25-28 April 2019
Walking the banks targeting native fish is a simple, effective and fun activity, and nothing beats the adrenaline rush when a Murray Cod nails your surface lure. With plenty of great spots along the Goulburn River and Nagambie Lakes, this could be the method that wins the big cash and prizes on the day.
Kayak fishing as a sport has really taken off in the last few years and we’re not surprised. There’s nothing more exciting than seeing the water erupt as a Murray Cod smashes your lure, particularly when you are at water level in your kayak. Kayaks give you a chance to go into stealth mode and reach some of those spots not accessible by land or boat. Will it be the kayak that proves fruitful at GoFish Nagambie 2019?
When fishos are asked what the most productive method to target big Murray Cod is, they often struggle to look past trolling lures. Boats are definitely the most popular way to target Murray Cod. You’ll need to get in fast though, as boat numbers are capped. Get your entry in early so you don’t miss out.
Catch. Measure. Release.
Minimise the length of time the fish is out of the water. Keeping that fish in the net while you grab that pre-organised gear is good because it keeps the oxygen flowing through its gills.
4. Always wet your hands (and brag mat) and support your fish
Wet your hands and brag mat to minimise damage to its skin.
Lipgrips can cause damage to the mouths of the fish, opt for a glove instead.
Gently hold or push the fish through the water to obtain a good flow of water over the gills. If there is any water current, hold the fish upright facing towards the current until it shows signs of recovery.
For more tips on better handling and catch and release tips for Murray Cod please visit the Victorian Fisheries Authority.