Hey guys, I have always been a trout man, but got a boat and want to learn the big cat scene. I live about 6 miles from Ft. Loudon Dam. Is the lake or the river the best place to start? I have a few stiff rods and a abu5500 and a PEN and was going to fill them up with line. I have been planning on braided wtih a mono liter, any suggestions on poundage or is that setup even a good start. Lastly, I just want to concentrate on something big and have fun with my 5 year old. I eat Crappie and Walleye, so not planning on eating any cats. If you have any suggestions on hook sizes, bait or Im listening-- thanks for sharing.oooh:---clueless.