Floats in rivers?

Discussion in 'Flathead Catfish' started by JAinSC, May 4, 2009.

  1. JAinSC

    JAinSC Active Member

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    I just read through Slik's whole post on using floats for flatheads. Most of the guys that say floats work well seem to be fishing lakes. Does anyone use floats for flatheads in rivers? I have tried it just once or twice and haven't had any luck with them so far.
     
  2. alpal16

    alpal16 New Member

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    I was wondering the same thing. I would be worried about the current limiting your float time. Seem you would have to do a lot of casting.
     

  3. JAinSC

    JAinSC Active Member

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    I was thinking too, that I could just let it drift down into a good looking position and then leave it in one place.

    I guess my real question is if river flatheads come up off the bottom as easy as lake fish? Does the current tend to keep them on the bottom more? Any thoughts?
     
  4. Blacky

    Blacky New Member

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    John and Alex,

    Float in rivers have not worked for me especially since I fish off the bank. I've tried but end up casting and killing my baits because all the float does is drift down stream and you end up having to reel your bait back in. From a boat, i don't know?
     
  5. Dirtdobber

    Dirtdobber Guest Staff Member

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    I use a float on the river here and have good luck. I fish from the bank and from a boat. When I fish for the bank I try to find a big hole of water with very little current and float a perch or bullhead along a steep bank or a log jam.

    When I fish from a boat I try to get where the water is in an eddy so the bait stays in one area.
     
  6. varmint_sniper

    varmint_sniper New Member

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    Rollo has posted good luck with flaots if this helps?
     
  7. foghorn

    foghorn New Member

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    I too have had good luck using them in the rivers. i like to find a out crop of a point in the current and fish the swrill< spelling? and just let it circle in that current. Usually where a creek dumps in is prime areas.




    Foggy :cool2:
     
  8. unclebuncle

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  9. ShilohRed

    ShilohRed New Member

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    They work great in rivers also. Most fish them in the slack spots that keeps the floats in the same spot.

    Pete
     
  10. FATFLATTIE

    FATFLATTIE New Member

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    I have had zero success using floats for flatheads, even in the lake. I just think they are a bigger pain than anything. I'll use one max in the river and only if it's really shallow (<5ft.) I've caught a couple blues on them but nothing big. That's why I just use a Carolina rig all the time. Simple and it catches fish, why mess with a good thing.
     
  11. dafin

    dafin New Member

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    I like to float current seams in the river. that works well for both flathead and channel cats.It is more work than fishing on the bottom , ,but it sure does produce some nice fish.All but one of the 50#+ flatheads I have gotten were caught under a float, about 1/2 were caught in a river.
     
  12. katfish ken

    katfish ken New Member

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    Guys I fish a float rig in rivers as well as lakes. When i fish the river I hook the bait fish through the eyes instead of behind the dorsal fin. This way the fish lives longer. When fishing the river I also try to target the 2' above the bottom. The float just gives the same effect as drifting. As the bait floats bye the resting flathead waiting for dinner it is passing bye just as if it was swimming bye. I fish from the bank as well as from a boat and almost always have at least one float in the water. Hope this helps.
     
  13. Bill in SC

    Bill in SC New Member

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    <When I fish from a boat I try to get where the water is in an eddy so the bait stays in one area.>

    THAT, would be the key. I haven't tried fishin' with big floats yet, but plan to do so pretty soon. I see big cats all the time feeding on the surface, and fishin' with the bait suspended under a float should produce great results. I'm very anxious to try it!

    Bill in SC
     
  14. slikk03

    slikk03 New Member

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    this is a huge topic this year nobody, ever commeted on floats for flatheads last year, but man,it sounds to me like everyone is loving this new trend, at least its new to me, and ive got the perfect place to use them wen i can get a few
     
  15. patrickgd

    patrickgd New Member

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    I have yet to have any success fishing in the river with a float but I have yet to find what I would call an ideal situation for one. Most of the current i fish is 8oz+ and more or less straight line. I'm still looking for that perfect eddie.
     
  16. Jerry60k

    Jerry60k New Member

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    Another prime spot for floats would be the mouths of large creeks and tributaries,anchor upstream and drift your float and a nice shad or skiphjack along the edges of the sandbar/gravelbed and you could definately cover some seriously fishable water.
     
  17. katfish ken

    katfish ken New Member

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    This is very true . You can also fish the upstream side of the tributary with the same effect.