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Beach Fishing For Flathead

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Getfished Tip, Beach Fishing For Flathead

This post is a small part taken from our Flathead – How You Can Catch Them Getfished Article.

I keep mentioning burley (chum) and attractants – and I’m going to mention them here again. In the following sections, I’ll explain in more details. But suffice to say for the moment – I always use a burley pot when beach fishing for flathead. I also always use attractants.

There are two main ways of flathead beach fishing. In both instances, the turning high tide is generally ideal as the water is slightly deeper at this time.

Wading Into The Tidal Zone

Yep. Wading. Up to the waist if it’s safe to do so. But certainly as far as you’re comfortable. This, of course, applies to calmer bays – not ocean beaches. It’s generally unsafe and unwise to wade into ocean beach surf.

A short rod. 7 to 9 foot is good. Some people wear waders. You’ll need a knapsack or someway to safely carry your tackle – and your catches.

Wading gets you out into the range of the deeper waters where the fish are more likely to be.

Using A Surf Rod When Beach Fishing For Flathead

A surf rod, cast from the beach, in some places, is a great way to target flathead. Check the local conditions for water depth. This is because you need to get your bait or lure out of the shallows and into the deeper channels or gutters.

This is also the only safe way to target flathead on ocean beaches. A surf rod 10 to 12 feet for the bays and a heavier 12-foot rod for ocean beaches.

I keep mentioning burley (chum) and attractants – and I’m going to mention them here again. In the following sections, I’ll explain in more details. But suffice to say for the moment – I always use a burley pot when beach fishing for flathead. I also always use attractants.

There are two main ways of flathead beach fishing. In both instances, the turning high tide is generally ideal as the water is slightly deeper at this time.

Wading Into The Tidal Zone

Yep. Wading. Up to the waist if it’s safe to do so. But certainly as far as you’re comfortable. This, of course, applies to calmer bays – not ocean beaches. It’s generally unsafe and unwise to wade into ocean beach surf.

A short rod. 7 to 9 foot is good. Some people wear waders. You’ll need a knapsack or someway to safely carry your tackle – and your catches.

Wading gets you out into the range of the deeper waters where the fish are more likely to be.

Using A Surf Rod When Beach Fishing For Flathead

A surf rod, cast from the beach, in some places, is a great way to target flathead. Check the local conditions for water depth. This is because you need to get your bait or lure out of the shallows and into the deeper channels or gutters.

This is also the only safe way to target flathead on ocean beaches. A surf rod 10 to 12 feet for the bays and a heavier 12-foot rod for ocean beaches.


By Dave - from Getfished!

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Dave spends most of his time split between fishing, working on Getfished and on boating and kayak fishing. After 30+ years as a programmer spending more time as a fisho has allowed him to grow his passion for the hobby. Running Getfished has meant Dave's been able to share some of the places he loves to fish at. As well as some of his favourite tackle and gear.