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Old 08-15-2014, 01:37 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Best bait for orange cats (flatheads) at the Kank.

Hi y'all!! I'm a gonna be headin' to the Kankakee River Public Access in Schneider, Indiana, and would like to know what is the best bait here for orange cats (or flatheads as some call 'em). One o' my biggest goals for the year is to catch an orange cat, and would appreciate any tips and hints I could possibly get. Lemmie know any tips you guys got. Thanks- Perchey.
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Unlike some of their other relatives, Flatheads are primarily predators. Although you can catch them on cut bait, stink bait, etc that you would use for channel cats, LIVE large baits will out produce 100 times over. Try to catch some bullhead or bluegill from the river when you get there, or if you can find large suckers at a nearby baitshop, those work great too.

Flatheads also spend something ridiculous like 80-90% of their time in wood structure and log jams. So concentrate your efforts around wood. Deeper holes are a 2nd best, but log jams are king.
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Cool! Another name for the aopelousas, flathead, yellow, gouchon, orange cat.
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I worked with a guy that fished further upstream from Schneider, he would anchor above submerged wood and work baits back in the wood. He swore by bullheads and rockbass and if it wasn't lively you were wasting your time. Caught his bait in or at mouths of bayous. I saw a handful of cell phone pics, fish looked 5-15lbs.
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