I've been on the quest to catch big catfish since my brother (A.K.A. JACKFISH) came up to visit and caught a 15# channel catfish in my back yard three years ago. I was content catching 12"-18" bass until I saw that beast! It has been a long journey.... Three trips to Buckeye lake = 0 Flathead One trip to Grand Lake St. Marys = 0 Flathead About 1/2 dozen trips to GMR at West Carrollton = 0 Flathead One trip to Nimisila Reservoir = 0 Flathead Two trips to Tusc. River = 0 Flathead Four trips to various paylakes = 1 skinny, open wounded, pathetic 4# flatty Three trips to Tappan Lake...... FINALLY caught one on Monday!! Anyhow, I went fishing with my 6 year old son Sunday night at Tappan Lake. We hit the ramp about 10:30 PM, and had the boat in and lines set by 11:30 (takes a while to get the lines out between all of the questions/instructions from little guy). We rolled out the sleeping pads and mats, watched shooting stars for about an hour, then crashed. About 2:30 AM, I awoke to my bells rattling, and the drag ripping off of my 8 1/2' steelhead rod. 20 minutes later, I got my first look at what turned out to be a 51.2 Lb 47" Flathead. Little Joey slept through the whole ordeal. When he awoke the next morning, I told him that Daddy caught a fish, and to pull up the stringer and have a look. Having your six year old scream "Wholly Smokes Daddy, it's a giant fishy" - PRICELESS! My best catfish prior to this was a 12# channel cat, so I literally caught one over 400% that size! The humorous part to the story is that Steve (JACKFISH) was supposed to fish with me Sunday night. He called about 2:00 PM and backed out on me, giving me his guidance, "catch a nice one, but not too nice". Thanks to Jim at Cripple Creek Baitshop for weighing the fish, and for hooking up my son with a new Power Ranger fishing bobber! The fish was released in excellent health and swan away immediately when we put her back in the water. Sidenote: After I called JACKFISH and razzed him about backing out, he immediately went down to the GMR and proceed to bag a 23# flatty. Steve has caught dozens of these big flattys, but I will enjoy giving him grief about all of the "runts" that he catches!