Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Spring into the Flatties

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Spring into the Flatties

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WITH spring now here, some of our favourite pastimes will return also Co plenty of barbecues with succulent lamb chops, relaxing with a beer in the backyard with the smell of freshly cut grass coming from your neighbour's yard Co and the opportunity to stalk one of the most popular species of the estuaries, the dusky flathead.

Flathead can be caught all year round, but the best fighting fish and often the larger ones are those females which move up and down the channels during the spawning phase in spring and summer.

Though these fish are prized catches, it is important to release the breeding females so that the next generation of duskys can grow.

Remember 40-70cm is the legal limit and fish either side of this range must be put back.

The most common and most productive way to catch flathead at present is with a live prawn, sand worm or an artificial bait, also known as soft plastics.

Live bait is always going to work best but try to match your bait with the season and also the area you are fishing.

Plastics work in a similar fashion to live bait and anglers need to carefully consider the season, area and target species as you would with live bait.

Don't just rush out and buy the first glittery, pink thing you lay your eyes on in a bargain bin.

Swan Boat Hire team member Ben Forgan was happy to share some of his top flathead fishing tips for the Maroochy River area this week.

C[pounds sterling]I like the fact that you can suit your bait, lures or plastics to any species of fish, but for something like flathead, I know that I can use a tailor lure or snapper plastic.

C[pounds sterling]But by simply adapting my technique, flathead are looking for skill rather than dazzling colours.

C[pounds sterling]I prefer plastics and use anywhere between 4-6 inches (100-150mm), although the greedy flathead will take anything up to seven inches (177mm), with even undersize ones having a good crack at them. …

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