By now we have all settled back into work, with Christmas and New Year only a distant memory. Hopefully you got through it safely, with plenty of enjoyment and, most of all, got to use that new gizmo or gadget Santa dropped off for you.
Before Christmas, Lake Mulwala saw its traditional influx of anglers keen to celebrate the opening of cod season by participating in the 2008 Yamaha Cod Classic. Once again we had record numbers of competitors, with 2673 competitors. On behalf of the Cod Classic Committee and the Mulwala Football Netball Club, I would like to thank all involved. A full summary of the Cod Classic is available at www.codclassic.com.au
The first report for the season I received came from Jarrod Martin from Bendigo. Jarrod said “I was lucky enough to get up to your awesome lake a couple of days before Christmas with my family. My father and I managed to get out one morning and picked up some solid fish including a 78cm cod on a lipless crankbait, and 68cm and 64cm specimens on 1oz spinnerbaits. We got the fish in 17ft of water around the standing timber just as the change went through”
Kevin Brooks from Barooga made a couple of successful trips to the lake before Christmas, landing a lovely cod of 92cm. Other cod to 70cm were not uncommon.
On the back of these reports, my father got inspired and decided we needed to spend some time on the lake. I packed him, my wife and myself into the boat and proceeded to have my backside whipped. The tally after a couple hours fishing was: Dad 3, Vanessa 2, Tony zip! All fish measured over 50cm, with the best going 58cm.
Late December saw the inaugural Engel Fish-A-Rama Fishing Competition run on the lake and river. In total, 70 competitors battled what could only be described as a miserable day. Wind and rain made for a tough day, but Jamie Stewart of Moulamein came through with the goods, landing a beautiful 80cm cod.
Local Craig Moore cracked the code to take out first and second in the golden perch section, while Luke Martyr hooked a horse of a carp measuring 73cm to easily win that section.
Fish were a bit scarce for the juniors, but Tate Jones of Benalla managed the biggest to get the chocolates. The event was enjoyed by all with everyone going home with at least their entry money’s worth of prizes.
The river below the weir has been producing large numbers of under-sized cod and the protected trout cod for the bait fishers. Gary Taylor has also been broken off by a couple of big fish while casting spinnerbaits. There are plenty of big fish below the weir too, so make sure you come prepared. You never know when one of these big bruisers may take a liking to your offering.
Coming up on February 21/22 is the ever-popular Lowrance Da$h 4 Ca$h Super Series. With over $10,000 cash and prizes, this is an event not to be missed. There are still a few spots available so give me a call if interested.
Also, March 21 is the date for the His and Hers Partners Classic. This event has received a heap of interest and is shaping as a great weekend. Get your wife or girlfriend (or somebody else’s) organised and come along for a fun-filled weekend.
Over the next month or two the lake will clear up. Those who put in the early morning starts will be rewarded. Casting hardbodied lures, spinnerbaits and the increasingly popular lipless crankbaits will see you in with the best chance. Calm warm nights could see you rewarded with a cod or two off the surface, with the Kiffins area being the best bet.
Finally, next time you are in Mulwala it’s more than likely our new tackle store, Lake Mulwala Fish Camp & Ski, will be open. Please call in and say hello. We will be eager to hear your fishing stories and hopefully put you onto a big green monster.
Jarrod Martin from Bendigo with a 78cm Murray cod he caught in Lake Mulwala on a lipless crankbait.Reads: 1348