flathead catfish Q&A part 3

Discussion in 'Flathead Catfish' started by upncomincatfishking, May 12, 2009.

  1. upncomincatfishking

    upncomincatfishking New Member

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    alright i dont know if the third one was already started but i couldnt find it so i'll start it.

    question 1- im noticing the last few times out that the cats were grabin my baits just barely so i was pullin t loose. so i wanna know if i should just wait a little longer and see if they get a better bite or maybe use 2 hook rig so no matter wat i 'm almost sure to get a hook in?

    and i know they dont do it all year just this time of year is there a reason for it?
     
  2. waynesburgjay

    waynesburgjay New Member

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    I had something just barely pull my gill and it was a walleye almost 9 lbs.
    Again the other day I caught another walleye on cutbait. You just never know what is eating your bait.
     

  3. Blacky

    Blacky New Member

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    Don't wait too long or the fish is gonna get gut-hooked.:embarassed:

    Not good if you are gonna CPR.
     
  4. centexcop

    centexcop Well-Known Member

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    What kind and size hooks are you using? What kind and size of bait?
     
  5. flathunter

    flathunter New Member

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    Lots of times it's not catfish that are doing this, other fish species will mouth you bait without taking it hard.

    Walleys , and saugers do this alot.
     
  6. JAinSC

    JAinSC Active Member

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    Sometimes the flatheads will bite like that, but in my experience it is pretty rare. I have had flatheads bit very tentatively, though, when the water is still a bit too cold or they are just in an off mood. Most times it is probably some other fish - like blues or channels or ... If it is happening a lot, take on of your dead baits and cut it up and throw out a smaller piece of cut bait, like a bluegill head instead of the live bluegill. If it's blues or channels, you should get one pretty quick.
     
  7. Flamekeeper

    Flamekeeper New Member

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    It might even be some baby cats mouthing it.:wink: smacking at it:smile2: