Man talk about the agony of defeat ! Hit the big pond tonight for some topwater and imediatly started gettin hammered on the rage toad by the little guys . One after another I would miss the little buggers tuggin on them frog feet . Was about a half an hour in when about 20yrds from shore and about 20 yrds from my boat the ol rage toad goes down again. Set the hook and bam the ol st croix bends over the cinched down drag on my curado starts giving line as my line heads for the shallows , pulling the rod tip high I started horseing managing to retrieve line till my line was almost straight up and down the rod tip thrashing down with every headshake. commenced to deep sea mode pulled her upp and reeled down twice hard and there she blew my biggest bass of the year right off the left toon just out of reach I looked her in the eye! she had to be close to 7 lbs my heart was now going 90 mph as I watch her turn her head and dive once again though the braid held the drag gave and she made a ferocious run towards shore . Then even though I could almost sense it coming there was nothin I could do the line stopped and even though I re gained tension in a split second I new it was over when she came tight without a headshake the ***** had took me to her snag and wrapped me . after just a few seconds of anxious constant pressure wham free line she was gone . heart still pounding head hung low I started to realize How close I had come to my best fish of the year ..........then I thought wow at least I now know they are there not just tales they are there and as stingy as she may have been this year the prizes are there for those who put in the time !!!!! you can bet where I am gonna be for the next few evenings as long as this weather holds. did manage to pull 2 tonight after loosing hawgzilla 1-2 lb range . Plus I know where she hides now !