This thread is a companion to the "watch that light" thread by Rollo. In order to catch larger flatheads on a regular basis you need to forget all you heard and learned growing up about catfish. They are apex predators, like sharks of fresh water. If you think they are bottom feeders and slow witted and easy to catch you'll never catch a big one. There are multitudes of things you must do to give yourself the best chance of a 30+ fish. They all have been discussed on this board at one time or another, you just have to read it all. You have to read and digest everything and come up with a plan of attack that suits you. Some things you may agree with some you may not, but if you never try it, you'll never know. So now I have a few things that I do to ensure I have a good chance. Just remember all this is to catch big flats consistently. Noise is gonna be your biggest bar to catching large flats after the light thing. I catch more and bigger flats when I'm alone in the boat than I ever have with a partner. The reason is when two guys are in a boat they can't help but talk. I know some guys yak all night over a radio and catch flatheads but day in and day out you will catch more big ones if you are quiet. This also includes dropping stuff stomping on the bank etc anything that puts vibrations into the water will scare off most old wise fish. My last pet peeve is electricity in the boat. I don't like to leave anything running. Like depth finders, aerators, lights, anything that runs off the batteries. I have read a report of a salmon charter capt. out in Alaska who put a meter over the side of his boat to test the current given off from his boat when the electronics were on and off. Big suprise the meter read higher with stuff turned on. He also went on to note that he caught more fish with his clients when the boat ran silent. That means no electronics turned on. Since I incorporated that little gem and others I feel my success rate has went up. This is just for info pourposes and you can disregard if you want but I feel the more weapons at my disposal the better I do.