‘Monster’ flathead gets too greedy

A fisherman was stunned when he came across a dusky flathead that tried to bite off more than it could chew.

Michael Pool found a Dusky Flathead that bit off more than it could chew at Burrill Lake. Picture: Michael Pool.

Michael Pool found a Dusky Flathead that bit off more than it could chew at Burrill Lake. Picture: Michael Pool.

Michael Pool was walking his dog on the Burrill Lake sand flats, on the south coast of NSW, when he found a “monster” flathead had suffocated itself.

“He took on too big of a bream,” Mr Pool said.

Mr Pool said he thought the flathead must have tried to swallow the bream a few hours earlier as the two fish seemed fresh.

He estimated the flathead to weigh about 20 pounds (9kg) and the bream to be about 45cm.

The fisherman said he had seen the same flathead before while fishing from his kayak near that spot on the lake.

“Just a freak of nature,” he said.

Crabs and birds had started to dig in to the free feed the next day, Mr Pool said.

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