Terry is dreaming of hooking a monster Murray cod
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.