Note there are two flathead in this scene.
This video, using a soft plastic lure, shows two things very well.
The first – a fast retrieve isn’t necessary.
In the video the angler is simply moving the lure slowly. Like a fish out doing its thing.
Several Toadfish approach the lure. Obviously considering a strike.
A flathead swims up, approaches the lure between two toadfish – and swallows the the lure. Swimming off.
The second thing it shows us is that while the toadfish were very interested – and the smaller flathead takes the lure – the slightly larger flathead showed very little interest.
It’s possible one of more of several things are in play with larger flattie.
The first is – it possibly saw the angler with the rod, dangling the lure – and figured “nope – just nope!”
The second possibility is it had sated it’s appetite and the small, slow moving minnow lure simply didn’t trigger and “attack and eat” response.
The third is this particular flathead is lure shy. It may have been hooked before.
Finally, I’d suggest, it’s possible the larger fish was watching the lure. Processing various signals and hadn’t decided to strike, before the smaller flathead moved in and gulped it down.
One interesting note here. The fact that the competition present didn’t deter the flathead from taking the lure. In fact it’s possible it increased its desire to bit.
The toadfish mouths were large enough to tackle the minnow lure. But they hung back. Keenly interested. The flathead, however, swam right in, grabbed and then chomped down several times before moving off with the lure.
First and foremost, in each of these videos, you’re going to notice how the flathead swim close or hug the substrate.
The “substrate” meaning the sand, mud or other sea floors.
Essentially as the hardbody lure in this video is retrieved the flathead spots it and reacts almost immediately.
Erupting out of the sand. It begins to pursue the lure. All the while swimming inches from the sandy bottom.
You can really appreciate the power and speed of the fish by looking at the video and seeing the clouds of sand as it moves out of it’s hiding place
Then as it moves through the water the clouds of sand in the wake of the flathead compared to the lure.
As it nears the lure it begins to arrange itself for the ideal position to strike.
A few lighter strikes, culminating in a serious, fast, aggressive strike.
I hope you enjoyed both of these videos and will use them as the basis upon which to picture how flathead behave when you’re using lures.
A call this my “mental flathead movie.”
I develop one for every fish species I target. Freshwater or saltwater.
My mental flathead movie includes elements you’ve seen in these videos. Which is why I’ve chosen them. Study these and others.
It will help you catch more flathead!
I’ve included a few more bonus videos taken using the tow-camera technique.