:angry::angry:If you've ever seen the movie "Grumpier Old Men" you know what I'm talking about:smile2:. The proprietor of my local bait shop has told me many storys about the this huge flathead that he has never been able to land (I think every bait shop owner has a story like that:wink::smile2:!). He lives in a hole below the spillway of a small lake in our area and has been hooked many times, but never landed. I never thought much of it till last night. I was down at that hole catching bait last night and had one of my cat poles in the trunk and thought "what the heck, I give it a try". So I throw out a big piece of cut bluegill under a cat bobber to see what happens. About 30 minutes goes by, I'm unhooking a bluegill I just caught with my ultra light and look over to check my cat bobber and it's GONE. I reeling in the slack, set the hook and its ON!!! He immediately gave 4 or 5 huge pulls on the drag, I knew right away that this was the biggest fish I have ever hooked up with. There aren't any snags in the area so I decide to just let him get good and worn out before I go for the finish. We go back and forth for about 15-20 minutes. I can tell he is starting to lose steam, so I start bulldog'n him in. I start to see the glow stick on my bobber surface about 20 feet from shore, then BANG, my whole rig comes flying out of the water at me:crazy::crazy:. He threw the hook:angry:. So I rebait, and get back out there. About and hour goes by, and my cat bobber does a nice slow dive and is gone. Set the hook and it's on again. I'm about 20 seconds into this fight and SNAP, leader breaks:crazy::angry::crazy::angry:!!!! I was so excited after the first hookup I forgot to check the condition of it before I threw it out and the clinch knot to my swivle failed. By this time it's getting late, and I have to work the next day, so I head home. I could barely sleep last night, couldn't stop thinking about this fish. I know where he lives, I know what he eats, I have to catch him. I'll be keeping you guys updated on the pursuit of this monster, this spot isn't more than 15 minutes from my house, so I will be there almost everday until I get him. Wish me luck.