Cod season kicks off
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.