Originally Posted by Trapper6L
Looks like a winning trip to me. I've got the bug to go back to the Gulf of Mexico to put a few in the freezer. Kingfish, Ling Cod, Tuna, Red Snapper are on the hit list. When I was a kid my dad and I would go down to Port Aransas Tx every April thru May for Gaftop. That's a gulf water catfish that's a dark silver/gray on top and silver/white on the bottom. They get averagely about as long from your elbow to the tip of your fingers. They fight like a mule too. Extra fun when you have 2 on the same pole. WE fish with squid for bait. I've got the itch and it needs major scratching.
Don't know if ya'll get the program Jeremy Wades Dark Waters but his last show was out of Australia. The program was named "Return of the Outback Beast". Apparently there was a cod that was thought to be extinct, fished out and I'm assuming it was a freshwater fish. Unbeknownst to most folks, they have been farm raising these fish and returning them back to the rivers. Pretty interesting show. He claims these cod are known for size and are aggressive. All that in a fish that can hit 6 feet in length. If you watch internet TV, here's a link to a list of video providers. Thanks for the pics. Love it!
If it was a freshwater fish that big it would be a Murray Cod. The Murray Cod is our biggest freshwater predator and have been known to grow to 50kg+ and can be very aggressive especially on surface lures early morning or at night.
They hit the lure or bait like a tank no tap,tap,tap just a solid hit and they will take line.
They will take possums, ducks, galahs(Aussie parrot) mice, rats,lizards basically anything that falls in the water or is sitting on a fallen tree in the water with a branch just in the water. They slow down during Winter but can be seen on warm Winter days sunning themselves on the surface or in shallow water.
My best is an 80cm Cod that smashed my lure nearly pulling the rod out of my hands while trolling.
Most fisho's catch and release them and there is a closed season and size limits on them.