Flathead catfish

Discussion in 'All Catfishing' started by PITBULL2888, Jul 14, 2006.

  1. PITBULL2888

    PITBULL2888 New Member

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    where do you find flathead cats
     
  2. blindfly69

    blindfly69 New Member

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    in the water..........lol jus playin it depends on where you're at. if you fish at dams jus try in the tailwaters....in lakes you should look at dropoffs and around structure
     

  3. PITBULL2888

    PITBULL2888 New Member

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    do they fight more than channels and blues
     
  4. blindfly69

    blindfly69 New Member

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    depends on the size of the fish really....
     
  5. blindfly69

    blindfly69 New Member

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    depends on the size of the fish really....
     
  6. PITBULL2888

    PITBULL2888 New Member

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    i live in Alabama and i fish at the river
     
  7. TA2D

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    Welcome to the site PITBULL! Flatheads prefer cover and lots of it, when fishing look for any thing that would constitute good cover, fallen trees, log jambs, rip-rap, undercuts in the bank, man made structures such as fallen bridges, sunken tires and christmas trees, basically anything that the fish can hide in to conceal itself from its prey. Most guys on here use live bait, and the bigger the bait the bigger the fish. I like to use bluegils and chubs about 4-8 inchers I hook them through the eyes and use a carolina type rig, with a 6-12 inch lead on it with 2 oz of weight try to get as close to the cover as possible without getting in it, for day and early evening fishing, for night fishing, I would fish the shallows with a little less weight and a really lively bait so that it has alot of energy to struggle against the hook and the weight. Try that and see what happens.

    Aaron

    TA2D
     
  8. blindfly69

    blindfly69 New Member

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    then i would try deep holes and at night try fishing around shallow structure or where tributaries join in to the main river...but i would pick dam tailwaters just because they're fun to fish
     
  9. PITBULL2888

    PITBULL2888 New Member

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    whats tailwater
     
  10. TA2D

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    I think that flats are the bulldoggers of the catfish, lots of head shakes and they will try to hold their position in the water. All cats have their own good fighting characterisitics.

    Aaron

    TA2D
     
  11. PeZ

    PeZ New Member

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    they like to lay under the dam at keystone lake in the deep water when the gates are open and running water to give them plenty of oxygen and cool water.
     
  12. blindfly69

    blindfly69 New Member

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    tailwater is on the side of the dam where they let water out....its the rough water......
     
  13. PITBULL2888

    PITBULL2888 New Member

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    like right beside
     
  14. PITBULL2888

    PITBULL2888 New Member

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    like right beside the dam where the tirbuns run
     
  15. TA2D

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    Yeah I think that is what blindfly is talking about.

    Aaron

    TA2D
     
  16. blindfly69

    blindfly69 New Member

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    if you're on a dam one side is calm and the other side is rough....fish where the water is rough
     
  17. PITBULL2888

    PITBULL2888 New Member

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    where they snag at ok thanks would i do good at night
     
  18. blindfly69

    blindfly69 New Member

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    i think you would do a lot better at night than during the daytime
     
  19. PITBULL2888

    PITBULL2888 New Member

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    right now im useing a shakespear tiger from walmart its got 20lb line on it do yall think it will do the job it was only 20 bucks
     
  20. TA2D

    TA2D New Member

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    It will get you started, I have a bunch of rods and reels that I like to switch it up with, my fallback is an 8 foot Berkley Big Game meduim heavy action with a Southbend catfish spinning reel. Would like to get an Abu Garcia 6500 with an 7 foot Ugly Stick, spooled with 17 lb cajun line.

    Aaron

    TA2D