MUR­RAY COD ALMIGHTY

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The Mur­ray cod is the big­gest fresh­wa­ter fish in Aus­tralia. Na­tive to the Mur­ray-Dar­ling river sys­tem, their home range stretches across four states. Fish of more than a me­tre in length are classed as tro­phies but if it’s num­bers you want, the Mur­rumbidgee River near Wagga Wagga in NSW is the place to start.

The best fish­ing hap­pens in au­tumn and early win­ter when the river is low and clear. Floods and ir­ri­ga­tion flushes, which nor­mally oc­cur in spring, re­sult in high water lev­els that make the fish­ing dif­fi­cult. With this in mind, it’s al­ways a good idea to call ahead: Rod Cock­burn from Com­pleat An­gler Wagga (com­pleatan­gler­wagga.com.au) can tell you the lat­est con­di­tions.

NOW CATCH ONE!

While you can fish off the bank, a boat will make things much eas­ier – even a small tin­nie or kayak will get you in the strike zone. The ideal tech­nique is to drift-cast deep divers, such as the Halco Poltergeist lure, in against the drowned tim­ber.

Cod are am­bush hunters so ac­cu­rate cast­ing is es­sen­tial; you need to get the lure right on their nose to en­tice a bite. The real fun starts as you try to wres­tle it out of the snags.

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