- Northern Sand Flathead are a solitary fish but can be found in the occasional small groups. They are commonly found in sandy areas near reef in tidal zones and estuarine environments.
- No different to others of its species, the Norther Sand Flathead has two venomous spikes on the side of its head. Whilst not fatal to humans, they can cause pain and infection if not treated.
- These flathead are carnivores and ambush hunters, feeding on smaller fish and crustaceans.
- Estimated lifespan is around 9 years with the fish maturing after their second year.
- The Northern Sand Flathead is commonly mistaken with the Yellowtail Flathead.
- The distinguishing factor for a Northern Sand Flathead is in the tail. There are four or more dark horizontal lines on their tail fin with no yellow blotch.
- The main predators of the Northern Sand Flathead include sharks and larger predatory fish.
Northern Sand Flathead are a highly targeted recreational fish known as an excellent eating fish. They are regularly targeted in estuaries and coastal waters.
Species: Platycephalus endrachtensis
There is little information on the conservation status of the Northern Sand Flathead. This species has not been evaluated by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).
However, as its a fast growing species there are limited concerns of over fishing.
Fish Taste Quality
Northern Sand Flathead are a good table fish. Often served whole or as fillets.
Taste Rating: 4/5
How to catch
Northern Sand Flathead
Catch Difficulty: Easy
Tackle: Running Sinker Rig, Artificial Rig
Bait: Crab, Fresh cut flesh baits, Lures, Bait jig, Pilchards, Prawns, Squid, Worms, Yabbies, Soft plastics, Live minnow
Technique: Keep bait on the bottom, Trolling, Cast lures close to structure
Popularity: Highly Targeted