Artificial baits for flathead catfish

Discussion in 'Catfishing Baits' started by creature19_99, Sep 20, 2006.

  1. creature19_99

    creature19_99 New Member

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    have any of you ever heard of artificial fishing for fladheads? I have heard that medium to large swim baits work wonders on cats, muskee, and even hybrid stripers.

    anyone have anything to add on this?

    Brandon
     
  2. vlparrish

    vlparrish New Member

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    Cats are often caught on artificial lures of all types. As for the muskee and hybrids, that is the bait of choice for many fishermen. Vern
     

  3. Redtick

    Redtick New Member

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    I caught a number of channels trolling crankbaits this summer. They work well.
     
  4. Pylodictis Olivaris

    Pylodictis Olivaris New Member

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    I've seen the guys off of In-Fisherman use large swimbaits in the winter time by vertical jigging them in the wintering holes for flatheads...it worked very well for them but they were right on top of them and were guided by a local.
     
  5. Redtick

    Redtick New Member

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    I saw the In-Fishermen show and it was way substandard to most of their stuff. It almost looked like they were snagging wintering flatheads. Poor, poor sportsmanship.
     
  6. CJ21

    CJ21 New Member

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    Flatheads have been caught on lures.
     
  7. just cats

    just cats New Member

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    I watched a guy land a forty pound flathead on a small walleye jig in a tailwater one day. I hear of similar happenings every now and then but I've never caught one that way myself.
     
  8. Dmitri

    Dmitri New Member

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    Never done it myself, but recently I watched a man pull up a 10 pounder on a crawfish crankbait.
     
  9. huntsfromtree

    huntsfromtree New Member

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    Yeah you can catch flatties on artificals. One methods is to use large 3-4" grubs (white or yellow)or crankbaits behind spillways in the riprap. Another technique which can be very productive is to fish grubs and crankbaits along riprap usually found on the "lake side" of the dam and around bridges during the spawing period. The key to both these techniques is to have your grub or crankbait hiting the rocks on retrieve.
     
  10. Pastor E

    Pastor E New Member

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    There was a 40 Lb flat head caught last year at Homes county state park In MS on a plastic worm:big_smile:
     
  11. matt_k_a

    matt_k_a New Member

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    I caught a small channel on a little white tube jig
     
  12. south_va_fisherman

    south_va_fisherman New Member

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    theres is a small lake i fish for bass. i have caught a couple of small cats from it using a plastic worm intended for bass. they will bite the artificals but natural bait is the way to go
     
  13. WHEELMOBILE07

    WHEELMOBILE07 New Member

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    One time I caught a 19.9# Flattie on a 4" pumpkinseed mister twister. I was fishing for crappie with a 5'6" rod, ultralite mitchell reel that had 4 lb test on it. It took me almost an hour to get him in because of the lite line. That is one catch that I will never forget and always brag about.

    Wheelmobile07
     
  14. Cat King

    Cat King New Member

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    ive caught a 10 pound channel jiging a rubber worm
     
  15. idolg

    idolg New Member

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    Never tried it before. Glad to hear the responses though. I just purchased some 7" and 9" shad swim baits to give it a try.
     
  16. ShilohRed

    ShilohRed New Member

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    Caught a flat head yesterday on a 1 1/4 oz sauger jig tipped with a minnow.
    And we catch a lot of them during the winder months while sauger fishing.
    And the hook is in the mouth also.
    Pete
     
  17. carpet1

    carpet1 New Member

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    I seen on an In-Fishermen show where they were useing bass jigs
     
  18. s_man

    s_man New Member

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    The In-fisherman guys pointed out in the video that some of those wintering-hole flats looked like they were snagged but the majority were hooked in the mouth, Most all were hooked near the mouth like they had tried to hit the bait. Remember they are cold and slow.The way they showed the jigging it was fast and verticle, not dragging a bait into flats on the bottom. As for warmer water I have caught flats and channels on crankbaits. My favorite is a dd22 in shad pattern with rattles inside. In deep water I fish it fast to get down deep under the lowhead dams around here.On the shallow flats 3 to 5 ft deep I just cast it out and reel till it bumps bottom then keep that slow retrieve going, hitting bottom every 2 to 3 feet. If there are any flats around they will hear that and come running.