Gippsland’s ace flathead fishing

The East Gippsland estuaries have been red hot for super-sized flathead of late. The flathead fishing has been excellent since Summer and there has still been some really large fish caught if you’re out in search of them. The best has been that there hasn’t any stand out areas – if you’re in the Gippsland Lakes, Lake Tyers, Marlo or anywhere further east you’ve got a solid shot!

Young fishing-fan Myles landed a ripper flathead when fishing Lake Tyers. He was fishing out in the main lake and targeting a bigger fish than the slot limit ones that he had been catching. He ended up landing a ripper at 63cm which he has rapt about.

Another young fishing fanatic Arch caught a great flathead when he last fished Mallacoota and we forgot to mention his achievement! Arch was fishing with dad Roger, and he successfully lured and landed this 65cm on a soft plastic, ticking off bigger flathead from his trip scorecard!

Customer Guy fished a couple of mates in the Gippsland lakes hunting for big flathead, and the whole boat wasn’t disappointed in the fishing. The boys landed a heap of quality fish from mid 60’s upward of 80cm. Fishing the shallow flats and bays with larger hardbodies (think barra sized) was the trick. The addition to the lure choice however was correct choice of treble. Too heavier gauge and the fish wouldn’t stay connected. Finer wire ‘recurve’ trebles were the go, and a suggested choice if you’re serious about getting these fish in the net.

Customer John landed a ripper fish while fishing near Mallacoota just recently. John was targeting the larger fish up along the river edges using larger gear and lures, with this fish taking a scented plastic that was a great 6 inch mullet imitation. Using the slightly heavier gear meant that the fish was in, photographed and measured at 82cm, and promptly released.

Staff member fished with some mates out in the lake at Bemm river recently, and while the flathead were only targeted for about an hour, two large fish were landed – 68cm and 75cm. Both fish were taken on smaller lures that perfectly imitated the school prawns that were about the shallows.