I have been reading many post this year, where the poster describes getting many runs in a nite and never hooking up with a flathead, sometimes as many as 25 runs. I have had this happen to me many times, and waht I will do is put a small hook on to catch the culprit...9 times out of ten it is gar that is doing the running. I you have that many actual flathead runs, you aint gonna miss all of them. I have had nights where I have had 30 gar runs, they go screming with the clicker, and generaly drop the bait when you engage the reel, or keep on running and you swing and miss. Now tightlining with circles, gar will just pull the rod down them let off with they feel pressure. So dont assume if you are getting alot of runs and not catching fish, that flatheads are doing the running, it is usually gar. And when they start, it is very hard to get them to stop, unless you can change locations. I have been flathead fishing for 30 years, and consider 5 or 6 actual flathead runs a good night, and I probably have a catch ratio of well over 90 percent on the actual flathead runs.