thanks for the great info as always man!!! This may help a bit.. Next time il be real quiet when targetting them!! LOL..
Originally Posted by playin4funami
Thats why I always catch more and bigger flatheads fishing alone, one person makes less noise than 2, unless you talk to yourself.
In the summer you see guys out on the rivers and lakes in complete black, no lights not even the anchor lights. We call them ... morons. If you are that hardcore that even an anchor light is to much then tie the boat to the shore and setup there. No fish is worth losing your life over. I am a bit more strict about these things because my primary fishing water is the Ohio river and you will lose your life out there if your not smart.
Originally Posted by Brenardo
Very interesting, I've always tried to be as quiet as possible when I go fishing, I'm not one to have a radio or drink beer with my buddies all night long and hearing this is pretty good news for me. One of my buddies ALWAYS wants to go fishing for flatheads and he's one of those guys that HAS to have a radio going, and talking loudly, the whole nine yards, and he wonders why I don't like going with him or why he never catches one,lol. Thanks for the report man!
when fishing with live bait for flatheads i put a small mr crappie rattle float a couple inches from my hook. it keeps the bait off the bottom and makes noise when the bait trys to struggle.
good stuff. especially the hearing, guess ill be ditchin the little radio i listen to. thanks for the help!
REPS TO YOU SIR !!!!!
Originally Posted by playin4funami
I was doing so more looking around and finding something to compare a flatheads hearing too. it seems a flatheads hearing is pretty much equivilent to a human male age 40 with "normal" hearing loss as compared to a 16 year olds with no hearing loss. Now imagine your head underwater and what you hear,like say in the bathtub or whatever and how every little noise although not clear to us is really loud. like a radio or other sound source, it may not be clear but it definatly loud. as with anyone sounds you hear every day get to be normal and almost un-noticed, but a out of place sound is rapidly observed. Sounds travel amazing distances underwater, especially low sounds, quite amazing some of this stuff. Does it all matter to fishing? who knows, but I need every advantage I can get. I'm guessing this is why bank and limblines work so well, no-one around to make any noise to scare off fish?
So stick your head under in a bathtub and have someone or yourself tap the outside of the tub lightly, I am imagining thats what a flattie hears as I walk on the bank or bump something in the boat. That not being a normal sound I would think it would make a flattie say to his self whoa somethings not kosher here,exit stage right. this is supposition of course, I'm just trying to understand how quiet I need to be, and what is going to set off a flatties internal alarm system, heck I just want to catch more fish,lol!
I fish from shore in total darkness, but wouldn't reccomend sitting in a busy river or lake at night with no light whatsoever! You need to have that 360 marker light going so you don't get ran over. but a sheild under it like a flat plate 5 inches down to keep any direct light off the water wouldn't hurt as long as it did not resrict others veiw of your anchor light.
I second the above.
Originally Posted by flathunter
Its the only way to go if your serious about catchin flatheads.
Very interesting reading indeed.