:big_smile: Seriously, though: I fished the North Santee River thsi past Sunday and was pretty much baffled. The river has too much woody cover! Everypace that looked good, I'd go oever the area with the depth sounder and it would be solid submerged trees. I figured there was no way I'd get my rigs back, much less have any chance of landing a decent flathead. I tried moving out away from the bank, and there would be another submerged tree! and another! There are some sandbars that are clear, but I have a hard time feeling confident fishing on shallow sand when I know there's that much cover around. Usually I like to fish near, but not in cover. Plus, with that much cover - who knows where the fish will be? I did find one nice little clear spot in a small channel near a bank. I fished there for about an hour and got a 13 pound flathead and a small bleu that snagged himself in the top of his head while harrassing the live bluegill bait. I'm pretty sure that I would not have been able to land a good fish there, though. If he went any distance in any direction he'd be in the wood. Later on I accidentally cast into a snag. When I wnet to try to recover the rig, there was a fish on it. We played short range tug of war for a bit, but I could feel the line rubbing one the logs for a bit and eventually he won. Any suggestions? I could go with a winch loaded with heavy cable. Or I guess maybe I need to go early and spend a lot more time looking and pick out a few spots that might actually be fishable?