2012 Flathead reports

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2012 Flathead reports

Postby fishingvic » Tue Oct 30, 2012 10:39 pm

With the water temperature warming up, I am having a lot of success with Soft Plastics on the Flathead.

Landed this one at Brighton Breakwall tonight...went 48cm and took an orange coloured Squidgy shad.

I believe this species to be a Rock Flathead with it's marbled pattern and yellow fins?

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Re: 2012 Flathead reports

Postby hskim00 » Tue Oct 30, 2012 11:43 pm

Sorry.... not a nice picture but this is what I have got after scaling, gutting and wrapping it. This ugly creature was caught at Brighton pier tonight and went around 45cm. BTW I am a lazy fisho so it was hooked on bait.
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Re: 2012 Flathead reports

Postby frozenpod » Wed Oct 31, 2012 8:08 am

Diffinetly not a rock flathead. Flathead can change there colours quite a bit depending on there environment it looks like a southern sand or marble flathead.

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Re: 2012 Flathead reports

Postby Time Poor » Wed Oct 31, 2012 8:29 am

Congrats, jealous! I'm new to Melbourne and that's my ambition for this year. Btw you couldn't recommend a 1-3kg 2 piece rod? I'm a fly fisher so still feeling my way round the scene and normally use very light gear.
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Re: 2012 Flathead reports

Postby Fish-cador » Wed Oct 31, 2012 10:27 am

here's my booty from St Kilda when I fished with Jon on Monday after work. 55 cm, 45 cm and 32 cm.

Can someone ID the dark flatty? There was no tail marking so I cant be sure if it was a dusky. The spots were like that of a snakehead, almost black but has the shade of blue/dark green on the sides. Belly had orange transition between the white and the dark skin. Skin was tough as a leather! The fish was long and narrow unlike most flatties that are wide in the head and belly area then tapers toward the tail. It was a female.

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Re: 2012 Flathead reports

Postby Raulfc7 » Wed Oct 31, 2012 11:00 am

FC great catch! Did you catch them using soft plastics?
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Re: 2012 Flathead reports

Postby frozenpod » Wed Oct 31, 2012 11:23 am

Dark flathead looks like a dusky due to the head shape and the green tinge but without seeing it live and the tail I cannot be sure.

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Re: 2012 Flathead reports

Postby snapperslayer » Wed Oct 31, 2012 11:52 am

looks like a cross between snake head and flathead lol were the gill spikes same size or one was longer than the other?

Cant beat flatty tails.

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Re: 2012 Flathead reports

Postby Fish-cador » Wed Oct 31, 2012 12:18 pm

forgot about the gill spikes. I suspected it was a dusky as the gill spikes were almost of the same length. The tail had no big spot to confirm if it was a dusky - just small dark patches all over. The fishing guide says for mature dusky, the tail marks maybe absent. I was leaning towards dusky but the color made me think otherwise. Thanks for your inputs. Let's call it a dusky. :roflmao:

Strange looking fish. More of a snake head than dusky. :crazy: Looks like there was a hanky panky a few years back in St Kilda area involving a snakehead and a flatty. :crazy: :roflmao: :lolf:

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Re: 2012 Flathead reports

Postby Fish-cador » Wed Oct 31, 2012 12:24 pm

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you got this on the back where the weeds grow chest high? How much salad did you get before nailing this one? :Dribble: :clap: :thumbsup:
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