This week’s tip:
When chasing dusky flathead it helps to have a number of techniques ready to use. Trolling hardbodies can really take big numbers of flatties at times.
If you find you’re getting many smaller fish, try move a few metres left or right on your next run through the area, the bigger fish are often not far away and dominating the best feeding position. Other times when the drift is steady and the wind is not opposing the tide, have some blades, soft vibes, and gulps available. The blades and vibes can be lightly jigged close to the bottom.
While you’re drifting throw out a 2 inch Gulp shrimp on 1/6oz jighead, make sure it just reaches the bottom but not too far out that it’s dragging, and place the rod in a holder and let the drift and boat movement do the work. Many times this has caught the biggest flathead of the day for us!
This past week the flathead at Tweed river have been prominent with some bigger fish appearing and becoming more aggressive.
Successful methods have been trolling Pontoon 21 lures and drifting with soft vibes, the Zerek fishtrap works well.
Alaeddin from Sydney on Brad’s charter at the Tweed river got a lovely 1 metre Mulloway on 1/6 oz Kato blade in greenback colour, 20 minute fight on 6lb braid. Great effort and the fish was released in healthy condition.
Some good fishing opportunities available now at the Gold Coast broadwater, with the dredger in operation it will attract fish.
Mud and food dug up will provide ambush cover, so we should see some big whiting, flathead and various other species taking advantage.