Ok, we covered line type, brand, and hooks-----BUT WHAT ABOUT BAIT?1 What is the best way to present a bluegill to a flathead? Is it to leave it alone? Cut one fin? Cut both side and pectoral fins on one side? Cut the dorsal and the top fins? Now do you scale on side? Make slits on the fish so It bleeds a little? If you had ONE bait and a known producing fish hole, or even new water and little time? --WHAT WOULD YOU DO TO MAKE YOUR BAIT THE MOST PRESENTABLE TO THE FLATTIE? Personally, I throw one out left alone, two with the side and pectoral fins cut, and one with the top and dorsal fins cut with cuts in the gill's side, I call this one the sacrificial lamb!!! THe cut one doesnt last long but if there was a quick bite it is always that one. This one dies quickly (30 min or so ), but if the bite isnt right away it is the one that is left alone that gets the fish. So what do you do?! Bring on the suggestions!! love to hear everyone's advice!