Keepit to yourselves!
  |  First Published: December 2005

Over the past few weeks I haven't been fishing around Tamworth, mostly because I have

been honeymooning at Coffs Harbour.

Since getting back I've heard some good stories about the yellow belly at Lake Keepit so I’m pretty keen to get among them. Everyone I've been talking to has had a lot of luck with reports of yellas up to 6kg out there.

Mick Urquhart, of Kootingal, went on a fishing adventure to Keepit with his girlfriend, Sam. After a few hours he landed himself two nice fish, a small cod and a yellowbelly on shrimp baits.

Mick’s trip was during the closed season so he made sure this one was released carefully.

A customer of Dad’s recently came in to report he had caught a 6.8kg yellowbelly on a Wilson Live Fibre rod, TiCA Libra reel and a new Strike Pro lure.

He didn't want to give details of the spot he had caught the fish, which was fair enough, but said it had put up a pretty hefty fight. Unfortunately he had left his camera back in the car but had two mates as witnesses to verify his story. See? mates do come in handy.

On my honeymoon, I managed to squeeze in a bit of fishing in between the wind, the rain and shopping with my new wife! I found it a little bit quiet because prior to us arriving they had had no rain, which made the water clear and the bream spooky.

I did have some success on an unweighted Squidgy Bug and on 3” Berkley Drop Shot Minnows, managing to catch and release two bream and six flathead.

One thing I do recommend while at Coffs during the season (May to October) is to go out whale-watching. We ventured out on the Sea Experience for a couple of hours and saw at least 15 whales – an adventure to experience.

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