Welcome to the Best Flathead Soft Plastics and Lures in 2024. Targeting flathead with soft plastics and lures is a fun a popular form of fishing. The options available at your tackle store are just about endless. Let’s start by stating the obvious flathead are not fussy. These camouflage ambush predators will strike at just about anything cast in the right area. However, there are standout lures and soft plastics that consistently outperform others and I’m going to share that with you in this article and supporting videos.


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Best Flathead Soft Plastics

  • Berkley Gulp 4-inch turtleback worm in camo or pumpkinseed
  • Southern Edge Lures Flat Edge 80 in Tan
  • Keitech 4-inch easy shiners in silver flash Minnow
  • Zman 3-inch minnows in Babby Bass, midnight oil, and Goldrush
  • Holt Swim Prawn
  • Savage Gear 3D TPE Shrimp
  • Munroes 4-inch zip-tail worm
  • Berkley Gulp Paddleshad 3 inch black&silver, Nuclear chicken, BlacknGold
  • Zman Streakz 4-inch curl tails in nuclear chicken and space guppy
  • Savage Gear Fat Curl tails 84 cm in motor oil and purple haze
  • Keitech Swing Impact 3-inch in silver flash minnow
  • Daiwa Bait Junkie 4.2 inch Paddle Tail in Pilchard Glow, UV yabbie & BlacknGold
  • Berkley Gulp jigging shrimp
  • Zman 3.5-inch GrubZ in watermelon red
  • Munroe’s paddle tail 3.75 inch in Fools Gold and Swarf
  • Squidgy 100mm biotough bloodworm wriggler
  • Zman TRD Craw

Best Flathead Lures

  • Daiwa Double Clutch 75mm and 95mmS
  • Berkley Shimma Shrimp 65mm
  • Samaki vibelocious
  • Zerek tango shad
  • Bassday Suga Deep
  • Ecogear ZX43 shrimp blade
  • Savage Gear 3D shrimp XD hard body
  • Daiwa Steez Shad 60DR in Matte Silver
  • Halco Poltergeist

Watch our detailed video on the best lures and soft plastics for flathead


Below is a detailed rundown of our favorite soft plastics and lures in 2023

Berkley Gulp Turtleback Worm

Let’s start with an oldie but a goodie the Berkley gulp 4-inch and 7-inch turtleback worms are a standout option. Over the years I have caught countless flathead with this soft plastic. They come in a few different colours, my preferred colour is camo and nuclear chicken. There biodegradable which means they will naturally break down if left in the water. They are infused in Berkley’s fish-attracting scent, which is claimed to catch 30% more fish ( on the back of the packet ) and release 400 x more sent than any other plastics on the market. Now, this soft plastic is imitating a worm, when you look at this soft plastic it doesn’t look like much, it only has a very subtle tail action. I find these work best when you add that action yourself. That can be done with some hops and lifts or slow rolling. Surprisingly even with little action, this soft plastic catches many flathead, I have even caught flathead whilst drifting. When you finish fishing with these put them back in the packet otherwise, they go rock hard and you will not even be able to get them off the jighead. These also work really well for other fish species such as pinky snapper, bream You can rig these several different ways I tend to just use a standard jig head in 1/8, 1/6, or ½ depending on the depth and flow of the day. They’re about $10 bucks a packet.

Watch the video below highlighting just how good the Turtleback Worms can be in local waters.


Southern Edge Lures Flat Edge 80

This is certainly a strange-looking soft plastic that imitates the look of a flathead. Using flathead to catch flathead may sound like a weird concept however this soft plastic works so well. Its 8cm profile size and fluttering tail resemble many other curl tails we have seen on the market. Yet it has a bulged head and small wings. It’s a fascinating idea and as you can see in the video below it works remarkably well.

Watch the Southern Edge Flat Edge 80 in action below, a strange soft plastic with fascinating results.  



Keitech Easy Shiner

The Kietech Easy Shiners are arguably the most natural-looking soft plastics on the market. They’re not very durable however they have stunning finishes and lifelike translucent colours which resemble baitfish so well. Species like flathead and snapper love them. It also has a fantastic swimming action when matched with stunning finishes and is surely a top choice whenever targeting flathead. They come in a variety of sizes with the 3 and 4 inch being our preference for big flathead.

The Keitech Easy Shiner in 4 inch has accounted for some big flathead as we show in the vid below. 

Munroe’s 4-inch zip tail worms soft plastic

Munroes Ziptail worm

A good alternative is Munroe’s 4-inch zip tail worms. I have caught heaps of flathead on these. These are Australian-made locally. These soft plastics are a really good price, I buy them online shipped within a couple of days. The last packs I bought were $5.50 with 10 in a packet and only $3 for shipping which is a great value. Their 4-inch worm imitation, they have more action on them than the turtleback worms. The tail is buoyant so it means when you are not working them the tail will sit up off the ground and flutter with the current which is clever. There are 8 different colours I like UV motor oil colour. These do not have any scent, so I usually just rub some s-factor on them. Same thing I generally use a standard jig head. You can buy Munroes Ziptail worms here.


