Well Jason (JAYNC) and I finally gave in to temptation to travel to Smithfield for the Eastern Carolina Catfish Tournament Trail event. With the cost of gas these days it was a hard sale, but in the end it turned out to be well worth the trip. The tournament started at 3:00 PM, and weigh in was not until 11:00 AM, so we had plenty of time to move around and get a feel for what we wanted to do. We started off the night with our first fish in the boat at 8:10 PM, and it was one heck of an ice breaker, a flathead that weighed in at 44.65 pounds. We caught four more fish before we moved, unless you count the anchors getting fulled by the fish and current and crashing my boat into a downed tree. We had to adapt to the heavy current, and start tying to structure instead of anchoring. Shortly after the change in tactics I hooked up with what we knew to be a big flathead, but about half way to the boat in open water the leader failed. When I say failed I mean it snapped in the middle by strait force. If you are wondering what size leader I was using it was 80 pound test. The best guess we could make was that the fish was in the 50 to 60 pound range and in the heavy current when I tried to bring the fish up the leader just could not hold. The current was in the 6500 to 7000 cubic feet per second range, maybe higher. We got past the hurt feelings over the one that got away, and got into more fish, the best one was just after dawn. Jason woke up from catching a nap, and while I was explaining what he had missed one of the rods beside him doubled. After a healthy fight he was greated with a good morning grin from a 38.5 pound flathead. In all we caught 16 fish, and our total weight was 135 pounds. That was enough for 2nd in the tournament, and the first fish of the night took big fish by 1.6 pounds. We had a great time, and appreciate the invitation from Gary (CATFISHGARY1) of the Eastern Carolina Catfish Tournament Trail who put on a great event. The pictures attached are of the two big flatheads that we brought in, and the other is of our total stringer just before being weighed. Hope you all enjoy.