T_Bert83

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  1. Took the kids for a camp at Wyangala Dam over the weekend. Arriving at 10 am we headed out for a fish targeting cod. Started covering a sandy bank with plenty of layed down timber and a few rocky outcrops that had previously produced fish. Plenty of bait and fish showing on the sounder between 5 to 7m but no luck on spinnerbaits or crankbaits so in the hope to just catch a fish I changed it up to a small bass style chatterbait on a 3-4kg outfit. Shortly after landing a small cod that kept the kids entertained. Due to the heat we called it a day at around 1:30. Tried again today on a steep timber lined bank, very slow going only a couple of hits on a redfin coloured fish trap that did not hook up. Overall pretty slow going but the kids were happy enough seeing their 2nd cod ever. Cheers Trav
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    Big Murray Cod Tactics

    Ripper fish mate. There is definitely something special about cod I can't get enough of fishing for them.
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    Big Murray Cod Tactics

    Hi bn, Being in Orange there is only small dams such as Lake Canobolas and Gosling creek dam and a few streams close to town but I usually head to either Burrendong, Wyangala or Windamere or head to the Maquarie river when chasing natives and also spend a fair bit of time around Lithgow chasing trout. I'll be in touch we'll tee something up for sure.
  4. I have heard many comments like “I only dream of catching one of those” over the years when pictures of metre cod are posted or stories told. I have been fortunate enough to encounter a few now and thought I’d share a few things that I have learnt. I still have a lot to learn but hopefully this can help someone catch their fish of a lifetime. These are the things I consider when specifically targeting large Murray Cod in dams. This only covers lure fishing as that’s how I target them. • Bait is key. Look for signs of small fish either jumping or on sounder and also for birds. I’ve found massive schools of gudgeon which the carp and yellas feed on and generally a decent cod hasn’t been far away. Seagulls, cormorants and pelican are the birds I look for.. • Isolated timber or cover are productive areas. • In cooler months fish shallow, the bank to 5m early moving deeper as the sun gets higher. This is not a set rule as I’ve caught fish in water around 1.5m middle of a bright sunny day. • In warmer months I generally focus around the thermocline and fish low light and into the night generally don’t fish shallower than 3m. • Key bite times are sun rise, sun set, moon rise, moon set and also with a bit a research found 80% of my bigger fish 80cm+ have come from minor or major bite times according to a solunar table. I wouldn’t build a trip around this but something to consider. • Lures are a personal choice so many will work I use the following, - Chatter baits & Spinnerbaits– so versatile I cast them everywhere I especially like them at night. - Crankbaits – use them when I want to make a lot of casts and to cover water quickly. - Swimbaits & Glide baits – Usually fish these in low light conditions and water less than 5m. Although with heavy chin weights you can fish them as deep as you like. I try limit the weight as light as possible to allow for long pauses without the bait plummeting. - Lipless Crankbaits – When I think fish may prefer a smaller offering and something that I can fish super slow. - Also think big. 6-10 inch lures is what I’d spend 90% of my time casting but I have caught big fish on 90-100mm lipless crankbaits so they will definitely eat smaller lures. • Lure retrieves I generally keep pretty simple with just a slow roll with pauses to keep bait close to the bottom catching most of my fish. Don’t be afraid to use long pauses as I’ve had fish eat lures just floating out the back of the boat. • Barometer is an important factor. I have found if you can score a high barometer 1020+ that stays high for a week or more the fishing is generally really good. Other than that I usually try allow 2 days for the fish to settle after large pressure change. • Stop main motor a long way from spot you intend to fish and motor in on electric in. (I do roughly 500m) • Keep noise to a minimum. • Don’t give up on spots If it ticks all the boxes i.e has bait and cover as the fish will be there. One particular spot I fished took till the 4th occasion before I caught a fish and pulled 2 in 3 casts. • I’ve fished these principles across 3 different dams with good results so definitely not dam specific the only thing will be to find what food source the fish will key onto for your waterway. • Most importantly is to put in the time and keep casting. Hope this helps someone, Cheers, Trav
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    More squid

    Looks like you have enough for both yum either way.
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    Wyangala Dam

