I'm going on my first Flathead excursion of the season tonight. Water temp is still only about 64 surface temp in the lake I fish at. I went out yesterday and caught my bait. I caught several bluegill and a few are huge, so I have high hopes for tonight. I will be trying some 9/0 King Kahles for the first time. I will also be trying the let the fish hook themselves approach for the first time. I can't wait and I hope to get the season off to a good start. A question, when fishing for Flats, how important is it to be quiet? My wife and 4 yr old daughter go out with me and I never seem to get any quiet time till they bed down. I fish off of a pontoon that I pull up on shore and I usually get frustrated because of all the noise that resonates off the boat. I try not to get to serious until they bed down which is usually not till 10pm or so.