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davo
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Posted - 29 Jul 2009 :  00:19:05  Show Profile  Email Poster  Reply with Quote
Well, it's been cold, and as I practice catch and release, haven't been in the water to get a photo with any of the big fellas, but I am going out for a week or so in the next couple of weeks, down the Murray, fishing with a mate of mine for some of the bigger fellas (1m+) so will post a few pics from that when I get back.

I have done salt water for years, and over the past few years been getting into the fresh water lure fishing.

Here's some pics for ya, from what I have on my laptop atm (away from home sigh) :

the rig that get's me around some of the more hard-core bush access :



The 'other rig' ;)



one of the lures when going for the larger fellas, I will be giving a burl in a couple of weeks, it's one of the old wooden Big Mongs, the later ones have metal wire in the bib :



will post some more interesting shots when I get a chance.

tight lines folx!

Edited by - davo on 17 Aug 2009 11:29:14

davo
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Posted - 29 Jul 2009 :  00:20:52  Show Profile  Email Poster  Reply with Quote
hrm my images aren't showing .. those were the links given me on upload .. oh well ;)

Edited by - davo on 29 Jul 2009 00:21:03
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kevtherev
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Australia
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Posted - 29 Jul 2009 :  19:21:08  Show Profile  Email Poster  Reply with Quote
Ok I fixed the problem with the pics - all is good now.

Now thats a big smile that a fish like that will give you.

Good photos I haven't been fresh water fishing for 30 years - last time was for yellow belly - about 7 hours west of Brisbane - so long ago i can hardly remeber it. Its a real thrill when you get a decent fish, fresh or salt water.

I would like to see some pics of those big fellas your talking about - over a metre is awesome and almost dangerous.

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davo
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Posted - 29 Jul 2009 :  21:16:24  Show Profile  Email Poster  Reply with Quote
Where I am at the upper end of the Murray, the larger Murray Cod are far between, but still around.

Mostly I go down river from Torumbarry onwards for the bigger fellas, and only started over the past year going with some experienced lure fisherman, so should be able to get one actually out of the water with some help for a photo.

Along the Ovens and King Rivers near where I am, there's a lot of trout cod too .. the difference between Murray Cod and the (protected) trout cod is like the difference between having a flattie on the line, and a bream. Those trout cod feel twice their size. A 60-70cm can pull you around for a decent time in a kayak in the river (too shallow in spots for the tinny) ... HANG ON!! hehe

Stay tuned, I will definitely post pics in the next couple of weeks, should get ourselves a few meter plus.
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davo
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Posted - 29 Jul 2009 :  21:21:50  Show Profile  Email Poster  Reply with Quote
found another one, I should remember to grab some off the camera at work .. amyway, an average size trout cod off the Ovens river


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DanTheMan
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Australia
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Posted - 03 Aug 2009 :  09:33:45  Show Profile  Email Poster  Reply with Quote
Hey Davo, Do you fish in fresh water all the time? or do you get to fish in the salt water to?I hope you get a big cod soon mate. I have been fishing in fresh water before and have got a few fish like bass,estery perch,eel tailed cat fish,eels and even got quite a few turtles .They are the pits to catch because thay swallow the hook right down.
When I was about 10 I went to my cousins house in Imble in Queensland where I caught a few silver perch in thier dams and a big seratoga.But I do prefer to fish in salt water .Speak to you soon, see ya.
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davo
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Posted - 03 Aug 2009 :  09:58:29  Show Profile  Email Poster  Reply with Quote
DanTheMan, I grew up fishing Port Phillip Bay, and my folks are in Lakes Entrance, dad has a fishing boat, so well aquainted with the salt, I just have been getting into the fresh water fishing for the past few years, and loving it.

I use lures, not bait, so don't have the probs your talking about with swallowed hooks. I tend to target fish, and this is what I love about lure fishing, the hunt, understanding where they are, and catching the same one a couple of times over a year or two, knowing they are territorial etc.

Since using the lures in the fresh, I have taken that to the saltwater, and again not looking back. For sure I can always get stuff on bait, and it's arguably easier, but I like it when my line hits the water, it not just being a waiting game, you have to work for the fish as well.

