New to flathead fishing, I read all the posts and in August the guys were talking about the THUMP when a flat head sucks in the bait. I wasn't quite sure what that would be like till last week on the Miss. I swear the whole boat viberated when it happened. I wasn't looking directly at the pole but I knew what it had to be. The tip was only down about three inches with tension. Picked it up and it was snugging down slowly. When I hauld back on it I felt the line sawing on a obstruction of some sort. The fight was short when the new 30# mono snapped I was glad I was still sitting or I might have fallen hard. Shook me up for sure, I will never forget the THUMP ever. I've been fishing in heavy log cover and have caught a lot of flatheads this summer and fall, problem is they have been 3# up to a big of13#. Besides OL THUMPER as I have named him I'm sure I have had a few big flats on and lost them right away to the snags, and I can't even guess how many hooks and rigs I have lost this year. As much as I enjoy fishing the log jams I have to try something different next year such as night fishing the flats near but not directly in the logs in order to boat a big one. So far I haven't figured out how to flat head fish the wing dams but I'm sure they are there also.