Hey everybody! I've been horribly sidetracked for quite a while, but I'm glad to be back in the good company of the BOC! Here's the reason for the post. My dad passed on in November and left me his boat. I'm getting another motor within the next month, so I can be on the water by March, hopefully. Anyhow...we always fished the Missouri near Weldon Springs down to St. Charles or so. The patterns that we usually tried were fishing below the wing dikes, sometimes above them. He was always so convinced that below the dikes were nearly the only place to catch 'em. Love him to pieces, but he was a little stubborn:0a14: . What I'm trying to get to here is, what are some of the patterns that you guys have had success with in early summer? We didn't catch squat to speak of last year, and not much better the year before. I know one of the biggest problems we had was not being more versatile. But, I really don't want to spend another year reeling in baited hooks! I've thought about fishing the channel, but dad was always pretty uncomfortable anchoring in the current, so we didn't get to experiment with that very much. Another pattern I want to try is to fish the really shallow water around some of the sandbars. Is there any merit to the two patterns above? I just hope some of you can shed some light on this for me. We USED to catch fish almost every time we went out. But then the few honey-holes we had filled up with sandbars. Once that happened, we were stuck trying to find new holes. Guess I've got alot to learn about finding new holes, since I haven't found a good one since. Thanks guys----LONG LIVE THE BOC!