I fished Badin yesterday and had a pretty good day. Got shad at the dam. Did a little flathead fishing up river first with nothing to show for it. I did catch a 3 ft. gar in my cast net. That was interesting to say the least. Started drifting down the lake in about 15-35 ft. of water and ended up with 11 cats. No big boys, but had a blast. I also had my white perch rods out when I was drifting and I came through a school of fish that blacked out the screen! I said, "what in the... is that?". About that time, all of my perch rigs with cutbait on 'em went down. That's four rods, and I had a striper on every hook between 16-20 inches. got 6 stripers in about 5 min. got another line back down and got a nice little white bass and then they were gone. I've never seen anything like that. I had #4 hooks and itsy bitsy pieces of cutbait. I did manage about 20-30 perch too. I made one last drift just below the railroad bridge and as soon as I got the rods out, one of 'em folded over and started creaking in the holder. I set the hook and told my bud to grab the net. Fought him for a good 10 minutes or so and he came up behind the boat. I knew for sure I had a nice blue on. Well, my eyes and my bud, David's eyes may be playing tricks on us, but this fish looked like a channel cat in the low to mid 40's range. He thrashed on top and went down and we were both screamign about what in the world this fish was. He came back up, did a belly roll and the hook fell out of his mouth. I whined a little and put the boat back on the trailer. Big fish hit at 1:30 PM. Good day, but I'm still heartbroken. This is two years in a row that I lost good fish on Badin in May. Darn it!!!!!!!