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Fishing Lake Macquarie (Flathead haul!)

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Today was very windy so it was a matter of keeping out of the wind . So I went to a bay where it was protected to fish the flats and small drop offs . The bay I found was 1.5 ft -2 ft on average and had small drop offs to 3 ft and 3 1/2 ft . I could see most was short weed with a lot of sandy patches in between . Looked good . The wind was still coming in strongly so the drift was quite fast . I spent an hour and a bit there . Using bream gear , 6 lb leader , # 2 hook on 1/16 th oz jig head . 1000 reel and 2-4 kg rod . Nice and light . I used the 2.5 ” Berkley shrimp in new Penny result – two nice flathead 53 cm and 48 cm . Both came home for the table . My technique here was to cast with the wind as this is the direction of the drift , let the lure sink and leave it there for two seconds then twitch it to make the prawn look alive , then let it sit again for a couple of seconds . Repeat . You do pick up weed on the hooks but you minimise it with the slow movement and twitches . See photos

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Fishing Lake Macquarie (More Flathead)

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Today was a beautiful morning with only a light breeze so out we went at 6 am . Today it was a run out tide , an hour till low . Three of us as we had a guest . All using 5″ soft plastics jerk shads , one white , one pink and one pilchard . Second cast and in comes a 65 cm beauty on the pink colour . A few photos and off she went to give someone else a thrill . We fished for 2 1/2 hours for 7 first one was the biggest but all were good eating size . We kept 3 and 4 went back . See photos

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Fishing Lake Macquarie for Flathead

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Weather is good angain today so out we went with three of us chasing more flathead . Today we wanted a few to feed all the family tonight , 9 of us , so the goal was 5 edible flathead . No sooner had we reached the channel , as this is where we wanted to fish today , did Adam hook a 54 cm flattie . One in the boat ! . A run out tide for two hours before low so we thought we would be in with a chance of 5 . For the next hour , nothing so we went to a new channel to fish the final hour before low tide . Same gear as yesterday . Suddenly we hit a patch and three came in the boat quickly . Then it went quiet until the turn of the tide and another 3 came in . So we had 7 so two can go back and we kept 5 for dinner .
The others wanted to go for a fish so we had caught two squid on the soft plastics so we thought let’s have a calamari entree for dinner . So off 4 of us went squidding . We were right , they were around now and we went home after an hour and a half with 20 squid . That was enough for a Thai calamari noodle dish entree before the fish and salad . Can’t get fresher seafood than that .

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Fishing Lake Macquarie (Huge Flathead!)

BY: Webteam / 0 COMMENTS / CATEGORIES: Flathead, Lake Macquarie, Soft plastics

Today is the last day of the holiday so our goal was to catch 6 flathead , one of which was to be a big one so it could go on the video .
The wind was north east and not too strong so we set off for the channels with fast running water and the drop offs .
First cast into the first channel and I hook up a nice 53 cm flattie . What a start . We are using the normal gear but today I am using pilchard colour . For the next hour we got nothing so off to the next channel . The tide was running out and we had 3 hours to low tide .
Second drift another nice one 47 cm . Next one was under 40 cm so back it went . Then the Next drift another 45 cm flattie . John then catches a small one which was sent home . The tide started to slow and the fish went off so we decided to wait till the tide turned and fish it for half an hour more . As the tide turned I hooked another nice flathead around the same size as the others .
So far no big girl . Just on last cast before going home , john hooks up s beauty . We knew this was big as the rod bent over and stayed there . After about 5 minutes in came this 87 cm giant . The fish we came for . It is on video and I will post it shortly . Below is the photo . Then she was sent back to the bottom to give another fisherman a thrill .
It shows you that you can catch big fish on light gear . This was on 8 lb leader and 1/4 oz jig head ,3/0 hook .
So we came in with 8 fish caught 5 released and three for dinner . A great way to finish .

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How to debone a flathead fillet. VIDEO.

