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Understanding Flathead Behaviour

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Getfished Tip, Understanding Flathead Behaviour

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

Understanding flathead behaviour is less about making assumptions and more about considering how the fish lives out its life.

Assumptions will force us into thinking in a very narrow way about the target fish. The flathead is an ambush predator principally. It will also consume dead fish, crustaceans etc as they wash past it on an outgoing tide.

Additionally – if food is available on the surface then they’re going to pursue food there too. Even though their preferred environment is buried up to their eyes in sand.

Indeed you can often see flathead rising to the surface, during calm conditions, kissing the surface and ripples moving outward.

Polarised sunglasses are a great way to observe behaviour. Particularly in clear conditions. Polarised sunnies allow you to see into the water as they reduce light refraction. In some conditions, you’ll see the flathead.

Flathead Behaviour – Ambush Predators

In other conditions, you can see the impressions where they’ve been. Literally, flathead shapes in the sand.

You’ll also get a better sense of the environment. Scanning the water surface and identifying gutters, sandbars and in some instances reefs.

Value Of Polarized Sunglasses Can’t Be Overstated

I can’t overstate the value of a decent pair of sunglasses, with a polarised treatment, as part of your tackle kit. They protect your eyes from UV glare and reduce eye fatigue. They also offer this excellent ability to peer into the water mentioned above.

These tools are an excellent resource to really study and learn about all fish, how they act and the marine environment. Beyond just studying flathead behaviour alone.

Naturally, if the conditions are turbid and choppy this visibility is not going to be apparent. But in good light conditions, they are indispensable. Allowing you to almost get right into the flathead’s environment.

Understanding flathead behaviour is less about making assumptions and more about considering how the fish lives out its life.

Assumptions will force us into thinking in a very narrow way about the target fish. The flathead is an ambush predator principally. It will also consume dead fish, crustaceans etc as they wash past it on an outgoing tide.

Additionally – if food is available on the surface then they’re going to pursue food there too. Even though their preferred environment is buried up to their eyes in sand.

Indeed you can often see flathead rising to the surface, during calm conditions, kissing the surface and ripples moving outward.

Polarised sunglasses are a great way to observe behaviour. Particularly in clear conditions. Polarised sunnies allow you to see into the water as they reduce light refraction. In some conditions, you’ll see the flathead.

Flathead Behaviour – Ambush Predators

In other conditions, you can see the impressions where they’ve been. Literally, flathead shapes in the sand.

You’ll also get a better sense of the environment. Scanning the water surface and identifying gutters, sandbars and in some instances reefs.

Value Of Polarized Sunglasses Can’t Be Overstated

I can’t overstate the value of a decent pair of sunglasses, with a polarised treatment, as part of your tackle kit. They protect your eyes from UV glare and reduce eye fatigue. They also offer this excellent ability to peer into the water mentioned above.

These tools are an excellent resource to really study and learn about all fish, how they act and the marine environment. Beyond just studying flathead behaviour alone.

Naturally, if the conditions are turbid and choppy this visibility is not going to be apparent. But in good light conditions, they are indispensable. Allowing you to almost get right into the flathead’s environment.


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.