The last Flathead I caught was about a 25 pounder maybe a month ago. Well, it was something of a tussel, cause I had to get him out from under trees, in the river, with a very swift current. I had a 9 ft Catmax rod with a long handle which I had stuck again my lower abdomena nd upper thighs for leverage. When I got home and jumped in the shower I noticed some pretty severe bruises all over. I began wondering what would have happened if I hooked a 40 or 50 pounder? Anyway, I have a small fighting belt (to hold the butt of the rod) I use saltwater fishing for the same problem so when I go after Flatheads (big ones) Fiday night and Saturday I,m going to try this belt if i manage to hook one. At 59, I can't take a beaten any more. Has anyone else tried this or had the same problem? I'll post a response Sunday on how it worked (if I can get one to bite).