Went back to the Maumee River, one week later to the date of my first Flathead catch. It was quite the day with all kinds of drama... I guess I will call it my best worst day or something. I'm tired but here's the summary: 1. First cast, no more than 10 seconds, Flathead on - and I land it, nice little mid size fish. 2. Fifteen minutes later get a HUGE bite... can not get it off the bottom and it eventually slices my line off on a rock. Never get to see the fish, but possibly the largest fish in freshwater that I would have ever caught. 3. Half an hour later another BIG bite. This time I get out farther into the water (wearing shorts and aqua socks) to better control the fish. I manage to land the fish and it is a real nice big flattie - similar size to my first ever from last week. Overall, I think this fish was shorter in length but more girth. 4. I have my best digital camera on the tripod - on a small natural shelf by the bank. I successfully do 3 or 4 self timer pictures. I move the switch to video to show the fish for a little bit and it's release. I press the button to start recording, back away from the camera - and the tripod falls over forward - camera comes unattached from the tripod bounces once and falls into the water. I let go of fish and search underwater for the camera... it likely was under for 3-4 seconds. camera is hissing and making all kinds of sounds. I pop battery out and memory card. Set camera out to dry in sun with all 'doors' open on it. 5. I decide to keep fishing, get another big fish on. As I bring it in, I see it is a very large Common Carp. I give the fish some line so I can get backup digital camera ready. Didn't want the fish out of the water too long. I get camera #2 ready and fish breaks line. (pretty sure just wrapped me around a sharp rock) 6. Re-tie on a new set up, knock bait container off of that same small shelf by the bank... all but two nightcrawlers washed off in current. 7. That's it I'm leaving. Realize I forgot a change of clothes. Throw wet clothes in cooler, except underwear. Drive home with every truck staring at me like I'm a freak - even scarier a few semi's honked. To get home fastest I took the turnpike, needless to say the attendant that took my money had a very odd look on her face. 8. Take a shower, leave camera in front of the fan to continue drying process. Hook camera to computer and at least was able to download data from my memory card. Will continue to dry out camera and pray it isn't ruined.