It was the first day of my holidays. Uncle Slavko walked me down to his secret fishing spot on the Murrumbidgee River. I love fishing. It is inspiring, relaxing and exciting all at the same time. As I set up my gear the only sound I could hear was the river gurgling over the rocks.
I found a ‘Y’ stick and put it in the sand. Then I put some cheese on my hook as bait, because a Murray Cod will go for anything including ducks off the water surface. Next I cast out my 14-pound mono line. I put a bell on the top of my fishing rod so it could ring when a fish jiggled the bait. I then leaned my rod in the ‘Y’ stick so I didn’t have to hold it all the time. I sat back and waited and waited and waited.
I waited for 10 minutes. My bell started to go off slowly so I waited and then it really went off. I leaned toward my rod and started reeling it in.
Being spooled is when most of your line is out and the fish nearly snaps off. I started reeling it in faster, but more carefully because the line was so thin. The cod was pulling a lot of line out. I nearly got spooled.
The cod could have easily broken it. Suddenly the fish was close to the bank. I could see it. I grabbed my net and walked into the water. I netted the fish.
I had caught a 59 to 60 centimetre Murray Cod. We couldn’t weigh it, but it was probably 50 to 70 pounds. I picked up the fish and nearly dropped it, but I held it tight so it wouldn’t fall and hit its head and die. Uncle Slavko took some photos of me holding the fish. It was now time to release it. This is what I have to do because fishing is a sport to me.
When you release a fish you have to move it back and forth very slowly in the water to get its gills moving again. When you feel that the fish has had enough of this you support its belly and just let it swim off your hands by itself. This Murray Cod is the biggest fish I have ever caught.
Video recorded by Uncle Slavko.