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Discussion in 'Flathead Catfish' started by Phillips, May 17, 2006.
Has anyone caught any flatheads in the day time yet this year?
not this year yet but ive caught them in the day time plenty of times.
There seems to be a paradigm associated with flathead fishing, and that is you have to fish at night. I am not a flattie guy, buy some guys who are tell me that you can catch them during they very effectively.
I have read some research papers that used radio telemetry to track flatheads and their movements and feeding patterns and there was little difference between night and day.
Night is still the best in most peoples opinions, but a lot of people say that about any catfish. Probably 90% of my catfish have been caught during the day.
I've found that if you find a flathead or two and put live bait down in the hole hes in he will usually bite it within 1 hour 10 minutes sometimes alot sooner no matter what time of day it is.Some times they want bite at all day or night.
i caught a 8-10 lb flattie out today about 800 am he hit my bait like a ton of bricks
i see flatties caught at night and during the day about an equal amount. but i havent caught one during the day or night yet this year. been catching all those stinkin channels lol. got to move my bigger bait to a new spot i guess.
Sgt Rob on the Louisiana side, caught a 13 and 40+ flat Tues. I use to never fish in the day till I say Rob catching the fire out of them in the day.
I have not, but will fish for them during the day a few times. Some buddies of mine have caught some during the day along some irrigation pipes and drainage pipes areas in the canals along the colorado river. These were cover areas where the flats were hiding. So it goes along with the theory that flats head for cover during the day and come out to roam at night.
For me 95% of the flatheads I have caught have come after sundown. I have witnessed a couple 40+ pounders come in the afternoon however, but most of my luck comes at night.
i have cought flatheads in the daytime often, last week for example , cought 3 weighing between 5-9 lbs at the spillway behind greenleaf after the rain. u just have to put the bait close to where they are.
Caught a 4-5 pounder last saturday at about 1:30 in the afternoon.
Caught a 5-6b lbs'er on a minnow at about 6pm last weekend. Still bright as all get out.
Caught 2 flattys last weekend at a local pond, 19 3/4 and a 12lb, I think there starting to bite good, both caught during the day.
flats will bite quite well during the day this time of year and in the fall but mostly in the morning . in the summer they are very difficult to catch in the day. there is a tail water of a local lake near where i live that people just wear the flatheads out in may and the first part of june during daylight hours. these fish in the spring are in pre spawn and are eating all they can so i suppose they may extend their normal eating hours.
There was a pretty good writeup in last months NAFC magazine about catching daytime flats in rivers. I havent had any luck with it, then again i havent learned to fish the rivers where i now live to well either.
I caught one about 5 in the day yesterday
Some of the spots that I fish produce different types of fish during the day but no flathead. At night however, the same spots produce flathead.
This is southern Az though and it is very hot during the day, so my opinion might not count for very much:roll_eyes:
I've had luck during the day but its always smaller pansize fish, nothing big during the day so far except jan-mar in Watts bar river under the dam
i'm not sure about the whole day vs night deal. A friend of mine who has fished flatheads for decades on a river which gets a lot of recreational boat traffic insists the night bite is the best at least during the summer. (He tries to fish when the river has quieted down.) He does well, but he knows the river up and down.
I personally like to fish daytime also, but ususally i'm in the water by 6:00 am before the boat traffic.
I think if you're fishing deeper water or heavy cover (or shade) the daylight doesn't hurt that much. I agree with what someone else said about trying to place the bait right in front of their nose fishing daytime....
I'm still waiting to catch a big flatty. Welcome to the BOC