From elevated positions, pier anglers connect with flatties
by walking along the railing and dragging a light Carolina rig baited with a small finger mullet, whitebait, tiger minnow or live shrimp.
You couldn't imagine Del Boy Trotter without his smart flattie
but the kids who wear them back to front don't seem to have quite grasped flat cap technology.
Wayne Prior's 920gm flattie
took the pounds 145 second prize and Paul Bevan pocketed pounds 75 after his835gmflounderwasthe day's third best.
31kgs, including the heaviest flattie
- a flounder of 840gms - and Florence Berry topped the ladies' section with 610gms.
He baited with ragworm and squid on 10lb class tackle but the top of his light rod fractured in the fight to land the 6lb fat flattie
DIARY DATES FEB 27 TO MARCH 1: European Open Beach Championships 27th Open Flattie
Bash, Feb 28 to March 1 European Open Beach Championships prize fund PS35,000 details and entry www.
A one-pound flattie
is common, but it's not out of the question to hit a 3- or 4-pounder.
His flounder, at 8oz, was the biggest flattie
of the match.
Alan Booth's was the heaviest at 360gm, runner-up Tony Hart caught one weighing 300gm and Paul Yates' 100gm flattie
took third prize.
The fat flattie
fell for a lugworm bait cast on a rising tide on a two-hook trace from Prestwick sea wall with a flat weight to drag along the sea bed.
99, River Island; pink flattie
with flower, pounds 60, Faith; butterfly- detail court, pounds 64.
DIARY DATES The next Little Derek's Flattie
Fanatic's competition is on Saturday 26 July at Claxheaugh (12 to 4pm).