Hello all u virginia catters! im not new to catfishing but new to this site looking for some info on catching big cats mostly blues and flatheads i fish a small lake that has both. The problem i am having now is that five to 10 lb channels are trying to eat a whole 8 to 12 inch shad? I love the rush you get when your clicker just starts screaming, like it did last nite when i was bs'n with the boys my big rod made a noise so i walked over to it the next thing i knew the fish peeled off about fifty yards of line in a second i set the hook and fought the fish for bout 30 secs until it came off and got me stuck. There is a lot of cover in the lake and happens quite a bit that u get a good fish and he takes you into stuff. Biggest this year was about 35lb Blue. We are also getting a lot of dropped baits? any helpful hints to help me bring in big fish more often?