Got your attention:smile2: 7 years ago, I switched to cut bait for flatheads, and have never looked back. I made the switch one night while fishing a deep hole below a riffle. I was fishing two 8 inch suckers, and had no hits in 3 hrs...I decided to change over to bluegills and thought what the heck I will cut one of these suckers up. So I cut the head off one sucker, and before I even had my 2nd rod baited I had hooked a 50-lb flathead, in the exact same spot that the live was getting no action. Thru the years I have experimented more, fishing cut bait mainly shad heads side by side with live bait...the flatheads chose the cut bait 100 percent of the time. Now I would catch the occasional dink fllathead on live bait, but the big boys wanted the cut bait. In the past 3 years 6 flatheads over 40-lbs and 2 over 50-lbs, with a bunch of 30-lbers all on fresh cutbait. Now this is in rivers, I dont know how lake flatheads react for cut bait. For me anyway, cut bait is the way to go for monster flatheads, and it is much easier to just carry a cooler with ice and a bag of shad, than carrying and keeping live bait alive.