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Welcome to Winter on the Murray
  |  First Published: May 2009



It’s amazing how quickly the weather can change over a couple of days. One day you’re getting around in shorts and 48 hours later, you’re pulling the wardrobe apart looking for a beanie.

The cold snap at the end of April saw the end of a continuous run of sensational weather (apart from the lack of rain). Over Easter a huge influx of campers made the annual pilgrimage to spend a few days relaxing on the banks of the Murray.

Steven’s Weir has been producing good numbers of average-sized fish with the odd one nudging a metre.

Trolling green hard-bodied lures seems to be the echo we keep hearing. Providing the water stays at a workable level, there should be some quality fish caught in the next few months.

The Bassman 4x4 spinnerbait in purple/white skirt has been the lure to have for a crew from Echuca who managed to land eight cod up to 78cm in the shallower water.

Yellowbelly have been taken below the weir on lipless crankbaits cast among the heads of the bigger fallen timber.

ECHUCA-TORRUMBARRY

This stretch of river has been a little slow in recent times with only a handful of better sized fish reported.

Craig, the Geelong mechanic who fishes upstream of Deep Creek Marina every few weeks, managed to land five cod to 80cm off the bank fishing with bardi grubs.

Echuca’s Dan Davison picked up a nice 90cm cod on a purple lure after spending some time bait fishing at one snag and then tossing lures out the back while on their way to the next snag.

Keen fisho Rob Walker was putting his newly purchased Stacer through its paces when his JD Python in the carp pattern was nailed by a feisty cod. After several bursts for freedom the well-conditioned fish of 96cm was landed for a quick photo before being released.

The Torrumbarry Fishing Classic attracted 396 entrants who could not fault the weather over the weekend. Gary Anderson trolled up the winning cod at 91cm out of a total of 13 legal fish.

Of the seven yellowbelly that made size, a 43cm model took out that section. Plenty of carp were also landed to go in the draw for some great prizes.

Congratulations to Wayne Williams and his team for putting together a fantastic weekend with a good family atmosphere and great Saturday night entertainment and prize giveaways. Certainly one to pencil in on the calendar for next year.

MURRAY CRAYFISH

With the cray season well under way, it generally takes a few decent frosts to get these spiny critters on the move.

Productive areas worth a try include upstream of the Echuca east boat ramp, Five Mile boat ramp and anywhere you come across a good clay bank.

Last season the most productive bait was carp chunks with ox liver a close second.

Make sure you are up to date with the size limits and regulations; they are there for a reason.

For more information on what’s biting in the Echuca/Moama district, drop in to JT’s Fishing & Camping in Moama, opposite the Border Inn Hotel, or phone Justin on 0354 803868.

Paulo Arthurson, president of the Box Hill North Anglers’ Association, caught this 73cm cod on Cheese in the Wakool River.

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