Plenty of fish caught during Christmas period

By Deniliquin Pastoral Times

Jake Cavallaro with a solid 96cm cod he recently caught from the Billabong Creek.

Happy new year to all and I hope everyone had a good Christmas and holiday break.

It’s fantastic to see so many holiday makers in town, especially fishermen trying their luck at catching the big one.

But one thing I have noticed boating around town is the amount of rubbish that is left behind by those who have little to no respect for the environment or our waterways. Surely it’s not that hard to take your rubbish with you.

For those using lures it has been tough going. It was nothing to spend five hours casting lures from day break to mid morning with not so much as a touch, but there have been a lucky few that have out smarted the sluggish cod.

Billy and Kim Danckert got out of bed early and were well rewarded with Billy catching a cracking cod on the surface, measuring in at 85cm.

Justin Whishart caught a nice 83cm cod trolling upstream of the Four Post.

Michael Todd had a productive morning recently, catching a cracking 52cm yellowbelly casting hard up into some willows.

He followed it up with a healthy 74cm cod casting into some open water around the Lawson Syphon area.

Justin Adair had all his Christmases come at once landing a cracking cod measuring in at the magical metre mark.

Justin caught his cod casting a spinnerbait into some timber in the Benarca Bend area.

Justin and his family spent eight days camping out at Benarca recently. In total they caught a staggering 28 fish, including 26 cod, one 52cm yellowbelly and one bream.

All but four fish were caught using bait, with the others on lures. Great effort.

Fishing in the same area Jacob Perdon, along with his mate Tom Wakefield, caught a couple of nice cod coming in at 92cm and 85cm. Well done lads.

Tim Brown managed a healthy 60cm cod and Tim ‘Wiggie’ Maher has put in the hard yards and was rewarded with a chunky 68cm cod.

Dean Herberte tricked a 50cm cod into taking his jumbuck lure while team Wills tried their luck fishing in the Edward River and were rewarded catching a few cod, all caught on grubs. The best measured at 57cm.

Young gun fisho Max Caruso has also been doing well, catching plenty of fish with his biggest coming on Christmas Day.

Max managed to pinch a sausage off the barbecue and thought that it would make a great bait.

He cast his line out into the Edward and didn’t have to wait long before his rod buckled over and after a quick fight landed a fat 95cm cod. Keep up the good work Max.

Pete Lewis camped out on the Gulpa Creek for a few days with not too much luck until his final day, catching a cracking 97cm cod on shrimp.

Casey Atkins also caught a small cod on cheese using a hand line.

Brock Ezard had a good couple of days out below the weir catching around 18 cod all on bait, that being chicken and cheese.

Of the 18 cod, eight were of legal size, the biggest being 77cm.

Terry Boyer has been getting among a few nice fish also. Fishing close to town Terry took his granddaughter Jordie out for a quick fish and was upstaged with young Jordie catching a whopping 95cm cod. Well done Jordie.

The Billabong Creek is still productive with Jake Cavallaro landing a cracking cod close to the metre mark.

Jake was fishing off the bank when he caught his 96cm cod on a yabby.

To add to the excitement Jake had to drop his pants and swim out to de-snag his cod from the timber that it managed to tangle itself up in. Well done Jake.

Team Wills are still catching their share of fish from the Billabong with Pete and Cam landing a couple of nice cod, the biggest being 71cm.

By far bait seems to be the best bet at the moment if you’re keen to get out and try your luck catching some fish.

Remember for all your fishing tackle and camping needs call into see Pete at Betta Outdoors and Camping or Chappy at Deni Sports Centre.

Also registrations are now being taken for the upcoming 23rd Deniliquin Fishing Classic, to be held from February 14 to February 16.

Check out Deniliquin RSL Iron Jack Fishing Classic via their Facebook page. It should be a great weekend.

Don’t forget, if you see or suspect illegal fishing, please call 1800 043 536.

Make the call and make the difference.