Man, I still feel sick about it. It would have been my buddies biggest flathead, by far. Solid upper 30's maybe even 40lbs. It was all a shallow mud flat in front of us. Too shallow to get the net under the fish. And the mud was too deep and soft to walk out to the fish. The fish pretty much beached itself facing away from the bank out towards the river. I thought if I could get the fishes head in the net she would charge into it or I would atleast be able to corral her closer to us. Nope, didn't happen like that. She pulled a furious spin move and charged around the side of the net and snapped the 20lb. line. First fish I have ever punted on netting duty and it just had to be my buddies personal best. I keep re-playing it in my head and second guessing how I handled it. Saying sorry to the guy just doesn't do it any justice. Guaranteed, next time I'll be treading mud and going for the bear hug.