It started as a pretty typical day off from work for myself, woke up to my 6yr old son asking me if we were going fishin' or not. He must ask me at least 15 times a day, no joke :smile2: We went to a local small lake, and got about 12 nice gills, and proceeded to bring em home and add em to an aquarium to keep em nice and lively. I think he has the most fun doing this, something simple like putting the gills in the tank HAHA. Two of my daughters (11, and 8) were in Ohio and West Virginia with my Dad visiting their new cousin for the past 1 1/2 weeks. My dad planned to bring them home yesterday so we are back to our normal 6 person family again! Well needless to say with all this babble, I was locked and loaded boat was ready, and my dad and I never get to fish together :sad2:. He was all about going on his first night fishing excursion on the Grand for hopefully some decent catfish action. We get to the launch about 10PM, (already dark). The river really looked low, and the launch was all muddy. Well we were here, and not about to let a little mud get in our way. I knew of a decent hole we were going to try on a previous trip on this stretch of water, and it wasnt far at all from the launch, could actually see my truck from where we were fishin'! I had one really nice sucker minnow about 10" long, he was a real slimy, stinky, LOUD little bugger, he yelled at me when I administered a 8/0 Gamakatsu through his dorsal! Rod #1 out and right in the timber. Got my other rod out in a matter of minutes geared up with a nice gill. We sat for about 30 mins and had two runs, my dad has never fished with circle hooks before and I was trying to explain to him how they hook themselves, and no need to jerk the rod to set the hook, well he was so excited to see one start pulling out line he YANKED it back and RIP right out of the fish's mouth! DOH! Then about 5 minutes later my rod with the sucker started to jump to life, I grabbed ahold of the rod waiting to feel his weight before applying pressure with rod tip up....I felt him pulling, and noticed some wieght on the end of the rod so I raised the rod up expecting to land a nice one, and I was like WTF, nothing! STRANGE! But hey at least we were getting some bites I said, and my Dad was just having fun being out with me on a really beautiful bug free night! So its nearing midnight, and I was wondering if our bait was still alive, or even there so I pulled in one and yep no bluegill on the hook! I grabbbed the biggest gill I had and threw it out right between two really nice pieces of timber, the 4oz sinker hardly had a chance to hit bottom and BANG the fish took the bait almost instantly!!!! He remembered his mistake from the previous run, and he looked like a pro with this one! He did everything exactly perfectly IMO. He had her hooked really good and we finally landed a 12lb flathead. I've never had a flathead take the bait so soon after casting it into the water, it totally took me by suprise! I know its not a really big one but hey at least we aren't going home skunked again! I'm tired of my wife telling me that I never catch anything when I go for flatheads! Hopefully the pic will work that I'll try to attach to this long A$$ post that no one will read or care about! All in all we had a fun time, which last time I checked is what fishing is all about. Nothing is more fun that watching someone you care about having the time of their life catching a nice fish!