Oversize cod kill brings fine

Willfully killing this 93 cm Murray cod brought the perpetrator a fine of only $484.

FISHERIES officers in Swan Hill, Victoria, received an anonymous tip last Friday night and headed out the following morning.

Upon arrival, they saw two vehicles with boats in tow on the bank next to one another.

While officers were speaking to one man at the back of a boat, they noticed another person moving quickly behind the second boat.

Officers saw that man carry a large fish from his boat and heave it into the river.

One officer approached the man, and saw a Murray cod floating in the water.

The man was questioned and admitted he’d caught the cod earlier that morning, and knew it was oversize.

The cod measured 93 cm long, and weighed a whopping 17 kg.

He received an infringement notice of $484 for possessing Murray cod larger than the maximum size.

Anglers are reminded that Murray cod need to be between 55 and 75 cm to be harvested.

If you see or suspect illegal fishing in Victoria, please call 13FISH (13 3474). 

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