I have never caught a big cat, my pb was a 15lb channel out of a little pond by my house on a cheap 25 walmart shimano ultra light and a medium minnow last october (that was a nice run strippin alot of drag on 10 lb strength, 2lb diameter power pro lol). It has been my quest since April to catch a trophy 30 lbs or higher, any catfish, I do eventually want a 50+ blue and flat to add to my belt, but I'm settling for 30 for now. I have stayed motivated and am getting better. I started off in Mid April at a little spot on the appomatox catching (8-12) 4-8 lb channels/blues every sunday, but the spot was blocked off so I gave up catching a monster from that spot. I then switched to the james around mid may, Ihated it at first withmy inferior 1 ounce weights, little hooks and wimpy gear. I got broke off too much, couldnt cast far and never caught anything. I dug deep pulled out my 3 MH rods and bigger reels and 1 Heavy action rod (gear that I thought I would never need) and even bought a brand new HD rod and a baitcasting reel that I didnt even know how to cast lol and hit the river hard on saturdays and sundays. I went from not having a clue at DG and catching little guys to at least catching 6+ on a routine, but how do you bank fisherman on the james keep your cool head and killer instinct? I mean I am so determined to catch a big one that now when people see me with 8 and 10lbers and they are like dang and asking me a million questions about how I caught them, but i feel like anything under 20-30 is unacceptable. I dont even fish at the little pond by the house anymore except for 15 minutes to catch bluegills and crappie for bait. I still enjoy myself but i fear that eaters and anything under 20 will not be fun for me anymore. I gotta catch a 40lber or Im gonna go crazy. I know a boat is the short, quick answer but I have other financial things to take care of first, I could do it but I dont wanna put off other things for a boat. I am fighting the boat purchase bank fisherman please help me LOL before I go crazy. Before you guys ask, no I havent did any night fishing from the bank yet, which I know is definetly the best time to do it, but I dont have any buddies for the night fishing and I see snakes all the time, just dont have a fellow buddy to look out for me.