Edited by - davo on 03 Aug 2009 09:58:42
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DanTheMan
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Australia
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Posted - 05 Aug 2009 :  09:33:17  Show Profile  Email Poster  Reply with Quote
Apart from murrey cod, do you target any other types of fish and what fish do you get as bycatch.
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davo
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110 Posts

Posted - 05 Aug 2009 :  09:41:23  Show Profile  Email Poster  Reply with Quote
I basically go for the greenfish .. that being the Murray Cod, and Yellow Belly (Callop, Golden Perch)

I have caught redfin, and silver perch, but only when using the smaller lures, generally I'm after the big fellas .. so big lures ;)

Being where I am, another by catch is trout cod, which are protected, and must be returned to the water, but I do that with all my native fish anyway. Trout cod in the Ovens and King Rivers, seem to out number the Murray Cod and yellow belly.

I've tried my hand at Trout, with some success, but always fall back to hunting the greenfish.

Dates are set, next week wednesday I am off for a week, hunting the big fellas. Stay tooned ;) tight lines!

Edited by - davo on 17 Aug 2009 11:29:57
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davo
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Posted - 05 Aug 2009 :  09:46:07  Show Profile  Email Poster  Reply with Quote
Oh, as I should slowly leak out more pics, here's a Yellow belly of average size.

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davo
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Posted - 17 Aug 2009 :  14:56:20  Show Profile  Email Poster  Reply with Quote
Good time away, over the weekend, got some really good fish.

I'll start small, and post some shots regularly over the next week or so .. here's a start. Ya can't have too much all at once ;)

All fish were caught and released.



Edited by - davo on 17 Aug 2009 14:58:55
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DanTheMan
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Australia
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Posted - 18 Aug 2009 :  07:04:06  Show Profile  Email Poster  Reply with Quote
nice cod mate
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davo
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Posted - 18 Aug 2009 :  22:35:15  Show Profile  Email Poster  Reply with Quote
ok here's another

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davo
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Posted - 19 Aug 2009 :  20:22:34  Show Profile  Email Poster  Reply with Quote


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DanTheMan
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Australia
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Posted - 20 Aug 2009 :  09:55:50  Show Profile  Email Poster  Reply with Quote
You did well man. How much did it weigh.
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davo
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Posted - 20 Aug 2009 :  10:01:16  Show Profile  Email Poster  Reply with Quote
Well going by size, the following is 120cm .. and weighed around 70 odd pound.

All fish were released

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kevtherev
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Australia
352 Posts

Posted - 24 Aug 2009 :  20:36:02  Show Profile  Email Poster  Reply with Quote
Wow - I am impressed with those monster fish - I have to have a go at that soon - I bet you were just stoked when you hooked up.

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davo
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Posted - 24 Aug 2009 :  21:29:13  Show Profile  Email Poster  Reply with Quote
On a 6 kilo rod, with a 40kilo fish, wacking away, your arms going up and down, it's quite a buzz ;)

Closed season is coming up, so it's yellow-belly time! :) Great fighters, but no where near the size of these fellas ;)
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DanTheMan
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Australia
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Posted - 10 Oct 2009 :  19:23:25  Show Profile  Email Poster  Reply with Quote
Hay Davo, lately Iíve been doing some fresh water fishing with louers.Iíve been getting quite into that. I just got a nice 2.1 kg bass a few days ago. What Iíve found is when u fish with lours u donít get much rubbish fish .By the way I also saw your awesome cod in the n.s.w fishing monthly. Your famous now mate! Speak to u soon mate.
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davo
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Posted - 10 Oct 2009 :  20:53:25  Show Profile  Email Poster  Reply with Quote
No worries ;)

I'm waiting for cod season to open, then doing another trip first thing. I like to try and avoid even pulling one by going yella fishing in the close, the more breaders and them being able to protect their 50,000 eggs the better I say ;)

Of course, I will post some more then :) Christmas or thereabouts I am doing some fishing on the east coast of Victoria ..

take care folx, tight lines!
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