December is finally upon us, and we all know what that means the cod season is open.
It’s been three long months without targeting Murray cod. It has become a religion for many anglers, making sure the family knows the 1st of December is the start of the serious fishing days.
Locally around Shepparton we have some great spots for targeting the mighty cod. Last year there were many locations within 20 minutes of Shepparton that fired early in the season.
Places such as Raffertys road, Arcadia, Toolamba, Medlands are all worth a crack, just to name a few.
But my favourite spot last summer was Moira Park. Don’t let the shallow water fool you, it’s a quality cod spot. Boat access out there is very hard, so if you have a car topper/canoe, or know someone who does, I would suggest use it.
There are plenty of deep holes around the shallow waters, but the funny thing was the biggest fish we saw landed was in 2-4ft of water and was a 92cm cod caught by Phil Osmond on cheese.
But its not just Moira Park and the Goulburn that should fish well early in cod season, the Broken River is almost a sure bet for a yellow belly or small cod.
In November the weather was hot and so was the fishing.
I had reports from local anglers who were landing 10-15 in a session. Kayak fishing in the Broken River has taken off: it’s so much easier to access the best spots with a kayak.
If you don’t have one I have caught some nice fish from the bank along Broken River Drive recently. It’s narrow and there is plenty of shallow water but there is some nice deep spots in between. Just words of advice - wear work boots and watch the snakes as I have spotted some pretty big tigers lately.
With the water nice and warm the yellow belly are on the bite, but this season so far the big ones are not coming up as much as past years.
There are still plenty of reports on 30-35cm fish being caught; I just hope that people have not been greedy and taking to many big fish from the lake lately.
If you do take fish from the lake please don’t over stock the freezer with fish, just take enough for a small feed.
I hope you have a safe and Merry Christmas and I look forward to receiving all your reports and photos in the new year.
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