Wagga fisherman catches super cod: Burrinjuck fishing report

SUPER CATCH: Tim Mathieson from Wagga Wagga caught a 120-cm Murray Cod — the largest during Saturday–Sunday, March 11–12. Photo: Supplied
SUPER CATCH: Tim Mathieson from Wagga Wagga caught a 120-cm Murray Cod — the largest during Saturday–Sunday, March 11–12. Photo: Supplied

Murray Cod: We had a couple of fishing clubs during March 11–12. The Wagga Family Fishing Club managed eight cods between them—the biggest being 57cm all on lures. Tim Mathieson from Wagga caught the biggest fish at 120cm. He did so while casting a 150mm King Hit Lure in the Bidgee Arm around midnight. He also landed an 80cm fish during the day on a Cod Lolly spinner bait. Steve from the WWAI club won the trophy with an 86cm cod trolled up on a boomerang hard body. That was Steve’s high. He had a couple of lows, punching a hole in the side wall of his new two-day old tyre, breaking the shaft on his electric motor and then had to get the NRMA out to take the Amarok back to Yass for repairs. The full moon was the March 13 so there is still a couple of days left to sneak in a moonlight fishing trip.

Yellow Belly: The fishing remains patchy; however, some good sized fish are being caught. The WWAI club recorded their biggest at 59cm. John B picked up five on shrimp around Macey’s Bay with the bigger fish measuring in at 50, 57 and 58 cm. There was another yellow at 58cm taken on a Lure at Wade Island. McGoo and the boys from Wagga (with a broken leg) managed to land 11 yellows off one tree and dropped another half a dozen fish while fishing with live shrimp around Narran Gullen Island. The boys fished trees in around 11m of water but found the fish sitting only 4m down. Shrimp remain tough to find this year so it might be worth bringing your own or other bait.

Redfin: Plenty being picked up on the troll or bait fishing around the trees.

Park News: The Pirtek challenge was held on Sunday March 19. More information: https://pirtekfishingchallenge.com.au