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how do you catch those flathead catfish out of a creek or river.i had been try to with a live perch but dont ever get a bite

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  • how do you catch those flathead catfish out of a creek or river.i had been try to with a live perch but dont ever get a bite

    how do you catch those flathead catfish out of a creek or river.i had been try to with a live perch but dont ever get a bite

  • #2
    Creeks gotta have Flatheads to be caught. Try rigging at different depths. I've caught yella cats on perch on limb lines at the surface.

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    • #3
      If trotlines are legal where you live, use one. You should also ask the people at your local baitshop and see what they are using. If you do use a trotline, make sure to use different depths to find out where they are feeding. Once you zero in on that depth, make a new trotlne at that depth.

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      • #4
        You could try some cut bait...Just take one of the perch, cut it up into your preferred size bait the hook and get ready. I love using cutbait for cats especially flatheads.

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        • #5
          All of the above... and another bait you can try is spleen. If there's a slaughter house nearby just go in and ask for some. Often they will just give you as much as you like. Make sure and peel/trim off the outer skin. If you don't remove this skin you will probably get a few bites, if any.

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          • #6
            I'm not much of a catfisherman but my friend took me out 2 weeks ago and we used thawed shrimp covered in garlic powder, and it worked great.

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            • #7
              ckRich reminded me of something. If there is a slaughter house nearby, get some blood. When it congeals, it is the consistency of a spleen or liver. Wrap a table spoon sized chunk in cheeze cloth or nylon stocking and put it on a treble hook. It will last hours and it trails a blood slick down stream for a mile or so. I actually used cow blood for bait as a commercial catfish fisherman for a few years and got all the catfish each trap could hold pretty consistently while stink bait fishermen were getting a few at a time.

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              • #8
                I've had good luck with live creek chubs.

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                • #9
                  Where it is leagl you cant beat a live bluegill for catfish bait.

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                  • #10
                    This works every time for me. I have a creek in by backyard which holds brown bull heads channel catfish and flathead catfish. You can catch couple of shiners and use their tails for bait. Little chubs will do too. Works every time. You also must find the deepest spot in your creek and cast in the deepest spot.

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