Flathead take the bait

THE 2014 Shoalhaven 000 Flathead Shootout was held at St Georges Basin on Saturday in conjunction with the Basin Lure and Fly Anglers Inc. club weekend.

Thirteen teams, including those representing the NSW Police Force, NSW Ambulance, NSW RFS and NSW DPI hit the water on a beautiful sunny day to enjoy targeting flathead on lure and fly.

Although the morning started off slowly for some teams, as the tide dropped the St Georges Basin flatheads came on the chew and some decent fish were caught.

A total of 83 flathead were caught and released with the three biggest fish measuring 830 millimetres caught by Stephen Thurstan, 820 millimetres caught by Ian ‘Big E’ Phillips and 815 millimetres caught by Jason Mayberry.

Presenting the Shoalhaven Local Area Command team “Fishing World” caught and released a 720 millimetre and 680 millimetre flathead, which helped them on the way to be a respectable second place in the biggest bag of five flathead by length.

The final results for the biggest flathead senior’s category saw Stephen Thustan come in first at 830 millimetres, Ian Phillips place second with 820 millimetres and Jason Mayberry come in third with 815 millimetres.

The biggest flathead in the junior’s category was taken out by Max Godfrey and the biggest bag of five flathead by length team category was taken out by Jervis Bay Flattie Flickers at 3825 millimetres, team Fishing World placed second with 2850 millimetres and the Lizard Kings took out third position with 2810 millimetres.

The biggest rogue species was a snapper and was caught by Paul Farmer.

After the prize presentation, anglers enjoyed a barbecue lunch and shared their flathead tips and tricks.

The 2014 Shoalhaven 000 Flathead Shootout was supported by Tonic Eyewear, Fishing World Magazine, McCallum’s Tackle World Nowra and NSW DPI.

Shoalhaven police would to thank the Basin Lure and Fly Club Inc. and the sponsors for helping to make the event possible.

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