Category Flathead

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Small flathead (20-Jan-11)

We decided to venture out in search of some new spots, so we headed out towards Birchgrove. There were a few people fishing there already, surprisingly on a weekday, and the parking was ridiculously hard to find due to it being a residential area. We tried all sorts of bait, but were not able to get anything more than some undersized bream. The wind was picking up, along with our parking time, so we headed towards the city to continue our day.

Mixed bag (21-Nov-10)

The weather was warming up to true summer conditions at around 26 degrees. It was windy but still fishable. We managed quite a few yellowtail and squid in quick succession. The squid were a bit all over the place, having to cast far and wide to get them. We decided to try our luck with some yellowtail fillets and squid strips. One of the rods went off in short bursts, followed by a dead weight when winding it up, the same idiosyncrasies usually shown by flathead or sting rays.

Fishing in… Gold Coast? (13-Feb-10)

Ok, so we’re a bit off topic again, but I had a trip up north to Gold Coast for the Saturday and I decided to bring some fishing gear up with me. Note that to bring fishing gear on to a plane, you will have to put it in as checked-in baggage as they will consider your fishing gear as potential “weapons”. I brought a small collapsible rod with me and just wrapped it with a towel.

Monster Flathead (31-Jan-10)

Just reporting on behalf of my dad, who went down to Port Hacking flats to fish while my mates and I were on the charter. He put out some live bait and had it smashed, only to find that the line was cut, so he thought he’d try it again and throw out another live bait to the exact same spot, with a slightly larger hook. The fish took off this time and after a long fight, he brought up this monster.

Flatty (4-Jan-2008)

Down to the Hacking for an early session. Conditions were perfect, sun had just risen and not a drop of wind. Used a few baitfish that dad had caught yesterday and put cubes out. Within 5 minutes the reel goes off! With a dead weight and a run every now and then, I called it as either a flathead or a sting ray. After a 5 minute fight, we pull up this nice flatty at 70cm: