a couple years ago on a warm january day i hooked into a huge fish. it took me awile to turn him, then the hook pulled out. cant say for sure but it felt like a 40-lb class fish. had to be a flthead, as there is no blues on my river. i sneeked out of the house for a couple hrs today, and went back to the same spot, it's not my regular hole. before i got my 2nd rod baited my first rod went down, like a hooked a f-150 going 80 miles an hr. same results, my hook pulled out, felt big and the first 3 feet of my line was coated in fish slime. if it was a channel is was surley bigger than any chanel cat i hva ever landed. i am going back after him monday.