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I know the Kentucky state record was caught on a spinner bait, and I've seen them caught in the mouth on trotlines. Now I guess they could have been swimming with mouth open and the baits just happened to be at the right place at the right time.
 

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It just so happened the flatheads were active the same day as spoonbill was caught. I figured big as they get they would almost certainly have to take live fish now and then. Probably not easy to get fresh fish having to look around that beak all the time.
 

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i have caught spoonbills on cutbait, livebait, and lures. i guarantee none of those fish was intending to eat my lure or bait. they swim against current where the bait is fluttering around and the hook sets when they turn away. circle hooks set on them just like any other species.
i believe spoonbills hooked in the mouth fight the hardest.
 
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