I plan on leaving the area I call home in less than a week to have a change of scenery. I look at the calendar and time has just flown. I had told a carp angling friend of mine that I would make my way down to see him this may. I contact him on Wed and just so happens he was doing an overnight session Friday which worked with my schedule. So Thursday I gas up, buy many boxes of grits and pack the car. After 3 classes Friday that seemed to last forever I started the 120 mile drive to the fishing spot. Upon arriving I helped bait up and we cast our rods. And waited, and waited. This spot is not known for high numbers of fish but has given up some huge ones, if you consider 44lbs huge and 30's are rather common. One 19lb fish came to the bank in the first 6 hours, then I left to bring back some dinner. While I was gone the guys I was fishing with chatted with some cops that came by interested, while they were talking to the cops some other people made off with my catfish rod that was a little further away :0a9:. No one to fault here but the petty theifs. I thought it was a joke at first but it was really gone. While thinking about the stolen rod my non-stolen rod had a slow steady run. I set the hook and all of the sudden line tore off at high rates of speed. In the end it was a slow steady tug of war as it plodded along the bottom not tiring. Possibly the strongest fish I have ever hooked into, out my 40lb flattie to shame, only my 34lb carp held a candle to this brute. I did not know what to expect, was it a 30lber, 40s have been caught 6 times here so would I join the 40lb club. Once I saw the mouth we all knew it was a large fish. Turns out it only weighed 27lbs 6oz but will not hear me complaining. This was a large male, but we were hoping a spawn laden female would wadlle her high 30lb/40lb butt in but it never happened. My fish was one of onle 4 in the 20 hour period and the largest by 10lbs. Interesting fact, somehow it picked up and ran with it but when I set the hook it spit it, only to hook onto the fishes stomach, but barely hooked. Had I ever let the pressure off it was fish gone. BTW, it was caught on Strawberry/Banana Grits pack.