- Tiger Flathead are typically a solitary fish but can be found in groups when mating. They are commonly found in sandy, gravel, middy and seagrass areas in tidal zones and estuarine environments.
- Different to most in its species, Tiger Flathead have a swim bladder permitting them to feed in midwater.
- These flathead are carnivores and ambush hunters, feeding on smaller fish, squid and crustaceans.
- Estimated lifespan is around 15 years with the fish maturing at around 3 to 5 years of age.
- Younger Tiger Flathead can be found in brackish waters and then move to deeper waters as they mature..
- Like other flathead, they have venomous spines. The spikes are on both sides of their head and on top of their head.
- The main predators of the Tiger Flathead include sharks and larger predatory fish.
Commercial & Recreational Fishing
Tiger Flathead are a popular recreational fish known for its excellent eating and strong fight. They are regularly targeted in bays and coastal waters.
Tiger Flathead are commercially fished by trawlers during the autumn and winter months.
Species: Platycephalus richardsoni
There is little information on the conservation status of the Tiger 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
Tiger Flathead are a good table fish. Often served whole or as fillets.
Taste Rating: 4/5
How to catch
Catch Difficulty: Intermediate
Tackle: Patternoster Rig, Running Sinker Rig
Bait: Anchovy, Fresh cut flesh baits, Herring, Lures, Pilchards, Prawns, Squid, Worms, Yabbies, Soft plastics, Live minnow
Technique: Keep bait close to the reef/structure
Popularity: Highly Targeted