The 5 Best Lure Types for Murray Cod

Hunter instinct is analysing the area in search for the prime hideout of the target. It’s located, tight up against the looming structure, the graphite blank is loaded and a cast is let fly in aim for the
targeted location. The unruffled surface is penetrated as the artificial organism flails into the depths. Engaging the reel begins the retrieve as the handle commences its repeating rotation, as the artificial representation makes its way back to the rod tip.

“So, now what happens?”

That’s the ‘unknown’ when it comes to fishing; you just never know what might happen next. Majority of the time your lure will come back to your feet no different than how it left your rod tip, although there is always that ‘unknown’ vibe when it comes to our loved sport that keeps us on edge every cast. Although just merely hooking a fish is not the be end and end all of the unknown, there are many other factors that can inflate the extremity of ‘unknown’ in any situation.

For example you could catch a fish on a random lure in the most obscure location in the middle of the day. It’s these situations that I have come to call ‘random moments’ when fishing. Things that happen when you least expect them to, and it’s these random situations that keep the unknown thoughts pondering in our heads while going about our life, getting us eager for the next trip.

The most ‘random’ and one of the most exhilarating experiences I was lucky enough to be a part of was a day trip fishing the dam known to the locals as ‘Lake Disappointment’ or properly titled Blowering Dam.

The beginning of spring marks the time when the hibernating Golden Perch and fisherman begin to show themselves from the long winter. As the impoundment temperatures begin to rise, the Goldens follow in synchronisation moving up into the shallows to begin foraging on the grassy banks, rocky points and shallow standing timber. I being one of these fisherman decided it was time for a trip up to the dam to get into some preseason gold.

Early golden season at Blowering Dam

“The water temperature is a bit cool”, I stated with a tone of disappointment as I checked the sounder. “We’ll still get a few”, replied Ryan as I started up the motor which signalled the start of the day. Up on the plane and heading across the dam both Ryan and I knew it was still a bit early in the season as the wind chill from winter had yet to leave. Dropping off the plane when we found our first likely looking bank was a relief to allow my face and hands to defrost.

The beginning of spring marks the time when the hibernating Golden Perch and fisherman begin to show themselves from the long winter. As the impoundment temperatures begin to rise, the Goldens follow in synchronisation moving up into the shallows to begin foraging on the grassy banks, rocky points and shallow standing timber. I being one of these fisherman decided it was time for a trip up to the dam to get into some preseason gold.

Early golden season at Blowering Dam

“The water temperature is a bit cool”, I stated with a tone of disappointment as I checked the sounder. “We’ll still get a few”, replied Ryan as I started up the motor which signalled the start of the day. Up on the plane and heading across the dam both Ryan and I knew it was still a bit early in the season as the wind chill from winter had yet to leave. Dropping off the plane when we found our first likely looking bank was a relief to allow my face and hands to defrost.

“Get him out”, I exclaimed. Ryan tried to get the fish up as quick as he could. Line was now making its way back onto the reel as the fish was coming into vision. I saw the outline of what I first thought was a monster Golden Perch, until the fish came closer and I knew my first judgement was incorrect. It was a big Blowering Murray Cod!

It surfaced in the clear waters only metres from the boat and Ryan kept repeating, “Get it in the net”. As we knew a fish of this size would easily strip 10lb line and disappear back into the trees below us. The fish behaved as I slipped it into the safety of the rubber mesh, which was the signal for a loose cannon of cheers, smiles and congratulatory hi-fives. This spectacular Murray Cod read up as 80cm on the brag mat and was loaded with a typical Blowering dam cod belly. After my paparazzi act he was lowered into the clear snow melt waters before powering off, back to the safety of the dam floor. We both couldn’t believe what had just happened and it’s this situation that really expresses the ‘unknown’ and ‘random’ moments when it comes to fishing.

The happiness that follows a fish like that is priceless and something you will remember forever. Although the factors surrounding the capture of this particular fish increased the excitement and meaning tenfold. It’s the fact that it was so ‘random’. If we had set out with heavy gear such as 100mm lures and the mindset of large Murray Cod, the same fish caught in this manner wouldn’t have produced the same excitement that this fish had.

Why? Well we had set out to target Golden Perch; we weren’t fishing for Murray Cod. Our gear of choice was 2-4kg spin out fits with 10lb line, not usually associated with big cod. It was the middle of the day which is when usually the fish aren’t keen to come out and the most ridiculous factor of all – which was the talking point for the entire afternoon – was the lure that this fish decided to consume. We both couldn’t believe that a Murray Cod of its calibre had taken a liking to a tiny 2 inch curly tail grub which I thought was even a small lure for the Goldens. Once all these factors are taken into consideration, and the fact that Ryan successfully fought such a large fish on light line from within the snags, just creates a feeling well beyond the norm. It was this one factor of ‘randomness’ that gave us the experience of a lifetime and it’s these random moments that create the ‘unknown’ in fishing that I can say, fisherman are addicted to.

Later in the day

Was this moment not so random after all? With the circumstances that led to the capture we both thought we would only witness a Murray Cod take a tiny soft plastic once. Later that afternoon while fishing similar structure our assumption on the randomness of the previous capture had to be reassessed, as Ryan’s spool unloaded. It started off running like the earlier fish although this one wanted to beat the previously set record and took twice as much line in a matter of moments. “This one is bigger”, said Ryan as the realisation set in that this battle was in the favour of the fish. The trajectory of the line was towards the bank, which unfortunately was lined with trees. I was onto the electric motor as I knew we had to set chase. The fish had taken the line through the heart of a submerged pine tree as I positioned the boat above. The sounder corresponded that the water was 4 metres, we could see the tree and the bottom although no fish could be located. The rod tip was recording what we could assume was monster cod headshakes as Ryan put on the most pressure that his outfit would allow.

We were in a tough situation as the fish had swum through the tree and taken off in another direction. Ryan was bringing the line back onto the reel and the leader knot became visual, we knew the fish must be close. Within a couple more cranks of the handle we both located a Murray Cod over a metre in length. It was an absolute monster, full of energy which it conveyed to us as it took an almighty run into the darkness of the Blowering depths. The situation was looking slim in our eyes as Ryan’s line was still caught around the tree. A few more agonising moments and the headshakes disappeared, as did the lure and the fish as the 10lb leader gave way. A quiet hush fell over both of us as we knew we were so close to a once in a lifetime fish, it was disappointing but that’s the ‘unknown’ that comes with fishing.

Next time you head out on a fishing trip before you make your first cast; take a guess at how the day will turn out. Majority of the time you won’t pick it right, that’s what makes fishing such a thrilling sport. If we were able to predict the day’s events then many of us wouldn’t be calling fishing our lifelong passion. I know these ‘unknown’ and ‘random’ moments keep me in anticipation for my next outing and I’m sure they work their magic on you as well. After you have just released one of our precious native species take a moment to soak up the feelings that are triggered from that capture. That’s the priceless sensation that all fisherman strive to achieve.

Rhys Creed

Rhys Creed

Rhys Creed is the Founder of Social Fishing. He has grown up with a love for freshwater fishing, especially lure fishing for natives. His favourite style of fishing is casting for Murray Cod in fast water rivers. He is passionate about bringing to you the best in freshwater fishing education!

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