Flathead Fishing With Scott Whitfield

Story by Scott Whitfield

During the Easter break, I had a chance to get out on the water and chase some Tweed River flathead with my wife. Our first stop was a rocky point on a bend of the Tweed. When chasing flathead, structures I like to look for are rocky edges onto sand, as this is often the place where flathead will lie in wait for baitfish on an outgoing tide. Using soft plastics along the edges where the rock turns to sand, we managed one legal flathead and several smaller ones, so decided to move to a different location.

"The brown lens is perfect for this type of inshore estuary fishing as it not only reduces glare, but is a high contrast lens too. It blocks a large percentage of blue light which means objects such as weed beds and even fish are easily spotted against their backgrounds."

This time we selected a sand flat with a weed edge, another prime flathead ambush point. Using polarised sunglasses with a brown base, such as the Mako G1HR6 lens we were easily able to see where the weed beds broke into sand. The brown lens is perfect for this type of inshore estuary fishing as it not only reduces glare, but is a high contrast lens too. It blocks a large percentage of blue light which means objects such as weed beds and even fish are easily spotted against their backgrounds. In addition the High Definition filter reduces wavelengths of light that cause distortion to the human eye making the Mako HD lenses the clearest lens option possible.

My wife Kristin was keen to learn how to catch big flathead, so I handed her the sunglasses so she could polarise the sand flats and locate where the weedy edges started and stopped. I explained to her that this is the area you need to run the lure along, and handed Kristin a fishing rod with a deep diving lure. When using deep divers, I find that when the bib of the lure is digging into the sand it catches the eye of the flathead which will usually encourage them to attack the lure. As you can see in the photo Kristin was a quick learner and managed to land this quality flathead.

×