Well, I went to Rockland for the last time this year. I thought I would have a decent day when I landed a 3.5lb smallie at mid-day, but the bite just went to Hell. The sun came out and I couldn't buy a bite. I wanted to catch some crappie in the pilings, but I wasn't even marking fish. In general, I wasn't marking many fish all afternoon. Then at 4:00, with little daylight left, it was like a light switch went off. The smallies and something else went nuts. I switched to a Shad pattern Poes, and I caught another 3lb smallie just north of the "jetty". Then when I approached the "horseshoe" flat, I thought for sure I was snagged...then my rod buckled over....I had a fish... it charged the boat and then sounded like a tuna. I don't know what it was, because I lost it. It was very very heavy. It almost felt like it was gonna break my rod. I lost it because my drag was too tight and it just got unbuttoned. Perhaps it was one of the rare Tiger Muskies, or a HUGE smallie. Didn't fight like a largie. 'The one that got away'. Then, with the wind howling, I nailed back to back smallies on consecutive casts and had another big hit near the boat. Thanks Rockland for an enjoyable year!