I've decided to keep a journal of my attempts to catch my first "big" cat. Hopefully someone enjoys it lol.:smile2: _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ July 23, 2008 It was a little cooler at the river today, I wasn't dripping with sweat like I normally am, although it was still pretty warm. I decided to put new line on my 3 catfish poles, something that I would feel a little more comfortable using, so I chose 25 lb mono. I used a rig that a guy told me about on here a few days ago. I began fishing at about 5:45pm. I was trying to catch some bait with worms, but they werent biting too well. One of the guys who normally fish beside me showed up, so we began talking. He ended up hooking a big skipjack with a red and white spoon, but it got off at the bank, bummer! I still hadn't caught any bait and it was about 7pm by this time. Another guy showed up, and within 10 minutes of him being there, I started catching bluegills. I took one and put it on one of my poles and threw it as far as I could get it out into the river. It was a very lively bluegill, my rod tip kept bouncing for a long time. I took another bluegill and cut it up. Finally I had all 3 poles in the water. About 2 hours went by and I hadn't had a single bite on an of my poles. The pole with the live bluegill on it had acted up a time or 2, as if something was swimming close to the bluegill. I saw the rod tip bend about 10 inches once, but thats as far as it went. Nothing else happened for the rest of the night. At 9:45 everyone decided to leave since nothing was happening, so I reeled in my 2 cutbait poles. Then I picked up the live bluegill pole and began reeling in. The bluegill felt kinda heavy as I reeled it in. I thought I had snagged on a stick or something. Finally I got it close to the bank and I saw a fish on my line that wasn't the bluegill I had on it earlier. It was a 2 lb flathead! I had no idea that it was on there. Not a monster by far, but the 2nd biggest flathead I had ever caught.