Skipjack for flathead catfish?

Discussion in 'Flathead Catfish' started by 8898dan, May 2, 2006.

  1. 8898dan

    8898dan New Member

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    Hey brothers in catfishing,
    I have a question about Flathead bait. Ive heard all my life that big flats only like live bait. However the last 3 weekends, me and my buddies have been running trotlines on a small river here in arkansas with nothing but cut skipjack herring and we have caught several Flatheads over 10# with one going about 16#. We also had many limblines out with small perch on them but the biggest flatheads we caught on them was about 5#. I was wondering if anyone else has caught flats on skipjack, and also do yall think a real big flathead would ever bite skipjack? I still plan on using small perch when I go rod and reel fishing exclusively for big flats, but these trotline catches have got me thinking about trying skippies too.
     
  2. H2O Mellon

    H2O Mellon New Member

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    I've cought more Flatheads on cut shad than anything else.
     

  3. wolfman

    wolfman Well-Known Member

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    Walter Flack
    Ive caught flatheads on cut skipjacks, cut shad, cut mackeral, and cut bluegills. Also have caught more on live bluegills and creek chubs.
     
  4. claycntyjoe

    claycntyjoe New Member

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    I agree 100%. It is the time of year that flats will eat just about anything.
    they are also moving around alot more this tiime of year.
     
  5. turtle1173

    turtle1173 New Member

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    Cut skipjack works very good for Flats, heads especially!! I caught 20 & 30 lbers on cut skip last year. Slimcat and I were out at the end of Sept. last year and he caught a 52 lber on a big skip head.
     
  6. 8898dan

    8898dan New Member

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    Hey guys
    thanks for the replies. Ill definitely keep on using that skipjack. I just started using it this year, but it seems to be the best all around bait ive ever used. Plus its free bait and fun to catch them.