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Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Fishing competition to reel in eager anglers

Hunter residents are set to be reeled in by the chance to win more than $20,000 worth of prizes at an inaugural fishing competition in Lake Macquarie next month.

The three-day Let’s Fish Lake Mac tournament will take place from Friday 13 to Sunday 15 November.

Lake Macquarie Mayor Kay Fraser praised the event as an opportunity to bait eager anglers into getting outdoors and enjoying the city’s first major public event since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Fishing is one of the most popular recreational pursuits in Lake Macquarie, and the ongoing rehabilitation of the lake makes it an even more enjoyable and rewarding experience,” Cr Fraser said.

Participants will hope they don’t get smoked as they have from 7am Friday until 2pm Sunday to catch, photograph and release the event’s four target species – bream, flathead, tailor, and whiting.

Each participant will be able to measure their catches using a brag mat, and will utilise a unique codeword for their photographs as a guard against cheating.

Let’s Fish Lake Mac Event Director and Reel Action TV Presenter, Michael Guest, said Lake Macquarie was “a fantastic place to come and relax and get stuck into some seriously good fishing”.

“Let’s Fish Lake Mac is a tremendous initiative by Lake Macquarie City Council and I’m keen to see serious anglers, families and mates all fishing for $21,000 in prizes over the three days,” Mr Guest said.

Entry into the competition costs $20 per person, and all participants will be entered in a raffle to win one of two $1,000 prize packs or one of two $500 prize packs.

There will also be fishing packs valued between $300 and $1,000 in the senior category, and $200 to $800 in the junior category.

Prizes will also be awarded for the longest fish caught, and the fish closest to an undisclosed mystery length.

Entrants over the age of 18 will need to have a valid NSW fishing licence to wet their lines at the event.

Visit the Let’s Fish Lake Mac website for more information or to register for the competition.