Dusky Flathead - Platycephalus fuscus

Dusky flathead are found in estuaries and nearshore waters throughout Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria.

Dusky Flathead prefer a soft sand and muddy areas, they will hang around patchy sand, rock, weed, drop offs and small feeder creeks during the run out tide. During the spawning season October - November they can be found very far upstream even towards brackish waters.

Flatties are easy to target on lures and will aggressively take all kinds of lures. They are best targeted in the warmer months from October to April. Dusky Flathead will smash just about any lure, soft plastics, vibes, blades and hard-bodies all work well. Colour isn't too important, however local knowledge on colour selection will get more fish, in SE Queensland locally made pink and red Lively Lures work the best.

The Dusky Flathead can grow up to 1.2 m and weight up to 15 kg! They are Australia's largest flathead species.

The Dusky Flathead can grow up to 1.2 m and weight up to 15 kg! They are Australia's largest flathead species.

Recommended Lures for Dusky Flathead Fishing

Species list

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