Flathead Catfish Bite

Discussion in 'ILLINOIS RIVERS TALK' started by bnewsom71, May 19, 2009.

  1. bnewsom71

    bnewsom71 New Member

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    I am going to be headed out for a the weekend camping along the miss. just above Oquaka. Was wondering if anyone has been out fishing for flatheads and what they were hittin' on. I just want to speed up the trial and error phase of it a bit. I am really itchin' to hook into one by r & r. Thanks in advance for any help.
     
  2. primitive

    primitive Member

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    Got a 12# flat yesterday about 5pm, on dew worms. Bad part was he bit like a bluegill and swallowed the hook before I was aware he was on. Got a 10# last week on a 5" bluegill and a 6# chanel on gill head. Beware of the gnats, they are really bad if you get in a sheltered place out of the wind. I wouldn't have caught those fish if I wouldn't have had a HEAD NET. I would not have stayed 10 minutes. I recomend you get one before you go out, no wind, the gnats are very bad.
     

  3. katcatchingfool

    katcatchingfool New Member

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    We have been catching them on cut bait. Nothing on live. Cant figure it out. Oh well, anyway we have been catching them on cut herein.
     
  4. fishnfwl

    fishnfwl New Member

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    Sounds like ya need to invest in a Therma Cell unit.......
     
  5. barnold

    barnold Active Member

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    Do therma cells work on nats?
     
  6. bnewsom71

    bnewsom71 New Member

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    Just get ya some listerine mouth wash and put it on your skin. That will take care of them.:wink: Last year when they were bad, you couldn't hardly find listerine anywhere in the stores. Hope this helps ya!
     
  7. bnewsom71

    bnewsom71 New Member

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    Thanks for the info! What type of water are ya catchin' them in? Deep, shallow, fast, slow - etc...
     
  8. fishnfwl

    fishnfwl New Member

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    DUDE! They are talking about FLAT HEAD, NOT BLUES! You couldn't catch a Flathead if it was in the bath tub :smile2: :smile2: :smile2:


    Therma cells work well on all critters.......IMO. Matter of fact last summer HarryOld (skunmaster) and I were in one Boat, and the Mighty HorseWhisperer (BKEELE) was in his on Coffeen Lake and we set the cell on in my boat and Brent was setting a few feet away and was getting all the critters.... I have used them for years and will never sto all I can tell ya, YES THEY WORK WELL......
     
  9. robinoquawka

    robinoquawka New Member

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    I haven't heard of anyone catching anything real big around here lately. (I live in Oquawka) If you can find a place where you can find some good size bluegills you might try them. I should be out on Benton Island Saturday so maybe I'll see you there.
     
  10. robinoquawka

    robinoquawka New Member

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    One more idea: I know the bullheads are thick right now. You could try them too. If you can find a drainage ditch with plenty of water in it, you should have no trouble finding bullheads. Good luck!
     
  11. katcatchingfool

    katcatchingfool New Member

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    Been catching them in log jams. preferably a log jam that is right above a deep hole. some log jams in 10 foot of water, some log jams in 30 foot of water. Randy you are right, I was not targeting flat heads just been stumbling upon them.:tounge_out:
     
  12. Brentkeele

    Brentkeele New Member

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    I can vouch for that. I bought one as a result of that night and haven't looked back.
     
  13. primitive

    primitive Member

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    If your going out this weekend, you better have a Thermo cell hanging off both ears. Those gnats are fierce. Last night I got a 15# flat just before dark in medium current by myself. Quite a thrill, and a good feeling releaseing him. There was just enough breeze around the boat to move the thermo vapers away. Again the headnet saved my night. and gave me a chance to get a nice fish.
     
  14. bearcat

    bearcat Member

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    Horse whisper. I wonder how he got that name, HeHehe. I am just glad he is ok.

    Thanks everyone for the information. I am sure it will help him find fish .
     
  15. primitive

    primitive Member

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    BRIAN, WHERE'S THE FISHING REPORT FROM LAST WEEKEND CAMP-FISHING TRIP.
     
  16. bnewsom71

    bnewsom71 New Member

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    Unfortunately Ron there isn't much to report. They were droppin the pool level pretty fast so the catfishin' was pretty rough. Managed about a dozen channels, biggest was 8 lbs. Also caught 2 flats that were both about 5 lbs. Caught all the channels on cut shad and caught the flats on bullheads. There was a little good news though. Found out the channels are headin' into spawn! Oh yeah! Can't wait till the weekend!
     
  17. wolf222

    wolf222 New Member

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    You can use vanila extract and water it will keep them away, if you wear a hat you can spray asorbenJr on the bill of your hat and it will keep them away. Paul