Went out last Saturday on the Missouri River about a mile down from Boeuf Creek and caught a 5.7 pound channel cat. Sat for couple hours and caught another couple small channel cats after missing a pole binding bite. About noon all the knuckleheads started coming out on the river. After watching two young girls in their mid-twenties fly up and down the river on jet skies jumping each other wakes while waiving to me, while I'm trying to keep 7 poles from tangling with each other. Although I did enjoy watching these young ladies jumping those wakes, I decided to move to another spot. I had prevously scoped out another mud flat up about 1/4 mile from Boeuf creek and for some reason that area does not get a lot of the knuckleheads on those jet skies. I got all set up and was putting a new hook on one of my poles when the top of one of my poles struck the front of the boat. I was hoping it was a good fish as I had on a 8" piece of cut shad. It went up stream screaming line out of my reel. I tried to slow his run down by pushing down on the open face reel with my thumb..not a smart move, but I'm sure I will grow a new finger print back. After 10 minutes I got the fish near the boat and he kept swirling the water then run to the bottom of the river. After doing this 4 times when I got to see the slim on the line I scooped up under the fish in my over size dip net. When I got him in the boat I think I sat on him for 2 or 3 minutes while I shook like a little school girl. After 5 minutes I was able to weigh him. He weighed 24.5 pounds. I know this is not one of the bruts that most of the brothers and sisters on this board brag about but it was the biggest I have ever caught on rod and reel. I know some of my BOC brothers will be upset but he went home with me. Just wanted to say thanks to all the help I've received from the brothers of the BOC to finally land a great fish.