Anything Other Than Bluegill?

Discussion in 'Flathead Catfish' started by mdudes17, Jun 16, 2006.

  1. mdudes17

    mdudes17 New Member

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    Does anyone use anything other than live bluegill for flatheads? if so, what is it? (type of minnow and size)
     
  2. ryang

    ryang Well-Known Member

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    A lot of guys use shad or chubs also. Ive never caught anything with either but I usually dont fish for the bigguns exclusivly. I have caught pleanty with Blue gill tho
     

  3. jholman

    jholman New Member

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    I catch them on 3'' goldfish or 4'' to 6'' crappie.
     
  4. Flatheadhunter33

    Flatheadhunter33 New Member

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    I picked up some cut up mackerel from walmart last night. Gonna try it out tonight in case we cant get many blue gill.
     
  5. Chief

    Chief New Member

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    flatheads arent that picky. use any sort of fish as long as it is alive
     
  6. TxRiverman

    TxRiverman New Member

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    I like to use the biggest goldfish i can get,or some bullheads. But i do prefer a hand size perch.
     
  7. Backwater

    Backwater New Member

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    Been my experience also. I have caught a few small ones on nightcrawlers, fishing for bait.
     
  8. griz

    griz Well-Known Member

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    If it is in the water and moves it is food to a flathead, they will also hit cutbait so I guess it don't have to move. Any fish or amphibian that is legal to use in your area will work. One of the local guides here on Ky. lake catches some big flatheads every year on leeches.
     
  9. catfishjohn

    catfishjohn New Member

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    I've also used: goldfish,Israeli carp,creek chubs,shiners,bullheads,warmouth,suckers,bass,and I'm sure there are some I've forgotten.Usually any fish alive I'll try for flatheads.
     
  10. beaneye46

    beaneye46 New Member

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    i caught a 10# on a 11 inch river drum. i don't know how that fish fit in its mouth, but it did. i like to use whats available. i fish the river a lot, and there are a lot of river drum, so i figure thats what the flathead are used to seeing.
     
  11. bartmccollum

    bartmccollum New Member

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    Crawdads......Crawdads......Crawdads!!!!!!!!!!
     
  12. Redd

    Redd New Member

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    Live shad and perch seem to work the best around here. But fresh cut ones work real good too.

    -Red
     
  13. gargoil77

    gargoil77 New Member

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    I use bluegill most of the time on one pole. If I have time before a tourney, I'll wade a creek and get some chubs. Catch most of our fish on shrimp or chicken liver.
     
  14. catchinghogs

    catchinghogs Well-Known Member

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    I use a variety of bait. Usally what ever is easiest to catch bluegills,suckers,chubs,white bass,drum,shad,and trout.
     
  15. countrycat15

    countrycat15 New Member

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    id say goldfish,shade,shiners,creek chubs,crappie,bullheads,shellcrackers,eels,frogs,and skip jack hope this helps.:lol:
     
  16. mdudes17

    mdudes17 New Member

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    thanks for the info
     
  17. Cliffcat

    Cliffcat New Member

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    While I understand that many use live bluegill for bait, My preference is 'green sunfish'. This is the most common fish in Kansas and Missouri and they commonly reside in most waters of both states. My experience has been that flats as well as channels (and largemouth bass for that matter) prefer the slimmer profile of the green sunfish. I'm a stickler for using the correct name of the various species of fish and find this board a little confusing at times when some speak of using "perch" for bait. My guess is that many times they may mean 'green sunfish' rather than a real perch. This is really a teriffic board and full of great information.

    Ralph
     
  18. catseeman

    catseeman New Member

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    In the South blue gill are referred to as bream or perch.
    Redear sunfish as shellcrackers,
    Here in indiana bluegills can be any of the sunfish family except bass.
    Green sufish, yellowbellies, redears, longeared sunfish ,or bluegills ther are moe variities but can't think of them, I have caught some i wasn't sure about the name.
    anyway Ilike to use what i catch from water i'm fishing. I think the fish are used to seeing them as food. No one minchoned suckers.
     
  19. Bigones

    Bigones New Member

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    I use anything that is big alive and swims.
     
  20. IL Hunter

    IL Hunter New Member

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    I'm going to try some green sunfish this weekend. I'm hoping to catch one upwards of 20lbs.