I've been halfway trying for my MA Channel Cat. I just don't have the patience to sit there with bait & wait for something to happen. Today I decided to help thin out some stunted crappie in one of our local small lakes.
Got a little momentum on crappie and a paddleboard "convoy" decided to wallow out my hole. I decided to drift out deep and drag my jig behind the boat. At first I thought I had a log, then she moved her shoulders. I think it took about 10 seconds for her to realize she was hooked on my ultralight. That gave me just enough time to "tune" my drag for battle.
She made 8-10 runs and stretched my 4 lb line to the limit. Of course I had no net on board, so I gave her the bass thumb (ouch). A few inches shy of MA, but a good surprise on a little city lake.