Sometimes, a friend and I take our kayaks and paddle downstream on the Brazos River at Marlin, Tx, set up camp, and fish for two or three days. We then paddle back upstream to go home. I couldn't make it this past weekend, so Kim, my friend went alone. He paddled down about 5 miles, set up camp on a large gravel bar, and set out his lines. That night and the next morning, he caught a about 25 lbs of eater size blues and channels. As he cast out the evening of the second day, he hooked a big fish on his light rod, a inexpensive Shimano reel and cheap Shakespeare pole, not an Ugly Stick. At first, he thought it was a big blue. But, after ten minutes, he decided it was a flathead. It took him 30 minutes to land the fish on the light tackle. According to his digital scales, the flathead weighed 31.5 lbs and was 40" long. He released the fish so we could catch it another day, maybe even it will have added weight. In the section he was fishing, there's a lot of structure in the deepest part of the river, but the depth is about 5 ft at the deepest. Its fascinating what can come from skinny little rivers like the Braxos is below Marlin. He's caught fish up to 63lbs (gator gar).