Every freshwater angler in this region dreams about hauling in that one, monster Murray cod that surpasses the 100 centimetre mark: the fish of a lifetime, not unlike the infamous giant catfish dubbed General Sherman in one side-splitting episode of The Simpsons.
Crookwell’s Zacc Broderick, after years of searching, finally landed his ‘General Sherman’ last week. Mr Broderick, 26, landed a mammoth 121 centimetre Murray cod at Wyangala Dam last Tuesday, catching the beast on a spinnerbait, a big cod’s favourite treat in the central west.
The monstrous ‘Goodoo’ eclipsed Mr Broderick’s previous personal best and, as he enthusiastically proclaimed, was the first time he’d hit the famed “metrey” mark. “Mate, it was incredible,” Mr Broderick enthused. “It is my first metrey. I’ve had a couple snap off by the boat in the past, three or four snap off at the boat when they go for that last run, so to finally land one is pretty incredible.”
While undoubtedly a monster of the deep, Mr Broderick is fully aware there is much, much bigger Murray cod out there. The largest on record was more than 180 centimetre long and weighed over 100 kilograms. He plans on searching for them every chance he gets. Mr Broderick’s monster was released and “swam away happily”.
He encouraged other anglers to do the same: “That’s one of the best parts of catching the big ones, seeing them swim off.”