Drift fishing for flathead catfish

Discussion in 'OHIO RIVERS TALK' started by catfishrollo, Mar 8, 2007.

  1. catfishrollo

    catfishrollo New Member

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    I have tried many different tactics fishing for flatheads. But, has anyone ever tried drifting for flats? Either jigging cuts, or simply dragging live baits on maybe a three-way rig?
     
  2. SkiMax

    SkiMax New Member

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    We drift fish the Ohio River some and we have caught flatheads but not a bunch (although the ones we have caught tend to be good sized). I think the main reason is we don't drift where the flatheads hang out. It would be almost impossible to successfully driftfish snags and logjams. We do tear the blues and channels up drifting though.
     

  3. warcraft1975

    warcraft1975 New Member

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    try large deep diveing crank baits, works for me
     
  4. catfishrollo

    catfishrollo New Member

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    thanks guys. i fish tournaments in the summer, and have often just wondered about covering more water in a nights time rather than setting up on a couple of places. i fish alot of log jams, but really like areas with alot of rock too. i thought about starting on a flat and drifting through to the head of the hole either dragging baits or jigging vertically as i float through it... sounds like fun probably have yo try it... fishing the cranks? after dark i take it?
     
  5. Taliesin

    Taliesin New Member

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    Drift fishing for flats during the day probably wouldn't be very productive since they usually hang close to home then. During the night they come out to feed though, and it might be worth a try then.
     
  6. catfishrollo

    catfishrollo New Member

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    yeah, i figured that.....i was wondering more for nighttime than anything...might try the channels in the day sometime.
     
  7. catfishrollo

    catfishrollo New Member

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    anyone else that has thought or attempted this or am i just dreamin?:lol:
     
  8. poisonpits

    poisonpits Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    i saw this on infisherman tv.tried itand it worked somewhat.you anchor up above the snags or log jam and drift your bait back with a float.useing fresh cut sucker or creek chubs.cought some small flats,bigest about 7 lbs,catch a lot more good size channels.dought you catch enough weight to win or place in tou.johnnie
     
  9. catfishrus

    catfishrus New Member

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    i have hit them at santee before drifting the bottom. we caught 5 in 30 minute one night but i have to say there was a lot bigger fish in the area than what we caught. they was laying on a ledge. looked like boulder laying down there. went back the next week with the anchors and high hopes but the boulders was gone. this was at night time too. i did catch a 40lber in the middle of the day last year drifting but that was luck too i believe. that fish was in deep water. we was using whole blueback herring threaded on to catch those. 5-6" in lenght.
     
  10. catfishrollo

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    for those of you thats been wondering about water temps...i was on the muskingum today. temp. was 38 degrees..hopefully by next weekend it will be in the low 40's....jason
     
  11. bigcatkev

    bigcatkev New Member

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    I do very well useing my trolling motor to stay on top of flathead and bounce live bluegill or cut bait and it works very well. Try staying behind barge tie offs and behind bridges. Most of the time people anchor up above these places and fish around them and this is a way to fish behind structure. Keep bounceing in one spot if you mark fish and eventually they will hit it. Hang On!
     
  12. catfishrollo

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    thanks man... there isn't any barge traffic on the muskingum where i fish but i can relate to what your saying with the breaks...i just keep thinking im on the brink of finding a different way to catch them other than still fishing. thanks for the info bro....rollo.
     
  13. catfishrollo

    catfishrollo New Member

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    flathead fishing for 15 yrs.... can never get too much info... keep it coming guys... lots of good stuff. thanks to everyone....jason
     
  14. catfishrollo

    catfishrollo New Member

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    hey for you multi-anglers...caught about 40 crappie and bluegill this evening...gonna be a fry!!! all of them were caught on a slip-float with an ice jig tipped with a wax worm....jason
     
  15. catfishrollo

    catfishrollo New Member

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    getting closer to the season...caught some channels slipin it....still looking for more advice, i know some of ya are keeping some secrets from me:big_smile:
     
  16. SKYNYRD

    SKYNYRD New Member

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    I'm going to try to drift fish for flatty down at osage river this year when they are on the move I will see if it works
     
  17. HoFFmaXX

    HoFFmaXX New Member

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    From my opinion and from wat ive read i think i was right. Drift fishing will work moderately well at night for small to medium sized flatties. But them big ones are gonna find a deep dark hole and stay there for the most part. You will have most success sticking with them log jams and rock piles.