What type of bait fish have you never caught a flathead on? And what fish have you ca

Discussion in 'Flathead Catfish' started by flathunter, Dec 21, 2009.

  1. flathunter

    flathunter New Member

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    I use mainly cut bait for flatheads in rivers, I found out several years ago that I can catch bigger flatheads on cut bait than live bait..Mainly fresh cut shad.

    I only catch little ones under 20 -lbs on live bait...Caught several 50's and many 40's and 30's on fresh cut bait mainly shad...But I have tried everything live and cut and here is a list of bait fish I have never caught a flathead on.

    Now granted some I only used a few times when I could not get fresh shad.

    Fish I have never caught a flathead on, either live or cut.

    1- Bullheads

    2-Drum

    3-carp

    4-white bass

    5-walleye-saugeye.

    Thats about it, now below is a list that I have caught flatheads on, most have been fresh cut.

    1-shad

    2-smallmouth bass

    3-largemouth bass

    4- sucker, preferabley northern hog nosed suckers

    5- Bluegill

    6- warmouth

    7- green sunfish

    8-gold fish

    9- red ear sunfish

    10- pumpkinseed sunfish.

    I catch more flatheads using the heads of the above baitfish, in fact I have caught more big flatheads using the heads of small shad "4-5inches" long than any other bait.

    But my biggest flathead off 55-lbs did come on a 12 inch smallmouth head.

    Not trying to start an argument on live vs cut for flatheads, we all have our preferences, but most of you know I prefer cut bait "fresh" in rivers for flatties.
     
  2. JEFFRODAMIS

    JEFFRODAMIS New Member

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    white bass are terrible bait where i fish...now largemouth on the other hand :wink:
     

  3. USCA-RECLAIMED-ACCOUNT

    USCA-RECLAIMED-ACCOUNT New Member

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    I,ve caught em on every fish on both of your lists except for the drum.I,ve seen em caught on the drum though.When the white bass are running around here in the spring,they,re one of my favorite baits.My brothers PB came on half of a 20" walleye.The only fish i,ve found that they won,t hit on is buffalo.Turtles and gar don,t even want to go after that either.Quite a few people around here use cut carp.:wink:
     
  4. JEFFRODAMIS

    JEFFRODAMIS New Member

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    cut buffs work jsut as good as cut shad round here
     
  5. Rohaus

    Rohaus Well-Known Member

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    As I am new to fishing for big flatheads my experience is limited to shad and skipjack. Be that as it may this is the kind of post we all missed from you and glad you are back.
     
  6. niteangler

    niteangler New Member

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    Here i prefer bluegills. Ive used mullet a few times now and had good luck catching blues no flats yet but im sure one will bite it, i just catch more blues than flats where i fish.
     
  7. waynesburgjay

    waynesburgjay New Member

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    cut sauger, white bass, and trout are some of my favorite baits.
    I had a small drum on one time but it was early in the season and nothing took it.
     
  8. Mickey

    Mickey New Member Supporting Member

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    Drums or carp have not worked for me. I have not tried the Asian carp as of yet. I like the gills, shad and skipjack.
     
  9. LOWCOUNTRY CATMAN

    LOWCOUNTRY CATMAN New Member

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    I have much more experience with blues,but the few bigger flats I have caught were on bream heads...bluegill,sunnies,etc.Thanks for the post as one of my goals this year is to catch a big flattie.
     
  10. Welder

    Welder New Member

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    I am limted by law here on what I can use as bait so I will just list a few things I have got em on.

    Carp all kinds alive and cut
    goldfish
    shad alive and cut
    suckers and buff fish alive and cut
    worms
    Live drum a few times
    small 6 inch to 8 inch gar alive
    crawdads
    skipjack cut
    mooneye live and cut
    all native sunfish here alive
    Minnows native and fatheads, shiners alive and cut
    chubs
    bullheads
    jigs , plugs ect

    Things I cant use
    cut spoonbill
    any game fish or parts bass sauger ect
    live bigheads or asian carp
    black saltys
    trout
    any fish not native to MO waters
     
  11. stangcrazy85

    stangcrazy85 New Member

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    never nailed one on shad cut
    bull head live or cut
    or golden shiners big ones at that cut or alive
     
  12. Blacky

    Blacky New Member

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    I've caught them on:

    Bluegills
    crappies
    red breast sunfish
    green sunfish
    rockbass
    goldfish
    smallmouth bass
    largemouth bass
    stocked trout
    native trout:wink:
    suckers
    bullheads


    Baits that haven't worked for me:

    Cut gizzard shad
    striped bass
    channel cats
    carp (too big)
    walleye
     
  13. slikk03

    slikk03 New Member

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    drum,bullheads,shad, but i dont use them for flatheads just bluegill
     
  14. readingcatfisher

    readingcatfisher New Member

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    I caught them on fallfish bluegill smallmouth, shrimp only a small one though rockbass head the small mouth was the head as well the fall fish was cut in half so about 6" worth of the head part of the fish I tried a goldfish minnows never caught anything but that was local
     
  15. ramon06

    ramon06 Well-Known Member

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    I have gotten my biggest (32LBs) on a bluegill head, a 22 on a live largemouth, all my teenagers on live gills and cut shad or gill heads
     
  16. flatheadslayer

    flatheadslayer New Member

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    well i mainly fish live bait,but there's about a week in the spring when all they'll bite is cut bait,at that time i use cut bream.

    live bait i've caught them on:
    bream (warmouth,blue gill,red breast ect...)
    goldfish
    bullheads
    channel cats
    bass
    crappie
    horny heads
    bass minners
    small gar
    chain pickeral(jacks)
    suckers
    soft shell turtle
    catalpa worms
    worms

    most coming on bream,cause thats mostly what i use.
     
  17. slikk03

    slikk03 New Member

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    crawfish, dont overlook them and cut gills,and some strange rig that some ole timer told me he would beat me down if he ever caght me telling his methead, hey ole timer you know who you are lol:Stars::Stars:
     
  18. flatheadslayer

    flatheadslayer New Member

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    and i forgot ROCKWORMS,all sizes lovem,and if you can get them they WILL bite them.
     
  19. Catfishin_Farm_Boy

    Catfishin_Farm_Boy New Member

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    I dont think I seen this on anyones list so I'm goin to add it.

    I catch alot of really big flatheads on Live Eels .... They work awesome.. Also catch other species of catfish on em while Im flathead fishin... They are tough as nails...