I tried in vain to get some shad from a local pond. I know that the shad are in there, but my cast net throwing abilities are humorous at best. I purchased 10 goldfish in the 5-6 range and started looking for a spot around 7:30pm. There were a lot of people fishing the river, after getting lost on the detour, I finally found an unoccupied pull-off, and got down to the water around 8:00pm. I was fishing upstream of what I believe to be Dravo Park, either way there were some old bridge pilings within sight downstream. It was not a particularly good-looking spot for flatheads, but Im sure that it would be dynamite for the smallies. Anyway, I rig my first rod and cast a nice fat goldfish out to an eddie near some swift current. As I was rigging my second rod, the clicker starts to sound. I just kept rigging the second rod, thinking that the current was pulling my bait. A second later, the clicker is SCREAMING, and I know that it is not from the current. I could feel the weight of the fish after delivering an eye-crossing hook set. The fish did not want to come out of the current, and started taking drag. I tightened down the drag, and started to horse him into the bank (I was afraid that he would get into the rocks). I got a good look at the fish about 10 from the bank. It was not a monster, but a nice solid fish. As the fish got closer to the bank, I could see that it was hooked outside of the mouth and to the side of its head. Then about two feet from the bank ..The hook pulled free. I hooked and lost my first flathead of 2004 within minutes of my first trip! Although I had a good start, the river beat me in the next few hours. I lost my nine remaining goldfish, nine 8/0 gammies, and 27ozs of lead to the rocks without another bite before 10:00pm. Now, Ive got flathead fever! I think that I will be dedicating all of my fishing time to the pursuit of GMR flatheads in next few months.