FISHING fans of all ages are invited to head to Lake Macquarie for the weekend of 12-13 November for the region’s famous fishing competition, Let’s Fish Lake Mac, and the bigger the catch, the bigger the prize on offer.
All entrants in this year’s family-friendly catch and release fishing event will go in the draw to win a share of the $32,000 prize pool…whether they actually hook anything or not!
Major prizes (1st to 4th) will be awarded for both kids and grown-ups for categories including the biggest fish caught (and released) for each species, as well as the fish deemed closest to the ‘mystery’ length. Entrants must photograph their catch, then release it…and try to catch a bigger one.
Lake Macquarie is renowned as a fun fishing destination, with plenty of sweet spots to try in the search for bream, whiting, flathead, and tailor, including from a boat on the lake, at the beach, or on the lake’s shore. Visit the event’s Where Can I Fish? page for more information and tips on top spots to enjoy some good-spirited fishing rivalry with your family and friends.
Known for its adventure activities, stunning scenery, unique events, and laidback vibe, Lake Macquarie is a popular destination for families, couples and group getaways, thanks to its close proximity to Sydney – an easy 90-minute drive – and diverse range of destinations and attractions.
From jet-boating and kayaking to mountain biking, hiking, horse-riding, joy flights or blissful days on the beach, there’s plenty to explore for visitors of all ages in and around Lake Macquarie.
Everyone who enters will go into the prize draw to win one of 11 terrific tackle packs from Lake Macquarie Council, Berkley, ABU Garcia, Lowrance or Mako Eyeware. Prizes on offer include Sounder/GPS Units, rods and reels, caps and neck buffs, tackle, sunglasses and more.
This year’s competition area incorporates the tidal waters of Lake Macquarie, as well as all public beaches in the Lake Macquarie City Council area, including Blacksmiths Beach, Catherine Hill Bay Beach, Caves Beach, Dudley Beach, and Redhead Beach, which are also perfect picks to enjoy the warmer weather and unwind with family after a day focused on fishing.
Home to more than 16 kilometres of coastline, and a lake twice the size of Sydney Harbour, Lake Macquarie is a fishing fan’s paradise, with hundreds of inlets and secret spots to try among its jetties, foreshores, island bays and caves.
Not sure where to start? According to local anglers, some of the region’s fishing hotspots include Pulbah Island for those chasing bream and tailor, Redhead Beach for tailor and Speers Point Jetty for those with kids in tow thanks to the award-winning playground at the adjacent Speers Point Park.
Those keen to hire a boat to make the most of their fishing adventure can contact local hire companies including Lake Macquarie Fishing Charters or B and L Fishing Cruises.