    It is a great dam mate one of my favourites. The dam is sitting around 37% at the moment hope it gets nowhere near 5% any time soon.
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    Wyangala Dam

    I’ve found it hard fishing the times I would like with young kids and work but the lake definitely has a lot to offer when you strike the right conditions. I fish it a lot so let me know when you are going I’ll try help you out.
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    Help reading my sounder images

    As far as settings I agree with JonD it looks pretty good. Only thing I would adjust is your side scan settings. I generally run the distance 3-4 times the depth of water you are in. So from your picture where you are in 5m I’d set side scan to roughly 15-20 otherwise you lose detail as sounder is trying to gather too much information. Cod and yellowbelly will definitely sit around the thermocline especially as the water heats up in summer.
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    Wyangala Dam

    I’ve heard from a few people lately Wyangala is very hit and miss at the moment and from the 2 recent outings I’ve had I have to agree. 1st outing a couple of weeks ago I started the day at first light fishing swimbaits. Small fish jumped all around which was a good sign that something bigger wouldn’t be far away but no luck. As the sun started to rise fishing a relatively featureless bank I had a cod roughly 80cm follow a glidebait to the boat only to turn away at the last second. Feeling I wasn’t covering the depth of water I was fishing efficiently I changed it up to a deep diving crankbait with almost immediate success. In the next hour I missed 2 and landed 2 cod roughly 70-75cm. Things slowed after that until I landed another cod roughly 65cm came from a shallow timbered area on a Jackall Gantia. Satisfied with the day and a large storm closing in fast I called it a day. Now I experienced the frustrating side of Wyangala Dam. Once again I started fishing well before the sun came up in an area I had noticed a lot of bait on my previous trip. I threw swimbaits, glidebaits , crankbaits and large chatterbait (basically all my go to lures) for hours without sighting a fish. Thinking the low barometer and recent crazy storm activity may have shut down the fish I changed things up to small spinner baits, lipless crankbaits and small swimbaits. This bought about the only action I saw for the day which was a 65cm cod follow a Jackall Gantarel to the boat only to turn away. Never looked like it wanted to eat it to be honest. This was 10:30am and I continued to fish till 2pm with no sign of another fish before once again I was chased off the lake by storms. With the thermocline sitting 6-8m I spent a lot of time casting at that depth but fished from 3-10m. The one fish I did see came from 4m. After such a day I’m keener than every to get back and try get into them again. Cheers, Trav
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    Help reading my sounder images

    Hi Brendan, I'm far from a sounder expert but here is how I'd interpret what you're seeing. 1st image I'd call that clutter or potentially a bait school but very hard to tell from that screenshot. 2nd image possibly bubbles, they will generally start at bottom and you'll see them rising through the water. The down scan on the 2nd and the 3rd image I'd say that would be the thermocline. No surprise to see the fish holding in that area. Hopefully this helps and someone can shed some more light on it for you cheers, Trav.
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    Carcoar Dam

    Hi mate, Definitely a big population of Redfin in carcoar dam, there is also trout and increasing numbers of yellowbelly and Murray cod being caught. Spring and summer generally sees the fish move up shallower on banks with points being a good place to find decent numbers. Trolling or casting hardbody lures is a good way to cover territory and get into almost all the species mentioned above. Casting lipless crankbaits and soft plastics are very effective methods. Hope this helps, cheers Trav
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    Lachlan River

    Gday Fenno, Big Neil has given some very handy tips. Definitely target low light periods especially in heavily fished areas. Although in saying that one of my biggest cod came from the middle of the day at a main river crossing. When fishing the middle of the day look for shady areas such as overhanging trees and laid down trees are other productive areas. Quite often it can take multiple casts to get a reaction so hit the one snag over and over. Also recast to a snag after a fish has been caught as often there are more than one fish sitting on one piece of cover. As far as lures go don't overthink it they will eat anything presented in the right spot. I've caught them on harbodies, soft vibes, spinnerbaits, surface lures (paddlers and rats) and swimbaits. Biggest isn't always the best either I've caught a lot of fish on 90mm vibes when big swimbaits weren't getting a look in. Hope this helps cheers, Trav