Wangaratta Chronicle - North East Regional Extra - - Front Page - WITH ROB

A FEW times lately I have men­tioned that the Mur­ray cod fish­ing will be hot and cold at this time of the year in the Wan­garatta area.

Well this week I backed that up with three evening fish­ing ses­sions chas­ing Mur­ray cod lo­cally.

The first ses­sion I fished for three hours and caught five Mur­ray cod, all around the 45-55cm size - the fish­ing was mad,

Since that evening I have been out twice and have not had a touch.

This is the typ­i­cal au­tumn Mur­ray cod fish­ing in North East Vic­to­ria that I have been talk­ing about re­cently, and will con­tinue for the next six weeks or so.

Dur­ing the week my dad Terry Alexan­der and a fish­ing mate went to Lake Nil­lah­cootie and had an amaz- ing ses­sion chas­ing yel­low­belly.

Most of their fish were caught on live shrimp, with small yab­bies be­ing ig­nored by the yel­low­belly.

Dad said that they thought they were go­ing to go home fish­less as they had caught noth­ing for quite a while.

They kept mov­ing around un­til they found a school of yel­low­belly and then the fish­ing was red hot.

I have had a few re­ports of trout be­ing caught in sev­eral streams around the re­gion.

The wa­ter is very low in a lot of the smaller creeks, and some have even dried up.

As many an­glers are not keen to sur­ren­der the lo­ca­tion of their catches, I have no idea where they have been caught.

One thing that I do know is that the trout have been caught lo­cally, the wa­ter is cool­ing and any stream that does have trout in it will be worth fish­ing at the mo­ment pro­vided the stream has a de­cent flow of wa­ter.

The streams that are just trick­ling will have trout sit­ting at the bot­tom of the deep holes sulk­ing, wait­ing for au­tumn rain to come and de­liver fresh wa­ter be­fore they go on a feed­ing frenzy.

CHAM­PION EF­FORT: Young fish­ing leg­end James Thewlis caught this mag­nif­i­cent Mur­ray cod on a pink and sil­ver home made spin­ner­bait at Lake Mul­wala re­cently.

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