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for all of you who use your baitclicker in freespool, have you ever noticed a tendency for a larger flathead to run slow, or maybe really fast and hard, or sometimes run.... stop.. run.. stop.. just wondering if anyone has an opinion on this? i personally have noticed that it depends more on the bait than the size of the flathead? ive had 30 pounders run like a sprinter, and others take line a couple clicks at a time.. what are your thoughts on this?
 

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for all of you who use your baitclicker in freespool, have you ever noticed a tendency for a larger flathead to run slow, or maybe really fast and hard, or sometimes run.... stop.. run.. stop.. just wondering if anyone has an opinion on this? i personally have noticed that it depends more on the bait than the size of the flathead? ive had 30 pounders run like a sprinter, and others take line a couple clicks at a time.. what are your thoughts on this?
Yeah, I've noticed that they run for the nearest log or pylon, and wrap my line around it a few times.:eek:oooh::smile2:
 

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i have had big ones had hit fast and slow. for the most part the big guys will hit it then just kind move off or stay put. a hit like that will make you smile. don't know why they hit differently at times though. maybe in addition to whats been said their activity level or attitude? however big they end up,you have to love a fish that stays down then passes your boat going up current nice and slooooow. lol god i love that:wink:
 

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its been my experience that the bigger flatheads will take my bait slower hit it, let go and come back again and take it down slow. but most of the 12-15 lb flatheads would hit it really hard and take off with it.
 

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Mostly when I hook into flats its a steady slow bend then they will take it. When using bigger bluegills they position the bait and then take it very rarely have I had them hit it really hard right off the start. Sometimes when I got a flat I dont even know hes on there because I thought it was a little one just pecking on my bait. But, I have had flatheads slam the pole. But normally I wait for them to mouth the bait for a while until I get that certain bend I like then there mine.
 

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Guys I was fishin Sat. and was actually watchin my line run out into the water but when the clicker hit it just stopped. By this time I had picked up my rod outta the holder and felt the fish but didnt get a hookset. Was usin 5/0 circles w/ hole 6" shad. My question is could this have been a flatty that I reacted to fast on. It was round 5;30 or 6 in the evenin. I have yet to catch my first flathead due to the fact I'd never heard of em till 3 years ago...... always just caught bullheads and an occassional channel. Now I just gotta git one of em....
 

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it would depend if you were using live shad, or dead ones, if a catfish of any size took a shad 6in. long hes not going to drop it, especially a flathead, hard telling though, could be turtles or gar if shad was dead..
 

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I have noticed that they will absoulutly crush it sometimes and others not. I think that they sometimes sit out there for an hour and chew on it before they bring it in there stomach. Also what i have noticed is that the bigger ones will normally run very slow with it and make you wonder. Stop start sometimes but the gradually constant slow click of that clicker is the true tale sign for me. I think that they eat it and take off slow because they are the major predator fish in most of the waters if not all the waters there in. So there is no competition for food really. Also they are very very territorial fish and honestly i dont think they like other biggins in there hole unless its the opposite sex. I have pulled males and females out of the same hole many times normally pretty close to the same size. I love to flathead catfish but i dont think i will ever figure these dang fish out!!!
 

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From my experience using that tactic, the bigger flatheads usually will swim off with the bait at a steady solid run. This happens most of the time on the second run. The 1st is usually a short kill strike.
 
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