I'll probably regret doing this but we here about catless curses of the daking and h20mellon time and time again but the curse of tightliner is not very publicized. I'd consider myself a serious angler for about three years now. The last Flathead Catfish that I have caught dates back to the summer of 2002. I can probably count the number of flatheads that I have caught on one hand and they all came in 2001 and 2002. My largest ever was probably right around 10 lbs, with the others coming in around 4 and 5 lbs. As far as Channel Catfish go, I've got a decent handle on them. My largest Channel Catfish was 19lbs, and I can usually catch a few fish ohio channel catfish throughout the summer, as well as tons of small ones. But we're talking flatheads here, I may not live in one of the best areas for flathead fishing being from the Northeast, but I have flathead fever so I'm going to be trying. I figure my best bets would be the Ohio River (80min drive), and Mosquito (40min drive). I definately know that there is a good population of flatheads in there. But trips like they are pretty time consuming and that is something that I don't really have a lot of right now, so I'm trying to explore some of the local lakes. I know there are flatheads in West Branch but I'm kinda clueless where to start out there for them. I've also heard rumors of flatheads being in Lake Milton, and Dale Walborn. I also have speculation that the Mahoning River could hold a decent population. As far as the whole curse thing goes. In 2003 I was fishing the ohio river with a buddy and he had to run back to the truck so I was watching his poles, and while he was gone I reeled in a 5 lb flathead and a 10 lb flathead. So I really don't count that as catching them since they were on his rods and off of his casts. When he got back he reset his poles and not to much later he pulled in an 18 lb flathead. They all came off of cut gizzard shad. Now to speed things up to 2004, the last two friday's I have traveled down to the ohio river with some buddies. Two weeks ago we were fishing with cut blue gill, and this novice fisherman that hardly ever fishes caught a 2 lb flathead. The following week, we're fishing with cut gizzard shad and my buddy brings in a 2lb flathead and I end up with a 1 lb channel and a 3 lb channel. So I'm guessing that maybe I should ditch the cut bait and use live bait when I'm fishing the ohio river and mosquito. Should I do the same at the local lakes? One of the problems is that the spots that I fish sometimes involve a 1 mile hike, so whats the best way to keep bait alive and to get it to the spots. What kind of live bait should I be using. My 2002 flatheads came on live suckers. What is the best rig to use when targetting the flatheads? The slip-rig or the texas rig or what? Where is the best place to hook the live bait to make them stay active and to increase the chance of good hook sets? So basically the curse of tightliner is going over a year and a half without catching a flathead catfish of my own, and having other people catch them right next to me. So whats the good word? What am I doing wrong? What should I be doing? Information is always welcome about the ohio river and mosquito. But I am really interested in learning about the local lakes if anybody has any pointers. Thanks in advance.......TightLines!