Flathead catfishing tips - my 1st post

Discussion in 'Flathead Catfish' started by loganfrum94, Aug 7, 2009.

  1. loganfrum94

    loganfrum94 New Member

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    this is my first post and im in love with catfishing my favorite is flats if it aint a flat its bait any tips on catching these beasts?
    thx
     
  2. BARathke

    BARathke New Member

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    Live Bait / Log Jams / Feeder Creeks

    Good luck and welcome to the BOC.
     

  3. Catfish_Scooter

    Catfish_Scooter New Member

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    Welcome to the mighty BOC! & yes live threadfin/gizzards are the ticket!:smile2::wink:
     
  4. flathunter

    flathunter New Member

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    How do you go about catching flatheads? What are some of your favorite tactics, bait, tackle etc.
     
  5. Mickey

    Mickey New Member Supporting Member

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    Logan welcome to the BOC, from So. Illinois.:0a23::0a25:
     
  6. SGTREDNECK

    SGTREDNECK New Member

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    Logan welcome to the BOC. Just get you a big ol kahle hook and a live shan, gill or skip and throw him on and cast him out. Then its just the waiting game.
     
  7. JUG_LINE

    JUG_LINE New Member

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    The bait should be alive large flatheads do not eat dead things or worms unless they are hardup (its rare). Places to search are brush piles or areas where crappie or perch are present, bridges, dams, logs, very large rocks and ect.
     
  8. Flamekeeper

    Flamekeeper New Member

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    If you can read up on the two, you will find out A BIG TROPHY FLATHEAD is Like A Big trophy Buck...

    Both are Territorial(They have a certain places/areas they call home during the daylight hours, and both are nocturnal beasts, munching on whatever comes along during the day, but move at night to get their fill!.

    With a little homework in the Field/water observing the terrain and cover / wind and current / types of food that are ready available at the time,, Put them together, and heres the most important thing you must have to bag the trophy of a lifetime, PATIENCE, PATIENCE!, and more PATIENCE never get up and leave early,(You've done your homework right ?). I've set and waited/fished a area for a 3 day span before I caught a 38lb flathead.(Because I knew I was in the right spot and I waited it out.) If you no he's in the patch of woods/water's you are on, WAIT until he makes his move. And I can Guarantee; you will catch a trophy.IMHO.:wink:


    Good Luck

    Tight Lines to you Bro.
     
  9. TheRiverRat

    TheRiverRat New Member

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    amen man i couldnt have said it better myself....RAT
     
  10. USCA-RECLAIMED-ACCOUNT

    USCA-RECLAIMED-ACCOUNT New Member

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    :0a25:Welcome to the BOC Logan.Best advice I could give ya off hand is to use good lively bait,suitable tackle to handle a 50# fish,and then just try to get out and fish long,hard,and as often as possible.
     
  11. hock_paul

    hock_paul New Member

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    Welcome to the B.O.C. Logan!:0a25: The best advice I could give would be to start in small-medium rivers where you know flatheads are present. The water is a lot easier to read in smaller bodies of water. Here are a few other tips...
    1)don't overlook the daytime bite! just fish right in the cover
    2)mix in cutbaits in the spring and fall
    3)you don't need a 2lb. carp to catch a 50lbr.
    4)leave the circle hooks for the other cats
    5)be persistent, it takes time to learn these fish(trust me I know!)
    6)PRESERVE THIS SPECIES FOR THE FUTURE! they are a resilient fish, but
    putting the big guys back is catfish conservation in it's purest form and
    the only way to ensure trophy fish get bigger.
    GOOD LUCK LOGAN!:wink:
     
  12. saros2500

    saros2500 New Member

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    great advice so far! Start simple! Try a carolina rig with a user friendly weight like a no roll or a disc sinker. Find an outside bend with a shallow feeding area adjacent to deeper water. toss out something lively and start with something hardy that will stay alive longer (green sunny, bullhead, rock bass). Shad can be a headache. Flats will hit cut bait if it's fresh but start with live bait for your best odds. Good luck! Fish in a way that makes you feel confident, the more confident you are in your setup, the longer you will be able to stay out there.
     
  13. bedbug jr

    bedbug jr New Member

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    Well Logan, looks like the fellas have you headed in the right direction so I'll just say welcome to the BOC. Stay safe and stick a pig!!!:wink:
     
  14. lookin_4_moby

    lookin_4_moby New Member

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    welcome to the boc, there's hundreds of different ways to catch flats bro. what kind of system are you fishing? how deep is it? is there cover by where you're fishing? a bend? I know you'll get a lot of answers but you gotta help us out with a little more info.
     
  15. shortbus

    shortbus New Member

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    Welcome to the BOC Logan!!! Hock_paul is giving you some very good advice.
     
  16. Mr. Foster

    Mr. Foster New Member

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    Study the guys and gals posts on here and look at the library. A little reading on here goes a long ways. Good luck.
     
  17. flathunter

    flathunter New Member

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    All my big flatheads come on dead baits, last year one over 50 and 3 over 40-lbs came on dead bait, cut fish mainly shad.

    I honestly believe flatheads will hit cut bait just as much, more if your me than cut bait.

    I have fished cut bait, and live bait side by sdie for monster flatheads, they chose the dead bait 100 percent of the time.
     
  18. KATTERMAN

    KATTERMAN New Member

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    welcome to BOC logan,i have learned more from this site then all my yrs of fishing so my tip is keep reading and good luck
     
  19. catfisherman369

    catfisherman369 Floyd

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    Logan welcome to the BOC, from Illinois