"Wild Bill" Skinner tried to coach me.
"You have to let him run more, Catfish. Don't set the hook too soon."
I looked down at my huge saltwater reel. Half the line was gone, although the catfish had taken my bait only a minute before.
"If he runs any more he'll spool me!" I shouted.
I started reeling and felt the 14/0 circle hook set firmly in the fish's jaw. Then all hell broke loose. I had my drag cranked down tight, and the fish used my 130-pound braided line as a ...Read full story