I usually fish alone and have landed catfish up to 30lbs holding the rod in my left hand and either netting it or grabbing it with my right. I have done the same for large carp, losing a fish with my method is extremely rare. However, I have been fishing with a friend who is new to fishing and he cannot listen. He is 19 so I wish he would just settle down, but last night I could have beat him. 2 days ago I hooked into a grass carp easily over 30lbs, I have been fishing for it for a long time. When it got to the bank he SWUNG the net at it, the fish was not even tired yet. Long story short he gave the fish slack it got loose and I jumped in to grab it, had a hold but it managed to escape. That was bothersome and I did not blame him, it would be ok. But last night he did the same, on a completely different situation. I have been fishing for the large catfish and that night I had a few 10lb channels and 13 faltheads. The around 8:30 the 8 foot rod doubled and 45 lb line began to peel off. The fish was hugging the bottom and I knew it was big. It ran parralell to the shore and I caught up with it. Its size dwarfed the 42 in flathead, this was a trophy blue. No sooner could I say lee don't he's not tired, my helpfull friend lunged with the net hitting a big fish on the tail, the fish surged and my friend GRABBED THE LINE, to keep it from escapong. Then he said give me the rod you net it, my feet got wet. He grabbed at the rod and then the line. No sooner did he do that , my line popped, or what I thought was my line. The swivel attached to the brand new steel leader snapped. It looke mangaled, and it was fresh from the package rated to 35 lbs. I never thought the swivel would be my weak point. I did not blame him because he is new to the sport, but my anger was immense. Losing a fish that size in the local duckpond. It could have been the same 55 lb blue a man caught last year there, but I will never know. Not to mention, on Fri. he missed the grass carp with a smaller rubber net and blamed the net. So yesterday I bought the biggest net there was, and he missed the big blue with it.