Yesterday was one of the roughest trips we have had in a long time. We were on the way to the lake around 4am after being up all night, and it's about an hour drive for us to the boat ramp near Pea Hill Creek. We were already about halfway there when we got a flat tire all of the sudden on our trailer, it happen all of the sudden and my dad actually lost control for a second and we slid all over the road and almost in the ditch! It was definitely a close call, but my dad managed to stop us safely, we got out and made sure everything was ok besides the tire. It was, and there was a trail beside a field right in front of us, so we pulled the boat into that and unhooked it. We didn't have a spare so we had to come all the way home and get a tire off our other trailer and it turned out the tire on it was smaller. Luckily not too small though to allow us to pull the boat to the boat ramp anyway. But now we weren't getting there until 8am and the sun was up making getting shad about impossible. We went all around looking for shad on the fishfinder and there wasn't any huge concentration of them anywhere so eventually we gave up them and got some nightcrawlers. We cut them up and fished for White Perch, we drifted around a long time in Pea hill creek, then we fell asleep and when we woke up we had white perch on our poles...LOL! Well then we drifted again in the area and found a huge school of them, anchored and caught about 50 white perch (could have caught a lot more) a 5lb Blue Cat and about 15 small channel cats, all on the pieces of nightcrawler on the bottom. Then we fished the mouth of the creek and Blue Cats were coming in schools, had many runs that we missed that were probably mostly eater size Blue Cats, we were using whole white perch for bait so most smaller fish were not hooked. Then action died off for a while and it was about 6pm when my dad got a 10 pound Blue Cat, then we got some more runs we missed when finally my pole that had not gotten bites the whole time just got slammed, my shimano baitrunner reel was screaming, line flying off of it like a marlin hit it. When I hooked the fish it pulled drag for about 10 seconds and then turned around and started heading the opposite way which was sort of in the direction of the boat, wasn't long until the fish was directly under me but still on the bottom. Only problem was, the fish was not tired at all and was rolling around really hard, I would get the fish off the bottom and then it just pulled drag and went back down. Then I finally had it about halfway up and it rolled several times and my 10/0 King Kahle hook popped out. When you have a fish straight down from you like that and the fish isn't tired yet you're in trouble unless your hook is not in the soft part of the fishes mouth and mine apparently was in the corner/soft part of it's mouth. My mistake was that I had my drag really tight for some reason, it was fine when the fish was still out from me, but when it got right under me I should have loosened it up. I have caught many big fish in Freshwater and Saltwater, and this by far was one of my biggest fish ever. The weight on it was tremendous, I was using a very large rod and reel and the fish had it straining. I know for sure it was at least 50 pounds, but it's very likely it was in the 60's, my dad said he thinks the same. Threw the cast net at our bait spot on the way out and caught about 200 small shad. I will be trying to get back to the lake tommorow, I will land a big one soon, I know it! I also will try to get pictures of the smaller Blue Cats we caught on here as soon as I can.