Winter Flathead (23-Mar-13)

So Autumn was here and the wonderful summer was well and truly over, with the weather dropping off dramatically and with it, the number of fish as well. We also find that there are generally less species available during the colder months as well. The action was a bit slow with just the few live baits available, but we put them out anyway. In the mean time we tried for some squid as they can be caught all year round. The jigs are also easier to handle in colder weather as you’re not touching frozen bait all the time. One of the live baits went off in the meantime and up came this flathead of about 50cm.

Flathead make great eating, especially dipped in batter for fish and chips. At a price of upwards of $30/kg, they’re a valuable catch as well!

Squid and Flathead (18-Feb-13)

So the flathead have been around as was the case in the previous post. It is good to know that a particular species is around so that you can target them. Flathead are quite easy to catch, but not quite in abundance. They are bottom feeders and are very well camouflaged with the muddy and sandy bottoms. A standard rig we would use is a bit of lead on a live or fresh bait with about a 50cm trace. You have to be fairly generous with your bait offering as they have large mouths and aren’t shy when the baits are substantial. We put out a small live yellowtail in hope of another flathead and we came up with this beauty. It measured around the 50cm mark.

The fight was shortlived and predictable, but sometimes we mistaken them for a sting ray. They both take the bait and swimming around without too much of a fight, but rather with a lot of weight, quite to opposite to bream and snapper.

The two squid were caught later in the day, a bit of a rough time squidding. It took the good part of two hours to get the two, but will make great bait for our next trip.

Flathead and Flounder (9-Feb-13)

After watching a few guys catch a few flounder last week, we decided to give it a go ourselves. We figured it was flounder season so we changed our rigs to keep the bait at the bottom. The rig was a running sinker straight down to the hook and we used the fresh squid in strips that we had caught the previous week. So it was flounder season indeed as we hooked up on two in quick succession. These were decent size ones at about 30cm. They are fantastic tasting fish cooked in the style of deep fried salt and pepper (check it out at your local Chinese restaurant if you haven’t tried!). As a tip, use circle hooks and they will hook the lip perfectly to allow for easy hook removal. The gameplan of keeping the bait at the bottom was able to attract a nice by-catch of a decent sized salmon as well at about the 40cm mark.


Big Flathead (2-Feb-12)

On a hot summer’s day, with plenty of people fishing, we were confident on getting some big fish. The baitfish were aplenty and after hooking up a few we had some down as live bait. Not long after, we were on! It was heavy and the weight was a dead one, so we initially thought it would be a sting ray but after a few head shakes, it was confirmed as a flathead. We did not have a net so I had to run back to the car to get one. We just managed to secure the fish by tangling it on the side of the net, but it was enough to get it up. It measured about 75cm.

Please note that the larger ones are females and that you are by law only allowed to take the 1 over 70cm.

Nice Flathead (22-Feb-2011)

We went in the late afternoon in hope for some sunset activity. We tried a few live baits without success, but they were quite hard to catch, suggesting that there may have been a few big fish about. All of a sudden one of our baits got hit by something substantial, with a familiar Zzzzzzzzzz. Dad picked it up and wound in as fast as he could, as he had experienced a few bust ups recently. As it came up, we identified it as a king! It measured about 60cm. As it neared the platform, it wrapped us around the pole and there was no getting out! So close yet so far, as it lived up to its reputation as a dirty fighter! There was not much for the rest of the day, but late in the day, another short burst. Different to the hookup on the king, it turned out to be a nice flathead at about 50cm!