I've been thinking (uh oh!! :tounge_out Fishing in a smallish river (maybe 75 yards wide on average), a couple of my biggest flatheads (40 pounds plus) have come from open water - baits that I threw out toward mid river, so they were sitting in the open maybe 50 feet from the bank. Add to this the new report of the new GA state record flathead and another good one a friend told me of catching recently that were caught around sandbars in pretty much open water - not on the bank/not next to obvious cover. Flatheads often hunt along cover or along the bank looking for food. (Not a theory - I think this is pretty well accepted.) But what kind of food will they find there? Sunfish. At least in my river, that's what's in the brush and cover. Now, flatheads love sunfish and eat 'em up, but they are basically snack size for a good big fish. What if they want a bigger meal? OK, here's the theory: Maybe these bigger flatheads are cruising open water seeking the bigger prey that are out there, like suckers or small carp or other smaller catfish. (A couple of times I have seen 40 pound plus flatheads that had eaten blue cats big enough that 5 or 6 inches of the blue's tail were still visible in the flathead's throat - like 3 or 4 pound blues! Ouch!) Maybe this is not terribly revolutionary, but what do you think? Are the biggest flatheads more likely to be out in the open water in search of the bigger prey that hang out out there?