The wife and i went to muscatine put the boat in and tooled down the river, went a spot "friend of mines dock" to catch some shad with the cast net. only threw a few times and had about 8 or 9 shad. i didn't think that was too bad, the wife says hey i think you have enough of them lets get going. LOL so we meander over to a wing dam and commence to bait up. I desided i'd use some of the fresh caught shad. and a another rod i'd use stinky bait. the wife is sticking to stinky. well we fished there for about 5 minutes and WHAM fish on, darn she got the 1st fish. not too bad was about 5 lbs or so. In the mean time i sitting there waiting patiently for my bait caster to start singing.. Never happened. at that spot then Wham she catches another one on stinky bait another nice cat about 6-7 lbs. I was like what the heck i'm sitting in the same boat and didn't even get a hit. We fished that spot for another 30 or so minutes with no hits for me. So we headed into the back water where i knew there was a slight hole 9 foot to 14 foot slow drop. Now that is where I had the best luck i ended up catching a cat after about 25-30 minutes of sitting there. We had a great time and ended up with 7 keepers. I even ended up catching a fresh water Drum on a shad i had to guess that the drum was 5-7 lb range. All in all was a great day on the mississippi river specially after a slump in catching. 1st time using shad and i caught fish with them.