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Presented from Issue 102
The humble Flathead is without doubt the Tasmanian anglers most sought after recreational saltwater species.

They can be found virtually anywhere there is a sandy bottom, from our estuaries to our bays, they are easy to catch and as an added bonus, are fabulous on the dinner table as well.

Mike Stevens has asked me to pen a few words together aimed at those that want to start targeting this species and perhaps aren’t really familiar on how to go about it, so here goes.

Species

There are three distinct species of flathead found around Tasmania and perhaps the most common is the southern sand flathead.

They can grow to around 50cm in length and over 2 kg in weight, but due to them having to be around 16 years of age in order to reach this size; fish like these are the exception rather than the rule.

Their colours vary depending on surroundings but they are usually a light brown or mottled pattern on top with a white belly.

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When you have finished for the day, why not have a brag about the ones that didn't get away! Send Mike an article on your fishing (Click here for contact details), and we'll get it published here. Have fun fishing - tasfish.com

Beautifully coloured wild brown troutEleven Trout Caught In One Hour & Twenty Minutes 3-2-2016

I had around two hours before the wife came home before I had to take her up to the daughters at Cradle Mountain, so I decided to get in a quick session on a small river 10 minutes from home.. Once there I started flicking the little black fury around in the tannin coloured river and had a hit & miss on the second cast. The next little stretch gave up three nice little river browns with the best one going around 290gms and beautifully conditioned too.

 

Knowing I didn't have long in the river I kept working my way upstream flicking the spinner around getting a hit on nearly every cast. After 30 minutes of fishing I had only landed 5 browns from 8 hook ups. I changed over to a copper bladed black fury and that worked a treat as I picked up another 6 browns from just seven hook ups. I also had heaps of hit & misses too. In the 1hr & 20 minutes I was in the river I managed 11 nice little river browns.. I wished I had gone an hour earlier.. I know where I'm heading to at 6.00am in the morning..

cheers
Adrian

 

Beautifully coloured wild brown trout

Beautifully coloured wild brown trout

 

Bright red spots on this brown

Bright red spots on this brown

 

Small brown taken from under overhanging bush

Small brown taken from under overhanging bush

 

Two browns taken here

Two browns taken here

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