Best Bait For Flathead catfish

Discussion in 'Flathead Catfish' started by slowjamcdub, Nov 16, 2008.

  1. slowjamcdub

    slowjamcdub New Member

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    Hey Guys ive never got a flathead be4!:sad2: Only channel cats, but i want to start gettin em their huge!!!:crazy: So what is the best bait to use for flats and what in the best spots to find them!!!:smile2:
    thanks!
     
  2. JoshFisher

    JoshFisher New Member

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    If you look in the university thread up at the top theres an online seminar all about um! real informative, its about an hour long so get somethin to drink and tune in. good luck with a big flattie
     

  3. FATFLATTIE

    FATFLATTIE New Member

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    You can also do a search in both this forum and your home state forum that'll help answer a lot of your questions.
     
  4. brother hilljack

    brother hilljack New Member

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    I think most people are going to tell you live bluegill or cut shad. In my experience, the flatheads prefer any type of live bait. But most of the big ones that are posted on the BOC are coming on cut shad. I recommend using both until you see what is working
     
  5. Blacky

    Blacky New Member

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    If I had one bait that could use everyday for flathead fishing, it would be SUCKERS.
     
  6. brother hilljack

    brother hilljack New Member

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    Well I have never used suckers except as cut bait, but I don't recall how it worked out for me. Thanks for the tip
     
  7. bigfish

    bigfish New Member

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    It mainly depends on what is naturaly in the waters you are fishing. In the Kanawha River where i fish, sone spots bluegilll is all that will work, others spots, liver or cut shad is all that will work.
     
  8. Mickey

    Mickey New Member Supporting Member

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    I see you are located in Ky. Bluegill and shad are readily and plentiful and good baits. Bluegill is my first choice for flatheads.
     
  9. katkiller77

    katkiller77 New Member

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    bluegill, creek chub or go to wally world and get goldfish rick
     
  10. catfishcrazy256

    catfishcrazy256 New Member

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    I agree with Mickey on this one
     
  11. kenlaw76

    kenlaw76 Well-Known Member

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    I like gills in the spring and suckers in the fall
     
  12. bluehunter

    bluehunter New Member

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    Goldfish worked well in the early spring for me. Summer time its Gills, fall time tilapia done the trick for me.
     
  13. Fishmaster1203

    Fishmaster1203 New Member

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    They love big gizzard shad down here.
     
  14. lendog

    lendog New Member

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    best thing is match the hatch, if their are sunnies or blue gills in that water use them, what ever the bait fish is in that area thats what ya want ta use:wink:
     
  15. kyredneck

    kyredneck New Member

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    IME, here where I'm at live wiggly bluegills can't be beat (unless it's a live wiggly crappie, but that's not legal here).
     
  16. catfish_clayton

    catfish_clayton New Member

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    Any live or fresh cut fish they can fit in their mouth. In my opinion the bigger the bait, the bigger the fish.
     
  17. Fishmaster1203

    Fishmaster1203 New Member

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    Spotted Bass work good too. :big_smile:
     
  18. katfish ken

    katfish ken New Member

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    It depends on what is native to the water I'm fishing. Bluegill creek chubs,shad and skipjack not neccisarily in that order.
     
  19. hotva29

    hotva29 New Member

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    warmouth are my favorite,bout 6 inches long,,,they wont die the whole night
     
  20. Eudora

    Eudora New Member

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    I'd have to vouch for goldfish, especially a 4-5" koi. I've found them to be extremely hardy, which is very important. This year, I experimented with cut bait, i.e. shad and suckers, with some success. Keeping the bait alive is very important when fishing for flatheads, but it's kind of a relief when they'll hit something dead.