Flathead the best
BIGGENDEN Fishing Club’s Lofty Wendt’s favourite fish is flathead.
Lofty said as a table eating fish, flathead was one of the nicest eating fish in the ocean.
“They are easy to prepare to cook, eg fillets, roasted or baked,” he said.
“They have lovely white flesh. If you fillet them properly they are boneless.
“As a species I just enjoy the challenge of locating and catching them.
“Flathead are an ambush feeder as they lay in wait for their prey to come past then they strike aggressively.”
Mr Wendt said flathead can be found in water less than 30cm deep and up to eight-10 metres deep.
“They readily take lures if presented in the right way, but will also take bait,” he said.
“Lures lead to a cleaner boat,” he said.
“The biggest flathead I caught has been 87cm, but had to put back as it was a female.
“The legal size is 40-75cm. If you catch a large female normally there are 8-10 legal males in that area.”