Flathead catfish questions

Discussion in 'Flathead Catfish' started by bigryan09, Jun 27, 2007.

  1. bigryan09

    bigryan09 New Member

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    I'm new to targeting big fish, and have a couple questions. Is 160 pound test braided nylon heavy enough for my trot line's drop lines? I'm targeting the beggest flatties around. My main line is 500lb.

    Also, how big of a bluegill is "too big." Would say a 5" bluegill be to big for flathead bait? I also don't want to miss out on the opportunities for a 10lber to bite the line too.

    thanks in advance
     
  2. r_p_narramore

    r_p_narramore New Member

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    I've caught many 3-5 pound flatheads on 8"+ bluegills. I have been surprised many times by small flatheads eating big baits.
     

  3. wolfman

    wolfman Well-Known Member

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    Your line shouldbe plenty strong enough. As far as bluegills, I would use bigger than 5" "Think Big...Catch Big". Also I would try creek chubs and suckers
     
  4. flatheadsteven

    flatheadsteven New Member

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    if ur lookin for a big flathead i would use bait around 8-12 in. such as suckers,small carp, bullheads etc. i have caught some big flaties on about 5 in sunfish but if ur goin after the biggest fish u can find i would use the bigger bait so that the smaller fish wont get to it first.
     
  5. PhillyCatcatcher4

    PhillyCatcatcher4 New Member

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    I'm still chasing after my 1st big flatty:0a32:. My main baits are chubbs & bluegills.:0a21: What is the best bait for suckers?
     
  6. bigryan09

    bigryan09 New Member

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    thanks for the quick replies.
     
  7. wolfman

    wolfman Well-Known Member

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    doughballs, corn, worms
     
  8. s_man

    s_man New Member

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    3 or 4 yrs ago I caught a 25lb flat on a 4lb drum, or maybe 3 1/2. I didn't weigh it but I could only cast it 25ft or there abouts lol. That was the largest bait I have ever used, and I pride myself on using big baits. So to answer your question, If you can get it on a hook a 50+ can eat it. There are numerous accounts of 5 to 10lb channels being caught on trot lines and then in turn being eaten by large flats. I don't think you can go too big. Just divide up the hooks between medium, large, and extra large baits.
     
  9. mattoonboy4

    mattoonboy4 New Member

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    i agree with wolfman, "think big...catch big". we use as big of blue gill or rock bass as we can find. if we dont catch as big as we want, then we just put 2 or 3 on one hook. when you do put more than one on a hook, i feel like it looks like a small feeding frenzy among the bait fish and it's a real nice eye attractant for the big flatty's. just recently started using multiple fish per hook and it has really increased our daily catch.
     
  10. grizzly

    grizzly New Member

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    I like to use bluegills the size of my hand. I've caught many 5 pounders on this size bait. If it will fit in a flatheads mouth, he will try to eat it. Your line is plenty big. I use #30 approx 200lb for my main line and #9 doubled for my drops with 6/0 stainless J hooks. What size hooks are you using? Just curious. Good luck.
     
  11. bigryan09

    bigryan09 New Member

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    Thanks again guys. I'm using 500lb main line with some big swivels, and my hooks are Bass Pro Shop's "catmaxx" 8/0.

    I guess I just cant imagine a 10lb fish eating a 7" bluegill haha. In the past I've always thrown back the bluegills over about 4", and used the smaller ones for bait. I guess thats why my biggest is a 37# blue.

    Thanks again for the invite, and I'll give bigger bait a try.
     
  12. r_p_narramore

    r_p_narramore New Member

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    I throw back the ones under 5 or 6 inches when catching bait for jugs. The bigger bluegill seem to stay alive longer and I catch more on them. A 10 lb. flathead can eat a large bait.
     
  13. CJ21

    CJ21 New Member

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    Aint that a overkill? seem like u is trying to catch the biggest Flathead ever live. :big_smile:
     
  14. slim1

    slim1 New Member

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    a nice big sucker is my favorite.