Went down to the ohio towards New Richmond this Saturday. Fished from the bank with a new 12' rod. Put the bait right on the edge of the channel. About 8:30pm I got my first flathead of the season....a little one, but it beats NONE. Lots of other bites, but no fish...probably little channels or my friends the turtles....@#$#@ Caught the flathead on shad that I caught right where I was fishing..(cast net). Tried a couple of other baits.....crawlers, chicken liver. The liver produced lots of bites, but no fish. Crawlers seemed to repel fish. I suppose I could have caught some of the smaller ones, but my philosophy on cats is if they don't fit on at least a 6 or 7 circle hook, I really don't need to see them. spiff.