had a great couple of nights on the bank of a local river the past few weekends. the spot has been producing larger channel up to 15+lbs. anyway a few of our buds decided to come out for a night of catfishin with me and my main fishin partner. the one guy sets up his new rod, baits it with some cut white perch, cast it out into the channel. never fished for cat in his life. about 30 mins go by, all our bells are ringing were killin channels left and right. i notice out of the corner of my eye that the new comers rod starts going nuts, for the first time. i tell him fish on, he takes of runnin down the bank. right before he gets to the rod. boom, the thing takes flight out about 7 ft into the river. its got a rod tip light on it...and can see it moving through the water. my other friend strips to his boxers and jumps out after the rod, grabs it reels in a 36 or so inch blue. we didnt have a scale that night. but needless to say the guy whos first night it was catfishin is hooked after landing that ol blue. thought id share.