First off let me say I don't trotline for them anymore, got too old and lazy for that, about all I fish for now is crappie. However I would like to tell you about a gut that fishes Okatibbee Lake MS for flatheads with trotlines. And he catches them too. I have seen him as I use his jugs for a quick referance to some of the creek. Wife and I were getting our daily walk in and were at the launch when he pulled out, he knows me, and he called us over to look in his boat and he had 3 flats, guessing here, 40, 30, and 15 lbers. All he uses for bait is a big shiny hook, I've watched him pull in his lines and polish the hooks with a rag. He told me today that he use to put goldfish on his lines but they got too expensive so he started to only put them on every other hook and noticed that the empty hooks were catching as many as the goldfish so he stopped baiting his lines and still catches plenty. Anyone else do that?