I had plans for this past weekend - BOC member Cuda Cada (Bob) coming up to fish. Unfortunately, my wife had to go home to NY kind of suddenly, so the plans had to change. Bob got to fish on his own, and I went out with my son Ben. Ben and launched around 3:30 and started looking for brim for baits. He is not much of a fisherman, so he kicked back with a book while I fished. It was kind of slow until I found a few spots where I was catching redbreast pretty well with a bit of worm on a 1/16 ounce jig head under a slipfloat. That go his interest, so I gave him the rod and rigged another for myself. He enjoyed catching a few good baits for us, and by then it was getting dark. We stopped by the landing and offloaded a few things we wouldn't need (to keep the boat a bit less cluttered after dark) and headed after flatheads. Long story short, I got several blues from about 4 to maybe 8 or 10 pounds and three flatehads. Ben got to see the first little blue, then he climbed into his sleeping bag. I showed him the first flathead (about 8 pounds) before he fell asleep. A bit later I did get a better fish. I measured it (43" long by 27" girth) and weighed it (34 pounds) and took a couple of pictures. The hook was right in the center of his upper lip with nothing holding it but a little 1/4 wide strip of skin. That's some darn tough skin! As hard as we both pulled, I'm amazed the hook didn't tear out. (The first picture is of the hook in his nose. 2nd pic is self portrait with the fish.) Then I held the fish in the water for a minute to make sure it was OK, and woke Ben so he could see it. He sat up and looked and said, "Wow, he's huge!" Then rolled over again. The last picture is of Ben all snuggled down into his sleeping bag. Around midnight he woke up and we looked at the stars together for a bit (saw a few falling stars) and talked. We even tried to talk to the barred owls. He asked if I caught any more flatheads, and I mentioned the good one I showed him. He didn't remember it at all! Apparently he slept through the whole thing. All in all, a very nice night.