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Goulburn hastens slowly
  |  First Published: December 2008



The long-awaited cod opening has finally arrived and, like so many others, I have been away for a week-long trip. The fact that I have been up in NSW has meant that I haven’t seen what is happening on the Goulburn first hand, but I have the latest info from some trusty local fishos.

Reports have been mixed. It may be surprising but visitors have actually had the most success. Unfortunately the cod have not really fired up yet. Redfin have been a welcome stocking filler for what may have been an empty bag for many.

Gabe Shorten and his mate Mike will be back to the Seymour area after taking a Murray cod of 76cm and another of 63cm in the Goulburn. The bigger cod was caught on a yabby and the other was taken on a trolled Codger lure.

There were quite a few anglers fishing the downstream sections of the Goulburn from Murchison to Undera, and again it seems that results were quite mixed. Anglers using baits such as bardi grubs, scrubworms, shrimp and yabbies caught a lot of fish, although most were undersized.

The results from this season’s opening may not have painted a terribly glamorous picture but do not be put off by this. The Goulburn River from Seymour down to Nagambie is one of the best and yet least known cod waters in the state. Don’t deny yourself the opportunity to experience it some time. If you do and you see me in my trusty orange canoe or our blue Quintrex Explorer, then come over for a chat.

Unfortunately this will be my last report for this magazine at least on a permanent basis. I have enjoyed the support given to me by you, the readers, with your many emails. Please keep them coming. I have also had a great deal of support from Martin Auldist and his team. Thanks very much for that.

At the moment my commitments are far too many and I feel that I must cut back. I’m not going away though, so will hopefully be able to keep in touch with an occasional article or two for what I believe is a truly great fishing magazine.

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