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Fishing Lake Macquarie (Huge Flathead!)

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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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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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Squidding and Fishing for Flathead at Lake Macquarie

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took the three teenagers for a one hour fish . One 48 cm flathead and 14 squid. Had the lot for dinner with 8 of us . Not a bad catch.
All caught at the drop over at the end of the channel opposite marks point headland . Squid jig was rigged to get to 17 ft , or 6 metres. My preferred rig is running sinker to a swivel and then a 1 1/2 metre leader , 10 lb strength . Let it hit the bottom , reel up a metre and rip the sinker upwards like a soft plastic jig . Just let it sink again so the line is tight and rip again. Just move the jig constantly and they will find it . Over the last 18 days , we caught 126 squid using this method .
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7 Flathead haul in Lake Macquarie

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went out at 7 am to chase flathead . Run out tide for two hours to low and then short time for the run up . Two of us and we caught 7 nice flathead . See the photo below . They were kept in my live bait tank so we could photograph them and then 5 let go , toe for dinner .we used 5″ Berkley gulp jerk shads , one in pearl white and one in pilchard colour . 3/0 hook on 3/8 oz jig head , 10 lb leader , Shimano Stella 2500 reel and ci4 2500 reel . My rod I used was a daiwa 2-4 kg slightly stiffer .we fished the running water channels , two different ones as both were slow at first . See yesterday’s for the photo.
At high tide around 1 pm I went out to the flats for an hour . Only 2′-3′ deep . I used my bream gear , 1000 reel , 6 lb leader , 1/12 jig head on # 2 hook . I used the Berkley gulp crabby in camo colour . Result , one nice flathead around 44 cm and one bust off .
Fish light on the flats , it is much more successful .
The afternoon we went back to the channels to fish a run out tide from the top of the tide ,to see the difference . We bagged and released another 4 flathead in 2 hours fishing . Same gear as above . Not a bad day, 12 flathead , 2 kept and the rest released .
The technique works , get out and give it a try . It works wherever there is current and in rivers and estuaries . Winter is coming and so is the cold water , the flathead will move and the big ones probably will be sitting in the deep .
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Fishing for Flathead Lake Macquarie

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Had a 3 hour fish in the morning till 1.30 pm , run up to high tide and then another 2 hours at 4 pm till 6 pm . A total of 11 flathead between the two of us . Kept 5 for dinner tonight with everyone and let 6 go . How did we do it ?
Remember the drift fishing in the channel I have highlighted in the past . Drift with the current and cast your soft plastic up stream and work it back to the boat. See photo elbow . Flathead always face into the current so you need to bring the soft plastic towards them . This morning we got 3 in the first channel . Then we trolled the sand flats as it was high tide and we caught another three . You just troll at about 2 -2.5 knots and have your soft plastic trailing behind . Giving it a jig jig jig and letting it go slack to fall to the bottom . It is one maximum 4 ft water but they will grab it if it is I n front of them .
We went to another channel then and hit the beginning of the run out . One more flathead , so 7 for the morning . The afternoon was the run out tide towards low . We fished the first channel again and two nice fish within 20 minutes . We moved to the next channel and two more nice fish . Then it went quiet and time to go home to clean the three we kept .
We used 5″ Berkley gulp soft plastic in pearl white , with 3/0 hook and 3/8 oz jig head , 8 lb and 10 lb leader , 6 lb braid , 1000 size Shimano Stella reel , Shimano raider 6’6″ rod 2-4 kg . So very light gear , which is more fun .
Remember , if you are in a channel and the water is running , drift with the tide and fish up current , work the jig back to you and do it again . You will catch fish !. See the photos below . More tomorrow .

 

 

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