Blind your bait for Flatheads

Discussion in 'Flathead Catfish' started by bigpapa15206, Sep 3, 2005.

  1. bigpapa15206

    bigpapa15206 New Member

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    Not the catfish, the bait. I was getting alot of snags and couldnt figure out y at first then i realized my bait must have been swimming into cover and getting me snagged up. So i started poking their eyes out so they couldnt find cover and swim around more frantically. I have been having more success since doing this. has anyone else ever tired or heard of this tactic?
     
  2. Cuz

    Cuz New Member

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    Never heard of making the bait blind. I just cut their tail off. Not the meaty part, just the tail itself. They thrash around and dont make any progress. Cats seem to love it. GoodLuck with the blind baits.
     

  3. crazy

    crazy New Member

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    I just hook them through there eyes.
     
  4. AC1108

    AC1108 Member

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    I've had pretty good sucess of poking through the bottom lip and out the middle of their head. If your weight is big enough and the bait isn't strong enough to move it it pans out pretty well. They seem to live pretty long that way and are still capable of swimming enough to attract the fish but not well enough to get away.
     
  5. JAYNC

    JAYNC Active Member

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    I will have to try cutting the tail fin off, I had a big bluegill on the other day and it was dragging a 4oz pyramid sinker around.
     
  6. MUDHOLE KID

    MUDHOLE KID New Member

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    MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMmercy.Just take me gill fishing. :D :D
     
  7. willisjj

    willisjj Guest

    I usually just blindfold them, turn them in a circle several times to disorient them and then cast them out to play pin the tail on the flathead. lol
     
  8. Catfight

    Catfight New Member

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    I've tried hookin' em' through the eyes, but they seem to die faster for me. I'll stick to hookin' through the base of the dorsal towards the tail. I love a good Catfight.
     
  9. catfishslayer05

    catfishslayer05 New Member

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    i feel the same catfight,i want my bait to stay alive :thumbsup: love a good catfight also!!!!!!!!!!!
     
  10. quadman

    quadman New Member

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    I always want my bait to be able to see the prey coming for them. It gets them more agitated and nervous causing them to put off more vibration for the flathead to detect. I could be wrong but it works for me.
     
  11. JERMSQUIRM

    JERMSQUIRM New Member

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    only thing on hooking through the eyes is in current hooking at the lip or eyes is they tend to ride smoothly in the current and don't work. same with tail. the dorsel IMO is the most effective as the bait can work any way it want to go.