Conventional Saltwater

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I want to start flathead fishing?

What kind of line and lb test/size hook/rig /bait and how to fish it ,thanks!!!

l don't see where this question is originating... flatheads in australian estuaries or flathead catfish in rivers, lakes and creeks?
there are a number of lures and prepared baits that will work for the aussie flatheads. live bait also if legal. those flatheads are ambush predators that will bury themselves in the sand and wait until some unsuspecting fish comes along then burst out, engulfing it's prey in it's oversize mouth.

flathead catfish:
first off, to the other answerer.
don't you pay attention to the other Qs and As posted here? HOW MANY times has it been posted here that flathead catfish are strictly live bait predators once they grow to a couple pounds.
this has been posted here at LEAST twenty times in the last year. for Christ's sake, will you people pay attention to the things you read here from those that know? experts, in other words? or the myriad books and videos on the subject?

speaking of which... one of your better sources of information will be youtube videos. just type in flathead catfish (or flatheads if you are down under), and hundreds will pop up.

but for starters... FLATHEAD CATFISH EAT LIVE PREY. a green sunfish is possibly the absolute best bait there is, closely followed by bluegill, crappie, bullheads, bass, craws, other sunfish... in other words, if he can get it in his mouth, it's food. 4 inches long is about right.

start with 25 or 30 mono or 50 to 65 braid. find some 2, 3 and 4 ounce flat sliding sinkers. slide one up your line followed directly by a plastic bead. tie on a heavy duty swivel. tie on a 10 inch leader of 30lb mono using a 5/0 circle hook. hook your bait behind the dorsal fin OR the anal fin being extremely careful NOT to penetrate the spine. dead bait. no good except when the cats are starving, OR CUT FOR CHANNELS AND BLUES (andee). how and where is going to depend an awful lot on whether you are fishing from the bank or a boat and the size of the river or stream you are fishing in. lakes are even different.
the main thing is COVER. flathead cats hang out in the thickest logjams in the deepest holes on the river by day and then cruise their holes at night. deep is relative. a one foot creek may have a tangle of logs on a 4 foot hole. fish there. undercut banks and roadbeds, holes made of tires tied together (excellent cover in lakes - or old water heaters), bridge foundations, etc.
cast right in close, let your bait swim only on his 10 inch tether while your line is tight, held in freespool by the click on your conventional saltwater reel (penn squidder, monofil, or jigmaster for example) or baitrunner type spinning reel, so he won't go anywhere and entangle you. a 9 or 10 foot rod finishes the outfit.

verily, l say unto thee, "go forth. catch 'em. return not lest ye have had a great catch".

which you will, IF you follow my answer. good luck.

one other thing. do NOT set the hook with a circle hook. give the fish enough time to eat the bait then just begin reeling. the circle hook WILL hook the fish in the corner of it's jaw.

EDIT:
alrighty, then... yeah. GMB knows his flatheads. and bass. but not the aussie bass. but this isn't about him.
FLATHEADS. can grow to a max of about 25 or 30 pounds. oh. 10 or 12 kilos, more or less. but the majority are going to run 3 or 4K. they have been pounded pretty hard the last few years. bigger ones are becoming rare.
diving crankbaits, jigs like our bass jigs but a little flash to them. plastic grubs 3 or 4 inches long. centimeters? l haven't the slightest idea. 100cm? l dunno. you do the math. but bright colors. 1/2 ounce leadheads on a 2m (l like 7 feet) rod with 8 or 10lb test clear mono. 4kg, 4.5kg.
use a diving bait that will dig into the bottom and kick up a little mud. bounce your jigs on the bottom to kick up little puffs also.
there is a powder bait that one mixes with water made down there. you mold it into bait size bits. l saw a video on it. l don't remember if it was on youtube or regular TV. check out youtube. lots of informational vids there.
where do you think l get all my knowledge? l look it up. online or youtube. well, some of it anyway. most of it comes natural. instinctual, l guess.

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