Flathead catfish are interesting fish, their habits are very different than the other catfish species in many ways.
One thing you’ll hear often is “flathead catfish only eat live fish”. This is true to some extent and I won’t argue against live bait being the best bait for flathead catfish but it’s all about presentation (and technique).
In colder water especially, flatheads will hit cut bait, especially when they’re feeding heavily. If you’ve get even a slight movement to the bait by fishing current or drift fishing that’s even better.
Several weeks ago I hooked into a really nice flathead catfish and put together this video covering some tips on why and when flatheads seem to like cut bait.
I was fishing (and filming) by myself and had a heck of a time getting this fish in the boat, you’ll see in the video.
Check out the video below!