I have been a member of this forum for several years and have read a lot of threads. I think I have learned a lot from my brothers and sisters here but there is one thing that happen I did not know how to handle. My brother and I were on the Missouri River fishing on the side of a dike that had been blown out. We were using 4 to 5 inch shad for bait. I have 7 to 8 foot ugly sticks with 40 pound test on my open face reels. About 11:30 am one of my poles started down and I set the hook of a #7 Kayle hook. I have caught fish up to the 30 pound range (not over) but I have never hooked a fish I could not bring in. This fish ran out to the swift water and seemed to head for the bottom. There I would tug on him for several minutes and he would come in 10 or 20 feet only to turn and run back out into the swift water. After several minutes I would drag him back towards me and he would start stripping line out of my reel again and back to the swift water. Every now and then he would come up like he was coming in but then would turn and back to the swift water. For 15 minutes I could only get him in 10 or 20 feet and he would run back. After 15 minutes my heart sunk when the hook came loose as I sat in my chair like 265 pounds of jello. It took another 10 minutes or so before I could get another line back into the water. You guys that catch these large fish..what did I do wrong and how do you get these fish that large to come in?? I was leaning into that fish the intire 15 minutes and it was like draging a log! My brother kept yelling that my pole was going to break. Lord only knows how much this fish would have weighed but I was at a loss after 10 minutes on what to do to get him to come in. I could feel him shake his head as he would turn to run back into the current. I was amased at the strengh of this fish. Can any of you who have caught these brutes give me an idea of how to handle this if the Lord ever gives me another chance?