New record on cards

Nick Atyeo | Bendigo Weekly | 09-Aug-2013

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COD Almighty: Ross Virt and his pending record breaking cod. Photo: STEVE BAMFORTH
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SPARE a thought for pending Australian record holder, Geelong resident Ross Virt and his fishing partner Steve Bamforth, who were busy casting the banks of the Loddon River last month at 2am on a Saturday morning, between Bridgewater and Laanecoorie.

It wasn’t the first cod that has mistaken one of Ross’s hand crafted floating Koas cod flys for a more tasty offering, with hundreds of smaller cod successfully landed since Ross’s addiction to chasing cod on fly over the past five years.

Ross regularly fishes the Loddon, being the closet productive cod water to Geelong as well as travelling further afield to the Murrumbidgee and Murray when time permits.

“Winter is an ideal time to chase cod on the surface,” Ross said. “I’d fished this particular snag before on a previous trip and had a hit so I knew it was worth preserving around this part of the river.

Ross’s 106cm (estimated at 30 kilograms) cod took a large white fly chosen because of its visual appeal and the silhouette it casts in low light conditions.

Ross is currently waiting for official notification from  ANSA on acceptance of his record catch of a Murray cod on fly.

Visit Kaos Cod Flys Facebook page to view more of Ross’s recent successes and his range of flys suitable for native freshwater fish.
Barramundi fishing was the major topic for guest speaker Corey Tarr at this month’s Bendigo Legion Angling Club meeting earlier this week.

A good starting point for any anglers considering a trip would be a copy of the North Australian Fish Finder publication, according to Corey who has fished the region regularly with plenty of success.

Locations, lures, rod and reel selection all came in for discussion with Corey preferring the legendary Australian Barra Classic lure as one of his favourite barramundi lures.

Club member’s will be hoping this month’s trip to Lake Mulwala on August 25 and 26 will be more productive than last month’s trip  to Picnic Point Mathoura where 13 anglers braved cold, wet conditions for a solitary 42cm golden perch.

Lake Purrumbete and Bullen Merri have been nominated for a return trip for September 21 and 22 after an absence of several years from the club calendar.

Recent reports are patchy but there is still the occasional trophy sized fish trout reported. Such as a 4.6 kilogram brown trout taken recently with a translucent Tasmanian devil off Rainbow Point prior to dawn.

Lake Tooliorook may be well worth a look on the return trip from Purrumbete – depending on inflows in the next six weeks.

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