Well after fishing at 6 different lakes for 3 months. Driving for hours and hours. Fishing for over a hundred hours I finally got my first flathead. It was storming pretty bad today when I got to the lake. I could't see hardly see 50ft in front of me on the drive down to tappan. Luckily that meant no one else was out fishing so I was able to pick what ever spots I wanted. I fished a shallow bay I have fished 3 or 4 times before. This was the first day I used an inflatable raft to row my baits out. Turned out pretty good. I finally caught my first flathead on a line that was about 100 yds out. I fished from about 5 till 3am. About 930 suddenly line was screaming off one of my reels and I set the hook and I finally a my first flathead on the line. After a short fight I had it close to shore but I was fishing on a steep rock bank but the water was up high and I have a big net so I couldn't net the fish because my net kept hitting all the rocks so I set down the net and tried to reel in some more line but the handle was just spinning (apparently somehow when I set down the net I disengaged the reel) so in the heat of the moment not knowing what happened to the reel I thought I lost the fish. So I grabbed the line and pulled in about 10ft by hand and felt the fish was still on, I pulled in the rest of the line to get the flathead close enough where I was able to grab it by the mouth and just pull it out of the water. It wasn't a bad fish for my first one. 39 inches and 27lbs.
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