Posted by Red on February 09, 2006 at 10:00:51:
In Reply to: How to identify a Flatheat Cat posted by sethook on February 09, 2006 at 05:24:48:
Live male bream on the a 3 way setup fished on the down river side of where streams and creeks (not rivers) run into the Tenn.
Hook the male bream through the gills and out the mouth. Stick him just enough so he is bleeding a litte bit but do not kill him.
You do not have to fish very deep for them either, just right off the shoal where the shallow meets the deeper water.
Sometimes is it easier to catch them from the bank at the above described locations than from a boat because of the angle of deliver required to get the bait positioned correctly in front of the flathead, since they are generally facing upstream but at an angle toward the feeder stream/creek.
I put a young flathead in the catergory with Sauger for eating. Just filet off the top back meat down to the tail. Awesome.
Finally, be prepared to lose some rigs and/or waste time with the gars that will swarm in and beat the flathead to the bite.
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