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Berley & Attractants For Flathead

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Getfished Tip, Berley & Attractants For Flathead

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

The BerleyBerley Berley & Attractants For Flathead that you use are just as attractive to small baitfish. So this makes perfect sense for the flathead. Free food.

What it means to you is you’re bringing the fish to you.

I nearly always use berley. Whether it be a pier, a beach, an estuary or even a boat. Whether I’m spinning hardbody lures, soft plastics or bait fishing.

I don’t understand why so many people fishing are so resistant to it. Certainly, you’ll hear anecdotal evidence of “…I’ve used berley and nothing happened.” But fishing isn’t black and white. There’s a lot of factors going on. Tides, sun, rain, wind, pollution and food availability.

Use it consistently and over time you’ll see the difference it makes to your fishing.

Berley Consistently Works

The difference between catching fish and not catching any at all I often put down to not using berley. Fisho’s who use berley – just enough mind, not a smorgasbord – know it can be the deciding difference.

As to what to use as berley. There are several commercial berley products available from local tackle shops.

These include the kind that looks like chicken feed pellets. These are often impregnated with tuna oil, aniseed and other “flavours” known to attract fish.

You can also make your own. Leftover bait from the last fishing trip is a great source A meal you had where you had leftover prawn, crab or lobster shells. Shells from a shellfish meal such as mussels etc.

Basically, you grind the leftovers up. I use an old-fashioned metal grinder. You can use a hammer on the harder shells like crab, lobster and shellfish.

I then mix it with regular “layers pellets” made for chickens then add tuna oil and aniseed myself.

Using Attractants & Scents

Again, this is something I always use. Appealing to the sense of taste and smell. A good attractant, however, will encourage the flathead to swallow the bait, rather than pick at it.

The fact that attractants have now become staples used in fishing tournaments attests to their value.

There’s a lot of them on the market. Some, I think it’s fair to say, are questionable. Others are absolutely outstanding.

Whenever possible I like to choose tools that appeal to a wide variety of species. So while this article is about flatties, a good all-round attractant/scent is always preferable. This is why I use and recommend wholeheartedly Squidgy S Factor Scent.

I use it on hard body lures, soft plastics, frozen and freeze-dried baits. While you can overuse these products I find smearing some between your index finger and thumb, then rubbing that liberally on the bait or lure is all that’s needed.

It lasts several casts, too. If there’s fish in the area you’ll be amazed at how fast they start smashing your line.

When I first started using soft plastic lures, like Gulp.

I was surprised by the results I was getting didn’t match those reported overseas.

Adding S-Factor scent made the difference. As it was designed in Australia I do wonder if it was the missing ingredient needed to get the mouths watering of Aussie fish.

Note, this isn’t a substitute for berley, discussed earlier. Rather it’s a tool to use in conjunction with berley.

Get the flathead into your zone with the berley. Then the S-Factor to get them to choose your bait or lure.

The BerleyBerley Berley & Attractants For Flathead that you use are just as attractive to small baitfish. So this makes perfect sense for the flathead. Free food.

What it means to you is you’re bringing the fish to you.

I nearly always use berley. Whether it be a pier, a beach, an estuary or even a boat. Whether I’m spinning hardbody lures, soft plastics or bait fishing.

I don’t understand why so many people fishing are so resistant to it. Certainly, you’ll hear anecdotal evidence of “…I’ve used berley and nothing happened.” But fishing isn’t black and white. There’s a lot of factors going on. Tides, sun, rain, wind, pollution and food availability.

Use it consistently and over time you’ll see the difference it makes to your fishing.

Berley Consistently Works

The difference between catching fish and not catching any at all I often put down to not using berley. Fisho’s who use berley – just enough mind, not a smorgasbord – know it can be the deciding difference.

As to what to use as berley. There are several commercial berley products available from local tackle shops.

These include the kind that looks like chicken feed pellets. These are often impregnated with tuna oil, aniseed and other “flavours” known to attract fish.

You can also make your own. Leftover bait from the last fishing trip is a great source A meal you had where you had leftover prawn, crab or lobster shells. Shells from a shellfish meal such as mussels etc.

Basically, you grind the leftovers up. I use an old-fashioned metal grinder. You can use a hammer on the harder shells like crab, lobster and shellfish.

I then mix it with regular “layers pellets” made for chickens then add tuna oil and aniseed myself.

Using Attractants & Scents

Again, this is something I always use. Appealing to the sense of taste and smell. A good attractant, however, will encourage the flathead to swallow the bait, rather than pick at it.

The fact that attractants have now become staples used in fishing tournaments attests to their value.

There’s a lot of them on the market. Some, I think it’s fair to say, are questionable. Others are absolutely outstanding.

Whenever possible I like to choose tools that appeal to a wide variety of species. So while this article is about flatties, a good all-round attractant/scent is always preferable. This is why I use and recommend wholeheartedly Squidgy S Factor Scent.

I use it on hard body lures, soft plastics, frozen and freeze-dried baits. While you can overuse these products I find smearing some between your index finger and thumb, then rubbing that liberally on the bait or lure is all that’s needed.

It lasts several casts, too. If there’s fish in the area you’ll be amazed at how fast they start smashing your line.

When I first started using soft plastic lures, like Gulp.

I was surprised by the results I was getting didn’t match those reported overseas.

Adding S-Factor scent made the difference. As it was designed in Australia I do wonder if it was the missing ingredient needed to get the mouths watering of Aussie fish.

Note, this isn’t a substitute for berley, discussed earlier. Rather it’s a tool to use in conjunction with berley.

Get the flathead into your zone with the berley. Then the S-Factor to get them to choose your bait or lure.


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.