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Christopher Quast

What size Bullheads work best???

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Just wondering what size bullies will work for flatheads and are some sizes better than others and why?

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no preference...they all work. 7" and under that is...

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The livelier the better. You need them to be kickin to help attract fish.

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The biggest flathead I saw caught last year came off of one of the smallest bullhead we used for the year. The key was like audemp said, it was very lively!

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I like the 6 8/3" ones. wink

I'd use 7" everytime if I could, something that moves more water when they struggle. Whether or not size matters, using bigger bait means you can use a biggger hook with a larger gap. I think that's more important.

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Last year I started using circle hooks for flats because I've had such good success with channels on circles. I've had good luck with circle hooks on flats too, primarily using 8/0 Gamakatsu Octopus circle hooks. I've found that the smaller 5" to 6" bullheads work good on the circle hooks so I've downsized my bullheads to match the hook better. It seems to be working out OK. Those 5" to 6" bullies struggle as hard as the 7" ones.

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I guess the bottom line is I wouldn't worry too much about the size of the bully. If theres a flat on the prowl, he's going to find it and I really don't think a 2" difference from 5-7 is going to matter. It's more important to match the hook size to your bullhead.

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I like a nice healthy lively one 6" and up with a 10/0 gamakatsu in it.

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I like a nice healthy lively one 6" and up with a 10/0 gamakatsu in it.

Hey Ed, do you still have a healthy supply of them hooks? I would like to get some from you if possible!

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I like the 6 8/3" ones. wink

Good one. I like that; a man after my own heart.

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Ok so maybe this is a dumb ?. But where do you get bullheads for bait? BTW I know very little about catfish.

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Most bodies of water you can catch the little buggers. Put your offering close/on the bottom and it shouldnt be a problem. There are some bait stores that sell them as well. I think there are bait stores on these forums that sell them.

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Right on, I've caught them before by accident, but never thought to use them as bait.

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Moore's bait is the only game in town if you want to buy bullies...

otherwise as it's been said they are in just about every body of water.

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Use the MN DNR sites lake finder to access surveys of lakes to find a spot by you with a good population and hopefully bigger ones. Your best bet is smaller bodies of water with a creek coming in and/or going out. Fish in the mouth of the creek. Light tackle with a hook and split shot is all you need. I prefer nightcrawlers or angle worms

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