Flathead represent the largest catch of any fish of any group taken by recreational fishers in Australia and, after bream, account for the greatest numbers of fish released by recreational fishers (National Recreational Fish Survey). Flathead are taken around Australia, with catches concentrated in the eastern states, including Tasmania. Sand flathead (Platycephalus bassensis) is the dominant species taken in estuarine and sheltered inshore waters of Tasmania and Victoria whereas dusky flathead (P. fuscus) is the main species taken from NSW and southern Queensland. Legal minimum size and bag limits apply for flathead, though there is little consistency between jurisdictions.
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