Virginia Flathead Catfish, How To Catch Them

The best bait to use for the flathead catfish is live shiners and chubs although, they can be caught on other types of live bait such as minnows, crayfish, shad and herring. This species of catfish will hideout in submerged logs and other structures large enough for them to get into and wait for their prey to come by. If you present them with a tasty meal, they’ll usually respond by taking the bait.

The best time to go fishing for the flathead is during the night because this is when they’re the most active. However, they can be enticed to bite during the day if the bait is presented in the right way. Unlike many other species the flathead won’t bite as well during spawning season, which usually starts sometime in June and runs through July.

Instead of simply fishing for the flathead, it’s more like going hunting. You need to find them first and then outsmart them in order to reel in a nice catch.

You have to be patient and persistent if you want to catch this species. Still, the rewards are well worth the effort you put into it. Not only is it a thrill to reel in one of these fish, the flathead is also one of the best tasting fish you’ll ever have the pleasure of eating.

If you love fishing for flathead and live in Virginia or plan a visit soon, you can enjoy some great fishing by using the tips listed above. Fishing is one of the greatest sports in the world. Anglers love to go fishing for many reasons.

Some love the challenge, others love the peace and relaxation it offers. Still, many others enjoy the tasty meals that many fish species provide. The flathead catfish is one of the most interesting species around and Virginia is a great place to go fishing for them.

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Dan Eggertsen is a fellow catfish fishing enthusiast to the point of obsession. :) He's been providing solid advice on catfish fishing since 2004.

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