I was once new to the sport of flathead catfishing, which is much different than channel catfishing. I remember when I bought my first 8 foot medium heavy ugly stik rod, my dad laughed at me. So did everybody we went fishing with. My dad had always told me that flatheads like dead smelly bait (they will on occasion eat cut bat or worms) and that these fish move up and down the river and will come all the way up to shore to eat (there is some truth to that). Before I started buying flathead videos and joining the old BOC site, we would get all excited when either of us caught a 6 pound catfish. My dads poles were 6 and a half foot medium action poles with 15 pound test. One day I went out on the boat to a spot I picked out with my super heavy gear, enormous 10/0 hook, and monster bait. I had went out without my dad but with my fiance. She had a blast catching 2-3 pound channel cats while my massive pole just sat there. This was only about the third time I had gone out set up to catch a monster. While I was unhooking one of her catfish she said "grab your pole", as I turned my rod was completely bent over on the verge of going overboard. I grabbed the rod and couldn't believe what I felt on the other end. It was like a swimming snag. The fish pulled both anchors loose and pulled us downstream a few feet until I finally got it next to the boat. It wasn't even pitch black yet and we had only been on the water for about an hour. We hauled the fish into the boat, packed everything up, and drove the 30 minutes back to my house. It was about 11 when we got home and I went inside and woke my dad up (he had to work the next morning so he was a little grumpy). He came outside and weighed the fish. "32 pounds" is what he said, but I said "wait, the tail is still on the ground". The fish weighed 40 pounds even on a digital scale (buy one they are cheap) and since that day my dad has bought two massive poles for himself, and I bought one for my fiance. My dad has since caught a 44 pounder. There are many things to learn from this story. First, do your own research into how these fish should be caught, don't listen to what Grandpa Joe did 30 years ago to catch a 10 pounder. Second, have faith in the big poles and hooks that you use (that 10/0 hook looked tiny in that 40 pounders mouth). Third, once you start fishing for them right its only a matter of time. Fourth, unfortunetly my fish died that night, it was my own fault for not having a tank or large container to transport him in (I crammed him in the livewill). Always carry a camera and scale with you while you are on the water, that way you can release the fish to be caught again. These fish might be older than you in some cases. If you have to transport them home go to walmart and buy a large storage container (they are super long and about $15) and throw it in the back of your truck. We kept my dads catfish alive in our garage for 2 days (don't forget an aerator) while everybody we new came over to look at it, and then we released it so maybe somebody else could catch it again. In conclusion your dad and grandpa know alot about fishing I bet, but they don't know everything and alot of it is just folklore that gets passed on from generation to generation. Do your own research, listen to the guys on this site (I have, I don't pay attention to everything though, you're not gonna agree with everybodys opinion) and take care of the fish after you have caught it.