I thought today would be a good day to get out and fish a local pond where the bass had been turned on. This was also the first day I had to get out since the monsoon last week! I went with a buddy and was rather suprised. We managed probably 6 or 7 between the two of us on plastic lizards. I managed to hook a couple and land one on a white spinnerbait. It was cloudy, windy, and raining just a little. Don't know if that did it. They all were on the smaller side 8-12 inches. The last 2 times in there had been averaging 2 pounds with bigger fish. I decided to hit another pond and that is where the BIG ONE was. THe pond was pretty muddy still so I tied on a Mann's -1 series that dives a foot in a chartuse green with orange belly. I threw it past a tree in the corner and as soon as it made it past there, the water BLEW UP!! I thought I had on that 8 pound bass I'm looking for when I see it's a CATFISH! After a few moments, I landed a 24 inch, 4.5 channel cat. After a few pictures, I put it back in the pond for some later excitement. The owner had just told me that he had some catfish in there, now I know how big they are. I did manage to land about 3 small bass on the crankbait and had nice bass swipe at lure, but there was a hookset malfunction!! Still a good time to get out and get back to fishing. Just thought I would share how I did!