One thing is for certain. How we target flathead has certainly changed.
When I was a kid it was natural bait that was more common than anything else in flatty fishing. My choice was usually prawns or whitebait.
Fast forward to the 2020s and Soft Plastics are without a doubt the tool of choice for flathead fishing.
The most common flathead species caught around Melbourne are the Southern Bluespotted Flathead (also called the Yanky Flathead) Platycephalus caeruleopunctatus. With the Dusky Flathead – Platycephalus fuscus – being most common from the Gippsland Lakes and northwards along the coast from there.Flathead Season: All year round in Victoria. More active during warmer months.
Total Flathead Fishing Catches Reported From Victoria
A lot of flathead reports around Melbourne tend to come from boaties and kayak fisho’s in recent years.
While smaller landbased catches from the Yarra and Maribyrnong River Estuaries being reasonably common.
Western Port Bay and the Gippsland Lakes tend to receive the bulk of reports.
I’m hoping flathead are making a comeback in Port Phillip Bay – and there are signs that this is the case. Slowly….
Recent Flathead Fishing Hotspots Map
Werribee South Beach
Outside Port Phillip Heads
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Recommended Flathead Fishing Rigs
While there’s nothing wrong with soaking bait for flathead – I’m going to recommend you try soft plastic lures.
Because they seem to take more flatties in 2021 than just about anything else!
If you look at videos of successful flathead fisho’s – both in Victoria and interstate – the ZMan Slim Swimz seems to really do well with flatties.
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