Thursday morning following work , I decided to ride down to Copperhead and try my luck. After a 2 week skunking , I was at least hoping for some positive bites. I arrived at 8:15 to a temp of 51 degrees and and rather blustery winds from the west. Using shad and livers , I was down there for about 5 minutes when the first bite was on the livers. It felt like a decent size , but threw the hook. 20 minutes later , my largest rod started to bow and curtsy before falling and nearly going for a swim. When I grabbed it , the line went slack. I said to myself , 'It seems these fish know when the rod is picked up' , only to be on the recieving end of the biggest battle I've endured from that lake. 5 minutes later , I pulled a 7 pound blue!! Friday morning after work , I headed to Riverbend at the water outlet. Using the same combo , no bites came on anything. Following the 15 minute rule , I headed to a different spot. 15 minutes later , the big rod bows again and when I picked it up , it went slack. About 30 yards out , I noticed something floating in the water. I thought momentarily that it was a small bull shark. When it rolled over sluggishly that's when I knew what it was. I began to reel it in , with absolutely no resistance from the fish. However , when the fish got close enough to see me , it went insane!! Standing on a high bank , I was being pulled by the fish , then trying to steer the fish where I would be able to lip it. 10 minutes later , I pulled a 15 pound channel out!! I always had a feeling my next PB would come from MIL , but to land 2 of equal size 2 weeks apart was phenomenal , at least for me. Both big bites came on cut shad. This sequence of events has entrenched a deep and firm belief in the benefits of good shad!! I'll post the pics to these trips as well as the initial new PB caught 2 weeks ago when I get a data cord for my phone.