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.