Well, I went fishing today at a pond that has very large flat head, I have caught some over 30#s and heard of some going over 60#s and maybe over 70#s. Today I hooked one of the big boys. It got wrapped around a log or something. I could not get it free. I walked all around the pond trying to pull it free( both ways), it would not come free. I waited 1/2 hr tried again, no luck. 1 hr latter tried again no luck. The fish was still hooked ( I could feel him shaking his head) when I had to break it off. I would hate to think that he will die because I could not free him. All I wanted was a picture of him. Now all I can picture is a beautiful, large flatie rotting on the bottom of the lake, with my hook in his mouth, tied to a log. What a same!!! How soon will the hook rust off? Will this fish die?