Been layed up in bed with pneumonia for the last week and got out to do some fishing yesterday. Didn't really feel like driving far so I just decided to fish in my pond for a while. I was using my new 8 foot berkley big game rod and Okuma reel. The rod wont fit into the rodholders I have so I just set it on the bank by my chair. I looked away for a bit and when I looked back my pole decided it wanted a drink of water and was heading there pretty fast. I dove out of my chair and caught it just as it was entering the water. I set the hook and thankfully I had set my drag. Took me about five minutes to get it in and ended up being a nice 12lb channel. By the way it fought I thought it would push at least 18. I have to say I love how my new rod and reel handle a good fight. It was the first fish for my new gear and I wasn't dissapointed. I got some pictures taken so hopefully I can get them posted as well as get a good avatar pic out of it.