After a few weeks off the water and another week layoff on my hands, I decided to see if the cats were biting. I figured they ought to be hungry after a holiday weekend of keeping their heads down to avoid being run over. Using cut gizzard shad I started out trolling the 20' to 30' range where I located some bait schools near the islands with only a 6lber for the effort. Then gradually worked deeper catching a 7lb blue and a small channel. Then I was pleasantly surprised by a 30lb flathead in 50' to 55' of water. After a few more passes in the same area I was able to add a 25, 17, and a couple of 7lb blues. A few small ones joined me for dinner and the big ones released to fight another day.