This knot is the best knot to tie hooks and swivels on to your main line and leader . It tightens the more the fish pull on the line , so it won’t be the knot that lets you down . This knot is important as it is the basis for the knot that joins your main line (braid) to your leader . This video on the knot will come in future blogs.
When you are not going to eat your flathead or any fish that night or the next night, you need to prepare it and get it in the freezer quickly . If you do this,when you defrost it , it will be as fresh as the day you caught it . Simply take it out of the freezer 4 or 5 hours before you want to fillet and debone it . Once it is defrosted it is easy to fillet and debone .
So the steps are – bleed it and crack its neck , scale it , gut it , cut its head off in a particular spot , then into a glad freezer bag or wrap it in glad wrap tightly . Watch the video , it’s easy . You will be surprised at how fresh the flathead is when defrosted . Just wash it and then fillet and debone .Cook,eat and enjoy . See the videos on beer batter and cooking beer battered flathead on the blog.
Here is a set of 3 videos on cooking the flathead with the best beer batter . Look at them in order . I simply get the flathead fillet you have seen me debone in a previous video , and cut it at the ” V ” into 3 smaller fillets . Perfect for beer batter .
The first video shows how to test the heat of the oil , the second and third on cooking it . Once it is golden brown take it out , it is ready. Sometimes it takes only a minute or so . Do not leave it too long .
See the video below .it is the best light beer batter you can make and it is easy. The secret is self raising flour ,not normal flour , then add beer . That’s it ..And keep it really cold. Put in the fridge for at least 20 minutes or put some ice in it if you don’t have time.
The next video will show you how to cook with it and the result.
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There are a few ways to fillet a flathead but I like an easy way as the fish is flat and sits flat on the table . First you cut the head off after you have scaled and gutted the fish . Now watch the video , it shows you how easy it is.
See the video below . What a great fish to catch and to watch swin about . Nothing better . It was caught amongst the moored boats , in 6-7 metres of water using bream gear . See my previous blogs for all the gear info . This one grabbed a Berkley gulp 2″ shrimp in new penny colour . The jig head was a ttlure and 1/16 th oz , number #2 hook . Light leader only 6 lb . Let is sink slowly and it hit on the drop 3/4 of the way down . Try it , great fun on light gear.
Although you don’t need two hooks for kingfish , everyone uses two . It is either two hooks the same size or one hook and a treble hook they refer to as a stinger hook . Personally I don’t like the treble as it can damage the fish in the fight if it hooks into its side whilst it is fighting you . The second hook does not tend to do this as much and is much less damaging . The second reason is safety as the kingfish on the deck jumps around a lot and this stinger hook goes everywhere if it is not connected to the fish , and for sure it will get connected to your leg .
So watch the video and practice . It will save you a lot of money as the rigs in the stores are expensive and often you need to cut the line as the hooks won’t come out of the fish without damaging the fishes mouth . Once you have tied a few , you will see they are fast and easy to do . I always keep some rigged up on leaders so all you have to do is tie it onto the swivel . Two minutes and you are back fishing and not $5 poorer . The next blog will show you how to rig the yakkas two different ways.
Due to the rainy weather I decided to go after some bream this morning . My thinking was to fish deeper water amongst the moored boats as the fresh water was on the top so the bream would be down deeper . The morning was overcast with really light to no rain , and no wind .
I fished in water that was between 6 metres and 9 metres deep amongst the moored boats . The tide was high so I was fishing the beginning of the run out . In the first half an hour I had 3 fish in the boat , 2 nice baby snapper and one nice silver bream . All 30 cm . A couple of totters rounded off the bream .All released . Then just as I was working the 2″ shrimp up toward the boat , it was hit by what I thought was a trevally. On my light bream gear , 1-3 kg rod , 1000 reel and 4 lb braid , 6 lb leader , 2″ soft plastic Berkley shrimp , in new penny colour , 1/16 th oz jig head and # 2 hook , the fight was terrific . Time and time again the drag went screaming and all I could do was hold on . It took about 5 minutes of this before I saw a nice rat kingie come close to the surface . Eventually it was in the net and measured 60 cm . Back it went to harrass some other fish . One nice flounder finished the 2 hour session , before the rain came in and I went home .
The water temperature is 17 degrees and the bream are very touchy . I found that you need to work the soft plastic very slowly . Use a light jig head and let it fall slowly to the bottom . Once it is there work it gently and leave it sitting on the bottom for a lot longer , 3 to 5 seconds . When you work it do it gently as if the shrimp it just darting away and falling . Slower the better . A lot of the time they are hitting it on the drop near the bottom.
Fishing is a bit slow with all the fresh water still apparent in Pittwater and the Hawkesbury . This afternoon we went for some Jewies in the Hawkesbury for the run up tide . We could only manage one livie from a sabiki jig , but this was more than sufficient as it did not get touched all afternoon . There was so much water in the river that the top water was still running out when the tide had turned and it was running in . All we managed was one flathead which we released . See video below .we were using the flathead gear, 2500 reel , 8 lb braid and 16 lb leader . A jig head of 1/2 oz , 6/0 hook and today we used the paddle tail soft plastics .
there is always tomorrow ! More photos and videos from Vanuatu soon.