Flathead catfish are mysterious fish with relatively little known of their habits in comparison to other catfish species.
Most anglers say they have better luck catching them at night than during daylight hours and I stumbled upon an interesting anecdote that verifies this. Back in 2004, I go to swim with “Splash”, then world record blue catfish caught and kept alive by angler Cody Mullenix and donated to the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center.
When diving with “Splash”, I noticed a 30-pound class flathead practically glued to the wall of thank lying motionless. I asked the divemaster if the fish ever moved around much and he said as soon as it gets dark it starts moving and terrorizing the smaller fish.
I caught the one in this photo while bass fishing at a friend’s pond during the day last summer and although I put it back have had no luck hooking into it again. I think I will my luck at night here over the next couple of weeks.