Good reason to rug up
  |  First Published: June 2013

This is a good time of year to be fishing Lake Macquarie and although the weather is becoming very cool now, the fishing continues to be hot. There is a little bit of everything for most anglers at this time of year so instead of sitting around complaining about being cold, I suggest you rug up and hit the water.

The lake is in great condition and the fishing is constantly improving.

This year I have seen plenty of dolphins and turtles in the lake, which I assume means good things for the water quality, and the fish seem happy as well.

Salmon are one of the most targeted species this month with Salts Bay a prime location.

In past years the dominant lure has been a lightly weighted 4” Berkley Power Minnow in casper clear, but they can but hard to get your hands on so I recently started giving some other lures a try.

The salmon have been all over the Shads Lures 4” Flick Tails in casper on lightly weight jig heads.

If salmon are not your cup of tea then there is still plenty on offer.

This is my favourite month of the year for chasing large flathead. I love jigging 4”-6” soft plastics in the deep and crossing paths with a few big angry flathead.

I find paddletails work best for this style of fishing but soft stickbaits and metal blades also take their fair share of quality fish.

The 30’ marks off Coal Point and Wangi are producing some very nice fish at the moment and are well worth a few drifts.

There are some good bream being caught as well but you need to make sure you have switched over to the Winter lake tactics for your best bet of nabbing a few. Deeper water is the preferred option for bream through the cool months.

Work your lures a lot more slowly than you would when it’s warmer.

Chain Valley Bay has been producing some very good fish, as have many of the other bays throughout the lake.


The offshore reefs have some action on offer at the moment and deep jigging is one of the best ways to bump into some solid yellowtail kingfish.

You will need to put the effort but the results can be outstanding.

Generally 30lb-80lb braid and up to 100lb leader is used with 300g-400g jigs.

Areas such as The Farm, Texas and the Perch Grounds are very popular at the moment and you will get an idea how each is working by the numbers of boats there.

But keep an eye on your sounder, which will tell you much more than what the other boats are doing.

Fishing these same areas with live bait is another very good way of putting your crew onto the action.

Slimy mackerel, yellowtail and squid are all ideal live bait for this style of fishing and if the kings are around they won’t say no to these offerings.

The bonus at this time of year is the by-catch of quality snapper that you generally stumble across.

The game fishing bite has gone off the bite a bit. There are still fish out there but you will put in many more miles between strikes, that’s for sure.

Shark fishos are still finding a few out wide on the canyons and surrounding areas near the continental shelf.

It is also a good time of year to put out a spread of lures in anticipation of finding a few tuna off the coast. They will generally be on the wider grounds, such as the canyons and even some wider structure that is out there.

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