Original post made by Brian McKee(Brimcowa) on September 9, 2002 Flathead Hunting You gotta know the holes...find the biggest and baddest looking driftpile...one that's really got the water foaming and turned around. The heavier it looks the better. The weight will force more water around than through and as the water goes under and scours out the bottom, the whole mess settles even further! I've stood on driftpiles and 'sounded' for the bottom on a medium-sized river and found the hole to be at least 30ft deep under the big piles, before thumping bottom. That's where the oldest and the wisest flatties are, lounging around waiting for something to draw their attention like a gob of crawlers, a lipped breem, three or four leeches squirming like mad, or some poor frog off the bank that can't quite get away 'cause he's missing half a leg and you got him hooked through the other, or in the lips!! Even when they're resting in the middle of the day...no monster flat is gonna pass on a free meal that requires little effort on his part...that's how he got to be so big in the first place. Pay Lakes can't compare to a "River-wise" flathead who's been cruising around for a dozen years in the current like a huge vacuum cleaner, chewing on anything that he has a mind to. I've found "pretty" rocks in their bellies! Ninety per-cent of the time they'll be under those piles or hanging in front of a large obstruction waiting for something hapless creature to mosey by and then a flick of the tail and bam!...they're resting again...check in front of old bridge pilings, stumps, undercut banks, large stones, don't even bother with the inside of a bend...too shallow! Go for the outside edge of the bends and search out the driftpiles and I guarentee you'll find the biggest flats that river has to offer, day or night! At night, you're better off fishing upstream in the flats or shallows just above the big piles where your bait's scent will entice the monsters out and come right for your 'live' presentation.