its been a while since i have posted but i want to let you guys know that i went to help a friend of mine put some sand bags around her basement, this was in response to the crazy rise of the meramec last week (which she lives directly on). in an effort to not waste a chance at being so close to the water and not fishing, i took one rod with me (stump puller), and the last live pearch in my bait tank. cast it out there, threw some bells on it, and went to help sandbag. a few hours later she mentioned that she heard a ringing, it took a couple minutes for it to register that i had a line out with bells on it......lol. as i ran to the shore i could hear the bells going nuts, and the drag screaming and stopping- screaming and stopping. by the time i got out there the was and easy 100 yards of line out......lmao......its good that the stump puller has about 425 yards on it. turned off freespool and started fighting it in. needless to say it took a while. thought i snagged up a couple times, but lady luck was shinning on me that day, and i got the cat in. a guy who lived across the street had a scale at his house so i got to wiegh it......37 pounds. not a bad meramec flathead. would have gotten a picture for you guys but no one had a camera :sad2:. oh well, not bad for my last attempt till next year, but who knows.....maybe ill try again, and remember to bring a dam camera.