BY: Webteam / 0 COMMENTS / CATEGORIES: Fishing Trips, Flathead
Once you have the flathead fillet done you need to get the bones out so it is easy to eat and cook . Look at the attached video and with practice you will get better and better . Also look at the video of how to fillet a flathead my way, below this video .Tomorrow I will show you the best beer batter and cooking the fillets .
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3 Steps to Fighting a flathead properly (Video)

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There are 4 things you should do to make sure your flathead does not get away .
1. When you have the fish on give the rod a couple of rips to make sure the hook is set . Flathead will hold the lure and if it is not set will spit it out .
2. Keep the line tight so there is no slack at any time .Otherwise they could spit the lure out .
3. The fish will have one more run when it sees the boat or you. Let it run , if your drag is light it is fun to see them run . Take your time and have fun playing the fish . You won’t lose the fish doing this .
4. Don’t let the fish break the water as it will shake its head and can throw the lure here. Use your rod to swim the fish back and forward next to the boat under the water . This will tire the fish out and you can then use the rod and momentum to swim him straight into the net .
SEE VIDEO ON HOW IT’S DONE.
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Fishing Pittwater – Scotland Island to Palm Beach

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fishing will be tough this weekend as it is a full moon on Sunday and for some reason Pittwater does not like it . But any fishing is good . So I went out this morning at low tide . I wanted to look around as I have not fished Pittwater in 5 weeks , so working out where they are was a priority . I fished from Scotland island to Palm beach , changing lures and rods and gear all the time . Nothing for two hours . Then I found a small reef coming up to 17 ft ( 5 metres ) from 32 ft . I had on 2″ new penny prawn , on 1000 reel , 6 lb leader , 4 lb braid , 1-3 kg rod . Finally some small reddies . I also had a floater out the back behind the boat as I always drift. This was also 1000 reel 1-3 kg rod , 4 lb braid , 6 lb leader . but I had on a one twelfth jig head ,# 2 hook . Slightly heavier .First drift a 30 cm baby snapper . Second drift a 46 cm flathead . But I had on a clear 3 inch jerk shad fish . See the photos below . This matched the fish that the flathead brought up when in the boat . See photo .. You could have used pumpkin seed colour also , it would work .
It always pays to have a floater out the back , especially if you are by yourself .The floater saved the morning .
It also coincided with the change of the tide to start running in .Fishing can change with a tide change so always be aware of when the tide is high and low and changing . It will determine what you do , where you fish and what you fish for . If you follow my blog you will know all the tricks and when to change .
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How to fish the channels for Flathead

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find a channel where the water is running fast or faster than everywhere else . Flathead will be sitting on the bottom facing the tide . They do this because they are waiting for bait fish to swim down with the current so they can ambush them .

Position your boat at the top of the channel and drift down with the tide . Cast your lure up stream so it comes towards you with the current . The jig head will fall to the bottom and you give it two or three rips , then let it drop down to the bottom again , then do it again . This is using your lure fast and it gets to the boat quickly . Once it is at the boat , do it again up steam ,let it hit the bottom and rip rip , sink to the bottom , rip rip again . Continue till it gets to the boat again. After every rip wind in the slack line so you can rip it properly . That’s how the jig gets back to you. With practice it will get natural . Don’t think it is too fast for a flathead , it’s not !. No bait fish will stop and let them grab a feed . They have to nail what is Comong past . When they hit they hit hard and it’ on . Take your time and play the flathead , if you keep the line tight they won’t let go or get off.
You can fish a channel anytime , at high tide concentrate on the banks of the channel because they are waiting for bait fish to come off the shallows , at low tide concentrate in the middle of the channel , and deeper areas as they will be waiting for the fish coming down the middle with the tide.
If you can find shallow channels at 4-8 ft , 2-3 metres , you will have fun . Deeper channels , give the jig time to get to the bottom then rip it .In deeper channels or when you are staring off , you can use a 3/8oz jig head so you know it is getting to the bottom .This is fast fishing and very exciting.
Sometimes you have to adjust for the wind but you will get the hang of it on your drifting .
Good luck , let us all know how you go .
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Fishing at Lake Macquarie (85 Flathead,126 Squid and more)

