My first flathead came many years ago, I spent at least 5 years fishing for channel cats when I decided i wanted to see if all the storys i was told were true. I was probably 16 and had many nice channel cats under my belt when I read a story in the no longer published ohio fisherman magazine. The story was about flatheads, and they swam in the same water i had fished for years for channel cats and carp. I had no one to teach me to fish so what i learned was thru trial and error. I had often wondered why I never caught a falathead in them early years, after all paint creek, and the scioto had a good population. why did they not hit my chicken liver??? But ahhh! this article explained it all they liked fish!. I eagerly called my fishing buddy, and told him what i had found out, so we went to a local pond and caught us a bucket full of bluegills. We did not have heavy tackle, zebco 33's and 12 -lb test...10 minutes after we started fising that night with our new knowledge, my buddy lost a zebco as a fish hit it like a freight train and launched it off his fork stick way out in the river. Talk about excited!!!! we set there with trembling hands clutching our rods waiting for the next monster to hit..AGIN IT HIT ON MY BUDDYS ROD!!! Some how he was able to get this fsih landed after a long fight and it weighed 22-lbs..Not laong after that I was awarded with my first a 18-lber. We quickly realized we needed heavier tackle for these fish, and we both worked long and hard after school so we could afford our first big fish set-ups!!!! they were big shakespere spinning reels on eagle claw trolling rods. We fished these outfits for years landing many big fish, on what i consider junk tackle by todays standards. Those were the best days of my life, and my how i wish i could go back in time and do it all agin.