I have recently joined this site and am learning a great deal of information from the prior posts. A friend of mine and myself have been fishing for a long time and have recently decided to start going for the big flathead in a few of the river-fed lakes near the tuscarawas river. We just cant handle seeing pictures of you guys holding fish bigger than a rottweiler anymore without having some of our own:smile2:. I'm sure that these inquiries are addressed elsewhere on the forum. However i would like to have as much fresh input from the people on this site that know the game. 1. Have read a lot about different hooks and different preferences. We have never tried round hooks and are curious as to the advantage that this might have over j-hooks or what works best for you all. 2. For some reason, no bait shops for 20 miles of our favorite fishing hole carry creek chubs. Its not so much of a concern right now to us to keep them alive for longer than the evening hours that we are fishing, but just to keep them swimming long enough to sustain us throughout the night. what works best to keep them alive? have read a lot about keeping brush in with them to give them cover and to keep them covered, but is a minnow bucket the right choice? or should we look into different options? 3. In our preferred lake to fish, there are known flatheads and nice channels (along with countless other species since it is river fed). we have started looking into trot lines, limb lines, and jugging to make the summer fish frys more bountiful. what technique yields the best results? we have the means to go any of those routes but prefer not to consume our summer with trial and error that may leave us with more questions and fewer answers. 4. What of using live bait on a float? were not too familiar with their feeding habits yet and wonder how often they feed up. If this is a good way to go, at what depth has worked? This is a good start of the unknowns that we are currently dealing with. neither of us come from a long line of fishermen or know a lot of others that pursue these big fish the way that we would like to. any tips or information that you think would be useful would be greatly appreciated. we are both willing to learn and eager to join the ranks of the better catfishermen in the area. Let us know what you think!