BY: Webteam / 0 COMMENTS / CATEGORIES: Flathead, Lake Macquarie, Soft plastics, Squid
over the last 18 days I have been fishing in Lake Macquarie,Swansea ,NSW.my target was to catch as many flathead and squid as I could manage . The results , 85 flathead , 126 squid , 5 mud crabs , and 9 blue swimmers . Plus bream , whiting , tailor as by catches .alos I couldn’t fish everyday due to weather and wife .
Most of the fishing was done around the marks point drop over and the various flats and channels from the old marina site where the coast guard or maritime live .
I have told you what gear I used previously , so I will concentrate on where and when and what . My rules are that any flathead under 40 cm gets released , and any over 58 cm gets released . The best eating are the ones between 40 cm and 55 cm . Also the ones over 55 cm are female and are the breeders so you want to let them go . Males only grow to about 55 cm .
Whilst plenty of times they were hard to catch , there were a lot between 60 cm and 72 cm ,sometimes to the point where I would catch 5 flathead and have to throw back 3 due to being too big . My biggest for the trip was 78 cm Don’t forget , my gear is only 10 lb leader and 6 lb braid .Not one fish wore through the leader and was lost . The reel was a 2500 and the rod a 2-4 kg 6’6″” .
I actually caught one 70 cm flathead on my bream gear , 1000 reel, 1-3 kg rod 6 lb leader , 4 lb braid , with a # 2 small hook . Shows you fish light and have fun playing them.
Where did I fish ? I always drift , never use the anchor . I think you have to find them . Don’t wait for them to come to you , they may never come .I fished the channels where the tide was running fast , the flats when the tide was right , and sandy bottoms where there were weed patches scattered around it . I didn’t need to go anywhere else . I fished all tides , but different spots depending on the tides . In future blogs , I will explain each area in more detail of how and when and with what .Below is Byran with his 40 cm bream from the lake .

john’s 72 cm flathead .a beatuful fish . I taught John my methods with soft plastics last year . Now he catches flatties all the time in the lake , whenever he needs a feed .

Don’t worry about the weather either , many of my best catches was in the rain and wind . Jus work with the wind and current in your drift .
In my opinion , anchoring is a waste if time if you want to catch a lot of fish . Hunt them down , it is much more fun and the time goes more quickly .

the 78 cm flathead . I was alone so the photo was the best I could do quickly before releasing him .
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Fishing Pittwater – Flounder, Bream and Flathead

BY: Webteam / 0 COMMENTS / CATEGORIES: Bream, Flathead, Jigging, Pittwater
Pittwater fishing is pretty good at the moment . Water is 25.5 c and the weather is calm .My total score this weekend is 6 flathead, 2 silver bream , 2 large flounder , and a few little reddies ( baby snapper ) .
The flathead were all caught at low tide , just before or just after . Sizes 61 cm, 52 cm, 43, cm , 44 cm , 40 cm . 41 cm , all released . I caught 3 in 3 casts in one spot . It was a drop off going from 4 ft to 10 ft to 17 ft to 25 ft . They were in the deeper part waiting for the bait fish . So at low tides fish the drop off , cast towards the shallow part and bring it back into the deep jigging it and Hitting the bottom as you go .Make sure you pause to let the flathead grab it . You will feel the thud. I was drifting from deep towards the shallow water and casting with the drift so you can visualise how the lure is coming down the slop to the deeper water each time .
If you catch one in a spot it is likely there are more sitting around . Keep working it until no further bites , especially if you catch one 60 cm or more as the smaller males will be around her. Gear was 2500 shimano reel ,6 lb braid and 10 lb leader , 1/4 oz jig head ,3/0 hook , pearl glow jerk shad 5″ from Berkeley gulp .See the photo on the jig head . One trick is to use a red bead in your loop knot before the jig head or dip the jig head in red nail Polish or paint . Seems to attract them .
The two big silver bream were caught at the palm beach flats on a rising tide . I used daiwa 1-2 kg rod , 4 lb braid , 6 lb leader , 1/16 th jig head on #2 hook .Lure was the Berkeley gulp 2″ shrimp in new penny colour . See the photos , one was 35 cm and the other 39.5 cm . Really fantastic fight , both took me around the boat before netting them and letting them go .As a by catch I caught 2 big flounder , one the biggest I have caught in Pittwater , bigger than the dinner plate . This came home to be deep fried crispy skin flounder with Thai sauce . I cHstted to a kyak fisherman who only goes for bream , and he uses hard bodies only . He has been catching a lot he said . Shows you there are many ways to catch bream also . I will go through these ideas in future blogs .
Use some of these tips and get out there , fish are waiting !
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Note the red jig head with the pearl glow jerk shad . No fish could resist that .
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2″” Berkeley shrimp on #2 hook and 1/16 jig head .39.5 cm
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