Hey folks... I made the drive out to Raccoon Lake to fish, tried the main lake, but had no luck. Decided to go below the dam to the spillway, wasnt a place to fish at any of the spots cleared. Decided to just look, watch, and see what was being caught. Well, a couple groups left and opened some spots up and we got in our favorite place. Ok, so to start that experience off something very disheartening was discovered upon walking our gear down to the shore. Someone had caught, and killed a quite large snapping turtle, it was the size of the wheel/hub cap on a small car. The shell was about 16 inches across, and weighed about 50 - 60 pounds. They had laid it on its back/shell on a rock, and used another rock to smash its head. They just left it laying on the rock dead in the sun to decompose. Looking at the blood pool, and rocks, I would estimate the turtle was only dead a few hours at most. I just dont understand how people can be so cruel, if the turtle was that hard to unhook, just give it the hook and tie a new one on, how much is a hook really?, about 10 cents? I will give someone a hook to prevent this kind of stupidity. Dang, I will give you an entire pack of hooks. OK, now on to the fishing portion. I must say, it was tough to start, fishing for flats in the day is quite difficult. I was told the stripe bass are plentiful in Raccoon, especially considering they dumped about 12000 in this season alone. Well, that turned out to be the first thing to bite today, the stiper was about 6 inches long, after that it was a bluegill. Let me remind you, I had 2 poles out with cut shad trying for my flat. But I kept fishing, and it got interesting. I never caught a flat but that didnt mean I didnt catch anything I didnt like. I ended up setting up a pole for the top and fishing with beemoth to pass time. Well the first fish I caught afterwards was a Channel about 12 inches long, on a beemoth. Well, I then proceeded to catch bluegill after bluegill all getting bigger with each catch. What is funny my mom was sitting about 20 yards down stream from me, she was fishing with red jumpers, and ended up reeling in to check her line, all too unaware she had caught something not knowing it. She reeled in a BABY flathead about 7 - 8 inches long. You want to talk about the cutest fish ever seen. I took it off her hook for her, and looked at him, and told him to come see me when I am about 70 years old, and bring me some happiness in the future. Well, that is all I have for the board tonight. Gonna go think some more about how cruel some people are in this world to just kill something the way they did the turtle. Hope everybody else had a good fishing weekend and was safe. take care.