Cod Cash Goes International
25 January 2018
Inverell Shire’s inaugural nine-day Cod Cash fishing tournament continues to gather momentum and this week captured international attention from a Japanese film crew.
This week Council met with the Japanese visitors, including film director Tomohide Maeda to market Copeton as a travel destination and also feature the mighty Murray Cod.
Mr Maeda’s visit came as planning for the Cod Cash event gears up and registrations from anglers Australia-wide keep rolling in.
The visit was arranged by Manager of Reflections Holiday Parks – Copeton Waters, David Allan, who says Mr Maeda travels the world filming new and unusual varieties of fish and recently was in Broome for the sailfish season.
Mr Allan says the upcoming Cod Cash 9-day event is ideally positioned to capture international anglers keen to catch the iconic freshwater species, Murray Cod and expects the event to grow strongly over the coming years.
“Murray Cod is among six of the most iconic freshwater species that many international anglers have on their bucket list and the Japanese are some of the best fishing tackle manufacturers and keenest anglers”.
He indicated Copeton Waters have already taken a number of bookings for powered camping sites and cabins for the Cod Cash event, which runs 14-22 April.
“There’s a lot of interest in the event. It’s a terrific initiative and we support anything that brings dollars into the wider community”
Industry research indicates for every dollar spent in NSW holiday parks such as Copeton, $1.38 is spent in the local town.
Mayor of Inverell Shire Council Paul Harmon says Cod Cash offers enormous potential for the local economy and the vast size of Copeton Dam provides significant scope for the event to grow.
“At just over 35 per cent full, Copeton is still a very large body of water and with a prize pool in excess of $25,000, we’re expecting Cod Cash to bring hundreds to Inverell Shire during April”.
Mr Allan agrees Copeton Waters stands alone as a fishing destination and is widely regarded as a go-to fishing destination.
“We have bookings coming in from all states bar Western Australia and size of Copeton’s grounds means there’s plenty of camp sites available. We never turn away guests wanting to camp”.
Local connections to the Japanese fishing industry are not new, with Inverell fishing icon Tim Mutimer working with lure designers in Japan to develop and import lures suited to Australian conditions.
Mr Maeda’s program is expected to air on Japanese television in early February and is expected to further consolidate inbound tourism from Japan, set to climb to 3.3 billion to the Australian economy by 2020.
Cod Cash will see an undisclosed number of Murray Cod released into Copeton Dam with each tagged fish representing a cash prize.
For further information contact:
Inverell Shire Council | PO Box 138 | Inverell NSW 2360
02 67288283 | Fiona.Adams@inverell.nsw.gov.au