Over the next month Lake Mulwala should reach its peak fishing potential with some great cod about.
Casting to the flats early morning, then trolling the edges of the deeper channels during the day should see best returns.
Those who have become accustomed to a feed of redfin over the past year or two may leave disappointed due to the majority of the fish disappearing, along with the weed, after last year’s drawdown. Hindsight is a wonderful thing but the weed was the best thing that had happened to the fishing around here for a while.
Lake Mulwala has been mostly blessed with superb fishing conditions and contrary to many reports, was only slightly affected by blue green algae.
Below the weir, Darren McQueen of Geelong got the fright of his life while bobbing a shrimp among the logs in search of a yella. He managed to stay connected and proceeded to land a lovely 77cm cod.
Apart from this fish there hasn’t been a lot of action in this section with the lake being the standout option.
The His & Hers Partners Classic welcomed 81 teams and 29 legal cod were recorded along with 9 golden perch and one redfin. A super 82cm fish enabled Leah Hartley to take home the women’s longest cod while Warren Hicks’s 78cm got him the chocolates in the men’s section.
Overall champion team was Dave and Nez Smith, who went home $2000 richer and Dave also got a payout for the only redfin. They scraped in by four points from Andrew Clothier and Lindy Whelan, who pocketed $1000.
The 18th Invitational Mulwala Classic was held in late March and proved to be one of the highlights on the cod calendar. A total of 104 participants gathered from as far as Queensland and Western Australia.
With the word out that plenty of fish could be caught casting around the shallows, that’s where the majority of anglers headed. Some amazing fishing was had with 540 undersize and 125legal cod being recorded and released over two-and-a-half days, along with 20 golden perch and a handful of redfin.
David Trickey and Scott Jones blitzed the field. On the second day alone they landed 24 cod, with 12 of them legal. Trickey was first, Jones second and they scooped the champion team title with their Trikfish spinnerbaits.
Robert Jones caught the longest cod of 86cm. Glen Stewart and Derek Blow managed 84cm fish while Graham Pertzell boated a 77cm cod.
The Dash 4 Cash on the Sunday was hotly contested and won by a mere one point by Rob and Richard Jones, closely followed by Wazza Urquhart and Stephen Giles.
Graeme Clark has stepped down as chief organiser after 18 years at the helm. Graeme has done a wonderful job and I’m sure the new man in the hot seat, Dick Stanton, will do just as good a job and take the event to new heights.
A big thanks to Lowrance, Shoreline Caravan Park and the Yarrawonga and Border Golf Club for their association with the event.
The fishing over the Classic weekend proves numerous things.
• NSW Fisheries have made a wonderful decision to raise the minimum legal size to 60cm.
• Lake Mulwala was not affected in any way by supposed over fishing during the 2009 draw-down.
• The lake can sustain any fishing pressure presented to it, with capture rates forever on the increase.
• Lake Mulwala is Australia’s premier cod fishery that should be enjoyed by all who come here to experience the thrill of catching a Murray cod.
My report would not be complete without mentioning George Jovanovic’s latest exploits. He has turned up another monster, a whopping 123cm. Lure of choice was on of his son’s Whopper Stoppers.
After numerous years suggesting he puts these lures on the market, Lake Mulwala Fish Camp & Ski has the first batch of Whopper Stoppers available now.Reads: 1993