Just some food for thought... I'm a relatively young guy (30) and I just got my first boat. Been a life-long fisherman, but it's always been limited to bank fishing (which I love) and tagging along with others. Now I find myself coming here and to other fishing forums asking questions to get a quick fix and easy answers to loading up the boat with fish. It reminds me of something an old man told me about 15 years ago, a man who mentored me and helped raise me after the loss of my father as a child. We coon hunted together maybe 20 or 30 nights a year and I was amazed at what a good shot he was, especially at night. I asked him how he could shoot so good and he looked at me and said, "Son, you gotta burn powder." In other words, shoot, shoot, then shoot some more. That brings me back to my earlier comment... In fishing, there is no substitute for time on the water. Time on the water does not guarantee you will become a great fisherman, but time OFF the water guarantees you won't. Anything in life that's worth doing, whether it's catching fish or whatever, is worth putting in the time and effort. I find myself guilty of looking for an easy way out sometimes when the real answer is to put in the time and work. If I'm going to become a great fisherman, or father, or husband or anything else, it's going to be because I work for it, not because someone gave it to me. Getting the knowledge is necessary, but applying it is of the most importance. There's no substitution for "burnin' powder," no matter what form that comes in in our lives. Good fishin and burn powder!