Lindsay Doust- Hook, Line & Sinker
Summer has officially arrived and with it the opening of the murray cod season in NSW. Fishing the giant native fish during its spawning season interrupts its breeding cycle and caring anglers are at pains not to fish those waterways during that season. However, that season is over now and the fishing is back on in earnest. That said, cod are subject to strict size and bag limit regulations. Currently a cod has to be 55cm to be of legal length but that will increase next year to 60cm as efforts are made to restore the species to sustainable levels. Many anglers refuse to keep any cod as their numbers are a fraction of what they were, but with restocking and careful management they are coming back. A newly released DVD entitled Cod Almighty gives good coverage of the issue and I recommend you give it a watch. Ask your local tackle shop to get it in for you. The local eastern cod is off limits altogether as it is an endangered species. While we are talking of fishing out in the western rivers, reports suggest that the yellow belly are back in good numbers at Glen Lyon Dam.