More than 1000 people took to Lake Macquarie over the weekend for the annual Let’s Fish event.
Despite the gusting winds, event director Michael Guest said it had still been a highly successful weekend.
“We’ve had a couple of windy days, but the great thing about Lake Macquarie is there are so many places to find a spot that’s sheltered,” he said.
“The western foreshore has been really busy with people fishing from shore and from kayaks, and the Swansea Channel has too.”
This year entrants targeted four key species in the catch-and-release contest; Tailor, bream, flathead and whiting.
And while organisers say that it would take some time to sort through the hundreds of entries they had seen some “monster” flathead hooked by festival-goers as well as some “really big” bream.
This year, the Let’s Fish Lake Mac competition coincided with a free fishing festival held at Rathmines Theatre.
Lake Macquarie Mayor Kay Fraser said the weekend was already a fixture on the city’s annual events calendar.
“It was breezy, but the rain held off to give us another spectacular weekend of fishing for the second year in a row,” Cr Fraser said.
“Lake Mac is the biggest coastal saltwater lake not just in Australia but the entire southern hemisphere, so it really is the ideal place to have a weekend like this.”