Stared the "skunk" straight in the eye last night.......I blinked. I was able sit on 6 separate spots in the mighty Mississippi -- 20-25 minutes each. The deep hole below the dam, a sandbar, a dike, and 3 ledges yielded not a single bite. I was in water from 18 feet to 51 both fast and slow. There seem to be an abnormal amount of current below the dam as it took 18 oz to get down. Carp, shad and goldeneye were the baits. Wow.....things are slow or the fish have just changed (alot). I'm not sure which or even what I would do different if I went tonight (I'm not). I was going to take a snapshot of the fish finder when I saw what I thought were the blue cats, but I didn't see squat last night. I suspect that tells me something. I wish something would change.