got my first big one this morning. it was a 43.2 pound blue. it feels so awesome to get the blood pumping again! caught him below cannelton dam of all places(haha). water was pretty rough and i almost didnt fish it. i thought what the heck and threw a line out anyway. sure glad i did. it was my first fish on my new set up, 12 foot x-tra heavy ugly stik and penn 309 spooled with 40# tight line. i love the new pole exept for the fact that the handle on it is about 3 feet long! really no where to rest the rod butt. i just stuck it between my legs and tried to keep from getting racked up! i'll tell ya what im glad i had that rig cause i dont if i would have gotten him in on my old rig. this had to be the fightenest catfish i have ever tangled with! he kept surging and doubling that rod and i kept walking towards where he was headed while trying to get a handle on the dip net and make sure i kept the line taught.he gave me just about all i wanted. it didnt help that i was by myself. i almost lost it at the bank. after i wore him down and got him to the top i looked to see how good he was hooked and i barely had the hook through the corner of his mouth! i guided him towards shore between a couple of rocks so in case he came off i still had a chance to land him. well wouldnt you know, i got him close enough and i made an attempt to net him and the net got hung in the hook! i was freaking out but i didnt panic. i immediatley laid my pole down and got down to him and then the hook came out! i actually jumped in the water and did something i said just last night i would not do, i stuck my hand in its mouth! i got a hold of the bottom jaw and drug him up into the rocks. luckily he wasnt hungry so he didnt bite down on my hand. i got him weighed but i didnt have anyone to shoot a pic so i, very carefully, put him on a stringer and put him in the water. i kept waiting for someone to show up and kept thinking the fish was gonna die so i got him back out. i have a timer on my new camera but i had never attempted to use it but after a couple of attempts i finally managed to get a decent shot. i removed the stringer and put that big boy back into the water . i pushed him back and forth for a while so he could get his bearings and he was gone! sometimes it just sucks fishing alone! oh yaeh, i caught this one in the same hole i catch them in in spring and late fall. 70- 80 feet deep. this was the first time i have fished it this early. anyway, i am beat. think i'll take a nap and dream about the next big one. i have a pic but it wont let me upload it. its saying its an invalid file. oh well.