Savage Gear 3D TPE Shrimp lure

Savage Gear TPE Shrimp

Let’s move on to something a little different, these are the Savage Gear 3D TPE Shrimp. Flathead love eating shrimp, and these were designed using 3D scanning and printing technology to mimic a lifelike prawn or shrimp. TPE is actually the jelly-like material that they are made from, and these come pre-rigged on an offset hook. There about 9 different colours to choose from, I like either really natural or really bright-looking colours. They come in 2.5 inch, 3.5 inch and 5 inch sizes. For flathead locally I generally use 3.5 inch size. The action on these in the water is great. There are slits in the tail which makes the tail bounce up and down when you work the plastic, and the little legs and antennas move to make it look realistic. These are sturdy I’ve caught plenty which has had very little wear and tear. The only downside at times is the hooks are quite large and you will drop some fish. Especially the smaller size ones. These sell for about $11 each and are really good for flathead as well as snapper, mulloway and more.


Zman Streaks 4 inch Curly tails soft plastic

Zman Streakz Curl tails

One of my favourite soft plastics is the Zman Streaks 4 inch Curly tails. They come in about 15 different colour choices But I really like this bright colour called Nuked Chicken Glow. Zman Soft plastics are awesome for a number of reasons. Firstly they have naturally built-in action is amazing. The tail flutters all over the place, their buoyant so the tail will lift when they’re on the bottom. And these will catch fish being slow-rolled or hopped with a lot of success. Secondly, they are super strong the claim is there 10 times more durable than other soft plastics on the market. They’re probably right many times You only use 1 plastic in your whole fishing session. You get 5 in a packet for $11 which probably isn’t as good value as other soft plastics, but these are durable and they work remarkably well on flathead also really good on snapper. No scent so I just apply a small amount of s-factor or procure along the tail. use a longer jig head. Best Flathead Soft Plastics and Lures 2021

Savage Gear Fat Curl Tails

Savage Gear Fat Curl tails

A really good alternative to the Zmans is the Savage Gear Fat Curl tails. You have seen me feature these in many videos recently. I generally use the 8cm in UV motor oil and they catch just about everything, flathead, snapper, snook, salmon, mulloway I even caught a squid on one. Mimicking a live baitfish. You can slow-roll these or hop them. These come in 2 different sizes and 5 different colours I generally use 8cm Blood Gold and Motor oil. No scent so I just apply a small amount of s-factor or procure along the tail. These are really good value often see them for 4 packets for $20. You can see this lure in action on many of the FishingMad videos.

Gulp jigging shrimp

Gulp jigging shrimp

In a similar profile, you also have the 3-inch gulp jigging shrimp. These work really well, especially in bright colours like this one. These too are infused in Berkley fish-attracting scent. I have just found that if the liquid in the packets dries up then they turn rock hard and you need to throw them out.

Zman Grubs

Zman GrubZ

These are probably the most popular soft plastic choice of all time, more renowned for bream fishing because of that they initially just came in 2 inches and 2.5 inches, then z-man added 3.5 inches and 9 inch sizes and more colours. You can certainly catch big fish with small soft plastics but I really like the 3.5 inch size for targeting flathead. These come in a handful of colours but I have done really well on flathead using watermelon red. Like the curly tails, these have naturally built-in action is amazing. The tail flutters all over the place, their buoyant so the tail will lift when they’re on the bottom. And these will catch fish being slow-rolled or hopped with a lot of success. Again, they are really strong the claim is there 10 times more durable than other soft plastics on the market. These are very easy to use if you’re just starting fishing with soft plastics then this would be an ideal choice. Just add some scent such as s-factor or procure. You can target a whole range of saltwater and freshwater fish species with them. Redfin and trout love them too. You get 6 in a packet for $11 so there is a great option.

Daiwa Double Clutch hard body lure

Daiwa Double Clutch Lures

Fishing with hard body lures is a little more complex. You really need to understand the depth of the location you are fishing and the diving depth of the bib on the lure. There are countless options in this space however the Daiwa Double clutch is the big hitter in this space. The double clutch is best fished in areas in 3 meters deep and less where you can get the lure to dive into the sand causing a stir that will get the attention of predatory fish. These come in 3 sizes 6cm which dives down to 1.3 meters, 7.5cm which dives down to 1.5 meters and 9cm which dives down to 2.0 meters. There suspending lures which means when you pause, they maintain their depth. Basically, they won’t rise or sink they’ll stay at the same level. The drawback with these lures has cost there usually about $25 each, there have also been complaints about the trebles breaking easily however the new ones come with St36 Owner trebles. You can work these by trolling, slow-rolling, and hoping with pauses. Mix it up until you find what’s working on the day. Best Flathead Soft Plastics and Lures 2021

Now there are some really good alternative options

Savage 3D shrimp XD ( extra deep )

Savage 3D shrimp XD

The Savage 3D shrimp XD. Now, these are half the price of a Double clutch. 5 cm profile, They come in 6 different colours. Dives to about almost 3 meters deep.

Halco Poltergeist

The 5 cm Halco Poltergeist also dives down to about 3 meters and the 8cm dives down to 5 meters. Rapala also has a lot in this space like the XRaps there probably a little bit too large to specifically be targeting flathead.


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