucky door prize.
A fourth boat, motor and trailer package will be added to the prize pool this year. It will be given away to a lucky competitor who catches a carp and has it measured at a measuring station. The added bonus of this package is that juniors have an equal chance as adults to win this prize. Imagine junior coming home and telling mum or dad he/she has just won a $7000 boat package! Anyone needing further information on the 2004 Yamaha Cod Classic can call me on (03) 5744 1667.
Hold tight, as the opening of cod season is just a month or so away. Until then, happy fishing!Reads: 1043