I my brother, Jay and Dad recently went fishing for flathead in Shreck. Shreck is our boat and it is a Horizon 400 Pathfinder. It has a Minn Kota electric motor and 25hp four-stroke Suzuki. It is really good for flicking soft plastics and lures.
It was really calm which is always great for flicking. Dad's mate Timmy, who does a lot of soft plastic fishing for flathead, came in his own boat, a Fisher 450 tiller. We all went fishing at Mission Point on Bribie. All we used was soft plastics.
September and October are the best months to catch flathead, but there are still plenty of them about in November. Good soft plastics for flatties are 100mm shads on 3/8oz jigheads with 3/0 hooks. Use a slow retrieve and then give the plastic a couple of flicks so it looks like a fish swimming along works best. Sometimes you can see the flathead follow your plastic up to the boat.
A good place to target flatties is along a sandy bank that has weed and rock patches along it. The flathead like to lay along next to a bit of structure. At low tide, look for the marks that the flathead lay in. When the tide covers those marks you will catch some flatties. That's the sort of area that we fished at Mission Point.
I ended up catching a flathead around 600mm long and a nice estuary cod that we released. Everyone else caught some good fish as well, and at the end of the session we kept four nice flatties that we could eat and we released all of the others.
Until next time, happy fishing.
1) A Mission Point flathead. These fish like to lie next to structure like weed, rocks or a drop-off.
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