3kg - 8kg, has reached over 40kg.
Murray Cod inhabit inland waters in the eastern states of Australia as well as south-east S.A. They have a preference for deep, shady holes often under submerged logs or snaggy timber that has settled at the bottom of the lake or river.
Accepted as a fine sporting fish with great power and stamina often requiring strong arm tactics to dislodge from snag-ridden terrain.
Australian record 50.400kg.
bait: Bardi grub, Freshwater yabbies, Garden worm, Mussel, Scrub worm, Shrimp
fly: Freshwater Other
lure: Minnow Deep Diving, Soft Plastics, Spinnerbait, Spoon, Surface crawler
Link: 6 - 10kg main line with a 1m trace. Use a 1m 20kg monotrace for trolling. Braid or fusion lines.
Hook: No.6 - 6/0 Mustad 92554 Beak or Longshank.
Rig: Medium to heavy gear with running sinker or paternoster rig. Trolling gear set for deep diving.
Cast bait close to cover of snags, under trees and root systems. Quiet or gentle water flow areas are more successful waters to fish. Use one or two live shrimp hooked through the tail. When trolling repeated journeys over suspected logs and holes is required to entice the fish to strike. Use line up to 35kg for snaggy rivers to avoid tackle loss. Targeting backwaters and billabongs off the main river system can be productive because of fish entrapment due to water receded after flooding.