Well, yesterday and today weren't as hot and heavy as usual. A fellow really needs to get up and get going earlier in the day. Yesterday, my brother-in-law and I only caught 6...with me only catching 1! I thought I was going to slit my wrists for pete's sake. Good fishing lately has got me spoiled. Today, I went out with d1d1d, aka Dan from Iowa City. I was a little embarrassed that we weren't catching any fish for the first hour or so although Dan was very gracious. I had figured it'd be pretty good during the day with the clouds and wind and all. Places where I've been doing well didn't produce. We trolled the channel, we tried wind drifting, we trolled shallow water. I think we only had 2 fish when I nailed a 9 lber in channel water...or should I say a 9 lber nailed me. After that, we boated probably another 8-10 fish while trolling for, seriously, at least 4 miles. They were all in deeper channel water and they were all nice ones. I'm sure we averaged 5 lbs all told with only 1 fish less than 4 lbs...all caught and released. It seems kind of funny to me that a few weeks back, when it was hotter than blue blazes, I could only catch them in 3-6 ft of water. It cools off a little and clouds up...you'd think they'd be feasting in the shallows...and you have to fish the channel to catch them. I think I'll never quite figure out what the heck a fish wants on a given day. I've seen enough to know that a fellow needs to get out there early or go in the evenings at least for now. I think a little later, they oughtta bite a little better in the afternoons. I saw Clayton with his mother. I believe he told me that they boated 12. He started at 6:30 AM. Clayton, be a good bloke and tell everybody how many fish Ma caught. You're such a good son:big_smile: Well, that's enough for now. I have to get rested up for the state fair tomorrow. They're having a catfish show at the cattle barn and I have groom and blowdry my catfish. Mike.