Hey everyone, I've had lots of people tell me I should come over to check out this forum for some of the best cat chat and tips so here I am! Just a little background: I've been into fishing since I can remember but recently have I went full boar into it and stepped up tackle, got the boat running, and spent hours researching on the net and out on the lake. I've been stuck shore fishing up until March of this year when I got my late fathers boat back into shape to hit the water again... Haven't always had the best luck from shore but now that I've got the boat I have been having tons more success, not only with bass but cats and just about everything else as well. A friend of mine was in town from the Navy last month so we loaded up the boat, bought a dozen and a half HUGE waterdogs, and went up to pleasant... The water was around 90% when we headed up to the " s curve " in Humbug cove, got there right around sundown and started soaking the dogs. My buddy had a real big hit and reeled his water dog in to see that half of it was bit off, not sure if it was a flathead or a striper though. About a half hour after that I felt my line start to run away slowly so I let him take if for about 3-4 seconds before setting the hook... And when I did, I just about flipped out. I've never heard my drag scream that much in my entire life haha. After about a 10 minute fight I reeled in my first flathead, and on the scale it was about 18lbs. From what I've been reading that's not really all that big, but it was for me!! Every since then, I've been wanting to go back out and catch some more... BAD!!! At the current moment, I'm stuck going to Pleasant because work is slow and I can't afford gas to get out anywhere other than there. Hopefully that will change soon, but anyways... I'm just looking to get some general info on best types of areas to look for them, depths, bait, gear, etc... From what I've heard and been reading waterdogs aren't really the way to go, bluegill and carp are better?? How big of ones do you usually use? Any help will be greatly appreciated! I look forward to talking to you all and hopefully getting to learn some stuff from all the catfish masters on here!