Real pretty day on the river: the wild azaleas are blooming, saw a bunch of wood ducks and herons and egrets. The big bats came out at dusk, and I heard a screech owl and a few barred owls call. The sunfishing was still a bit slow - maybe the water is still a little high - but I managed to get 15 nice redbreast and bluegills for baits. I set up on one of my favorite spots right around sunset, and I didn't have long to wait. About 8:15 I got my first flathead of 2008: a nice 11 pounder. I got everything back in order and settled back down and around 8:45 I got another bite. The fish just messed with a bit and I waited until he bent the rod down some before I pulled it out of the holder and set the hook. Right off I knew it was a better fish, but it came to the boat pretty easily. Then it just stayed down. I would left the fish a bit and it would take the line back. We did the back and forth for about 5 minutes until he got a bit tired and came to the surface. I put on a glove and grabbed him by the lower jaw. Fish was 49 inches long by 32 inch girth - weighed 56 pounds on my scale. After a couple of quick pics he went back in the river. I fished until a bit after midnight, and got a couple more bites, but no more fish. All in all, a good start to the 2008 flathead season for me!