man what a bummer. went to a big deep borrow pit monday and was doing some fishing. only second trip out in 2006 since nov. put on a 5/0 circle and a whole crawler, worm. after a few min i seen it get a light tug and a pull. then gone. i waited 10 min or so and checked. still baited. tossed out real close to the same spot. after a few i seen a light tap. water is still real cold after last weeks blizzard. i picked it up and tightened the line. just as it hit tight i felt a pull. i gave it the back sweep and pow there it was. the pole dropped and the drag began to whine. i was using a light openface bass rod cause i planned on catching some bucket mouths that didn't seem to be hitting. so i switched to the bottom for whiskers. i fought him for a few min getting him close. the camera was ready and i am most pos it was a channel. i would guess 5-8 lbs from the pull and the rod bend. felt slugish like a cold cat. then the dreadded stop. there is supposed to be several x-mas trees put in there a few years back. my buddie has permission and this was my first trip there. i was in shock. he went under or around a tree. i sit there helpless as the line would not budge. i gave him slack hoping he would come free. after a few min i tried to tug a bit. nothing finnaly i felt a pop and said i think he came free. nope. took my hook.:crying: so no pics. he is the one who got away.