We had a fun trip overall. Took the fiance and a friend and his girl-who I might add was pretty funny to watch the whole time since she is not into the outdoors. We were fishing with live gills and my friend hooked something big...he fought it to shore and it finally showed itself as the biggest drum I've ever seen in my life! It was massive. So, we started getting real nice fish around 10:30pm and caught a 5lb channel...about the same size flattie, then I got a nice 11lb flattie. Well, the fiance hooked one that looked as big as my 20lber! Got him right to the shore and he tried to horse him in too soon and he snapped the line as his head broke the surface and he thrashed... About 1am he got a hit that just slowly took the bobber under and he wrestled with a fish that had to have been a monster. He hugged the bottom and could barely be moved, when pulled up just slightly would peel drag and sit back down. After a couple minutes of that he got tired of it and just decided to swim off, eating more drag. Then: SNAP! Reeled it in to find the line frayed all to hell. Well, have to say we were being losers and not using leaders, now we are looking into them. Also looking into braided line since I hear such good things and I'd like to give it a shot. Just thought I'd share.