Terry is dream­ing of hook­ing a mon­ster Mur­ray cod

Wangaratta Chronicle - - Front Page - By SHANE DOUTHIE

SEA­SONED Wan­garatta an­gler Terry Alexan­der was get­ting in some early cast­ing prac­tice by the banks of the Ovens River yes­ter­day, ahead of Mur­ray cod sea­son open­ing to­mor­row.

Terry now uses sur­face lures rather than bait, a trick his son Rob­bie (Wan­garatta Chron­i­cle fish­ing colum­nist) shared with him a few years back.

MUR­RAY cod sea­son re­opens for recre­ational fish­ers to­mor­row fol­low­ing the an­nual three-month breed­ing clo­sure.

For lo­cal an­gler Terry Alexan­der, who has hunted the al­most myth­i­cal na­tive fish for more than 50 years, the sea­son can’t be­gin quickly enough.

“It’s the way they strike that gets me,” Terry said.

“They hit like a truck but they give up pretty quick after that.

“I guess you could call them the Essendon of the fresh­wa­ter fish world,” the Carl­ton sup­porter said.

Like most re­spon­si­ble an­glers, Terry re­leases far more than he keeps, aware of the breed’s rel­a­tively frag­ile num­bers.

“I might keep one or two a sea­son for the plate,” Terry said.

“They are a su­perb ta­ble fish at around 3-4kg, no mat­ter what oth­ers may tell you.”

A fil­let in bread­crumbs with egg and mar­garine gen­tly fried is the recipe tip from one who knows, with a cold beer of course.

PHOTO: Kylie Wil­son

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