Lake Macquarie, or the Lake of Misery in my case…

Cam Whittam didn’t fare any better on the Lake of Misery…

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.

Champ! Graham Franklin

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.

One of the salmon that smashed a Smith Camion Dredge fished on the new Daiwa Tournament Specialist Bream TNSB 702LFSOH, matched with a Caldia 2000 and 4lb Daiwa Brave fluoro.

5 responses to “Lake Macquarie, or the Lake of Misery in my case…

  1. ‘Lake of Misery’ – I like it for a summary name of many other days I have spent on the Lake with similar results! Thankfully, they aren’t always this bad, but it seems to be the case of ‘Lake Mystery’ when it comes to finding the bream and getting them to bite. What works one day or even hour is not necessarily going to work the next. Those who solve the mystery early get the catch and by the time the rest of us work it out, the fish have changed their strategy and the next mystery session begins…

  2. Rebecca has summed it up quite well. Lake Mystery is a great moniker at the moment.

    I’m a LM south end local and have found the past 2 years on this great waterway to be quite unusual. The word fickle springs to mind when it comes to the local population of Bream. For this entire period of winter it has been hot one day (in terms of fish on) and cold the next.

    After having a chat with some other locals we have come to the consensus that all the localised rain, along with a lengthy shutdown of the Vales Power Station have created a condition known as “deadwater”. This is where the fresh that is entering from the feeder creeks, and across the southern end is not being circulated enough for it to achieve a reasonable level of stable salinity and temperature. This ends up with the whole “on the day, in the right spot” dilemma which half the field seemed to encounter in the last ABT round.

    I was present for the Day 1 weigh in last weekend and was amazed with the amount of donuts that came up. On the Wednesday before the comp I hit all the usual south end haunts and got 24 legals to the side with the best going 41 ttf with all the usual bycatch, including those plague Salmon.

    In a way this sort of on/off problem is good for me as it forces me to step way outside the comfort zone and try techniques that I normally reserve for locations that I have little to no knowledge of. And that is a good thing. It forces me to learn, to up my game and strategy and most importantly to recognise that even locals who fished the area for years still haven’t got it all worked out.

    Good luck on your next trip here.


    • Mick – thanks for taking the time to give us a locals insight. Obviously the guys that are good enough work it out, but it’s encouraging to know that even you locals are human too!

      cheers, Greg

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