I woke up this morning with an urge to soak a line (like today is any different) and was thinking about new water. So I gave a call to BOC member Catfishslick, you may have read his post about the close call he had coming home from a fishing trip this month. Phil said that he would be happy to go once he completed a meeting this morning, so I said I would swing by his place in a while. I got dressed had a cup and a bite and hit the road. After a two hour drive from my house to Taft and another call for specific directions I pulled up a Phil's house. He showed me his home and his projects that he has been working on. He also showed me the sturdy pole holders that he makes and when I admired his handy work he gave one of them to me. Thank you, Phil. They're very nice holders and I'm sure to purchase one like them would be around $10.00. Well, Phil completed his meeting and we loaded his gear into the back of my old Dodge truck and headed out. From Phil's house to the duct is around 5 miles by road and a short walk of around 200 ft, at least where we went today. We baited up our hooks and put our lines out and settled down to wait on the whisker fish. I was using Catmando beef liver and Slick was using some special beef liver mix that he made up, yes, he told me what was in it but I figure if he wants to tell any one, it ain't up to me. While sitting there on the bank we chatted about hunting and fishing, our kids and grand kids and just about anything else that come up. We never got a bite in the 4 hrs we were out there but I feel the trip was well worth it as I now have a new fishing buddy and hopefully we will get the chance to hunt together in the coming year. I know the next time I head over into the San Joaquin valley to fish I'll be giving my new friend a call.