New to fishing for flathead catfish

Discussion in 'Flathead Catfish' started by santeecat12, Jun 30, 2006.

  1. santeecat12

    santeecat12 New Member

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    hey yall i am just now getting in to catfishing.im determened to catch a big flathead so my quistions are what would be good baits,good hooks sizes,line sizes,how mutch weight to use(im fishing in a river with pretty good current.any info yall have will be appreciated.

    btw,i go fishing with my neibor countrycat15,we fish southpoint boat landing in lake wylie nc,and under the upper armstrong bridge in the south fork river,nc.if any body fishes these spots plese tell me what kind of bait works best for yall,and how big of a cat yall have cought there.
     
  2. catfisherman_eky3

    catfisherman_eky3 New Member

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    Sometimes I fish in swift rivers too its according the speed of the river your fishing what sinker to use I keep 30 pound test on my poles and I use eagle claw sharp point hooks, and most river if there real swift ill use a 3oz sinker to make it sink. Best advice I can give you is that the best bait ive been successful with is cut bait, like fresh cut chubs in strips, or I use blue gill heads. I wish ya luck man and dont give up and you will catch one.
     

  3. countrycat15

    countrycat15 New Member

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    hey harley when you get your tidewater i will teach ya what i know and we will go out hunting for the big ones at the river.:boss:
     
  4. countrycat15

    countrycat15 New Member

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    thank you...i hope we catch the big ones:big_smile_2:
     
  5. Dragger

    Dragger New Member

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    Hey Harley,We fish the southfork ,sometimes around the lower armstrong bridge, My grandaughter,(about your age ) last sat nite,caugh a 22 lb 4 oz flathead on a white perch,about 6 inches long. We fish all up and down Wylie,and put our boat in at South Point Landing, If you see us,come over and say hello, It's a pontoon called the (GIT-R-DONE) Looking forward to meeting you little brother............steve (use cut bait, shad ,bream,white perch, crappie, also large grasshoppers and cataba worms)
     
  6. flathunter

    flathunter New Member

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    Here is what I use, shakespere ugly stik tiger rods, Penn, abu and shakespere reels, generally 30-lb berkly biggame line, 8/0 gamagatsu circle hooks, 8/0 King Kahle hooks..Bait Fresh cut bait, or live Bluegill...Weights up to 8-oz sinker if the current is strong.
     
  7. santeecat12

    santeecat12 New Member

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    thanks for all your help guys.i should be on to some flatties soon.:big_smile:
     
  8. ohiohawghunter45067

    ohiohawghunter45067 New Member

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    good luck in catching some of those flatties. and i use live bluegills, and goldfish seem to work well in my area as well but im in ohio.
     
  9. shortshank

    shortshank New Member

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    Hang right in there Harley! That big flattie is just a smile away.:ah: :big_smile_2:
    Don
     
  10. janton311

    janton311 New Member

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    Good luck catching the big one buddy...:big_smile:
     
  11. laidbck111

    laidbck111 New Member

    good luck I hope you catch a monster. Sounds like these guys have got you covered on baits lines reels and everything else. Now just sit back and wait for your rod to double over.
     
  12. Abu65

    Abu65 Member

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    Patience is probably the number 1 weapon in your arsenal.