Winter cod - A journey complete **Video added**

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Winter cod - A journey complete **Video added**

#1 Post by Pollycraft » Sun Jul 30, 2017 5:47 pm

Update!

Finally managed to edit together a short video of the experience. Plenty more videos coming, just need to capture more footage! Enjoy.



It has been a while between reports for me, mostly due to bad conditions and lack of time. Winter can be a slow season for fishing, less active fish and cooler weather often keeps us indoors. Last year I stumbled upon this idea of chasing cod during the colder months. At first, I thought it was a bit crazy but the idea of hooking a monster Aussie icon was too good.

A lack of success last winter had made me more determined this season. In my spare time, I had been carefully crafting some big timber surface lures with the hope of landing a fish of my dreams. Finally, the weather was looking good on a weekend, frosty mornings with days in the low 20s. The thermals and woolies were packed, time for the quest to begin.

With recent rains, the dam had risen and submerged new areas of scrub and timber. This provided a rich feeding ground for the plentiful baitfish in the shallow warmer waters. Somewhere amongst the flooded vegetation a cod stalks it's next meal, hopefully, my homemade lures would entice them.
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Sadly the afternoon session proved fruitless, not a swirl or a boil to be seen. I fished my way back to camp in the dark and by the time I had reached the site the temperature had fallen into the single digits.
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I sat next to the fire and prepared a hot coffee to warm my body. I like to take these opportunities to reflect upon my fishing. Just like last year, I thought to myself, 'Why was this a good idea in winter?''. Some warm dinner and into the sleeping bag for a night of rest and an early frosty start.
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Dusting the frost off my kayak, I found myself casting into the blackness once again. The baitfish seemed to be rather active this morning, this was a good sign as predators would also be on the prowl. The blackness gave way to an eruption of colours in the sky. For a moment I was taken away from the fishing to watch the colours of daybreak emerge. However, it would not be long before the morning quiet was interrupted.
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A huge greenback erupted out of the water like a breaching whale. Engulfing my lure it dived immediately into the submerged timber and so the fight began. The cod slugged it out in the deep but gently I worked it to the surface. I could feel the weight of the fish, the thumping of her powerful tail. I needed to find a clear path to shore as that would be my only chance of landing her carefully.
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I didn't realise how big she was until I cradled her in my arms, all 112cm. Such a solid healthy fish, so much power and strength in that tail. A quick measure, a hug, and photo before sending her back home. Even though the water was chilly, I did not feel the cold after landing such an awesome fish on my own lure.
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I hope you enjoy the read.
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#2 Post by Ads22 » Sun Jul 30, 2017 6:01 pm

That is a special effort! On your own lure and all. Very well done! And well written :cool:
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#3 Post by pavo » Sun Jul 30, 2017 6:04 pm

Frgin awesome effort Brad and to get it on a hand made lure well done.
I was planning to do the same thing myself but family things like a baby put plans on hold
Love the photos and report bud.

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#4 Post by Leper » Sun Jul 30, 2017 6:05 pm

Awesome report and photos and a cracking cod and on a homepage lure as well! That will be a campfire story for a very long time to come. Just a shame I hadn't come up with the Murray Cod comp before you headed off on your trip as that would have been a quality entry! It may have been a long time between reports but we are all hoping you can throw up a few more in the future as they are a quality read. Thanks again! :grin:
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#5 Post by pazz » Sun Jul 30, 2017 6:27 pm

Great report
That last picture is a cracker - one happy fisherman. Well done
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#6 Post by Galey » Sun Jul 30, 2017 7:07 pm

Congratulations on an awesome fish on your own lure and a great read to finish the job.

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#7 Post by rocketV » Sun Jul 30, 2017 7:08 pm

Great report. I appreciate the time and effort it takes to put a report like that together, but it was well worth it to share that journey. Well done :cool:
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#8 Post by Grimbo » Sun Jul 30, 2017 9:31 pm

Well done! That's a cracker of a report, it really sums up what fishing is all about(especially the pics). What better way to get a cracking good cod than on your own handmade lure!
Thank for sharing. :grin:
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#9 Post by Ozzybass » Mon Jul 31, 2017 12:38 am

Awesome! Congrats. Dam or river?

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#10 Post by hillbilly » Mon Jul 31, 2017 10:12 am

Wow! What a big, fat fish. Congratulations on catching such a nice fish. Photos were great too. Gotto love that smile. Regards Bill
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#11 Post by Dodge » Mon Jul 31, 2017 10:50 am

Satisfaction of a big fish taken on a DIY lure, something to be remembered for many years, congrats mate.
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#12 Post by WayneD » Mon Jul 31, 2017 11:34 am

Cracking fish! Makes me want to get back out chasing them this weekend but this northerner doesn't like the cold enough :lol:
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#13 Post by pdfarrell » Mon Jul 31, 2017 7:53 pm

Awesome stuff. Has to be satisfying knowing you got such a beast on your own hand crafted lures.

Great report, great fish!

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#14 Post by arpie » Mon Jul 31, 2017 9:17 pm

Well done, Brad! AWESOME fish!! You could SELL those lures!! :wink:

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#15 Post by 1lastcast » Mon Jul 31, 2017 9:57 pm

Next level report fella.
Well done on getting out there ,the slick looking lure and beast of a fish.

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