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  1. As a follow up to my reports from the Murrumbidgee relating to very low water I'm formulating this report of recent events. Water levels are still low but (today) I checked out the boat ramp and reckon that I could launch the boat again. How far I could travel is still subjective and if it's not too far, the fishing will be ordinary , at best. So there's reason for optimism. I have been out 3 times in the past 10 days and caught fish each time...a few Carp and 7 Murray Cod to 52 cms. I have been exploring an area called Yanco Creek which seems to have a slightly better water level than the river. This is very satisfying to me, finding new spots and actually catching a few fish at them. True I haven't got any big ones (yet) but I feel that persistence will pay off, eventually. Today I went out just after sun up and nearly cleaned a few 'roos up when heading into the sun. Lucky escape! The weather was cool as I put the shrimp net in and loaded 1 rod with cheese and the other with dead shrimp. A bite almost immediately saw me striking and missing. When I reeled in I noticed that the shrimps heads had been taken but no interest in the entire shrimp. I decided to put the shrimps on head first (I usually go tail first and come out at the head). This paid immediate dividend with a small Cod coming ashore. No interest whatsoever in the cheese and very few decent bites on the shrimps. I persevered for a while then decided to chuck a spinnerbait around and came up with a small Cod on a black/purple twin Colorado blade. I moved spots quite a few times and found some very promising spots for future exploration...although the steep banks will undoubtedly present a slight problem, especially if I do hook a big one. I did have 1 unusual catch. The bite was like a turtle and when I reeled in I found a mussel which had engulfed my shrimps and closed it's shell around the hook. Hope to have more positive feedback in the next few weeks. Cheers.