The casting call is out for piscators galore to plot a course for Lake Macquarie next month and try their luck at Let’s Fish Lake Mac.
Entries are now open for this year’s edition of the popular catch-and-release competition on 18 and 19 November, with more than $33,000 in prizes on the line.
The hunt will be on to bag the biggest and best of the lake’s famed flathead, bream, whiting and tailor, a pursuit endorsed by another esteemed Taylor in a recent visit to the region.
Former Australian test cricket captain Mark “Tubby” Taylor went into bat for the fishing destination after filming a Lake Macquarie based episode of the television series Reel Action, set to air on 4 November.
Reel Action director and Let’s Fish event organiser Michael Guest said the cricket legend’s glowing commentary was a sign of classic catches to come.
“November is a cracking month for fishing Lake Mac, the water is warming up and so is the fishing all in time for Let’s Fish,” he said.
“Whether you’re a keen lure fisho, or a more relaxed bait soaker, there’s some great fishing on offer.
“The competition is open to anglers of all ages and it’s great to see families and friends fishing from jetties, canoes, kayaks, from the shoreline and of course boats.”
About half of last year’s almost-thousand strong catch of competing anglers were lured in from outside Lake Macquarie, netting more than $200,000 in economic impact for the city.
Lake Macquarie City mayor Kay Fraser said the event continued to hook people of all ages and abilities.
“We’ve seen a huge uptake in families holidaying in Lake Macquarie just to take part in Let’s Fish which is wonderful for our visitor economy,” she said.
“Locals and visitors alike love this event because it’s so convenient to cast a line at their favourite spot anytime over the two days with a great chance to win a prize.
“With facilities like our new accessible fishing platform at Bolton Point coming online, there’s more opportunities than ever to participate in this fantastic event.”
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