Now that i have my rookie year for cattin behind me i can only think about all of the mistakes i made in the past year. 1.Before i started on flatheads i went fishing at the stillwater fishing for channels with chicken livers. I set my cousins pole on a Y stick and walked away. My buddy Luke said "Nate i think your getting a bite, i looked at the line and it was just bobbing alittle bit. So i said nah and walked 10 feet to the tackle box. Next thing i know i hear a snap and a splash and watched the pole disappear into the murky water. The cat had hit so hard it broke the Y stick and left us in shock. 2. I was fishing with a 2 pound sucker for flathead at the river, i didnt look at my reel to make sure the line wasnt tangled, and it sure was i tried to cast the pole and the weight of the sucker snapped back and broke the rod tip off(dad was pissed) 3. Didnt take my time to tie a hook on well when i was fishing the pond. Got a huge run set the hook and fought the fish for alittle bit until the line came undone. There are many more that make me sick to think about, any one else have some bonehead mistakes they're rookie year???