Berrero

Topwater flathead in the Parramatta River

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Hey raiders,

For the uninitiated... yes you read that correctly, flathead on topwater.

 

After seeing some decent success online and on a few of doclures' podcasts I thought I'd give this crazy trend a try.

 

Picked up two crossfire 115 lures and tried my luck a few times in the past week. They are sort of like the bent minnow lures but a larger profile and a very slow float back to the surface.

 

Finally had success yesterday afternoon when I landed a 57cm lady. She looked very healthy and even scored a nice aerial display as she took the lure!

 

Gear used was my 7" Daiwa TD Zero rod, stradic ci4+ 2500 reel spooled with 8lb kairiki braid and 12lb FC rock leader.

 

Fun fight, she had a few decent runs and was safely released to swim around another day.

 

Definitely going to keep at this new trend. I'll keep you all posted on any further success! :)

 

tight lines,

chris

 

 

 

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Awesome fun, isn't it. Sometimes their aerial attacks scare the crap out of you and being low to the water in a kayak just emphasises the experience.

I caught onto it when flatties kept hammering my bream and whiting surface lures on the St Georges Basin flats.

I Haven't tried Crossfire lures yet but have caught plenty on smaller OSP bent minnows.

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Great photos. Thanks for the tip on the lures.

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What do you mean or define by 'top water'?

 

Catching large flathead in 'shallow' water is no new thing & which is what I see in he vid.

 

Catching flathead on surface on 5, 10,15,20 meters of water well that's another story!

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24 minutes ago, kingie chaser said:

What do you mean or define by 'top water'?

 

Catching large flathead in 'shallow' water is no new thing & which is what I see in he vid.

 

Catching flathead on surface on 5, 10,15,20 meters of water well that's another story!

Was caught in about a foot and a half of water, right next to a weed bed.

 

Released it at the shore 

 

Lure was taken floating on the surface, and it's what it's being called online 🤷‍♂️

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3 minutes ago, Berrero said:

Was caught in about a foot and a half of water, right next to a weed bed.

 

Lure was taken floating on the surface, and it's what it's referred to online 🤷‍♂️

So not top water but shallow water!!

 

Not taking anything away from your catch but 2 different thing imo 

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11 hours ago, Berrero said:

Hey raiders,

For the uninitiated... yes you read that correctly, flathead on topwater.

 

After seeing some decent success online and on a few of doclures' podcasts I thought I'd give this crazy trend a try.

 

Picked up two crossfire 115 lures and tried my luck a few times in the past week. They are sort of like the bent minnow lures but a larger profile and a very slow float back to the surface.

 

Finally had success yesterday afternoon when I landed a 57cm lady. She looked very healthy and even scored a nice aerial display as she took the lure!

 

Gear used was my 7" Daiwa TD Zero rod, stradic ci4+ 2500 reel spooled with 8lb kairiki braid and 12lb FC rock leader.

 

Fun fight, she had a few decent runs and was safely released to swim around another day.

 

Definitely going to keep at this new trend. I'll keep you all posted on any further success! :)

 

tight lines,

chris

 

 

 

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Great stuff. Stary night that bottom picture. 

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On ‎10‎/‎29‎/‎2019 at 5:50 PM, kingie chaser said:

What do you mean or define by 'top water'?

 

Catching large flathead in 'shallow' water is no new thing & which is what I see in he vid.

 

Catching flathead on surface on 5, 10,15,20 meters of water well that's another story!

Top water means catching something on the surface right using a top water lure! eg not a weighted plastic or a bibbed HB???

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4 hours ago, onearmedfisho said:

Top water means catching something on the surface right using a top water lure! eg not a weighted plastic or a bibbed HB???

I think its just one of those things that is open to interpretation, from what the OP is saying he is skipping a surface lure on the surface hence 'top water' even if it is in 18 inches of water.

Anyway whatever you want to call it, it worked 😁

 

Good luck to him 😉

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18 minutes ago, kingie chaser said:

I think its just one of those things that is open to interpretation, from what the OP is saying he is skipping a surface lure on the surface hence 'top water' even if it is in 18 inches of water.

Anyway whatever you want to call it, it worked 😁

 

Good luck to him 😉

Topwater in shallow water, top water in deep water :P

I think it comes down to the lure and technique, if it's predominantly on the surface of the water, then it's topwater, regardless of depth. 

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3 hours ago, anthman said:

Topwater in shallow water, top water in deep water :P

I think it comes down to the lure and technique, if it's predominantly on the surface of the water, then it's topwater, regardless of depth. 

 

Whatever floats your boat :whistling:

 

Fish caught, enjoyed, released.

 

End of story👍

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