Jul 102016
6.80m Vindicator Quality Aluminium Fishing Boat “Strike Two”

Like we said last time, fishing can be a lot trickier in the colder months, but we still take the aluminum fishing boat out in winter.  We are lucky enough to enjoy relatively warm water temperatures in our neck of the woods and find that flathead can be caught all year round.

Flatheads adapt to colder temperatures and although they are most active when the water is around 15 – 19 degrees, they can be caught in much colder waters. We recommend you try and pick the warmest day for your fishing trip and look for the warmest water, even a couple of degrees will make a difference. Run-in tides tend to be warmer, and in our experience, you won’t usually find the flatheads biting before about 9am.

Flatheads get nervous about shadows, probably because they are hunted by sea eagles and a shadow can be a signal of impending doom. Overcast conditions help alleviate this problem as does fishing in murkier waters.

Talk to your local bait shop about what the flatties are feeding on to get an idea on which lures to use. When the flatheads are feasting on baitfish they will chase your lure from a distance, whereas if they are in sleep mode you may have to drop the lure right in front of them.

Trolling can work as it allows you to cover a lot more water, just be mindful of the shadow of your boat. Trolling will help you find any active fish that are around. Your Sounder will be a big help when trolling for flathead as it will help you detect the change between mud and sand as well as any baitfish patterns. Trolling rods should be quite soft and a four pound line should be all you need for fishing for flatties in winter. You can rig up four lures, one at around 50 metres away, one as close as around 10 metres and then others in between. A 4 to 6 kilo leader will work for this type of fishing. Try trolling around contours, flats and the edges of weed beds. Trolling is not recommended in windy conditions where a lot of weed is stirred up.

We wish you the best of luck flathead fishing this winter. Let us know how you go.


Apr 252016
fishing & boating tips

The team at Watson’s Marine has one thing in common: we love boating and love to fish. Over the years we’ve picked up a few helpful fishing tips that we’d like to pass on to our readers.

Fishing & Boating Tip 1 – Be Prepared

The old adage, an ounce of prevention is worth more than a pound of cure, is also true for fisherman. Before you head out in the fishing boat make sure you have attended to regular boat & trailer maintenance. Give your engine a run and go over the battery and electronics to make sure they are working well. Check your trailer, bearings, rollers etc. If in doubt, give the crew at Watson’s a call, and we will get your boat & trailer in tip top running condition. You don’t want to be one of those fishermen who get to the boat ramp only to discover you have engine trouble.

Make sure your rods and reels are working well, they too need to be maintained. Tony from Fisherman’s Warehouse is the man for the job. Regularly check fishing lines, swivels and hooks, replace where necessary. Run your finger over your lines to check for damage, check your knots by giving them a good yank, best to change your hooks each time you go fishing, not worth losing a big fish over.

Don’t waste your valuable fishing time on fix-ups. Check your gear before you hit the water. By being prepared you will ensure a hassle-free relaxing & enjoyable fishing trip.

Fishing & Boating Tip 2 – Name Your Target

It’s a good idea to think about what type of fish you are after. That way you can get organized to catch your target species. Your choice will, of course, be based on the time of year. If you are not sure what’s about in your area, have a chat to some local anglers. Having fishing friends is the best way to find out where the fish are biting too. Other good sources of information is Tony at Fisherman’s Warehouse, Gympie’s best bait shop, boat charter places and internet forums.

Technology also helps take the guess work out of your fishing trip. Sea surface temperature charts can be downloaded from the internet and can help you find fish-holding temperature breaks. These are created using real time satellite images. Long range weather forecasts are also available to help you plan the ideal time for your fishing trip. There are many great weather Apps to download on your phone these days.

So get your gear prepared, find out where the fish are, and have a great fishing trip.

We’d love to hear your favorite fishing tips or fishing news. More tips next time.