Left out this morning around 4:30, an arrived at the Chatawhatchee River at 5:00. Bait was fresh cut blue gill, and live blue gill once I caught a few. First fish on was a Gar, about three pounds. He in turn became cut bait. Those things have some heavy armor, I just peeled the meat from the skin. As I sit waitin for a bite it started to get first light, a boat passed going on down river, and no sooner the clicker went off. Alright this is gotta be a cat, but to may dismay it was a bout a 30 lb. soft shell turtle. The hooks I was using worked good though, hooked him right thru the top of his skull, lost the hook though, I decided to let the big rascal have it, so I cut the line at the knot. I stayed til 1:00 pm and considered myself whipped again by the Chatawhatchee River. By the way I was fishin from the bank, on bottom. It was still fun, just to be able to sit there that long enjoying nature.