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Discussion in 'Flathead Catfish' started by Bigcat1, Aug 31, 2006.
Just wondering if when it rains if flatties will still bite?
Some of my best flatheads have been caught during or right after the worst rain storms we have. The harder it's storming the better I like it for flatheads.
They are already wet, so the simple fact that it is raining is unimportant. The water level, how fast the water cools, how fast the water rises, how long the water stays on the rise, barametric pressure, time of day or night, and if they are hungery. What I am trying to say is there are a lot of reasons cats bite and one trigger, like rain will sometimes cause them to bite and sometimes it will turn them off. Just my opinion I am sure there will be a-lot more people posting on this subject.
i think that the higher the water the more they want to move around. i don't know am i wright? some one let me now
Just seems that they love a rainy night.lmao
I do pretty good when it is raining without thunder. I think the thunder makes em' spook. The rain stirs up stuff off the bottom causing them to go into a feeding frenzy!
Last weekend we had our best flathead trip of the summer, right in the middle of a storm...It was kinda a stupid sitting in a poncho with lightning all around, but when they're biting how do you leave?:big_smile:
after its been raining steady A few hours go out there & you can catch some big ones
I agree completely caught my largest flattie ever right in the middle of a storm, but bite turns right off if it starts to thunder dont know why at least that is the way it has been for me :tounge_out:
Thanks for all the info guys i appreciate it
Some fishermen wont fish if its raining, They say that fish all go to the bottom and dont bite because of the storm. You know what i tell them,,,,,,,,,,,,,,Cats are allready on the bottom..........I,ve got cats before,during and after storms. Now dont get me wrounge during some really bad storms i have lefted my poles and RAN for the TRUCK....LOL
I believe that weather changes of any kind will have some effect on all fish. There are so many variables that you have to consider, that it can get confusing at times, LOL!!!
This is very true. There is a lot of fact and fiction out there as to when they will or will not bite and its hard to tell the difference so I just go fishing whenever I get the chance to wet a line no matter what the weather.
Water levels and water temps is what is effected by the rain the cat bite is usually always good after a hard rain when the water is rising one of my favorite times to fish. You can also fish real cloudy days or even in the rain if you really want to I have in a tournament before and we still did alright.
I have had some of my best luck right in the middle of a rain shower, notice how I said rain SHOWER....I have had little to no success during or after a Thunderstorm! I would imagine the front is what made them bite good! We caught 18 flatheads in about 5 hours during the rain! Nothing big, but they were all in between 2 and 7 #s, That was my best day on the missouri river as far as #s go! I don't fish for flatheads too much anymore, I have started hitting the Big Ole Blues! Every once in awhile I get an ich to feel the Flatheads bite though! They are pretty fun!
I agree, anytime I am able to get out is a good time to go fishing. :smile2:
Some of the best fishing we have had is when the river level is very high and muddy (post rain), it seems that the rising water levels either turns the fish on or puts them in spots easier find (slack water)
Rain is good,but if the thunder starts clapping, might as well head for the house cause the fish are gonna get lock jaw.
one of the best nights I have ever had catching flatheads was during and right after a hard rain/thunderstorm. We hadnt had any luck to speak of for 2 days of rod and bank poling, but we had a shower move in and it rained like nobodys buisness for about 45 minutes.We pulled to the bank and tossed out poles mainly to get out of the storm, and fished for about an hour. We caught 5 fish all but one was a flat from 6 to 18 pounds. We checked our bank poles around 3 am (abuot 1 hour and 45 min later and we had all total caught 28 fish in 6 hours and some change.20 being flats. They ranged from 4 pounds to 57.
Ive allways had real good fishing when its raining