In this article I'll run through a few of the basics that have helped to improve my flatty catch rate over the years from tides, hot spots, lures, retrieve techniques and gear of choice!
The humble flathead has always been a favourite for just about every keen fisho here in Australia and it's not hard to see why. They are widespread, with different species being found right around the country in mostly easy to access areas from beaches and estuaries to even the smallest inlets or river mouths. They are so different and cool looking, not to mention a great feed. They are fun on light tackle in shallow water yet also an underrated sport-fish but possibly what appeals to most people is that they are generally quite easy to catch! Many other fish can be hard to fool and finicky at certain times but rarely will a Flatty be! I guess you could say they aren't the brightest fish in the ocean and if you are fishing where they are, chances are you will catch some. That being said you will still need to be doing the basics right and if ol' mate beside you is catching and you’re not then you might need to take note and change your game plan. I'll run through a few of the basics that have helped to improve my catch rate over the years: