Last night out at the lake the bite was kind of slow but we were getting some channels in the 15-20 inch range on small chunks of cut-bait. On my heaviest duty rod & reel I had a large bluegill head on, and had the reel engaged in my rod holder. I was rigging up another rod that was a little lighter, and I heard clanging, and I look up and my rod is ripped clean out of the holder! None of the rod was touching the ground when I grabbed it. Fish on! He ran up underneath a boat house and was stripping drag like crazy. I was barely getting any cranking done, so I finally decided to just try to overpower him because I didn't want to lose my rig in a boat propellor. My line goes limp. :angry: I tell my dad, "He's off." My dad looked like somebody had just stabbed him. :smile2: I reel all my line in, and I realize my hook is off. My knot wasn't good enough. Grrr! I can picture that big cat showin all his buddies his new piercing. Maybe I'll catch him one day, maybe I won't, but he was without a doubt the biggest I've had on my line this summer.