A Cracking Murray Cod Trip

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    Chris Beech
    Chris Beech
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    The FlyLife Forum just had another weekend getaway at Timberlake, near Geelong in Victoria, Australia.

    The fish were more active on this trip with lots of fish landed and released, including some cracker fish landed by Hafie Rock and newly appointed Scott Pro Staffer Murray Wilson.

    Murray Cod are Australia’s largest fresh water fish and can grow to around 150lbs. Not sure how big they get at Timberlake, but there were plenty of people who got cleaned up fishing 30lb leaders. They like summer, a rising or steady high barometer and new moons.

    Big wet flies worked well, but most fished some type of surface fly. Wet flies like Rob Meades Huntsmans, Shufflers and Gutless Frogs work a treat, and surface flies like Muz Wilsons Paddle Pop Frog, Dahlbergs, Deer hair Poppers and Foambergs work well.

    Murray cod  are implosion feeders that leave a massive hole in the water, often near the boat. Have that happen in the middle of a dark night leaves you searching for a fresh pair of underwear.

    They are known to eat dragonfly larvae, grasshoppers, moths, mice, rats, birds (sometimes, not so small birds…), frogs, lizards and of course – other fish.

    Best Regards,

    Beechy

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    Chris Beech
    Chris Beech
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    These are camp out affairs, using electric powered boats. The fishery is based on a 40 acre impoundment with lots of timber that the fish use to their advantage.

    Whilst most fish were in the 50-65cm class, as you can see some were substantially larger than that. You just never know…

    Best Regards,

    Beechy

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    Cool looking fish.

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    brad bohen
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    Cool

    Thanks for sharing!

    I’d be way into that kinda action…

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