# 3 Flat of the year

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2012/05/09 16:36:18 (permalink)

# 3 Flat of the year

Just under 25# Bluegill Mon River




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    KingKool
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    RE: # 3 Flat of the year 2012/05/09 20:26:55 (permalink)
    Nice!

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    RE: # 3 Flat of the year 2012/05/09 23:53:53 (permalink)
    Ditto. Nice Fish. I've tried to catch them on the Mon, but no luck so far. Going to give the Bluegill thing a try a little more this year as I mostly use minnows. I have a question, I noticed the sore on its head. I've caught lots of channels out of the Mon with the same type of sores, some with them all over their body, but I've also caught lots of channels out of the cheat river and other bodies of water, and didn't notice the sores like in the Mon. Do you notice the same when you go to other places?
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    RE: # 3 Flat of the year 2012/05/10 01:35:17 (permalink)
    Getting ready to spawn.. Lots of battling
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    RE: # 3 Flat of the year 2012/05/10 23:59:05 (permalink)
    I figure some of it comes from that, but I have caught them well into fall with the sames sores. I've heard of fungus, parasites, and cancers that can affect catfish in this way on certain bodies of water. Any suggestions on where to try for the best flathead action in the Mon/lower yough/Ohio rivers? I've caught one small one so far on night crawlers. I plan on using strictly Bluegills this year, and possibly some jumbo shiners. Looking for something big.

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    Getting ready to spawn.. Lots of battling

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    RE: # 3 Flat of the year 2012/05/11 09:45:09 (permalink)

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    Getting ready to spawn.. Lots of battling


    I didn't think they started to spawn for at least another month

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    RE: # 3 Flat of the year 2012/05/11 11:55:39 (permalink)
    It's starting pre-spawn on the Mon Jeff, the Mon water temperature warms up before any of the other river. Rob, try to fish any mouth creek that runs into the river this time of year. Ed
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    RE: # 3 Flat of the year 2012/05/11 19:51:15 (permalink)
    Thanks! Makes sense, the most and the biggest bluegill I've caught on the mon have been by a certain creek mouth. I will try it!
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    It's starting pre-spawn on the Mon Jeff, the Mon water temperature warms up before any of the other river. Rob, try to fish any mouth creek that runs into the river this time of year. Ed

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    RE: # 3 Flat of the year 2012/05/11 23:41:56 (permalink)
    Good luck buddy
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    RE: # 3 Flat of the year 2012/05/14 01:00:46 (permalink)
    Nice cat. Way to go.

    I figure some of it comes from that, but I have caught them well into fall with the sames sores. I've heard of fungus, parasites, and cancers that can affect catfish in this way on certain bodies of water.


    Flathead get marked up during the spawn and also from getting pulled forcefully through and out of cover when being caught scraping skin on rock or logs. They heal up quickly. Ive yet to see a marked up flat head that was due to anything but the normal stuff on the Mon. I have seen a few channel cat with some unknown different issues a few occaissions though.
    post edited by wayne c - 2012/05/14 01:01:45
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    RE: # 3 Flat of the year 2012/05/14 15:51:11 (permalink)
    I got a nice one Friday night that was marked up also. But upstream there are trout so I figure its not in the water. Congrats.
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    Re: RE: # 3 Flat of the year 2012/05/21 00:29:50 (permalink)
    I tried the Mon this evening for the first time this year.  Did a whole lot of walking down the railroad tracks and through the woods as we were trying to find a spot that we haven't been to in about 15 years or so.  We tried a few places with shiners, but had no luck.  Then, we made our way 3/4 of a mile or so back to an old lock wall that we started fishing again last year.  There were about 5 kids there using bluegill that they were catching along the wall.  I had one hit that tore a shiner in half.  The kids left about 20 min before dark, and I noticed that they left one bluegill on the bank.  It was about 3 inches long, so I stepped on it to get the juices flowing so to speak, and put it on.  Took about 10 minutes and bang.  Decent channel, about 5 lbs, but you were right Eman.  She was full of eggs.  They are definitely getting ready to spawn.  And, I will definitely be using bluegill from now on.  Can't wait for the first big Flat.
     
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