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#12658804 - 03/05/18 08:53 AM Year round flathead bait?
Cat finder Offline
Angler

Registered: 03/14/15
Posts: 446
Loc: Dallas, Texas
Any preference? Starting to get into flatheads. I hear some say jigs,shad, mud cats and spoons. What are you all using? CPR here.
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#12658872 - 03/05/18 09:26 AM Re: Year round flathead bait? [Re: Cat finder]
jackiekennedyfishingguide Offline
TFF Team Angler

Registered: 06/20/02
Posts: 3147
Loc: Cedar Creek Lake
Flathead hit live bait, yes you and many others may say I caught one on XXXX and indeed they may have. Day in and day out or maybe I should say night in and night out. Live bait is the key, the skeleton key and the only key or so what I have experienced in my short life.
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#12659037 - 03/05/18 10:27 AM Re: Year round flathead bait? [Re: Cat finder]
sae Offline
Angler

Registered: 06/12/17
Posts: 255
Loc: cedar hill tx.
Jack knows best.I have had good luck with big shad ,bream and cut carp. feed them what their are used to.

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#12659038 - 03/05/18 10:27 AM Re: Year round flathead bait? [Re: Cat finder]
Mckinneycrappiecatcher Offline
TFF Team Angler

Registered: 12/20/10
Posts: 3670
Loc: mckinney, tx
^^^ this, and fresh lively bait makes a huge difference, sunfish, bullheads, and carp are all good choices
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#12659496 - 03/05/18 02:28 PM Re: Year round flathead bait? [Re: Cat finder]
jmh004 Offline
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Registered: 09/23/14
Posts: 183
Goggle Eye

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#12659935 - 03/05/18 07:30 PM Re: Year round flathead bait? [Re: jmh004]
Cat finder Offline
Angler

Registered: 03/14/15
Posts: 446
Loc: Dallas, Texas
Thanks guys!



Originally Posted By: jmh004
Goggle Eye

Not much to go off of here using eye balls as bait? Government conspiracy? Lol
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#12660221 - 03/05/18 11:41 PM Re: Year round flathead bait? [Re: Cat finder]
Catfish Lynn Offline
Extreme Angler

Registered: 06/03/10
Posts: 1279
Loc: Bryan, Texas
Perch (yes- Goggle Eyed) & Super Shiners (Shiners on steroids, not really, just look like it).
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#12660306 - 03/06/18 06:35 AM Re: Year round flathead bait? [Re: Catfish Lynn]
Cat finder Offline
Angler

Registered: 03/14/15
Posts: 446
Loc: Dallas, Texas
Originally Posted By: Catfish Lynn
Perch (yes- Goggle Eyed) & Super Shiners (Shiners on steroids, not really, just look like it).

Thanks for clearing that up.
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#12660795 - 03/06/18 11:41 AM Re: Year round flathead bait? [Re: Cat finder]
willweg Offline
Outdoorsman

Registered: 02/16/15
Posts: 45
Favorite Flathead bait in order : Live perch, live Goldfish. After that, cut carp or cut perch, I never target them with cut bait, but have caught them before on cut fresh bait while trying to catch blues.

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#12661108 - 03/06/18 03:04 PM Re: Year round flathead bait? [Re: Cat finder]
Dan90210 ☮ Offline
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Registered: 11/18/09
Posts: 27881
Loc: Denton County
I have caught two on jigs bass fishing and one on a crankbait. A BIG one. BUT I have caught 3 fishing live gills for bass.

And I have spent a lot more time fishing jigs and cranks than live gills so... whats that tell you? Live bait smile
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#12662123 - 03/07/18 09:32 AM Re: Year round flathead bait? [Re: Cat finder]
Cat finder Offline
Angler

Registered: 03/14/15
Posts: 446
Loc: Dallas, Texas
Fresh it is then. So the bite is better at night till sunrise?
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#12662147 - 03/07/18 09:47 AM Re: Year round flathead bait? [Re: Cat finder]
Uncle Zeek Offline
Perry Mason

Registered: 09/26/05
Posts: 21075
Loc: Lewisville
Most of the flatheads I've caught were on slab jigs or sassy shad type lures. BUT, those were all incidental catches while I was targeting striped fish.

If I'm specifically targeting flatheads, then live sunfish is the go-to bait. I scale them just a bit before pinning them on the hook.
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#12662360 - 03/07/18 11:56 AM Re: Year round flathead bait? [Re: Cat finder]
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Registered: 03/14/03
Posts: 6669
Loc: Huntsville, AL
On the Tennessee River, I catch small perch and bait 4 rods. Two with live, two with cut. I let the flatheads decide which one they prefer. They seem to pick live more often than not. But if the dam is releasing a bunch of water, they will go to cut bait over live.
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#12663319 - 03/07/18 10:19 PM Re: Year round flathead bait? [Re: Cat finder]
HumanSeine Offline
Pro Angler

Registered: 11/23/03
Posts: 903
Loc: Mckinney,Tx
Just caught one good one on a cut shad.

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#12664217 - 03/08/18 04:34 PM Re: Year round flathead bait? [Re: Cat finder]
erittmueller Offline
Pro Angler

Registered: 07/25/15
Posts: 519
Loc: Irving/Valley Ranch
Go to baits for flathead fishermen is large live bait that stays lively on the hook a long time. Shad are good for example but die faster than sunfish on the hook. Best options are sunfish (green sunfish is best but any really), bullheads, and your rough fish (suckers, buffalo/carp up to 1 or 2 pounds, etc). Bait taken from same body of water is most preferable for some reason except for bullheads, that doesn't seem to matter.

Eric

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