Re: Flathead Cats on TN river?

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Posted by jd on May 06, 2002 at 13:41:52:

In Reply to: Flathead Cats on Smith Lake posted by Steve on May 06, 2002 at 12:32:53:

While on the subject of flatheads, I would also appreciate some tips. I tried it a few times last summer, but had little success. I was drifting just below Redstone Arsenal near the shore along some bluffs using live shiners. I have always heard that flattie wants his meal alive and kicking, and suspect that bream may be the best bait. Should I be fishing main channels, or pitching bait near fallen timbers. I caught a few on a crankbait while bass fishing many years ago below g'ville dam.

I believe Wheeler is the best bet, and anywhere below g'ville dam to the Decatur boat harbor is where I plan to focus this year. For any experienced flathead fisherman, is it more of a factor of bait/presentation, location, time-of-day, current flow, plain luck, or a combination of all as with most types of fishing on the TN river?

Thanks for any tips!

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