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.