Something Fishy: born to catch flathead

FAMILY TRADITION: Eight-year-old Rylan Coles knows all the flathead secrets.
FAMILY TRADITION: Eight-year-old Rylan Coles knows all the flathead secrets.

Tanilba Bay flathead champion Rylan Coles, 8, knows where all the cracker flathead are and he knows how to catch them. On his last outing, tossing soft plastics into shallow water in front of the oyster racks in Tilligerry Creek, Rylan landed a heap of fish to 60cm, keeping a couple for the kitchen. The Coles family are the local flathead experts and they are predicting a bumper season as we head towards summer.

Interesting to learn that recently NSW Fisheries are conducting trials on the South Coast and in Lake Macquarie on the impact on flathead stocks of voluntarily letting go all flathead over 70cm. It may be of interest to Fisheries that we, in Port Stephens, have been doing that for years. Every flathead that I have reported in this column for at least 10 years, has been released. If there is a better flathead fishery in this state, I would like to know where it is.

Gone Fishing Day will be held on Sunday. Victoria Parade Nelson Bay from 9am till 3pm. Casting competitions, goodie bags, fishing tips, heaps for kids. See you there.

John ‘Stinker’ Clarke