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.

 

Squid and Flounder (20-Sep-10)

Due to the success of previous weeks with squid, I decided to give the squid a go early. I caught a small one to put out live without success. After about half an hour of unsuccessful jigging, I finally managed a decent sized squid.

I decided to give up on the jigging and use the fresh squid as bait, cut up in to small rings. The action died down towards high tide. As the tide headed out, the action picked up again with some decent sized snapper taking the baits. One of the baits I put out was getting small nibbles, which I called as pesky snapper. The line remained tense yet but was not moving and after about 10 minutes, I reeled in a dead weight which I thought was a sting ray, but turned out to be a nice flounder!

As an aside, I used circle hooks the whole day and all the fish were lip hooked. All the fish were released without harm. I would highly recommend using circle hooks to reduce the damage to the fish.

First catch on a soft plastic

Went for a quick fish down at Port Hacking and only brought squid jigs and soft plastics. Fairly new to the game of soft plastics but I have been very impressed with reading about the results of using them so I decided to give them a go myself. I bought a whole lot of different ones. I have two packs of Berkley Gulps and a few packs of Ecogear after a few recommendations from the guys down at BCF. I gave the Bug Ants a go. Here’s what they look like:

Bug Ants from Ecogear

Flicked it around for a bit and had a few hits which felt like small bream. Then I let it drag the bottom for a bit and jigged slowly and hooked up. Felt quite slow in its movement and fairly small. At first I thought it was either a sting ray or flathead but was surprised to see that it was a flounder:

Flounder from Port Hacking

A fair bit smaller than the previous one I caught, measured about 22cm so it was safely released. Jigged around for a bit more and to my surprise, saw a small squid latch on to it. Unfortunately I was not able to put a squid jig on quick enough before it lost interest on the soft plastic.

First Flounder!

Found some more random pics on my old computer. Here’s a picture of my first flounder. Caught it down in Port Hacking on some live bait, not sure what the baitfish was, looked like something in between a pilchard and a poddy mullet. Was quite disappointed with the fight, felt like a sting ray but at least it was something edible. Gave it to some other fishers there.


Flounder caught at Port Hacking