Flatties, kings dominate
  |  First Published: December 2008

December is when flathead start to grow in numbers in the lower parts of the rivers and creeks and when kingfish start smashing up more of those baits that have been put out for other species.

There are many different ways to target flathead: dead or live baits, trolled or cast hard lures, weighted and unweighted soft plastics in shallow or deep water or jigged, twitched or hopped metal or plastic vibrating lures over sand banks or in deep water.

Whichever way, I just can’t get enough of it and it’s not that hard.

Here are some places worth a shot for flathead in Botany Bay:

Deep water: The Sticks, Molineaux Point, Yarra Bay, the end of the Third Runway, the middle of the bay, wide off Towra Point, the entrance to Woolooware Bay and the oil tanker moorings.

Shallow water: The beachfront from Dolls Point to Brighton, La Perouse Beach, Silver Beach, the Patches, the Kurnell groynes and the Hot Water outlet.

In the Georges River try:

Deep water: Either side of the Captain Cook and Tom Uglys bridges, the western side of Bald Face Point, the channel marker just off Kangaroo Point, Como Bridge, the Moons, the western side of Alfords Point bridge, the entrance to Salt Pan Creek, the Deep Water Motor boat club, Milperra Bridge and Chipping Norton Lakes.

Shallow water: Salt Pan Creek, Kogarah and Woolooware Bays, the shoreline of Oatley Bay, the sand and weed beds at the entrance to the Woronora River, Lugarno, Lambeth Reserve and the ramp at Rabaul Road at Georges Hall.

Places worth trying for flathead in the Woronora River include: Mangrove Island, Bonnet Bay and the entrance, Georges Head, Audrey Bay, Bangor side of the river, Jannali Reserve and any of the sand and weed beds up stream of the old Woronora bridge.

Port Hacking’s better flattie spots include:

Deep water: The western side of Gymea Bay, the entrance to Yowie Bay, just out from the baths in Gunnamatta Bay, Gooseberry Bay, the ranger station in South West Arm and Scotts Reef.

Shallow water: Darook Park, Hungry Point, Dolans Bay, Maianbar sand spit, Bundeena, Gunnamatta Bay and South West arms sand flats, Grays Point and Willarong Point.


If you prefer to have your arms nearly pulled out of their sockets, you’d definitely like to target kingfish and here are a few places to try:

In Botany Bay try Molineaux Point, Bare Island, Watts Reef, the Oil Wharf, the Hot Water Outlet, the Drums, Henry Head, Cape Banks and Inscription Point.

Use yellowtail, slimy mackerel, garfish and squid, both dead or live. These can be suspended under a float, just off the bottom, trolled or skipped along the surface.

When at anchor it’s worth having a steady but sparse berley trail going. This will attract the baitfish which in turn attract the kingfish.

While you wait for the kingfish to turn up, you should be fishing for silver trevally and bream. The rig for this would be a 1/0 hook and a very small ball sinker directly on top of the bait.

If you are out fishing on the bay or the Port Hacking and you see a school of tailor or salmon busting up on the surface, you might find a few kingfish mixed in with them or cruising just underneath them.

Even though Port Hacking system is not very big, it can also hold a good population of kingfish this month. Places worth trying are any of the deeper bays, the drop-off at Lilli Pilli, just wide off Sandshoes and Jibbon Bombora.

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