I love catching flatheads on rod & reel, but I voted trotline. To me there's just something extra about the rush of grabbing the end of the mainline and lifting on it just to have it about yank you off the boat pulling back. Tension just keeps building as you check the droppers one at a time until you get to the one that has the biggun on it. Easing it up slow until you see the outline of a huge gaping mouth start to materialize in the muddy water gets my heart pumping. I don't use nets, gaffs, or gloves so the grab just adds to the excitement. Being able to lift the fish into the boat, get the picture, then turn around and let it slide back into the water where that tail normaly sweeps and makes the water explode as it jets back down tops it all off. Love it.