Early cod action
  |  First Published: February 2008

During the opening stages of the Murray cod season there has been action aplenty with everybody getting among the fish.

If it’s size that counts, Doug Patterson takes the cake with a 115cm monster around the Majors Creek area. Casting spinnerbaits in 3m to 4m of water did the job. While he was fighting this dream fish, a couple of old Wangaratta fishos made their way over to have a peek. They mentioned that they had picked up three fish over the magical 1m already this season, on deep trolled lures.

Another workmate and ex-Mulwala guide Jeff Ollet prefers to fish above the Bundalong area. Jeff picked up a nice cod of 99cm trolling a StumpJumper lure.

Roger Miles from Cod Hunter Fishing Tours in four outings put clients onto a total of 39 cod and numerous golden perch. Special mention must go to a client who could not speak or hear, but landed four fish with his best topping 80cm.

At this time of the season Roger prefers to target the edges of the major channels with spinnerbaits and lipless crankbaits.

I have had two trips with varying results. Full of enthusiasm and with bags of new lures to try out, I launched at 3am on a Sunday to surface-fish until dawn and then work the channel edges through the morning.

The surface fishing went well with two cod landed, one on a paddling-style Muldoon lure and the other on a popper from Surface Solutions. All good plans went out the window when the wind picked up and the rain set in, so I was home in bed by 7am.

The other trip was a bait journey down below the weir with my young bloke Cooper, who wanted his cod fix. In less than two hours we landed and released 11 cod from 25cm to 48cm, plus a Murray cray that had his seasons well and truly mixed up.

If you are planning a trip here to do a spot of ‘quiet’ fishing, it seems every water skier from Sunbury to Bunbury is here as well, so your peaceful trip may be blown out the window.

The next month or so should see the lake fish better from Majors Creek and above up to Bundalong, while the river will turn up plenty of undersize fish for the bait fishers.

If you do come across a good fish around the Yarrawonga and Mulwala area, I’m keen to hear about it, and will try and report it in future issues. Email your report to --e-mail address hidden--

Cooper Bennett with a 36cm Murray cod. There will be a lot of fish of this size in the river in February.

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