James (Muzkrat) tagged along for a fishing trip yesterday. Left Lynchburg bright and early at 2:30am. Got to the ramp at 5am hoping to get bait and partake in the "morning bite". Wasn't meant to be. Set the gill net in Deep Bottom for two hours for 1 cutter. We were headed back to the ramp to take out and go fish downriver where I know I can find bait. Ran into RiverLizard and he pointed us to a spot where we could throw for medium sized shad, and it was a great tip. Even with my 3ft Wal-Mart cast net, we were able to get enough bait for the day in about 20 minutes of throwing. Off to the first hole! Well....damn tilt was stuck again. It's not an ice in the hydraulics as I had suspected. Something else is wrong.:confused2: So we putter down the looop at a walking pace with the prop just barely under the water, kicking up a monster wake. If anybody saw a Cape Craft going reallly reallly slow yesterday and kicking up a huge wake, that was us! So we only fished the loop yesterday. Bite was super slow. We only had two bites - and that includes dink nibbles and all. But one of them was sweet. We were just about asleep basking in the warm sun when a rod goes down hard and James pops up to get the fish. The rod is shaking in the holder and he's having trouble getting the rod from the holder. He finally gets it out and fights the fish to the boat. It kept getting bigger and bigger the closer it got, and I even had trouble lifting it into the boat. The fish went 56# and was 46" long. It's James' biggest fish and the largest fish landed in my boat yet. James was stoked and it's always a good feeling to put somebody on a nice fish or PB, so I was stoked too. We only fished a couple more spots all day as the wind picked up big and went back in around 5pm. I'd like to add, Mike (Cameron_Krazie) and Redcat (Bruce) offered to lend assistance getting my tilt unstuck. Mike hopped aboard and had his arm in the water up to his shoulder trying to find the manual release. He got my unit lowered enough to where I could go faster but still get my boat up the ramp. Bruce gave me his screwdriver so I could adjust the tilt for the road. Great guys and they give catfishermen a good name. Thanks guys!