My Grandpa used to take me fishing when I was a kid, but that was a long time ago. I've really not picked up a pole till this year. Guys, I am so new to this whole catfish fishing thing, that I have yet to catch my first catfish (of any kind and any size) yet this year. However, now at the age of 45, the kids out of the house, and my wonderful wife encouraging me to "find a hobby", I have found fishing to be exactly what I am looking for. I like all the new technolgy as well as the "ol' timer secrets", and most of all like that this isn't easy! My comment/question to you all is... how do you all make it through till the next time you can go fishing? It seems like I am spending WAY too many hours reading all the forums here at BOC and then all I can think about is getting back out to the water. I've drooled at items at the sporting goods store and have spent hours stalking items on eBay. Shoot I have even been spending my nights out in the back yard picking up nightcrawlers. All that only seems to add to my .... ummm...frustration. What works for you? What might help me? Is this serious? Do I need help? LOL.. so many questions and far too few answers.