Al McGlashan: So one of the easiest fish to catch is a flathead. Now, everyone uses bait but I’m going to show you how to do it with lures. One of the best lures for catching flathead is a simple little plastic.
The key is, and this is really important, is to rig it right. First thing you need, little 1/4 ounce jig head. The size of your jig head matches the depth, so the deeper it is or the more current you’ve got, the heavier the jig.
In this case, we’re fishing in probably around three meters of water, so a 1/4 ounce will do it fine. But the important part is to get the rigging right. So my little Madeyes Flick Stick, perfect size for these flatties.
All you need to do is get the tip of the hook and put it right in the center of the plastic. Then, slowly work the hook point up through the plastic. I’m working the plastic around the hook shank. And that is sitting perfect.
So there you go. Just one last check to make sure she’s all straight. And then, simply tie it on. Probably do a 15-pound suffix leader there, that’s enough for a flattie, with a uni knot. Trim off the tag.
The best part is, there’s no sticky, dirty bait. So when it comes to catching flathead, it’s all about keeping your lure right on the bottom, there, because flathead are ambush hunters. There we go. It’s down.
So now, my bait is sitting on the bottom. So now, a twitch, and that’s lifted it up off the bottom and then I stop and let it run back out. Let it sink back down, hits the bottom again. Then, again. Oh, that.
They won’t swim that far to hit a bait. They won’t give up their position unless it comes within striking zone. So, the more I cast, fanning out covering this area, the better it is. And of course, with your drift, you want it nice and slow like this.
And then it’s just a matter of time. There you go. Got him on. Not a flathead. It’ll be a little snapper. There you go. Look at him. That’s how effective soft plastics are. First cast, wrong fish. But what is a good sign is that you’re seeing a lot of fish because flathead are ambush hunters.
So even a little snapper like this, little cockney snapper, a big flathead will eat that. So seeing that in here is still a good sign. But you need to do some growing, buddy. Grow, mate. So one other tip worth mentioning, is that for this style of fishing, is always use your sounder or be watching for bait.
Wherever the bait is, that’s where the flathead’ll be.