Had planned to head to Lake Keepit near Gunnedah last Friday but had to delay buy a day as a weather front moved in. Loaded up the vehicle & boat on Saturday morning & left after lunch for the 1 hour trip to Matthews Reserve, about halfway along the dams western foreshore. The wind was still blowing pretty strong from the south east, right up the main body of the dam making the water pretty choppy. Lake Keepit was completed in 1954 & has been well stocked with Murray Cod, Golden & Silver Perch as well as Eel-Tailed Catfish. It was at 60% capacity holding 260000 megalitres of water. Launched the boat & set up camp & waited for the wind to drop so I could head out to do some trolling around the timber chasing some Golden Perch. The wind died down a bit around 4:30 so I headed to a bay that was a bit protected from the swell & started trolling just off the bank in around 8 meters of water. Was not long before I got my first strike & hookup, just a Carp which was dispatched. Turned around & did another run through the same spot & hooked up another Carp. Thought great, going to be one of those days!. Seemed to be a few fish showing up on the finder so I did another pass & had a good hit going past a tree. Grabbed the rod & tightened the drag & set the hook. I`d say it was a large Cod, it gave one big tail flick & my rod broke at the base. Luckily the reel fell into the boat & I was able to grab the line. By that time the fish had dislodged the lure. The rod was a 5 foot Shimano with a pistol grip that I had been using for Golden Perch for nearly 30 years, not really made for large Cod!. Disappointing to lose it, but on the bright side a good excuse to buy a new one!. Pity they don`t make that model anymore. While I was sorting that out a Carp took my other lure while it was sitting stationary on top of the water, never had that happen before. The wind had died down by that time so I trolled back to camp as the sun was setting without anymore fish taking a lure. Up at first light Sunday morning, packed the esky & headed to a spot known as the 3 Inlets, a spot that usually yields some fish along the steep banks. The wind had picked up again during the night & the water was a bit choppy & having no luck I headed back to the area I had fished the day before. Tried casting Jackals around the timber & managed to land a couple of juvenile Cod which were released. Trolled the area where the rod broke again for an hour or so with no luck, so headed back to camp. Went back out around 4:30 pm, trolling around the timber near the camp, hooking another small Cod. Seemed that the Golden Perch I was targeting were a bit quiet. I thought with the barometer rising they would have been a bit more active. Bit of a late start on Monday morning, didn`t get out until 8:00 am & trolled for a couple of hours with no luck. Not many other boats on the water either which was surprising for that time of year. Went back out at midday for another try, weather was fine & the water was like glass, perfect for trolling, but still no fish. Tried again at sunset with no luck & decided to try a bit of bait. Found a suitable tree & tied up, put a live shrimp on & sat back & waited. 20 minutes later I had a nibble, then the rod bent over. grabbed it & set the hook. landed a nice 45 cm Golden Perch. Finally had a fish in the bag!. Had to be home before lunch on Tuesday so headed out early. Had a few shrimp left over so went back to the same tree as the day before. Baited up & sat back with a coffee. Only had to wait 10 minutes & caught a nice 42 cm Golden Perch. Nothing else after that, tried around a few more trees with no luck. Had a troll for an hour, still no fish so headed back to camp & packed up to head home. Even though the fish were not really biting it was great to be out on the water for a few days. At least I managed to land a couple of fish for a feed. I used to fish this dam once a week several years ago & knew were to find the fish. This is only the second time in 5 years I`ve been back, so I might need a few more trips to get onto them again. Not that I need an excuse to go fishing, but that is as good as any!