12 Hot Tips To Learn How To Catch Flathead
From the sand flathead and blue spotted flathead in the south. To the Dusky flathead of the east coast. Flathead are a popular species. A great table fish – and a seriously whole lotta fun to catch!
Flathead fishing can be extremely rewarding. No matter if you love fishing with bait, soft plastic lures, hard body lures. Or you fish land-based or from a boat. When it comes to kayak fishing flathead fishing is a perfect match, too!
Last Updated: September 11, 2020
The right Rod & Reel for flathead is pretty subjective. Just about any working modern fishing rod is going to work. While I own many...
In Australia, the name flathead refers to a fish species that live in bays, inlets and estuaries. It belongs to the family Platycephalus of which there are 16 species in Australia.
In the United States, a Flathead fish refers to Flathead Catfish – Pylodictis olivaris. A freshwater species.
There is another species occasionally referred to as a flathead in the aquarium hobby. The Flathead Gudgeon. Philypnodon grandiceps. Also an Australian species. Except it is confined to inland freshwater and brackish estuaries.
The flathead fish from Australia has a unique taste. Lightly gamey, slightly sweet. Salty like most marine species. The flesh is very tender. Almost melting in your mouth. I’d describe the taste to be somewhere in between flake and snapper. Not as bland as flake, but not as sweet as snapper.
Flathead flesh is known to be higher in mercury than some other fish species. This is largely due to the way they live their lives – on the bottom amongst sand and mud. Often buried in it. Mercury, being heavier than water, sinks and collects there. The Victorian Health Department recommends it is possible to safely eat fish that contain low levels of mercury using the guidelines set out in the Australian Food Standards Guidelines seen here.