Brave the cold


With temperatures starting to cool it means the cod should be sunning themselves in the shallower bays of our dam systems and no longer lurking the depths to get cooler water.

Hopefully the water levels stabilize and they are no longer draining megalitres out of our dams.

I can’t wait for this autumn to go and target some cod.  It is my southern style of Barramundi Fishing.  Using bait casters and targeting snags such as trees, rocky outcrops and shallow bays or what I like to call flats.

I have dusted off the Daiwa Interline 6’6 bait cast rod, the T3 Ballistic and tied a new trace of 20lb fluorocarbon on my 20lb braid.  What I love about this combo set up is the ease of accuracy with the casting, with no runners you feel everything through the blank, so the slightest tap on the lure is felt and less friction on the line during the fight with no runners.

When fishing a dam I will look for the temperature breaks in the water as the cod at this time of year will be searching for that warmer water where you will find them to be the most active.  Like saltwater fishing bait fish is also important so if you find a school of bait don’t ignore it there is possibly a big fish lurking somewhere near.

Don’t work your lure too fast as cod can be known to be a little lazy and you can cast into that same snag at least three times sometimes before a cod decides to have a go at eating your lure.

Most of my fishing revolves around trying to use lures based around natural colours but like our northern friends the barramundi whom don’t mind something a little zany and out there I have found the cod don’t mind this either.

I like to trip up my lures, sometimes the bigger the better.  I have got a brightly coloured fluorescent green chatterbait and rigged on the hook under the skirt a 100mm Squidgy Shad in White Lightening and have found this to be successful.


Have a go and don’t be afraid to experiment.  I have still got a lot to learn about targeting this species of fish but am having a lot of fun trying.

Remember you have until 1st September, which is officially closed season to try and catch yourself a magnificent Australian Native.

If fishing dams that are classed as Alpine Waters the new rules apply for boats of less than 4.80 metres that a life jacket needs to be worn at all times.

See you on the water.


75cm cod

Her first cod, 2nd cast.

8 responses to “Brave the cold

    • Hi Daniel

      I normally fish Burrinjuck but keen to give some of the other dams such as Blowering and Burrendong a run.

  1. Great Read Vicki.
    I really have the Cod Bug at the moment and your article provides some insight into the areas i should be targeting in the cooler months.
    These techniques also work well in landbase fishing around dams and walking the banks along rivers. Your right about them being lazy at times and sometime you can never retreive slow enough. I also found your article about exploring the creeks useful in exploring the local rivers around canberra for cod and yellas.

    thanks again for the insight.


  2. Hi Jon
    I really appreciate your comments and glad they have been able to help you out with your other ventures in the rivers at Canberra.

    I am still learning on the cod but once you have the bug you just can’t shake it.

    All the best with your ventures and look forward to see how you go.

    Cheers Vicki

  3. On the bucket list for this year vicki might get to see you and scotty on the water some time

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