Have never caught a big flat head and I have been trying all summer. Last night was my closest attempt. Went out to Buckeye Lake early in the day to round up some shad....and I hit the motherload. Didn't take me very long to get a bucket full. Pulled the boat out and went to pick up some friends and we headed down to the river. Got on the water around 5:00. Nothing was biting until sun down. Moved to a new spot on the river and within 5 mins of my cast (30 minutes after sun down) I landed a nice 7 lb channel. About 1 hour later, another guy in my boat caught a 4 lb channel. We were fishing a relativley narrow stretch of the river and both of those fish were caught near the banks....on opposite sides. (Within 5 ft from the bank off of shear vertical banks) I thought that maybe the fish were not in the middle of the river but holding tight along the banks. So, I decided to put one rod over there. This was a cheap $30 rod, reel combo that I bought like 12 years ago, a Walmart special....I don't know why I still have it. But, the gears are all screwed up and I couldn't set my drag. I didn't want to leave the bail open either because of debris (leaves and stuff) floating down the river would have just spooled me out. So, I have a closed bail and no drag set and the rod not in a holder...just sitting on the bow of my boat. I was sitting in a chair right next to it and thought that I would have enough time to reach down and grab it before it goes...but as the story goes, I didn't have enough time. After about 15 minutes of putting my bait close to the bank, a huge fish (presumably a flat head) surfaced and made a big splash of his tail right were my bait was located. I looked and thought that must of been a huge fish. Then I realized that indeed he may have tasted the hook or some sort of pressure from the rod tip. I immediatley reached down for my rod to see if I could feel anything. As I started reaching, the rod ripped from the bow of the boat at the speed of a bullet. It landed out in the water in front of me like 10 foot. (just to show you how fast that rod left my presence) I threw a trebble hook for 15 minutes trying to snag it without success. I am not upset about the rod....more about that fish. Lessons learned. I like to think it was a flathead...I'll continue to dream. It could have been a channel though....I suppose. I was so mad, I packed everything up at 11:30 and called it quits.