Many thanks, Brad for organising the Flattie Challenge - it really is a good way for all our members to have a go & get together to target the one species - and a lot of fun, too!!
Congratulations to all who competed and especially all those who landed flatties - especially Brad, who took out the title!! It isn't always easy to target a specific species on a specific day ...... so well done all who did!
I headed to the Paddock, (the large shallow area up from the bridge in Wallis Lake, where there are a lot of leases.) I'd hooked & been busted off by 2 nice flatties in the weeks leading up to the comp ...... so figured there may be some more there!!
I was SO HAPPY when I landed my first flattie for the day in the shallows ...... so no donut!
It went 44cm
A nice 'mid sized' flattie - after my other big flattie jumped out of the yak last time I tried to take a photo - I was leaving the lip grip on this time!!
I got amongst the oyster rubble to try & smoke out the big ones ...... and paid the price!! Luckily, I'd marked the tail RED, so it made it a lot easier to find! If the tail wasn't red, I doubt I would have found it!
Have I mentioned recently that we seem to have a plague of LONG TOM??? Seriously - I've never SEEN so many at one time, since I moved here in 1999!! They are BIG & FAT & go ballistic when hooked!! If I see a fast swirl heading to my lure, I assume it is a Long Tom & am rarely 'disappointed' - so to speak!
They are a PAIN!!
Funnily enough, whilst in the shallows, I spooked a WHOPPER!! It took off in a cloud of 'mud/sand' .......
Then a tiddler jumped on board - but I was more than happy to 'take it'!!
Then I spotted the gate was open at my favourite lease that wasn't far from where I'd landed the other nice flatties a while back on DTSCOs .... (it was the lease where I caught my 45cm PB bream some years ago now!) The oyster men were working in there & I asked if it was OK for me to come in They said YES, so I was in like a shot!! So, as I was actually chasing flatties for the KFDU flattie comp ..... I threw my DTSCO Diablo in some shallows between the racks, hoping for flatties!! The lake is FULL of big Long Toms - the bane of my life, so when I got a big hit & it went ballistic on the surface, I assumed it was one! With drag done up to the max & using my 16lb YGK braid ..... I brought it to the yak unceremoniously, and then I realised it was actually a very nice bream!! It ducked under the racks again & I applied forced to bring it to the other side of my yak & was about to net it when the hooks pulled!
Damn! (Not quite what I actually said, but close enough!!) What I had done differently on THIS cast - jerking the lure quite aggressively along the shaded edge (as much to keep it from going UNDER the rack as the current was pushing it that way) and WHACK!! Continuing further along - I did the same retrieve (now called the DTSCO DANCE!
) and WHACK again!! Another BIG bream had grabbed the DTSCO - this time, taking it under the racks & after 2 seconds, busting me off!
I didn't have another Diablo with me, so I used another see thru one & coloured one side black (similar to Diablo) and I went on to finally land one - but it was just a fat baby 30cm that still put up a good fight in tight circumstances!!
Tho only 30cm, it was a fat fiesty breambo!
I had been busted off with a similar shaped lure back when I hooked my PB as well! Sadly, this particular set of racks is not often 'open' to yakkers and the area I was targetting is right in the middle & over a fence - so not able to cast to from the outside at all. One of the oyster guys is a yakker too - the comments ranging from 'Nice Lifestyle' to 'Wish it was ME in the yak' ....... as they lifted trays all around me!! LOL Shame the bream were 'bycatch'! LOL
Heading over to the 'flats within the racks' - a MUCH nicer flattie jumped on board!! I had cast my SP over towards the fence & halfway back to the yak ...... WHACK!! The oyster boys were impressed when I boated it!!
It went 48cm & was the biggest I landed on the day!
A nice sized flattie
So a pleasant day on the water - thanks for the incentive, Brad!
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