Every angler wants the big fish but the Flathead are always plentiful and can be a challenge for anglers to see who can catch the biggest. Flathead are native to Australia and are one of the most popular fish for anglers. They can weigh up to 10 kilograms and provide good eating.
- Size: 40cm - 70cm
- Food Rating: Good
- Territory: Nearshore and inshore
The most common flathead is the Dusky. The scientific name for the Dusky Flathead is Platycephalus fuscus.
How to identify a Dusky Flathead
- The top of body ranges from dark greenish-brown to mid-brown
- Looking down through the water the surface of head is pale pink
- The pectoral fins have multiple brown spots
- The tail has a an identifying large dark mark
Flathead are typically found near estuaries and headlands that are adjacent to river mouths. They have a preference for soft sand or muddy areas. You can find them sandbanks, near rocks and weeds where there is a dropoff.
Flathead are available all year round. There is no closed season for flathead. The peak seasons run from April to May and September to October. Cronulla is the perfect fishing location for flathead. It is where Port Hacking meets the Pacific Ocean. Our skipper can cast off from the Cronulla Wharf and be in the ideal fishing spots in minutes. There are many theories as to the best time to catch flathead. Some say when there is a full moon that catching flathead 3 days prior and 3 days post the full moon is best. In realtion to tides it is best on the runout of a high tide as the fish are more active. As the tide times alter every day we can provide either morning fishing or later afternoon fishing trips in the estuaries of Port Hacking or off the coast of Cronulla, Sydney.
What Do You Need for Fishing in Sydney?
On all our fishing and deep sea fishing charters in Sydney all you need to bring are the right clothes depending on the weather conditions. We will supply everything else including bait, fishing rods and reels and fishing licence. At the end of our fishing trip you get to keep what you catch. We have 3 purpose build fishing vessels that have all the facilities and amenities you require.