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does anyone know wat the best bait for flathead is | Category: Help

james14 9 years ago
#1068

im from QLD and i need 2 know what a reely good flattie bait is.

Madfisha 9 years ago
#1070

G'day James, well Flathead are a predatory fish and they will attack anything that is moving (as a rule) so hard or soft plastic lures bouncing on the bottom are good as well as baits such as Bluebait, pilchards any oily fish, they will take mussels pippies and practically anything you throw at them but as I said keep the baits moving at an even slow to medium pace. Good luck and I hope you end up with Tight Lines. Madfisha.

james14 9 years ago
#1073

hey i went flatty fishin today and landed myself a 48cm flathead and my freind got 1 that was 55cm

we were using dead herring as lures you rig them so they spin and retrieve them slowy or jig them its the best method for huge flats we would of lost 1 that was about 80cm

fishergal 9 years ago
#1078

Flathead - honestly, cut up strips of flathead.

Madfisha 9 years ago
#1080

I forgot about using Flathead for bait. Another is Mullet and especially Mullet Gut. The one in my Photo is 78cm and fell for Mullet Gut.

itsaboat 7 years ago
#2268

I know this thread is almost 2 years old, but thought I would reply anyway.

As already said the best flathead bait is flathead. The best flathead to use is baby flathead if you can get them. Several companies make baby flathead lures. Some look very realistic. I don't often target flathead so I don't have a bay flathead lure to show you. There aren't any listed on ebay. If you ask at your local tackle shop they will know exactly want you are talking about and will be able to show you one.

itsaboat mate...Life is just a boat and then ya marry one !
markt 7 years ago
#2269

thanks for your reply itsaboat.
No matter how old the thread - it's always great to share knowledge and information. I'm sure your reply will help someone who is after flatheads

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MATS 7 years ago
#2278

Hi all,
just new to the site.
a mate of mine uses strips of carp?
cheers
Mat

markt 7 years ago
#2279

Hi Mat

thanks for the tip and welcome to the site :cheer:

tight lines

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itsaboat 7 years ago
#2282

Nice little bream ya got there Mat !

I have used carp in crab pots before.

itsaboat mate...Life is just a boat and then ya marry one !
ianmacrae 7 years ago
#2289

I'm going up the Gold Coast from Sydney for two weeks flathead and mangrove jack fishing beginning Sept 4. Why,because Sept 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8,are the best fishing days for that month and Jumpinpin is going to get a hammering...!

Best baits, soft plastic paddle tails and an electric motor. Failing that live poddy mullet (caught using a cast net), and drifted on a rig consisting of a running sinker down to a swivel, with a 12lb, 1.5m fluorocarbon leader and 2/0 circle hook pinned through the mullet's upper lip. Deadly! But you'll catch more with soft plastics. Then, if you run out of soft plastics and mullet, try my old fall back bait, pilchards. Use the same rig as for the mullet, but change to two 2/0 ganged hooks. Use half a pilly and drift, but don't leave the rods in the rod holders... give them a good yank every minute or so as you drift to excite the flathead into hitting the baits. That's how we used to catach flathead before plastics and believe me it still works fine.

markt 7 years ago
#2294

looks like you got yourself a nice trip planned. thats gonna be awesome.
looking forward to see some pictures when you get back

thanks for the tips on flatties. Softbaits are great - I always prefer them to real bait.
It's much more fun using them as well.

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