Remember my post about "my buddys first flathead" well i took him out yesterday and decided to make him my "apprentice" and teach him all i know because he is the only buddy i ever took who seems truly willing to learn. well anyway were sitting at my spot and he gets a bight. "fish on i yell" i see that 6'6" medium action spinning rod darn near bend in half, so i tell him to loosen the drag and that thing took off and ran for like 7 min before we started to gain any line back. the whole time im coachin him "loosen the drag","pump slow",dont reel against the drag","take tour time, relax" so after about a 10 min battle he gets this thing to the top and all i can say is WOW! I take over and drag him around the wall to the shore. I go down and step into the water to grab him and SNAP goes the 8# TEST! I run into the water and grab the beast. I walk him up the wall and ..........36# 43" flathead on 8# test. not bad for a rookie not to mention his second flat ever (first was an 8#) and he thought that was big. I will post pics when i get them developed.