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Discussion in 'KANSAS RIVERS TALK' started by liltroy, Jul 11, 2009.

  1. liltroy

    liltroy New Member

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    i always thought that them yellow colored flats were ones from sand areas. does it reflect on spawning or what? does anyone know?:confused2:
     
  2. boombalaty

    boombalaty New Member

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    I think its the environment. Sand or rock bottom=yellow, mud bottom=brown.
    When I got my pb she was almost black, put her in the livewell at the bait shop and 3 days later she was bright yellow.
     

  3. smhmc6

    smhmc6 Member

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    I've caught flatheads of both colors from the same spot. So I don't know if location or what makes one a different color from another. My favorite is the dark "camo" colored ones. The ones that have almost like a 1/4" of clear looking skin with the darker color underneath. I think flatheads are such an awesome looking fish.
     
  4. RPnKC

    RPnKC New Member

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    Flatheads are much more unique than channels & blues. Remind a lot of smallmouth bass, as they too have variations in markings as colors. Both are highly regarded as trophy fish, maybe because of their individuality?

    I do not believe the environment is responsible for coloration.
     
  5. KC Jayhawk 78

    KC Jayhawk 78 New Member

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    I like the bright lime green flatheads. They almost look radioactive !!! :smile2:
     
  6. kscathunter

    kscathunter New Member

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    id say oxygen content with all fish they seem to change color. more oxygen darker fish, less oxygen lighter fish. just a guess.
     
  7. RPnKC

    RPnKC New Member

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    Ditto! I was looking for the right words. I think you just coined a new phrase...."Nuclear Flatheads" :smile2:
     
  8. RPnKC

    RPnKC New Member

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    So maybe these are the 5 basic colors:
    Mustard Yellow
    Radioactive/Nuclear Lime Green
    Camo
    Roasted Coffee
    Dark Chocolate
    This is how I describe the fish I've caught.
     
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  9. Katatonik

    Katatonik New Member

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    They have called that green coloration an olive color, in fact the species
    name is Pylodictus olivaris. I think that the color of the flathead changes
    with the environment that they are in. They are an ambush predator and
    migrate for long distances in a river environment. There are deep brain
    receptors that monitor water coloration and change the pigments in their
    skins over time, not in the dramatic way that a chameleon changes colors
    but over a matter of days or weeks. Lots of weeds in fairly clear water?
    Brownish olive drab. Fairly clear water, limestone rubble through mud.
    Yellow, sometimes bright yellow. Dark silty conditions, browns through
    almost black. Gray slate bottoms can produce some that are almost
    white occasionally. Some say they are ugly. They are marvelously adaptive!
    I am amazed at their toughness and how closely their form follows function
    for what they do. This is beauty!
     
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  10. KansasKatCatcher

    KansasKatCatcher Active Member

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    I like the dark purple baby flatties with black spots.
     
  11. River Outlaw

    River Outlaw New Member

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    i like the ones that wear Darth Vader helmets. OH !! y'all was talkin FLATheads not FATheads, sorry :eek:oooh::wink::smile2:
     
  12. Mr. Foster

    Mr. Foster New Member

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    J.J. your really on a roll here lately. :smile2:
     
  13. River Outlaw

    River Outlaw New Member

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    i aint got Keith in over a week, i dont want him thinkin im mad at him :smile2:
     
  14. liltroy

    liltroy New Member

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    all good replies and so it seems guesses. except jjs:big_smile: the flat i took last night was in mud water good flow river recently went down and was yellow. :confused2:
     
  15. Gamblen

    Gamblen New Member

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    Wonder where the spots go as they get big? I have caught a blue over 24" with spots in Missouri.
     
  16. boombalaty

    boombalaty New Member

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    Maybe not the bottom then? What about water? Clean or dirty, contents in the water's chemistry? I would have to think it was something like that. I remember going into that bait shop and asking the guy "Who caught this?" and him telling me that I did. The difference it color was very dramatic. When caught it was so dark you could hardly see any patterns his skin was so dark. It really was a very beautiful fish, in the tank bright yellow with amazing darker spots and markings.