WesternPort flathead

Flathead, common catch that tastes great!
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Re: WesternPort flathead

Postby smile0784 » Wed Jan 10, 2018 8:52 am

Takes me about 7 months to go through



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Re: WesternPort flathead

Postby rb85 » Wed Jan 10, 2018 9:06 am

hornet wrote:

I have 2 flathead marks on westenport and they are good spots and can pick up 20 ot 30 each time.
I dont fish for fladhead often down here cos i get much bigger fillets at bermagui so only try down here if i runnout of my 20 to 30kg hauls from bermagui.
I only fish calm days and the odd day down here.

My rigs are home made. Ill take a pic tomorrow and measure it all out.


What do you do with 20 to 30kg of fish ! after frozen the taste is average.


Vacuum sealers work great for maintaining quality of fish for the table and some bait such as squid.

Sometimes if you only get to go out a handful of times due to work and other life commitments you want to make the most of your catch.

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Re: WesternPort flathead

Postby smile0784 » Wed Jan 10, 2018 9:17 am

rb85 wrote:
hornet wrote:

I have 2 flathead marks on westenport and they are good spots and can pick up 20 ot 30 each time.
I dont fish for fladhead often down here cos i get much bigger fillets at bermagui so only try down here if i runnout of my 20 to 30kg hauls from bermagui.
I only fish calm days and the odd day down here.

My rigs are home made. Ill take a pic tomorrow and measure it all out.


What do you do with 20 to 30kg of fish ! after frozen the taste is average.


Vacuum sealers work great for maintaining quality of fish for the table and some bait such as squid.

Sometimes if you only get to go out a handful of times due to work and other life commitments you want to make the most of your catch.


Exactly

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Re: WesternPort flathead

Postby Pethrk » Wed Jan 10, 2018 8:44 pm

Went out again tonight and caught 2 small flathead.

Can’t catch anything lately :(

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Re: WesternPort flathead

Postby Scraglor » Wed Jan 10, 2018 8:54 pm

Yes, Vac sealing fish makes them taste as fresh as the day they're caught

Yes, there are big flatties available in WPB - I recently got the up to 67cm

I only get them as bycatch, but reckon you could target big stonker flatty if you want to.

Said vac sealer means I just catch my fill of big whiting and eat them year round, its fantastic.

I would never drift for them, always use paternoster rigs with 1/0-3/0 circles, and fish baits for them. Look for shallow flats along the banks if you want big numbers of solid fish.

If you are going to target flatties in WPB, learn the diff kinds of flatty. Quite often you will get rockies over sand flatties. IMO they are tastier, and their fillets are bigger vs their sand flathead cousins for the respective size. I have never caught a dusky, but I would hate for someone to get done by accident and get done for keeping it out of size limits, etc.

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Re: WesternPort flathead

Postby Pethrk » Wed Jan 10, 2018 9:04 pm

Scraglor wrote:Yes, Vac sealing fish makes them taste as fresh as the day they're caught

Yes, there are big flatties available in WPB - I recently got the up to 67cm

I only get them as bycatch, but reckon you could target big stonker flatty if you want to.

Said vac sealer means I just catch my fill of big whiting and eat them year round, its fantastic.

I would never drift for them, always use paternoster rigs with 1/0-3/0 circles, and fish baits for them. Look for shallow flats along the banks if you want big numbers of solid fish.

If you are going to target flatties in WPB, learn the diff kinds of flatty. Quite often you will get rockies over sand flatties. IMO they are tastier, and their fillets are bigger vs their sand flathead cousins for the respective size. I have never caught a dusky, but I would hate for someone to get done by accident and get done for keeping it out of size limits, etc.



When you say off the banks what depth are we talking?



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Re: WesternPort flathead

Postby Scraglor » Wed Jan 10, 2018 9:08 pm

usually 4-5 meters in my experience - but I havent gone out specifically chasing them

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Re: WesternPort flathead

Postby Pethrk » Wed Jan 10, 2018 9:09 pm

Scraglor wrote:usually 4-5 meters in my experience - but I havent gone out specifically chasing them



What do you normally target?

And how do you go about targeting your preferred species?

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Re: WesternPort flathead

Postby Scraglor » Thu Jan 11, 2018 8:06 pm

Mostly whiting

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Re: WesternPort flathead

Postby cobby » Thu Jan 11, 2018 8:33 pm

Easily targeted. These are old pictures, but all landbased hour long catch dinner sessions after work. Nothing was ever under 40cm
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