how do you land your flathead catfish

Discussion in 'Flathead Catfish' started by slikk03, Jan 10, 2010.

how do you bring your flatheads in

  1. hores em in with a tight drag

  2. play em out with looser drag

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  1. slikk03

    slikk03 New Member

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    hores em in thith very little drag, or play them out till they give up
     
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  2. USCA-RECLAIMED-ACCOUNT

    USCA-RECLAIMED-ACCOUNT New Member

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    Fast and hard as I can,don,t want to give em a chance to get in a snag.If I didn,t fish around so many snags,I wouldn,t worry about horsing them so much.
     

  3. slikk03

    slikk03 New Member

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    i tend to horse em in unless their at a no snag section,bu i still horse em in lol
     
  4. xnmcclurex

    xnmcclurex Active Member

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    i horse em in where ever im at
     
  5. Jeremy Sheffey

    Jeremy Sheffey New Member

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    its kind of a tough question to be honest. if i think they are going to get snagged up ill tighten the drag up or put my thumb down to get them out. however, if i can help it i try not to horse anything in unless it is a dink. if i hook into a biggin i wont horse him as much. under 15 lbs or so, i can tell the difference in my rod and the feel of the fish i will horse him a bit more. but if it feels like a big fish i will let the drag do its job. i try to set it so if a 15 lber can take drag on a hard run then im generally where i want to be.
     
  6. slikk03

    slikk03 New Member

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    i know what your saying, you dont want your line to snap, i run 50 pound test with a tight drag, if my poll is just bending i want a little slipping
     
  7. bedbug jr

    bedbug jr New Member

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    Dependent upon conditions, but I have a tendency to horse them in. Mabye I'm wrong , but the quicker I get him in the less stress on him (and me) and the quicker I can get him back in the water. Stay safe and aspire to inspire!!!:wink:
     
  8. oklakugels

    oklakugels New Member

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    Slow and Low, That is my tempo.
     
  9. Jeremy Sheffey

    Jeremy Sheffey New Member

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    im running 50lb mono and this year i will be returning to the 80-100lb PP depending where and how much i find it for.

    bedbug, your probably right, but i try to take into account their size best i can. i know it is hard to judge, but when fighting a big fish i will take more precautions vs a small one. it doesn't take long to get a 20 lber in, a 50 lber is another story.
     
  10. Catfishboy1995

    Catfishboy1995 New Member

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    I horse em it because all the ones i catch are dead and dont fight much..Ther weird fish i say there skip jakc..But they look cut up..
     
  11. slikk03

    slikk03 New Member

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    WELL THE POLL IS SAYING PLAY EM BUT THE THREADS WE ALL SAY HORSE EM IN , SO WE WILL SE IN A FEW DAYS HOW WE SHOULD DO IT, THANKS BROTHERS
     
  12. Waterbug

    Waterbug New Member

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    I keep pretty stiff constant pressure on the fish, but do have my drag set so that a substantial fish my make a run or two before I get them in.
     
  13. gdlocal10

    gdlocal10 New Member

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    Keep a tight line and allow alittle drag, try to get them in as fast as possible. pull and reel, and very little slack except to reel
     
  14. slikk03

    slikk03 New Member

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    MAN THE POLL IS CLOSE , MAN THIS MIGHT BE A TIE BY TOMAROW NIGHT
     
  15. Snagged2

    Snagged2 New Member

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    I woted to horse'm, but, that doesn't necessarily mean just haulin' their a$$ in,, I usually play it different with each fish.. but, don't give'm much slack, or headway...
     
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  16. slikk03

    slikk03 New Member

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    SO FAR ALL THE COMMENTS ARE THE HORSERS, BUT THE POLL IS IN FAVORE OF PLAYING EM, OHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH LOL, KEEP EM COMING BROTHERS, BY TOMAROW THE VOTE WILL BE SETTELD
     
  17. Blacky

    Blacky New Member

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    No playing around for me! I've had many heartaches with fish running me into snags.

    Horse em! Show them who's the boss and who's in control.
     
  18. bream reaper

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    I horse them some, but when the big sow wants to run you better let her (a little ways at least), depends on snag potential for me.
     
  19. kycatfish

    kycatfish Member

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    I usually horse mine in also if i know that there is structure where they could get snagged. But if i am just in open water I like to have alittle fun. Why not you only live once and maybe you will only catch that big one once so you might as well have alittle fun while you do it.
     
  20. luckey wade

    luckey wade New Member

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    I horse them in .Dont want to leave slack line I ve lost big cats by that