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    Default howto catch small flatheads

    i wana try n catch flatheads in the 2-5 pound range for good eating its hard t only target small ones since they like live fish. cant really use cut blue gill huh

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    I understand what you're saying but only thing you might try med. to large shiners', say in the 3 to 4" range... fresh cut bait will back a flathead but live is the best in my opinion too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by stumpjumper View Post
    I understand what you're saying but only thing you might try med. to large shiners', say in the 3 to 4" range... fresh cut bait will back a flathead but live is the best in my opinion too.

    ya the prob with bigger minnows is otherfish eat them till ill b catching bass and crappie ect as well

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    My go to for flatheads was fishing near the rocks in a spillway Iím taking maybe 6-10 foot out... find the deeper holes down a hundred yards or so from the outlet and float a big wad of worms or shad, large minnows or small bluegill will work but worms or shad are best... and late afternoon into the night were the best times! Would catch em from 2 lbs to 30 lbs


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    flatheads on night crawlers and on the dam? u sure your not catchin channels? iv only caught 2 flatehads n life but i never fished for them i caught a 6 pound on a bank pole with a minnow as bait and i caught a 40 pound flathead ina cats net at the spillway trying t catch bait fish lol

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    Yes Iím talkin bout flatheads.... Iím not sure what lake your at but Iím talking my experiences at grenada lake.... at times we used to go and catch 10-15 a night


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    Quote Originally Posted by Erin Brewer View Post
    Yes I’m talkin bout flatheads.... I’m not sure what lake your at but I’m talking my experiences at grenada lake.... at times we used to go and catch 10-15 a night


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    id do anything to catch even 4 a night lolz but atm i cant night fish due to my trucks back tailight being out gotta find out how to fix a panel inside it so i have t leave the lake at 5 when its getting dark

    i fish okatibbee lake and okatibbee creek iv been setting out bank poles and catching lots of great sized channel cats every single one iv taken was pregnant which is funny and alarms me i think i may be ruining he channel population due to me taking 6 females out that were pregnant now they didnt get t lay their eggs to re grow the population

    tbh im a bit sick of channels and idc for blue cats i love flatheads though and i always heard about how the meats so much better so dying to try it for myself but i cant get one over 12 pounds i want a smaller one in the 5 range

    you claim u caught them on the rocks i thought flatheads try to hold onto log jams not out int he rocks like channels and blues or is it that smaller flatheads have different mannerisms


    edit..nvm i thought u said u caught them above the spillway in the lake on the dam yeah iv seen guys catching flatheads before on the rocks very close to the bank surprisenly enough but they were using live bait iv caught only half pound channels on worms though sadly at okatibbee Grenada is an amazing lake and has a surprisenly small spillway for tis lake size its almost the size of okatibbees and grenada is legit 100 times larger but i never fished the spillway when its high its usually low or at medium when iv fished it

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    Have caught a lot of small flatheads on crappie minnows by accident. The mention earlier of catching them on a wad of worms (nightcrawlers) works well. They taste better than the other catfish , though i will keep the others also.
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    Yes, in my experience the flats are the best eaters. Also they have a big piece of belly meat that is good too. I have weighed the fish and weighed the dressed meat afterwards and I get a higher percentage of body weight from the flats, close to 50% on some.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JayByrd View Post
    Yes, in my experience the flats are the best eaters. Also they have a big piece of belly meat that is good too. I have weighed the fish and weighed the dressed meat afterwards and I get a higher percentage of body weight from the flats, close to 50% on some.

    yeah man i just noticed that i caught 5 pounder i filleted but the skin was sooo hard t rip of maybe it was the pliers i was using but idk how to get the belly meat off without bones

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