Flat­head the best

Central and North Burnett Times - - SPORT -

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.”

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