Well I was fishing the River here Monday evening and had several hits that were just tapping the line and they would not take it at all. I told my son that I was going to wait about two weeks and hit the river again. Well tonight my son was off work and wanted to go out about 6:30 PM for a few hours of fishing. We took off and got on the river at 7:00PM we went and picked up about 100 shad about 8- 14 inches in length. With one the measured 16 inches long. we put four on our poles right away alive with my son putting on this huge shad, we didn't go 20 yards on the first drift and my pole loaded up and I grabbed the rod and had the first fish on for about 2 minutes and then he came off, when I reeled in the back section of the shad that was about 10 inches long had no skin on it , just peeled right off. So I dropped him back in, just at that time my son's rod loaded up, the one with the biggest shad, and went right under the boat, you could tell it had to be a good fish his rod was bent into the water when he was getting it out of the rod holder, and he set the hook and started fighting the fish, the fish went clear under the boat and he said he was not going to give him any slack and locked down on the rod and just then the rod snapped in half sounded like a shotgun going off, it broke right in the middle of the rod. This rod I had bought for him at Bass Pro shop this Christmas for him and it didn't take much either. about two minutes later my rod took off and I got a 5 Pound blue cat on that one then Ryan got a 7.10 pound bluecat, and then I got a 8.0 pound bluecat and then he got a 6 pound blue, like back to back. Drifting along the shore line in 29 to 32 foot of water. What was neat I left on the fish finder and watched as our bait was dragging about 1 foot off the bottom the entire way, and would see fish show up near the bait and the rods would go down. We ended up with four blue cats and lost 7 fish in about a hours time, and then they shut down and we could not buy a hit, until about 10:15 PM this evening I had one load the rod and when I got the rod out and jerked there was nothing there. It was a good evening of fishing the best I have had in 4 weeks on the river. When we put in tonight there was a bluecat laying on the shore that went a good 60 pound or better, someone had either caught this fish and didn't release it or had caught it and turned it lose and it died, this fish had all kind of battle wounds on it, I took a few picture of the fish it was around 54 inches in length. First photo is the rod the my son broke tonight on a fish. Second picture is the shad my son had on his line when his rod got broke. Third picture is of the Bluecat that was dead on the shore where we put the boat in at.