after no luck at Tuttle and a flat tire i was purdy frustrated. takin 24 hwy home i passed over the Vermillion and decided to finally give it a try. for the past 8 years i pass over it at least once a year and never stop. told Jeff i was gonna fish it a while and he could stay or go. he decided to go and later i wished he would of stayed. i get down to the water and see that i'll be fishin like Kyle, in sloppy, sloppy mud and alot of it. fished for about 2 hrs usin my last live gill on one pole and cut gill on the other 2. no action. well, i couldn't take it no more so i did what i always do, go walkin. i looked for another spot along the Kaw and farther up the Vermillion and didnt find anything good enough for me to try all my stuff through mildly heavy woods. after about 20 min. i went back to check poles. the pole with the live 6 in gill on it was close to a log jam but i thought if i got in there closer i might change my luck. i was cast out about 25 yards. i start to reel in and feel resistance. GREAT, im snagged. it feels like its movin in a little so at least i dont have to get wet :smile2: . i get this log about halfway in and it comes to life !! FISH ON !! who am i tellin ?? im by myself. its got some fight whatever it is and i hope it aint a gar !! its commin in but its left, right, in, out, up, down, all over the place and with athority. i fight for about 10 min and see the water boil a couple times. FINALLY, i get a look at its tail. its a flatty and its tail is as big as my hand with my fingers spread out as far as i can get em. so i got a nice size flatty on and it aint happy although i am . we go round and round for about another 15-20 min and i finall get to see its head. it is a nice one !! now is when i start talkin to myself oooh::smile2:. dont screw this up i tell myself (repeatedily). i finally got it to the bank and hoped i tired it out enough because i didnt have my netman Lucky there like i had come to rely on. i got its head out of the water, on the bank, and was able to grab its jaw. i grab this fish in one hand, pole in the other, and was 0-60 in 2.3 sec. through the slop and got it 25 yards to the truck so it didnt get away and back in the water :roll_eyes::smile2: . it was 33 lbs, 42" long, 26" girth. :big_smile: got my pics and it was off to fight again another day.