A relatively small Flathead for Mosquito but My only one this year due to being unable to fish as much as I'd like this season. The key that I noticed though ...more is that when using a circle hook on a Santee Cooper style slip sinker bottom rig (at least with heavy tackle I use since I'm targeting fish over 30 lbs) is to use your bait clicker or bait feeder and/or drag setting for spinning reels in combination with a typical shore based circle hook rod position for Flathead Catfish. The reason is that the Flatheads typically are less willing to take your bait if they can feel too much tension coming from the rod tip compared to a Channel Catfish. I recommend allowing some give with the reel so the Flathead will pick up your live bait and begin to swim off with it and then tightening the drag or engaging the reel to then allow the rod tip to load to set the circle hook and then I personally follow up with a short sweep provided the weight of the fish is there to make sure the circle hook is sunk in past the barb(I have personally never had a catfish come unhooked from a circle hook using this method and feel that a partial hook set as described is needed at least with large circle hooks to insure the hook will not come out)
Details: 14 lb. Channel Catfish with a Cut Bait
I was unfortunately unable to attend as planned but the total weight portion of the 2018 Mr. Whiskers Catfish Tournament was won with a limit of large Channels and ...more the same technique of drifting with cut baits has been effective since. I am reporting this from a friend's account but I can give more details on other consistently productive tactics for catfish at Mosquito I personally use from either a kayak/boat or from shore in the near future. For this specific event the fishing was done offshore of the launch ramp on the south side of the causeway. largest fish was 14 lb Channel for the tournament's total weight winner.
Sorry for the late information. If anything I put is incorrect feel free to let me know. I was not there personally for health reasons so the information was provided ...more to me from a friend who fished the tournament. I will make another post for my personal tips for catching Channel Catfish from a kayak or boat and also some tips for catching Flathead Catfish from shore with productive locations and times as well as tips for rigs and baits to use based off my own personal fishing experience.
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