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Discussion in 'Flathead Catfish' started by wolfman, Feb 10, 2007.
Just curious to what all you flathead anglers would use for to catch a monster flathead?
Creek perch, had to come by some times but worth the effort. then blue gills and live shad.
A very lively blue gill (or any of the pan fish type) in the 3-5 inch range.
shad seems to work well for me. We don't have skip jacks up this way, but we have the shad. The trick is keeping them alive. I've never had live shad in the water more than 10 minutes without a run. Dead shad are pretty affective as well. My second choice would be some sort of pan fish. I've heard goldfish are a flatty favorite, but they are illegal in Pa. I'm going to try trout live and cut when the season starts.
Big google eye up to a pound are my flathead bait of choice. I put a 58 and a 60 pounder in the boat last year on them. Gona go after them real hard and try to break our 66 pound state record this spring. I'm also gona try some 1 to 2 pound mudcat. I really like using the bigger bait. It culls a lot of the smaller fish for ya.
Big bait is the way to go! Like Gooboy said a Goggle eye bigger than your hand, a big green or red ear sunfish, I big mud cat or carp. Any thing that will live on a line and swim around will do. A 2 lb bait is no trouble at all for a 10lb flathead so the sky is the limit for one in the 60 to 70lb class. My buddy and I had a 18lb flat on the line that we got in that another flat had swolled up to the fins. The 18lb one was tore up but we had it hooked down in it's mouth so the bigger flat pulled off when we tried to land it. That was a trip!! We fished that hole many times after and the biggest we got out of there was a 67lb one. I know we have had 10 090SS 9/0 pulled straight in that one hole alone. Now we got 090SS 10/0 so we will see what happens. I can't wait till it warns up a little!!! :smile2:
I am going to try catch flats this year, I hope to use live bream.
3-6 inch sunfish. any bigger and the perch go in the cookin oil! actually any smaller n they go in the cookin oil too! 1.5 - 3 inch perch are great eatin when ya scale em, cut the head off, gut em, n fry em whole.
I use bluegills a lot, 'cause they're easier to get. But, my favorite baits (toughest and most lively)
I use 3 to 5inch gills. And I am trying use goldfish but I have to see what happen if flathead is hitting on it or not...
I'm with Dameon, a lively bluegill or sunfish really can't be beat around here. Although if I was targetting a monster, I would most likely get a bluegill around 8-9", crappie around 11-12", or a creek chub around 10". But usually my ideal bait size is any baitfish that is 4-6".
We try to keep a couple of the poles baited with bullhead all the time when targeting flathead. Most of the time you wont get many bites but when you do it will be a good fish. At other times they may be the bait the flats are feeding on.
Black perch on another couple of poles and live shad on the last two poles.
A couple of fish on the same bait and were changing some of the poles to that bait.
Every time I go out I'm in pursuit of a fish of a life time.:lol: Bullheads are my bait of choice.
I like to use Bluegill and Bullheads. The bigger the better.
18 inch large mouth scaled
BLUE GILLS, BULLHEADS, AND GOLDFISH ARE MY BAITS OF CHOICE FOR FLATHEADS.
Go big as you can handel, keeps the little ones away and creats a nice struggling meal any giant can't refuse.
My personal favorite is big gizzard shad, 12 to 15 inches, or more if I can catch them but they get scarce over 15 inches in this river. I have caught more fish over 30lbs on large live shad than anything else. That is the bait I crave and use first when pulling up to a spot, ( cause they won't live long in the bait bucket lol) The next best around here for me is giant river crappie 9 to 13 inches. In the river they grow more thick than long, the flats love em. Ever see a 2 inch wide crappie?
I don't think I could name just one bait to have out, I like to have several different baits out at once. My personal best Flathead was caught on a piece of cut skipjack. I had three rods out, two with live bluegills and the one with cut skipjack sitting out inbetween them. They were all within 10 yards of each other and that Flathead nailed the cut bait. Another time I had cut bait and live gills out, they were out there for a couple hours without a bite. I casted a small live bullhead out in the same area and a 40lb Flathead hit it about 10 min. after I set it out. So now I try to give them a choice.
i like using blue gills as big and as lively as i can get.live shad aint bad either.long as its big and breathin,i like it.