Mildura Weekly : Friday May 2 2014 Vol 8 No 26
Mildura Weekly – 02/05/14 69 www.milduraphonebook.com.au Sporting clubs to go pink in support of cancer SPORTING clubs across the region are being encouraged to go pink this Mother’s Day weekend (May 10 and 11) as part of Breast Cancer Net- work Australia’s sixth an- nual Pink Sports Day. Joining hundreds of clubs across the country, sporting organisations in Sunraysia are being encour- aged to register for the event, which will be an opportuni- ty to show support for, and pay tribute to, people in the community who have been affected by breast cancer. Clubs will also have the chance to raise vital funds for BCNA as part of the day, with players and supporters encouraged to wear pink during matches. Russell Athletic, Sherrin and Spalding – ball manu- facturers for a number of different sporting codes – have also created a special pink range with a portion of proceeds to go to BCNA. Sherrin – the official AFL game ball – has pro- duced a pink BCNA range including a leather match- quality football and a kid’s soft touch footy. Spalding has pink BCNA basketballs, soccer balls and netballs available, along with novelty bounc- ing balls, while Russell Ath- letic – as part of their Head Candy range – has pro- duced pink headbands with the iconic pink lady logo. Pink Sports Day is free to take part in, with BCNA to provide participating clubs with posters, Pink Lady tattoos and silhou- ettes, balloons, donation tins and more. Pink socks, shoelaces, caps and shirts are also available for clubs to pur- chase, along with the pink- coloured Russell Athletic, Sherrin and Spalding pink ranges for BCNA. BCNA CEO Maxine Mo- rand said more than 15,000 women and 125 men in Australia were expected to be diagnosed with breast cancer this year alone. “Breast cancer is the most common cancer af- fecting women,” she said. “Pink Sports Day gives local sporting clubs an opportunity to support women affected by breast cancer in their community – mothers, wives, daugh- ters, sisters and friends – and let them know that they are not alone through- out their breast cancer jour- ney.” Last year more than 900 clubs across Australia took part in Pink Sports Day, raising $435,000. BCNA is hoping to raise $500,000 this year, with money raised to go to BCNA to support its work in ensuring Australians af- fected by breast cancer are provided with the best pos- sible information, services and support possible. Participating clubs can chose to hold fund-raising activities such as sausage sizzles, raffles or auctions, and can also sell pink mer- chandise at their event. Registration and more information is available by visiting www.bcna.org.au/ pinksportsday. THERE’S nothing quite like camp- ing and fishing for the mighty Mur- ray Cod, particularly around the Sunraysia region. Mildura is home to many fresh- water fish species in the Murray- Darling Basin, including Golden Perch, Silver Perch, Redfin Perch, European Carp, Eel-tailed catfish etc, but the prize for many local and visiting anglers is the mighty Murray cod, which is native to our waters. While it is quite worthwhile targeting Golden Perch (yellowbel- ly) and redfin, it is the Murray cod that plays on the minds of most anglers. Arguably, the best time to fish for Murray cod around Mildura is during the Autumn-winter months, from around April right through to August/September (Murray cod season closes each year from Sep- tember 30 to December 1) as this is when the bigger cod are usually caught. Summer can be lucrative, but long days on the water in the in- tense heat can be very taxing on the body and mind. A lot of smaller Murray cod can be caught on both lures and bait over the summer period, but if you plan on only a quick visit and wish to catch that fish of a lifetime, winter is definite- ly the go. Bait fishing for Murray cod is a popular and vi- able option over the sum- mer months. Bait fishing is a good option, but the big fish can get quite fussy about what is on offer, particularly when the wa- ter temperature is high, or if there is a plethora of natural bait foods on of- fer in the system. Best rigs to use are a running sinker or ‘river rig’ with a single hook underneath the sinker. The best bait to use is ar- guably the Bardi grub, with yabbies coming in a close second. Braided lines are popular for bait fishing now, but some of the more traditional bait fishos prefer monofilament of around 15-20lb, depending on the target species. Lure fishing is now one of Mil- dura’s most popular sports, with many anglers, young and old, hit- ting the water with nothing but a rod and lure. While trolling and casting lures can bring the desired result at any time of year, trolling is usually con- sidered a summer technique, when the fish are holding deeper and moving about a bit more...casting is usually a winter technique, as the fish are sitting in shallow water tight up against structure, and cast- ing is a better way to get into the ‘strike-zone.’ Even though large hard-bodied lures can be cast with great accuracy and effect, it is most ideal to be cast- ing large spinnerbaits into structure in the shallow waters as they can be a very versatile lure which can be worked fast or slow, deep or shal- low and are often taken ‘on the drop,’ or when the lures is fluttering its way to the desired depth. Lure choice is vitally important, regardless of whether you are cast- ing or trolling. Running depth should be con- sidered a key at the best of times, but considering cod don’t usually move as far in the winter as they do in summer to chase a lure, ac- curate casting techniques are desir- able. You would pretty much have to smack the cod on the head with the lure for it to strike. This is why trolling during winter can be very testing and mentally demanding. Big lures are designed to catch big fish and by-catch a whole heap of smaller fish too, including the popular Golden Perch. The large lure doing all the damage this sea- son is the Australian-made 120mm Koolabung Codzilla as it is such a versatile lure, with the ability to be cast or trolled from two to 10 me- tres. Recommended lures for target- ing Murray cod around Mildura are hardbody lures for trolling and casting 100mm-200mm in length, with anywhere from 2m to 10m- plus diving bibs (depending on where you are fishing)...120mm- 150mm hardbody lures work par- ticularly well at depths around 6-7 metres around rock bars and steep drop-offs. Ideal spinnerbaits to use when targeting Murray cod in the stretch- es of the Murray river around Mil- dura are around 1/2-1oz weighted heads with large Colorado blades (faster running water above Mil- dura use willow blades). If fishing above Mildura lock and where the water flow is faster, It is desirable to use a ‘slim line’ profile lure that swims against the current with ease but still presents well and stays in the strike zone long enough. I find the Koolabung Codbaits are idea for this situation. Colour choice is really up to the angler. Of course, colour choice can matter in shallow or clear wa- ter conditions, but colour choice is a personal one when fishing the murky waters of the Murray. If I was to choose colours for a reason it would be darker colours, as I be- lieve they cast a larger shadow in the water. As a general rule, running depths are roughly 2-7 metres for trolling (depending on the water being fished) and 2-3 metres for casting. Line and leader choice is anoth- er important factor when maintain- ing desired running depths. But more importantly, good leader ma- terial can be the difference between landing the fish or not. Whether trolling or casting, braided lines of 50lb are usually needed to tar- get and land monster Murray cod. Combined with a monofilament leader of approximately 60lb and the length of your rod, this is an unbeatable outfit. The leader is usually connect- ed via a ‘bimini twist’ in the main braid line using a trusted knot. There are plenty of different knots out there which usually varies with every angler you talk to you. It is important to find the one which best suits your application and one in which is relatively easy to tie. The main aim of the game when it comes to camping and fish- ing is... . . enjoy yourself! For the love of Cod • A CAST OF ONE: Marcus Hennig, from Mildura, with his first ever cod (not a bad size for his first catch!) The cod took a trolled 120mm Koolabung Codzilla. BELOW – Local fishing guru Jamie ‘Sanchez’ Robinson holding up a ripper cod, caught on a 120mm Koolabung Codzilla.
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