Cod fishing is booming | Shepparton News
It was a good start for the cod fishery this season. A little over a month into the start there weren’t too many whoppers over a meter tall but there were plenty of juveniles which is a good sign for the future.
The Goulburn River fished well from Seymour to the Murray River.
Many anglers report multiple hookups, where in the past you could go months without a bite; that is to say excluding carp, which today seem to be decreasing in number.
So far, baits have had more success than decoys. The centuries-old tradition of wetting a line while relaxing in a chair under the shade of an eraser has been the method of choice for most.
The choice of bait is varied, however, from natural worms, shrimp and yabbies to cheese, chicken or even practical and tasty dim sims.
There is no evidence yet for the preference of steamed or fried cod.
Reports of cod catches on the Broken River are on the rise and so far this year there is plenty of water which means a lot of great places to try.
Broken Creek around Nathalia to Murray also fishes well. There are a lot of holes that are worth casting a bait or casting a lure on.
As usual, the Murray provides anglers with beautiful fish. Ulupna Island at Morgan’s Beach, as well as around Cobram, is worth a visit, as is Mulwala.
The River Ovens as far upstream as Myrtleford is also worth a try for cod, but the closer it becomes to trout.
Don’t forget Lake Eildon, which for a decade was a cod fishing spot, with fish over three feet regularly caught.
The usual catch and size limits apply, but since this is not a breeding ground you can fish there year round.
Eildon is a recreational waterway so you need to share it with water skiers, houseboats, and jet skis so take care when out on the water especially at this time of year.
Reports from the rivers and streams in the High Country have been good, with trout taking decoys and bait. While it hasn’t been hot enough to wade through so far, it was well worth it for those who wanted to cool off to get to where the fishing is hot.
Dartmouth always produces trout early in the morning, and deep trolling behind a Fender is a good method.
Now let’s throw some salt on the fish.
Summer is a great time for families to take advantage of our beautiful coastline, and it’s always a good time to go fishing in the ocean.
Rod Lawn of Adamas Fishing Charters has bagged snapper, whiting, salmon, flathead and trevally. As if that weren’t enough, there are warning signs of jacks and, on the sandy bottom, gummy sharks.
With so much variety to fish, getting to Queenscliff is a no-brainer.
Western Port reports are also good, although the queue at the Hastings boat launch can be intimidating.
A lot of people I know have made their way to Anglesea, Warrnambool, and Portland, with the majority of the snapper, whiting, and flathead.
I had a good conversation with John Liddell in Eden, NSW and he told me there are schools of salmon in Twofold Bay – he can see them through binoculars from his couch.
John said the Freedom Charters team had a good start to the year, with plenty of assorted snapper, morwong, flathead and other reef fish.
In Narooma, Graham Crowley reported high seas and difficult conditions generated by ex-Cyclone Seth, which kept most of the boats securely tied up.
While it was impossible to get out, the mouth of the river and the lake around the oyster concessions functioned as a fallback option.
I forgot to mention the Waranga basin closer to home, where good size bluefin tuna are caught.
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