Last fall I went catfishing at Lake Loramie (5-8 ft. deep on average?) as I frequently do but this time I did something dif. than normal. Everytime I fasten the rod holders to the picnic table then bait up and cast out. This time I baited the first rod (abu 6500c3 w/ugly stick catfish rod) up and pushed the finger hold at the bottom of the rod into the crack of the table and proceeded to put the holder on. The next thing ya know my pole goes sideways, hits me in the wrist and flies of the table into the water. Dumbfounded for a moment then I get the other pole and start casting to snag the pole or line. I end up snagging the line and pull the fish in, it was a 5 lb. channel. I pull the line trying to pull the rod/reel to me and it wouldn't budge. I stripped off the line and that was that. Dip and I tried two dif. times with big trebles to snag the rig to no avail. Called it a lost and replaced it. This past sunday we were fishing the same spot minding our own business when this older fella in a bass boat comes by to get to the boat ramp and asks if one of us lost a rod and reel like the ones we were using. My first thought was no way. Seems he was out on the lake either last fall or earlier this year and saw the butt floating and grabbed it. Gave me his card which had his name and number and I picked it up this morning. Other than a thin film of lake, it is the same as before. Gotta go through it and grease and oil it and it will be good to go. It just blows my mind that I got it back, it was/is my first catfishing rig I bought.