MURRAY COD ALMIGHTY
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.
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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.