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Murray Cod (Maccullochella peelii)

Murray Cod

Murray Cod

  • Size 80 lbs
  • Food Value Good
  • Game Qualities Good
  • Habitats Lake, River

The largest fish in the world that only lives in fresh water, the Murray Cod is an undisputable reason to visit the Murray-Darling River system in Australia. Severely overfished in the 1800s and early 20th century, they are gradually making a comeback, but conservation measures are still important to keep the fishery healthy and sustainable. But when the season opens, catching a Murray Cod has got to be one of the most exciting experiences you can get in Southeastern Australia. 

How to catch a Murray Cod

Come prepared with suitable gear. 13 lb tackle is perfect for the smaller ones, but in order to catch a big one, you'll want to up the ante to up to 30 lbs. Baitcast reels are the most popular, but spin reels can also be effective and are a little more user-friendly. There are a variety of hard-bodied cod lures on the market, with spinnerbaits also being a popular choice. Cod feed best at night time, although you can get a very good reaction by targeting them around snags, rocks, and ledges during the day. 

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