Flathead Catfishing - What method of fishing do you like best?

Discussion in 'LOCAL KANSAS TALK' started by unclebuncle, Feb 8, 2009.

whats your favorite method?

  1. Rod and reel

  2. Trotline

  3. limbline

  4. floatline.

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  1. unclebuncle

    unclebuncle New Member

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    What method do you use to catch flatheads and why.
     
  2. River Outlaw

    River Outlaw New Member

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    im addictided to the fight :big_smile:
     

  3. unclebuncle

    unclebuncle New Member

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    I agree JJ I tried other methods but it just runs into work.Nothing beats the feel of a big flathead hammering your bait and when you set the hook it feels like you hooked the bottom,until he decides to move.I'm hooked on rod and reel.
     
  4. shelbygt1979

    shelbygt1979 New Member

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    I only rod n reel Flats as I plan on releasing them all. I have set limb lines before, however I never left the area I was fishing while they were out so if I hooked a flat he would not be on for long.

    Also I have never caught that many so one day maybe differently however I really don't think so.
     
  5. pythonjohn

    pythonjohn New Member Supporting Member

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    I can't complete the pole.....

    Cause I never have never caught one.:embarassed:
    In about another month I gonna fish for them here in the Florida Panhandle.

    Any advice for a novice "flatheader" ?

    Night or Day ?

    Line and rig?

    Bait ??

    Type of water, deep or shallow?

    I'll let you get back to voting. :wink:

    opj
     
  6. uttatoo

    uttatoo New Member

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    i love to rod and reel but i as most of you know i also catch them by other means:tounge_out:
     
  7. rush_60

    rush_60 New Member

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    I've only caught flats on R&R, so I guess it gets my vote by default.
     
  8. unclebuncle

    unclebuncle New Member

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    We had some guys on the Verdigris that used other means too,they called them on the phone,used dynamite,maybe other things.
     
  9. uttatoo

    uttatoo New Member

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    not those means:tounge_out::tounge_out::smile2:
     
  10. unclebuncle

    unclebuncle New Member

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    I dont know about Florida panhandle,I lived there several years and never caught one.Had other kinds of catfish I've never seen anywhere else.Here I use live bluegills or bullheads for bait.
     
  11. billyum2

    billyum2 New Member

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    I put my favorite means as r & r . I havent really targeted flats but do get one once in a blue moon , I used to do by other means and actually thought that was the only way to get fish for a while. Haveing four older brothers I used to be the tester for the phone :crazy: Ouch!! :smile2:
     
  12. n2fishn

    n2fishn New Member

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    Dial 911-fish:smile2::smile2:
     
  13. pythonjohn

    pythonjohn New Member Supporting Member

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    Ray,
    Maybe thats the reason I've never caught one...:smile2:.

    On the other hand I have checked with some people at the landing where I put in and they have confirmed that Flatties have been caught from the Escambia River.

    And as a point of intrest I read some history that said that Davy Crokett had hunted "Barr" on the "Scampy" river.:eek:oooh::wink:.

    opj
     
  14. unclebuncle

    unclebuncle New Member

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    Never fished the Escambia but fished Apalacicolaand some of other rivers and when you put live bait in there you never knew what kind of critter you were going to catch.I think the Apalach has some huge fish in it.If I was going to try for flatheads thats where I would look.
     
  15. pythonjohn

    pythonjohn New Member Supporting Member

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    Ray,

    The Applacicola River is about 2 hrs SouthEast of me .
    Now I can be in the "Scampy" in about 15 min..
    I'm in Pensacola Florida.

    Thanks.

    opj
     
  16. Bigfish18

    Bigfish18 Member

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    I prefer R&R, I could not quess how many flatheads I have caught on R&R. My aproach is diferent from most though, I fishem like crappie only using 80 lb line. I put the bait rite in the center of a log jam often bouncing it off limbs as I try to get it to the bottom.

    I like to fish with limb lines also, I use big circle hooks and baits up to 2 lbs. I have never had a dead flathead or gut hooked flathead on my lines.
     
  17. john catfish young

    john catfish young New Member

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    Back in the 80's and 90's ....I ran trotlines and set limb-lines too. But nowadays, I'm 100% rod & reel. I love the fight on a rod & reel with 20 lb mono. I'm addicted!:eek:oooh:
     
  18. unclebuncle

    unclebuncle New Member

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    I want to thank all you guys that took the survey.I have to admit I'm surprised and impressed that most are R&R only.Around here there are a lot of limb liners but I always call them meat hunters.I'm still looking for my first one over 50,my little brother beat me to it.
     
  19. loop

    loop New Member

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    You and I fish for flats somewhat alike I love a log jam alot of times I get out on them and fish down thru them you'd be suprised how many are in there.You have to be quick on the hook set and getting them to the surface.
    Loop
     
  20. Bigfish18

    Bigfish18 Member

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    Loop, we know whats in those log jams dont we. I give em no drag, get out of there before they hang me:wink: up.