Got to the river at or around midnight last night, ran to a bait hole and had enough bait in only a few throws! WHEW! Ran down river to fish a few spots and the fishing was definately slow to say the least! Moved to a new spot I had just found and set up and then the bites started. I had a buddy of mine that has been asking me to go out for quite some time (poor guy is a BASS fisherman) :crazy: so I told him that ALL the poles were his and to keep an eye on em. We got some very good hard rips but for some reason he just couldn't get the hook set. So I told him that the next time you see that rod buckin, grab the sucker and set the hook! So that's what he did and he ended up having one hell of a fight on his hands! That fish was giving him a run for his money that's for sure! 10-15 minutes later the fish finally showed itself and I was able to get him in the net. It weighed in at 30.5 pounds, his biggest fish EVER caught! Not to mention that today August 6th, the day he caught it, is his birthday! So he got to catch a decent size kitten on his birthday and had a great experience out on one of our great rivers! I love to see the face on these guys that have never had the pleasure of catching/fighting these great fish! He was just amazed how hard these big blues fight! I am so thankful I get to go out on the river on a regular basis! Anyways, here is the pic!