The question my buddy Matt asked me as we laid his new personal best back in the water last night. "Is it a 50?" Well, the answer was nope, but it was very close to reaching that magical mark. Last night we snuck out on the water to give a couple of casts before bedtime. We hit the water at about 8 pm knowing that there was only time to fish maybe a couple of spots. While I haven't been fishing as much as in the past, I have snuck out for an hour here and an hour there the last couple of weeks, and I have located some really nice fish. Last night, my goal was to put a beast in the boat, and with the help of Matt, we did just that. Matt, Katie, and Myself (with Woody watching of course) were fishing spot number two just before dark when the fish struck and the battle was on. This was a very cool battle for the simple fact that it was Katies first time seeing it happen. Up until this point she had only heard me talk about it, and I must admit, I think she was a little surprised by the insanity that takes place. It was funny when everything was said and done, she looked over at me, shaking her head and said "I can't do that. are you crazy!" This 49.5 incher went airborn 4 times and tail-walked the surface for half of the battle. A great sight to see, a good hour on the water, and now Matt has a new personal best. As he put it, "Man am I glad we came out tonight!" Keep on Livin The Dream!