Summer promises flathead
  |  First Published: November 2007

The longer and warmer days have really started to get things going after the quiet period always experienced over the Winter.

Over the next few months we will feel the benefit of the Winter rains and a good wet Winter often produces good fishing over the following seasons.

The rivers have had a much-needed flush, making for good tidal flow which invites more fish to move in and out of the systems with ease.

Flathead have really fired up in the Kiah River and Wonboyn Lake. They are spread out, with good fish moving in the shallows.

If you are walking the banks fishing for flathead, move quietly because the fish are often right under your nose so it pays to stay back and fish the shallows right near the shore.

When fishing from a boat, the lure can be cast to the water’s edge, with many strikes coming only metres from the bank.

Shallow-running minnows are often the best choice of lure at this time of year.

Some good yellowfin bream have been caught and it won’t take long before the whiting put in an appearance.

Estuary perch have come on the bite with some good fish being caught on soft plastic lures and hard-bodies.

Offshore fishing for flathead, snapper, morwong and other species has started to pick up, with most boats coming home with a feed.

The mornings have been great for fishing with the wind staying away until at least midday. It won’t be long before the kingfish start biting. Morwarry Point will be the pick of the spots to try once the conditions are right.

There hasn’t been much to report out wide but it won’t be long. Those who do venture out there will soon be amongst the action with yellowfin tuna the first to appear.

The beaches have been good for salmon with plenty between 1kg and 1.5kg. They can often be in one gutter for days and then move so if you can’t get any action it pays to move, as they might just be 100m down the beach.

Peter Dewhurst spun up this flathead and there’ll be plenty more coming over the next few months.

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