Hello all, and first off let me say great site, and a great deal of info here ! I just have a few questions, I have been fishing for channel cats for years, mostly just use a rubber stink bait worm and some sonnys stink bait, it has workd out good but now I am ready to step it up to the big boy stuff and target me some flatheads. My first question is, will my good old spincasting reel on a standard zebco rhino pole be good enough to get me some flatheads, or will i need to step it up a notch and buy me one of those big ol' catfishin poles i see all over? 2nd question sort of goes along with my first, for flathead fishing is it best to use a spincasting reel or a baitcaster? I plan on fishing some bluegills to use for bait and either run them with a carolina rig or a 3 way swivel rig, I think this is a good plan of attack though I am not so sure as i said, I am new to hunting flatheads. I also, will unfortunatly be religated to fishing from shore, I have no boat, nor will i for quite some time, I live in Rockford IL and from what I understand the rockriver is a great catfishery, so i guess my question is, being a shore fisher what sort of stuff should i look for in a spot to catch me some flathead, alot of the stuff I have read here has been geared to boaters. and finally my last questions, what is the best time of the day to go for flatheads, early morning, mid day, or night? again thank yall for the help and great site, I will be using this site a TON now that I have found it, look forward to reading your replies and GL out there on the water !