Cod Opening Classic Report. by Neil Slater
December 2 - 3 Lake Mulwala
from every state in Australia flooded into the towns on Yarrawonga
and Mulwala on the first weekend of December for the Yamaha Cod
A total catch and released competition held by Mulwala Football
and Netball Club, the competition attracted a staggering 2660
registered anglers and set another world record for number of
participants at an inland fishing competition.
The weather was more forgiving this year with warm sunshine most
of the weekend and only a few short burst of rain when I was walking
to the footy oval Friday night.
The colossal team effort started Thursday evening when 30 volunteers
from Mulwala footy club and staff from Bourke Hire erected an
absolute behemoth of a tent. Stretching 90 meters and spanning
another 15 meters, it almost covered half the footy field and
I'm sure you could see it from the moon (if you squinted).
Friday night saw the flood of competitors into the tent. Many
anglers were keen to take up the chance to listen to the excellent
catch & release and casting clinics held by Dave "the
Barefoot Fisherman" Hodge while "Flathead Fred"
whipped the kids into a soft drink and sausage fuelled shouting
fest on Saturday night.
Lucky door prizes were given out Saturday night including a staggering
1434 minor prizes that saw more than 66% of competitors go home
with a reward for showing up. All juniors received a free Bassman
spinnerbait upon entry as a lucky door prize and there were a
total of six 3.85 Quintrex Explorer boat and trailer packages
available to competitors.
Saturday night, the finals of the adult and junior amateur casting
shootouts were held. Hundreds of onlookers stayed around to watch
this event with the Australian pro casting shootout closing out
There were some absolute cracking fish caught and released including
a 121 cm, a 103 cm and a 100 cm cod plus many golden perch exceeding
The funds raised in the event have helped the town build new football
club rooms and community centre.
Keep an eye on www.codclassic.com.au
(and here at Sweetwater
Fishing Ed.) and hope to see you there next year!
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'La nosh' Moloney got us on the board with a cod of 68cm
BMT packages that were up for grabs
'The Barefoot Fisherman' Hodge spins a few yarns
Stats, Facts & Figures
- 2326 Adult, 334 Junior
Total - 2660 (+400 on 2005)
Winners Early Entry boat - Greg Gillet, Lara
Cod C & R boat - Darren Brauman, Bannockburn
Carp Boat - Daniel Webb, Lara
Raffle boat - Anne Hilet, Mulwala
Lucky Door boat - Chris Hal, Mulwala
Combined Lucky Door boat - Adam Veenvliet, Drysdale
375 Murray Cod (+22 on 05), 149 Golden Perch (-1), 894 European
Carp (+109) - Total 1418 (+130)
Adult - Hayden Brown 121cms, Junior - Harrison Manning 62cm
Adult - Kevin Doyle 56cm Junior - Alyssa Kershaw - 51cm
Carp (Open Section) Warren Black 79cms
Champion Angler (most combined length) - Locky Long 1.09mtrs
of Murray Cod (3 fish)
Champion Angler - Julie Perkins 69cms
Stats (All Murray Cod - as indicated on complete catch cards)
Caught & Released
Adults 364, junior 11
313, 60-69cms 48, 70-79cms 9, 80-89cms 2, 90-99cms 0 and the big
fish: 1 @ 1.00m, 1 @ 1.03m & 1 @ 1.21m.
Productive Methods - Bait 245 (identical) Lures 91 (+9) No
Breakdown - Bait - Bardi grub's 160, Yabby's 35, Worms 19, Cheese
14, Shrimp 11, Worm/ Shrimp Combo 6.
Lures - Oar Gee 19, Stumpjumper 13, AC's 5, Custom Craft 4, Codger
2, Swagman 2, Predatek 1, Others 14 (non sponsors), Spinnerbaits
Fish Stats (All Golden Perch - as indicated on complete catch
Caught & Released Adults 137, Junior 12
Productive Methods - Bait 76, Lures 60, No Response 13
Breakdown - Bait - Worms 35, Yabby's 22, Shrimp 8, Bardi's 7,
Worm / Shrimp Combo 4
Lures - Oar Gee 8, Stumpjumper 4, Codger 4, AC 4, Custom Craft
2, Jumbuck 1, Halco 1, Legend 1, Spinnerbaits 23, Others 11
European Carp - An incredible 894 Carp were removed from
the lake and taken to "Charlie Carp" for processing.
Ron Kaponica form Charlie Carp report that the total weight of
all the Carp was 1.52 tones.
Juniors: 1st Tom Heatherington, 2nd Luke Simpson, 3rd Jack Simpson.
Adults: 1st Joe Linehan, 2nd Jamie Roberts, 3rd Jeremy Beasley
Pro's: 1st Jarrod Healey, 2nd Dale Ford, 3rd Tony Bennett.
the 2005 Cod Openning Classic Report
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fish, except carp, were measured and released
slab went to every boat owner - the cream on the cake
Brown took out the longest cod prize with a whopper of 121cms
Mulwala Hotspots - Article by Ian Stead
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