What Time of day do you Catch Flathead Catfish

Discussion in 'Flathead Catfish' started by puddle jumper, Jun 8, 2009.

What Time of day do you Catch Flattys

  1. Sun Rise - 10AM

  2. 10 AM - Noon

  3. Noon - 3 PM

  4. 3 PM - 6PM

  5. 6PM - Sun Set

  6. Sun Set - 10 PM

  7. 10 PM - Midnight

  8. Midnight - 3AM

  9. 3 AM - 5 AM

  10. 5 AM - Sun Rise

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  1. puddle jumper

    puddle jumper Well-Known Member

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    Ive been reading a article that says that the best time of day to catch flatty's was from dark to midnight:confused2: So I was wondering what you guys have seen,,Is there a set rule, or does it depending on the conditions, the time changes like everything elce..
    When is the best time..
    Thanks :wink:
    Puddle
    I realize sun-set and sun-rise changes but I wanted to make the distinction from light to dark..:big_smile:
     
  2. katfish ken

    katfish ken New Member

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  3. bedbug jr

    bedbug jr New Member

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    I like to get out early so sunrise to 10 works good for me. If they're on the bite I may just stay longer. If not I go back to the house hide the job jar and take a nap.:wink: Stay safe and good luck out there.
     
  4. stumpjumper

    stumpjumper New Member

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    Whenever I fish for Flatheads, I fish all night regardless. I have caught them at all hours of the night so it's hard to narrow down a specific time frame.
     
  5. USCA-RECLAIMED-ACCOUNT

    USCA-RECLAIMED-ACCOUNT New Member

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    I voted sunset to 10 pm,but that 6pm to sunset would come in a real close second with me.:big_smile:
     
  6. Flatheadhunter33

    Flatheadhunter33 New Member

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    Most of my fish come right around sunset until 10-10:30'ish...then again right around sun up.
     
  7. Les101

    Les101 Guest

    I agree the magic hour at dusk 9 to10 p.m. I also have fished all night with success at different times.
     
  8. john catfish young

    john catfish young New Member

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    My favorite times for flatheads is between 9pm-midnight. With a few coming at dawn!:wink:
     
  9. drpepper

    drpepper New Member

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    This is my span exactly.
    I make sure I'm set up and queit @ 8-8:30- latest. after 11 0r midnight, I might go hunting and poking for them in pre scouted areas on my way back to the ramp.... I think noise and light are even more critical when hunting after bite time though.
    ie spot and running lights, anchor splashes, dropping stuff in the boat etc.
     
  10. jrgriffhusker

    jrgriffhusker New Member

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    I set up by 8 and sit for a 2 to 4 hours depending on the bite. If I don't get a bite than I move. But I stay out all night and have had good luck at different times in the night. And usually just before the sun comes up.
    And then I switch to the bass gear and throw around for about 4 hours and than it's nap time. Wake and do it again.
     
  11. bream reaper

    bream reaper Member

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    I fish from before sunset, all night, and till after sunrise, slam some coffee and drive home.
     
  12. Snagged2

    Snagged2 New Member

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    Dan,
    I think that about covers it for me,,,Same exact pattern,,
    I like to have wet lines at least right before the sun goes down, till right after it comes up.

    Still not too good at the daytime targeting of the Flatheads.. Very few..
    Channels are a bit more frequent in the daylight..
     
  13. hunterhnc20

    hunterhnc20 New Member

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    I believe most people are going to say from sunset to midnight just because that is when most people catfish and therefore that is when they will catch them. I can't disagree either. That is a magical time.

    But, I have been fishing this year though the day and have been doing pretty good at catching flatheads. My best in the day time was 14lb. I believe if in the right spot with right bait they will hit any time of the day.

    I didnt believe this until a tournament I was in this year from 12 pm to 8pm. It was 82 degrees and there was 2-30+ lbers, 6-20 to 30lbers and probably 12 more smaller one weighted in between 6 boats.

    But I would agree with everyone else that from 8pm to 1am.
     
  14. RiverKing

    RiverKing Active Member

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    Yeah you can catch some nice flatheads in the daytime, especially when the water is still cool. It gets up to 80 degrees and its harder to catch them during the day. My time frame is 7 pm till about 1 am. I catch a few fish throughout the night, but most of them before the sun even goes down
     
  15. JEFFRODAMIS

    JEFFRODAMIS New Member

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    on trotlines we have always done best about 1-3:30 am but have caught at all hours..even the heat of the day in shallow water
     
  16. flatheadsteve

    flatheadsteve New Member

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    i always do my best at sun up til about noon and then about an hour before dark. ive had good luck at just about all hours of the day and night tho.
     
  17. lendog

    lendog New Member

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    i like ta get to the spot about an hour before dark so i can get set up then stay out fishin til i'm out of bait, which could be midnite or could be 4 am, alot of times while bank fishing i'll move up or down river a couple miles to different spots depending on what the bite is like, but for the most part its an all niter:wink:
     
  18. Blacky

    Blacky New Member

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    Here's what I have experienced, the bite is good a half hour before dark to 10PM. 10PM to 11PM usually sucks. Then it picks up after 11:30PM.

    It all depends on the season too!
     
  19. Iowa_Josh

    Iowa_Josh New Member

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    I know the bite time moves around a bit. I didn't get a flat last year till August because of the flooding. I think I sat out till 1am to get the first one and not a bite till then. I haven't been one to pull all nighters but I think people who do catch more fish. I have to nap. Set the alarm and sleep for 1/2 hour. repeat. After you have a light on and move around it takes them a while to start moving around again on a small river. Plus, if you take a few naps you can not be falling down tired by morning.
     
  20. FLATHEAD STEVE

    FLATHEAD STEVE New Member

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    I agree 100%