It’s cod season

By Country News on December 09, 2015

Victorian Murray cod fishers welcomed the opening of the new season on December 1.

Murray cod is an iconic species to Victorian anglers, and a significant amount of fishing licence fees have been invested in stocking cod, improving their habitat and funding research into their biology.

VRFish general manager Dallas D’Silva said members of the recreational fishing organisation were at the 2015 Yamaha Cod Classic last weekend at Luke Mulwala.

Members surveyed fishers about their awareness of the regulations that were introduced last year, and asked for ideas to improve cod fishing in the years ahead.

VRFish chairman Rob Loats said recreational fishers had worked closely with fishery and catchment managers over the past 15 years to help restore populations and create improved fishing opportunities.

‘‘It’s a great success story,’’ Mr Loats said.

‘‘VRFish is keen to promote best practice catch, handling and release for Murray cod.

‘‘This is especially important now that all cod over 75cm must be released alive.’’

Anglers are reminded that a minimum legal size limit of 55cm and a maximum size limit of 75cm applies. The catch limit is one fish in rivers and two in impoundments.

■Fishers are encouraged to study the Recreational Fishing Guide, log onto the Fisheries Victoria website or download the Fisheries Victoria app for more information on fishing regulations.

By Country News on December 09, 2015

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