Just got back from vacation in SC.. lots of fishing but not much catching there...glad to be home to familiar waters. Me and a bud left out of Dutch Gap this morning. Caught a few cutters for bait and started fishing. We caught about 10...between 5 & 10 pounds..not much to talk about. We had to fight the play boats all day. They don't realize that the river is wide and they don't need to come within 10 feet of us..but that is another story.. About the time we're getting ready to leave my buddy looked at his rod and it was bent to the water.. I really thought he was hung up because he could not move what ever it was off the bottom.. after about 20 minutes of holding the rod he handed it to me to prove there was a fish there.. I have NEVER felt a fish that big before. It was pulling but not stripping line, just a dead slow pull. Very slow, very deliberate. I don't think the fish knew he was hooked. We lifted anchor and followed the fish around for a while.. After about 30 minutes it started pulling and stripping line. My buddy was not horsing it...just keeping steady pressure on it. We finally got it under the boat but it was still on the bottom in 40+ feet of water. He started lifting and getting some line in...and then.......................SNAP! The line broke about 10 feet from the tip of the rod. He was using a spinning rod and I think the line had a lot of twist in it from realing against the drag..(I warned him about that..) He was crushed.. his largest cat was about 35 pounds before this. This monster had to be 65 - 75.. It was like trying to lift a small block off the bottom. We retied and tried again for another hour but nothing else bit. We'll go back next week and see if we can get him then. Oh well...that is why they call it fishing.