Flathead Lures | Fishing with Soft Plastic Lures

Fishing with Soft Plastic Fishing Lures for Flathead

Soft plastic lures are a great way to attract Flathead.  While the species is renowned for its laziness, it will put up quite a fight when hooked, and if you win the battle, Flathead make great eating.  Here are some tips for catching Flathead with soft lures.

 

Flathead are found in shallow water in estuaries and bays where they hide, camouflaged and partially buried in sand.  Rather than actively seeking food, Flathead wait for their prey to come to them, conserving their energy for the quick burst of acceleration that they make when an attractive morsel passes nearby.  By slowly trailing bait or lures along the bottom, anglers have the best chance of hooking Flathead.

 

Most of the types of lure that are successful with bream will work with flathead, too.  Soft plastic lures that attract bites from Flathead are generally at least 50 mm in length. Ocean Storm’s Online Fishing Tackle Shop stocks a range of fishing lures in soft plastic materials, such as Squidgies, as well as Berkeley Gulp fishing lures made from natural biodegradable materials. These lures look and feel like soft plastic and are impregnated with a scent that fish find irresistible.

 

Soft plastic lures come in a range of colours, and it’s useful to keep a variety of colours in your tackle box.  Many anglers find that dark coloured soft plastic lures in the same colours work better on dark days, while lures in lighter colours or more natural looking colours attract more bites from flathead on light days.  After a period with no results, changing the shape of lure you use, for example swapping a minnow shape for a grub shape, will often encourage flathead to take a bite.

 

When fishing for flathead, fairly simple tackle is adequate.  Your aim is to slowly work the bottom, so a 3-4kg line on a basic spinning reel is generally fine.  While a fibreglass rod isn’t suitable for use with soft plastic lures because of their action and lack of sensitivity, a basic 6-7 foot graphite fishing rod allows the angler to cast more accurately and gives the sensitivity to feel a nibble from the target.

 

When the weather is warm and the water is shallow, fishing for flathead can be very rewarding.  Flathead appear to be indolent until they’re ready to pounce on their prey.  Flathead don’t seem to be at all wary of lures – so using Soft plastic fishing lures can make for an exciting day of fishing.

Checkout this clip below for fishing for Flathead on soft plastic lures: Brett Wilson From Shimano is using the Squidgy Pro Lobby Lure

Also check out this Clip to further your knowledge and experience in targeting fish on soft plastic fishing lures.. You can buy the full Soft Plastic Tactics Fishing DVD in our online fishing tackle shop.

Rapala Xrap XR04 Fishing Lures in Australia

The long awaited Rapala Xrap XR04 fishing lures have made it into Australia.

These little beauties will most certainly catch a huge variety of fish in the rivers, lakes, bays and inlets.

This brand new release from Rapala lures is an awesome sized lure for Australian Bass, Bream, Trout, Flathead and such a range of other fish as well.

The Size of the Rapala XR04 fishing lure is 4cm and we are stocking a variety of super popular colours. They are a suspending lure with a weight of approximately 2 grams and running depth of 60 centimeters.

Such a life like bait!

Presenting the new Rapala XR04 Fishing Lure!

Check out this youtube clip below. It is of their slightly larger brothers the XR06 however you will get a great idea of just how these lures work and how they will be deadly and a must for your fishing lure box.

BUY RAPALA XRAP XR04 Lures in our online mail order fishing store

Fishing for Flathead on Soft Plastic Fishing Lures

Fishing for Flathead with soft plastic fishing lures has become ever so popular in recent years. Flathead are always a hungry fish that will pretty much eat anything that appears to be food. It is not uncommon for large Flathead to be cannibalistic and eat other smaller Flathead.

My favorite spot for fishing for Flathead would have to be Mallacoota, Which is located just inside the Victorian boarder if traveling south from NSW. Mallacoota is a small township and is quite peaceful particularly in the upper reaches of Gypsy Point. Flathead and Bream are plentiful in Mallacoota and what more is it appears from my experience that most of the fish are of decent size.

Though Mallacoota is my personal favorite spot for Flathead fishing you can pretty much find a variety of Flathead in most parts of Australia.

Fishing for Flathead on soft plastic fishing lures is quite easy when you have the right tackle. What I would recommend is:

Fishing Rod: Depending on how light you wish to fish I recommend a light weight graphite/composite fishing rod rated somewhere along the 2-4kg to 3-5kg mark. Good rod choices would include the Shimano T-Curve fishing rod, Shimano 3 Zero Fishing Rod, Shimano Starlo Stix Fishing Rods, Berkley Dropshot Rods and Daiwa Generation Black Wicked Weazel rods just to name a few. These rods have been specifically designed to suit soft plastic and hard body lure fishing. Prices for a fishing rod suitable for soft plastic fishing can vary anywhere from around $59.00 to $600.00+

Fishing Reel– There are many fishing reels on the market and ultimately it depends on your budget but for something fairly half decent I would not recommend any reel that had a price tag of less than $60-70. The size of the reel can vary depending on the rod you choose but more commonly the choice would be some where between a 2000-2500-3000 size reel for this type of fishing. Again it really depends on your personal budget but for the average angler that is after a fishing reel with a bit of quality that doesn’t want to spend a lot, brand ranges I would highly recommend as a starting point the Penn Battle fishing reel, Shimano Sedona Fishing Reel, Okuma Avenger fishing reels.  For the angler that is willing to spend a bit more for top quality gear you could consider the Shimano Stella or Shimano Stradic.

Fishing Line: Obviously the choice is yours. Fish anywhere from 2kg to 5kg depending on how light you prefer. There are many brands on the market and you can use either Braided / Super Lines or just a regular mono-filament fishing line.  My personal choice is I like to fish fairly light for more fun and use 4lb fireline crystal fishing line with an 8lb Berkley vanish fluorocarbon trace. I use heavier trace compared to my main line mostly to handle any abrasion.

Soft Plastic Fishing Lures: There are many many soft plastic lures on the market and the Flathead will be more than happy to eat pretty much any of the soft plastic fishing lures if it fits in their mouth! the other alternative to soft plastic fishing lures is Berkley Gulp. Berkley Gulp is designed to completely look and feel like soft plastic however the ingredients used are all natural.

My favorite picks on soft plastic lures for Flathead would be Squidgies: in 65mm fish and 100mm wriggler. Favorite colours are silver fox, bloodworm gary glitter and black gold. For the Berkley Gulp fishing lure range my picks are the 2″ Camo sand worms, 2″ nuclear chicken shrimps and 3″ Minnows in smelt. Truth is though you can use any colour and they will most likely get eaten by a Flathead if hungry.

How to fish soft plastic fishing lures for Flathead:

There a few methods but by far the easiest and effective way if fishing for Flathead in a lake, river etc.  is to cast the soft plastic fishing lure out along the sand flats or edges of weed beds and let the lure sink till it hits the bottom, leave it for a moment, retrieve any slack line, give your rod an upward twitch, wind a small amount of line back let the lure sink again and keep repeating this process of twitch, wind and sink and be continuous at a fairly slow pace.