Jack asked that I'd repost this story here, so here you go.....
Bad omen. Talked to Dave by phone last night. We decided to hit the river relatively early. The bad omen was I broke my paddleholder preping the boat to meet Dave in Lawrenceburg, I just got a bad feeling when that happened. No big problems getting there, launched at a rough ramp, 4WD is certainly recommended. We went right to a spot, talked to some guys who were using walleye stuff (bottom bouncers & nightcrawlers), they had caught some nice cats they told us. We anchor down on the snaghole from H.E double EL. Dave got sore fingers from re-tieing. I suggested we move about 20' from where we were. We did. I got one rod out, as I was setting up the second. ZZZZzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz................I grab it, engage the spool, and hang on. This is a big fish, and I mean BIG
and STRONG !!
I've got my drag set firm, but not tight. This fish hit an 8" live skipjack, I thumb the spool slightly trying to turn him & slow him down. Nada.....looks like it might spool my new 7000C4 reel of the 25# line. This is not dream either
Finally it slows down, I start moving him back, he's out well over 100 yards now in some strong current. After about 5-10 minutes, my other rod goes down, I ask Dave to reel it in. After 15-20 minutes, I ask Dave to take my picture. I could gain about 10-15' occasionally, but then it would take it back & more. After 1/2 hour, my back is acheing, my left arm is cramping, the rod is still bent hard, I tell Dave maybe we should pull anchor & follow it. He thinks I'm kidding (next time we will) Anyway, I'm defenseless against the current with this huge fish, I just crank the handle 1/2 turn at a time winching him in when the hook pulls out. No kidding, it must've been a 40# class or more fish. Most likely a bluecat, as we caught alot of them & no flats. Also it made a screaming hit, and even after the drag was on, still ran like a freight train !
I did manage to catch a 22# blue that day, felt like nothing after that big one.
I made up for it by catching a 62# fish about 2 weeks later. I can't really complain too much, I had landed a 31-4 & 31-8 flatheads in the 8 days prior & then 3 or 4 fish over 30# the following week too !! Of course SEVERAL fish 20-25# blues & flatheads all the time from Sept. on.
May have been this one's Daddy or his baby brother, I'll never know, I don't worry about it either. This fish took away the pain !!