Cod sea­son kicks off

The Cobram Courier - - SPORT -

Christ­mas has come early for fish­ing enthusiasts af­ter cod sea­son opened at 12.01 am Satur­day.

And it looks as if the stars have aligned for another bumper cod sea­son, ac­cord­ing to Co­bram Out­doors owner Sam Kennedy.

‘‘The pre­vi­ous two cod sea­sons have been the best I’ve seen in my time liv­ing here, in terms of sheer num­bers and the size of the fish as well, and this sea­son is look­ing as though it will be very sim­i­lar, if not bet­ter,’’ he said.

Mr Kennedy said con­di­tions for catch­ing cod were al­ready look­ing ex­tremely pos­i­tive.

‘‘We’ve had good wa­ter lev­els and en­vi­ron­men­tal flow and the weather this sum­mer is meant to be bet­ter as well which will help,’’ he said.

‘‘Tra­di­tion­ally, this area fishes quite well any­way, and we are quite lucky in that sense and we think plenty of species of fish across the board will be quite ac­tive this sea­son.’’

For those an­glers look­ing to catch the most recog­nis­able fish in the Mur­ray River, Mr Kennedy sug­gested tra­di­tional sources of bait like yab­bies, shrimp and scrub worms as the safest bet.

‘‘Lures also work, but they do take quite a bit of pa­tience and a fair bit of skill to get ac­cus­tomed to.’’

Co­bram Ba­rooga An­glers chair Stefan Bruni agreed those tak­ing to the wa­ter in the com­ing months would be in for a real treat this cod sea­son.

‘‘Pro­vid­ing the wa­ter isn’t mucked around with too much, I think we will have a re­ally good sea­son again,’’ he said.

‘‘Last cod open­ing, in the first three months, there was more me­tre cod caught than any­thing. So last year was a re­ally good sea­son and I think this sea­son will be very sim­i­lar.’’

Mr Bruni said fish­er­men here would be spoilt for choice when chas­ing cod.

‘‘There are quite a few good spots up­stream, from Homestead and up, and Wilson’s Pump down­stream has been pretty pop­u­lar as well,’’ he said.

‘‘It just de­pends. Ev­ery place has good fish; it’s just a mat­ter of how hun­gry they are. You can get them at the boat ramp or you can go 20 km down the river and get them, it’s funny like that.’’

An­glers with a li­cense can fish Mur­ray cod from all Vic­to­rian and NSW rivers and streams.

Re­mem­ber the rules re­gard­ing the tak­ing of cod — the min­i­mum length is 55 cm, the max­i­mum is 75 cm, while an­glers can only catch two cod a day from the Mur­ray and have four in their pos­ses­sion at any given time.

Plenty of catch: Greens­bor­ough’s Dar­ren Jeph­cott caught a 1.1 m cod near Co­bram in Jan­uary last year.

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