You could be forgiven for thinking that each month I just rabbit on about the same old thing. There’s plenty of cod, surface lures, Mulwala this and Mulwala that. It’s hard to report anything but the truth and the truth is Lake Mulwala has never fished as good as it’s fishing this season. The past month has been nothing short of outstanding with plenty of cod being reported.
The best tip available to any angler fishing Lake Mulwala at present is to target waters no greater than 2m in depth. Weed beds or fallen timber add to the equation. Put these together and you are in with a great chance of plenty of green fish encounters. The problem targeting the shallower water is the majority of fish are small. The average size is between 40-50cm.
On a positive note, returns of 55cm+ cod are about one in every five. Lure selection is not critical, as every type, style shape and size has encountered for as many as the next. While the bite is hot, it’s a great chance to try some new techniques. Swimbaits are the latest craze.
Talking about the latest craze, while surface fishing has traditionally been seen as an early morning, evening or nightly activity, all these theories have been thrown out the window recently with a visit from Dutch angler Hugo Hegeman.
A super keen and competent fisho, Hugo spent plenty of time on the lake with the majority of anglers throwing surface lures around the weeded areas. He had numerous strikes throughout the day with a 73 and a 75cm fish taken at 12 noon and 1pm. This proves that they will hit a surface lure any time of the day. Since this visit the word has gotten around with plenty of other daylight surface cod being taken.
There are many who deserve a mention for their captures over the last month. Without wanting to offend, I’ll reel off a few of the bigger ones. Pete Luczkowski took to the daylight surface fishing and was rewarded with a 114cm pig at 4pm in the afternoon. Marcus ‘Motor’ McMillan was another to land a 114cm off the top and. These were both caught on Koolabung Cod Crackers.
Berrigan boy Harley Middleton attained his PB with a beautiful 113cm falling to a well-presented surface lure. Coming into the 112cm bracket were both Marshall Elliot and Dean Steegstra with surface-caught monsters. Chris Zammit also boated a 109cm beast on a recent Greenvale Angling Club trip.
Donnie Blackie didn’t quite make the 1m mark but his 96cm fish was a pleasant surprise while out fishing alone. Failure to mention Daneka Robinson would be an insult, as she managed to land back-to-back a 94cm and 90cm cod off the surface.
Looking back, early March saw the running of the His and Hers Partners Classic with 62 teams participating. The results were outstanding. The ladies caught the better numbers of fish while the fellas caught the bigger ones this year. Jack Pyle and Kate Small from Team Mad Chooka cleaned up the field with Jack’s 93cm beast being the biggest for the day.
The middle of the month saw the running of the Great Northern Cod Nationals. The cream of Australia’s cod fishos descended on the lake and returns proved the field’s capabilities. Over three and a half days 415 cod were recorded with 84 of them over 55cm. Rick and Rueben Doyle of McGrath Lures came out on top taking home close to $10,000 in cash and prizes for their efforts. Rick also landed the biggest fish for the event measuring in at 974mm.
Another father son combo in Derek and Kade Blow of team KD Fishing finished creditably in second place. Matt Pejkovic and Mick Massier rounded out the top three with their consistent fishing.
• If you are visiting town, I urge you to call into Lake Mulwala Fish, Camp & Ski (opposite the post office) in Mulwala and say G’day. We are your largest Murray cod-specific shop in Yarrawonga/Mulwala and specialise in all things ‘green’! For any information on the upcoming events or fishing reports, give us a hoy on (03) 5744 3133.Reads: 1105