THOUSANDS of keen freshwater anglers, such as Ben Trevena (pictured above) at last year’s Mulwala Fishing Classic, will be hitting the rivers today with the official opening of the cod season.
And one of the best ways to get amongst them is on a new kayak.
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Victorian Fisheries Authority chief executive Travis Dowling said angling for the legendary native fish, which can grow to more than 1m, continued to gain popularity given the species’ sport fishing traits and its fine eating qualities.
“Murray cod have made a huge comeback over the past decade thanks to habitat restoration, tighter catch limits, more responsible fishing practices and stocking programs funded by fishing licence fees and the Victorian Government’s Target One Million plan, which aims to get more people fishing, more often,” Mr Dowling said.
“Last summer, more than 1.1 million Murray cod fingerlings were stocked, weighing nearly 2 tonnes, most of which were grown at the Snobs Creek fish hatchery, near Eildon,” he said.
“Those cod stockings complemented other native fish releases that totalled more than three million.”
Mr Dowling said passionate Murray cod anglers were encouraged to come along to the free Murray Codference in Shepparton on Sunday December 10 where they would learn about Victoria’s cod fisheries and how to improve their own fishing success.
“The free event is part of Target One Million, which is investing a record $46 million, including $9 million from fishing licence fees, to boost participation to one million anglers by 2020.
“The Codference is a great way to share and celebrate all the great projects being undertaken by agencies and anglers to improve our native fisheries.
Learn more and reserve a free seat at www.vfa.vic.gov.au/codference2017