Blog: GoFishing with Rhys

Image demonstrating perfect cod structure and where to cast at it

Casting at Structure

Here is freshwater fishing guru and GoFish Nagambie Ambassador Rhys Creed with some tips on casting at structure for Murray Cod. Check out his insights here. The above image demonstrates the perfect piece of structure for Murray Cod and as you can see there are a number of good areas to cast along this log. 1. This is by far the best! The root ball is usually where the largest fish hides out and provides the best cover and ambush location for the fish. This spot is definitely worth 3-5 casts. 2. Moving along you can see there is evidence of a small stick poking up which could mean more structure under the log. There is also plenty of cover and shade for the fish. 3. You always want to cast to as many spots as you can and in this situation, you should work your way down the log. There could be fish hiding tight under the fallen trunk. 4. This is an area where you might find a small and hungry fish waiting for food to flow past.Now my last tip… on a log like this a spinnerbait is by far the preferred lure choice. Reason being, you are casting tight to a log and you need to allow it to sink underneath the structure. The below image is another example of Murray Cod structure! This shows how much structure can actually be beneath the water surface. The picture in the top right shows a high river and the X is a location where we have previously caught a large Murray Cod. As you can see, when the water is lower there is a gap between the logs which is the perfect hole for a big fish to hide. This is exactly where the big cod was sitting in wait for something to eat.

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Baitcaster Lures on the deck of a boat

Buying your first Lure Fishing setup for Cod

Whether it’s a Christmas gift for mates and family or a New Year’s resolution for yourself; if you’re just getting into Murray Cod fishing, it can be very daunting sorting through the stack of gear available, but no need to worry, because Rhys, cod fishing extraordinaire is going to share his handy tips for buying your first cod rod.

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Rhys Creed safely releasing a murray cod

Looking after native species.

Being able to head down to a local waterway like Nagambie and catch beautiful native species like the Murray Cod and Golden Perch is something very special. These fish bring us joy, excitement and for some, a time to escape the day to day bustle.

Check out these proper handling techniques to ensure the fish we love continue to flourish.

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Rhys Creed waving from his boat on Lake Nagambie

Fishing in Nagambie Lakes.

Nagambie Lakes is an incredibly unique waterway. It includes sections of the Goulburn River that open up into the lakes basin before turning into billabongs and backwaters as it meanders its way to the Goulburn Weir. The river is the life blood of the lake and runs through the middle carving a deep section, while shallow areas run off it into the lake.

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Rhys Creed Holding big murray cod

The Murray Cod.

The Murray Cod is the icon of Australian inland waterways, our largest freshwater fish and also the 4th largest in the world. There are historic records of cod reaching sizes of 1.8m long and over 100kg. They are most commonly caught in the 40-70cm bracket with captures up to 130-140cm popping up every now and then.

If you want to up your game and finally land that meter cod, it pays to know and understand the Murray Cod’s habits and patterns. Read on to step it up and take it the next level. 

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Meet Rhys.

Rhys Creed is the pin-up boy for GoFish Nagambie 2019. Rhys is one of Australia’s top freshwater fishers. He’s an all-round legend and a bloody good guy. And you wouldn’t guess, but his favourite style of fishing is casting for Murray Cod in fast water rivers and he’s good at it. We challenge you to find a fisher in Australia that knows more about freshwater fishing, Murray Cod and/or Golden Perch. We sat down with Rhys and asked a few questions to report back to you. You can rest assured that we only have the best of the best providing you with the pro tips.

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