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Catching Murray Cod in South Australia

by Troy Chomenko 06 Jul 2024 0 Comments

Catching Murray cod in South Australia can be an exciting and rewarding experience, as these iconic freshwater fish are known for their size and fighting spirit. Here's a guide to help you catch Murray cod in South Australia:

1. Location and Timing:
   - Murray cod are found in rivers and reservoirs throughout South Australia, with popular locations including the Murray River between Blanchetown and Victorian boarder but not limited to these locations, Lower Lakes and various reservoirs such as Happy Valley and Myponga.
   - The best time to target Murray cod is during their active feeding periods, which often occur in the early morning or late afternoon and evening.

2. Tackle and Gear:
   - Use medium to heavy spinning or bait casting rods in the range of 6 to 8 feet in length to handle the size and strength of Murray cod.
   - Spool your reel with a strong braided line in the 20-40 lb test range to handle the fish's powerful runs and thick cover.
   - Opt for sturdy hooks in sizes ranging from 1/0 to 5/0, depending on the bait size and fishing conditions.

3. Baits and Lures:
   - Popular baits for Murray cod include yabbies, shrimp, worms, and bardi grubs, which can be fished on the bottom or under a float near structure.
   - Effective lures for Murray cod fishing include diving hard-body lures, spinnerbaits, swimbaits, and surface lures like poppers or buzzbaits.

4. Techniques:
   - Look for areas with structure such as fallen trees, rock bars, and submerged logs where Murray cod are likely to hide and ambush prey.
   - Cast your bait or lure close to structure and work it back slowly to entice a strike from a hungry Murray cod.
   - Experiment with different retrieval speeds, pauses, and depths to find what triggers a bite from these elusive fish.

5. Handling and Release:
   - Handle Murray cod with care by supporting their body and avoiding excessive handling to minimize stress and potential injury to the fish. Use wet gloves, towels for handling fish at all times.
   - Use a landing net to safely bring the fish onboard and remove the hook gently before releasing it back into the water.
   - Practice catch and release practices to help preserve Murray cod populations and ensure sustainable fishing for future generations.

Remember to check and follow local fishing regulations and size limits when targeting Murray cod in South Australia. Conservation of these prized fish is important for maintaining healthy ecosystems and ensuring recreational fishing opportunities for years to come.

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