Is it too hot in the James for Flathead catfish?

Discussion in 'LOCAL VIRGINIA TALK' started by kayakgeek, Aug 18, 2005.

  1. kayakgeek

    kayakgeek New Member

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    Been trying all summer to get down to Richmond for a Flathead float. Is it to hot now? Can't do it at night so what are my chances?

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  2. SwiftWater

    SwiftWater New Member

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    i'd say early morning and late afternoon would be prime time if night fishing is out of the question. only one way to find out, and that's to get out there and wet a line or two :rolleyes:
     

  3. flathead willie

    flathead willie Well-Known Member

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    It's never too hot on the James. I catch them all summer long. Just remember that they're preditors and don't act like other cats. I see them in the summer laying under submerged trees, inside pipes, and under rock ledges.
     
  4. flathead willie

    flathead willie Well-Known Member

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    I just came across a great article in Virginia Game & Fish magazine from July 2004 while sitting in the waiting room of the VA Hospital. It's all about the Flathead fishing in the Richmond area in July. According to the guide that was quoted in it, you can ecepct about 30 hits in a few hours on Flaties down there, with fish in the 30# range very common. They talk a lot about the area right in downtown Richmond but I know there are a bunch of good areas from Lynchburg to the Bay. So, no it's not too hot for Flatheads.