River Flatheads

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  1. Nrharris

    Nrharris Active Member

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    Big flats eat walleyes. Keep eating those big flats.
     
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    You guys motivated me. Tried this weekend to hook into a nice flathead, but no luck. Fished for a few hours and put out some bank poles when I was done. Checked in the morning and all three were empty. I suppose turtles took the bait . . . . . Oh well, I'll give it a shot again. Keep posting pics for us.
     
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    I have this debate with friends all the time and enjoy the conversations. Lets see what you guys think.

    "In the state of Iowa do you think that there are more 40+ lb. flatheads or 150+ inch bucks?"
     
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    This is a valid point. They eat fish, big fish. Them and river otters and other predators can do their share in the ecosystem.
     
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    I’d side with the flats per square foot surface area.


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    In my county there are far more 40+lb flatheads id say. Just for my county. Different river different fish. Cedar river is much bigger than the wapsi where I fish. But wapsi produces much bigger fish.
     
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    Very true, flatheads will eat anything. But for your stance would you want someone to eat say 3 20lb flatheads vs 1 50lb flathead? To protect the walleye your fishing for? I can tell you some of my baits are pushing 2lbs, and I'll catch anything from 5-65 lbs. Small flats eat big baits. Again to each his own, you catch it it's your decision. I can see both arguments.
     
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    I’d like to see some pics of the stomach contents from flatheads people have caught. One 5lb flat I cut up had 10 bluegills in the stomach.


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    Can't show the stomach contents, but figured I'd jump in here. Never caught a flathead before, now I'm hooked. My wife and I were floating and pulling in channel cats left and right, but when we found this hole the action dried up suddenly. We worked the cut bank of the hole pretty thoroughly, and sure enough hooked up! Most exciting thing I've ever experienced on the water, bar none. [​IMG]
     
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    Way to go, that is a heck of a fish!
     
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    Thats a toad!
     

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