What a struggle! On the Bream fishing front, Lake Macquarie or Lake Misery (so named by Steve Morgan), served it up to me and I had no answers…
With no pre fish due to work commitments and having spent 1 day on the water since that last ABT round there over 12 months ago, I could manage only 5 bream in 3 days of fishing and only one of them was legal.
What do they say? “When in Rome…?” So I gave myself every opportunity to catch fish and spent a good chunk of my fishing time searching in the deep water in the Southern part of the system.
Obviously I was around them, because I was near event winner Graham Franklin, but obviously he was doing something I wasn’t, and had his technique and the presentation just right. Check out the full image gallery here.
For those of you who didn’t hear it, I’m sure he won’t mind me sharing, but his presentation consisted of a “mixture of blade type lures, including the Atomic Metalz” hopped along the bottom. It appears it was imperative to stay in contact with the lure and not let it rest too long.
I wasn’t good enough to adapt and key into the pattern, but on the positive side, I had a good weekend with a couple of great non-boaters. I managed to put the new Tournament Specialist Bream rods to good use on the smorgasbord of big by-catch that Lake Macquarie had on offer. Flathead, Trevally, Long Tom and the Salmon that were in almost plague proportions - not quite the target species, but fun nonetheless on light tackle.