My luck just keeps getting better it seems. I decided on an impromptu trip to St. Vincent Lake after picking John up from work today. Got parked, set up, and rods out by about 5:00. By 5:30, I had my first carp of the day. This one wasn't as big as the ones from the other day, but still put up a nice fight. We had fun watching the baby ducks playing around us for awhile. And we watched the horde of panfish that was swimming along the shoreline bump our lines. It was a nice way to pass the time until.......I caught my first catfish!!!!! The reel was screaming as the line was pouring off. I quickly tightened the drag and started reeling in fast so that the fish didn't cross the other lines. By the way this thing fought, I could've sworn it was another carp, though maybe a bit smaller. To my surprise, I see this little catfish flop at the top of the water about 15 feet away from me. I was both shocked and laughing hysterically at the fight this little fish put up. By the time I pulled him up on shore and grabbed him for a few pictures, it hit me that this was my first catfish. Yeah, it was only about 12 inches long and maybe a pound, but how exciting. Everyone's got to start somewhere, right? :roll_eyes: It was a cute little thing regardless and John and I keep going back and forth on the exact species. It's dark skin resembles a flathead, but the silvery sides and white underbelly indicate channel. There's a slight shovel shape to it's head, but there's also a slight fork in it's tail. So I'm thinking baby flathead and John says dark colored channel. It didn't look at all like the bullhead we saw the other day in that lake, but who knows anymore. So what do you guys think? (sorry if it's hard to tell with the pictures) After that I was on an adrenaline and excitement high. We rounded out the trip with another larger carp and decided to call it an evening. Another fantastic trip at St. Vincent Lake. I do believe we'll be headed back there again tomorrow. Why break a great streak like this? :big_smile: Here are a few fun pictures, including the new fishing rod air freshener John gave me. I'll put a few extra pictures for ID help in the next post.