Fished the upper New River this week-end and learned a couple of DOS and DONTs which I would like to pass along for other newbies like me . 1. If you are going to use circle hooks, DO use them on all of your rods you are fishing with at the time. (Or mark them somehow so you will know which have circle hooks on them and which dont its got to be an old age thing, cant remember anything.) 2. If you are going to use circle hooks DONT box their jaws, load the poll and start reeling. (Another hard lesson learned as I reeled in an empty circle hook and no bait) 3. It you are going to use circle hooks, DO use them on all of your rods you are fishing with at the time. (That was a hard lesson learned and worth repeating! See #4.) 4. DONT let a catfish load up a rod with a Kayel hook on it and try to reel him in without boxing his jaws, probably wont work. (At least I got to see him up close to the boat before he spit the Kayel hook out in my face!) 5. DO read and re-read and then read again, everything your fellow brothers and sisters of the BOC are saying on this board, matters not if they are talking to you or another member, it all applies and will to teach you, then DO go out and put it into practice. (You will have a ball catching catfish!) 6. Mud turtles, or snapping turtles as we call them around here, do not care if that fresh cut bluegill was for the catfish, they love them too .DO take a pair of needle nose pliers with you to relieve the turtle of your circle hook in its mouth. 7. DONT get mud in the boat on or around the spot where your wife likes to sit and fish! 8. DO consult your wife before putting your homemade 2 PVC pipe rod holder right where she likes to sit and fish! (This way you will avoid the effort of putting the rod holder in and then taking it out again and moving it.) 9. DO separate all snelled hooks and leaders into separate baggies or somehow unless you got plenty of time to unravel the mess the leaders make when you dont! ( DO watch Big Georges video on how to snell hooks all the way through! ..I should have. ) 10. If you are fishing brush piles in heavy current DO take many more sinkers than you think you will need. (Where on here did I read about using slinky sinkers in brush piles to avoid getting hung up and loosing everything? See #14) 11. Not all structure shows up on the depth finder, especially underwater rocks in front of the boat or floating logs in fast current. DO boat safely! (Thank goodness I am old and slow, cause I still have an intact lower unit.) 12. Do fish structure! (Is this a bass fishing site? See #12) 13. If you are talking to 2 bass fishing guides, DO give them a flyer from the BOC! (But beware, they get a little touchy about the a largemouth bass being depicted as a baitfish for catfish! I was trying to recruit them into the BOC, might still join up, I hope they do!) 14. If you do not have a livewell in your boat, DONT cut the only stringer you own into 6-8 inch strips and fill them with BBs to make slinky sinkers up, just because it was the only hollow type cord you had. ( BBs probably arent heavy enough anyway, try O or OO buckshot. And flat shoestrings are not hollow; I worked 5 minutes trying to open a flat shoe string because I thought they were, DO use round bootlaces to make your slinky sinkers and remember to use them when you are fishing brush piles in heavy current. See #10) 15. If they are not biting on the bottom, DO try a three-way swivel and get your bait up off of the bottom, or a long leader and a slip cork float to float it up off the bottom, both work very well at getting the bait to the fish. 16. When you come in off the river and DONT leave you rods lying in the boat with you cut gill hanging over the edge just in the water, a catfish WILL help himself or herself to your cut gill. (Thanks to the circle hook, got the catfish, did not loose the rod and reel, this time.) I hope this little list will help somebody out there, I really got a laugh out of learning most of these both DOs and DONTs. I am not too old to laugh at my mistakes, I sure do laugh a lot here lately. And finally, DO enjoy the pursuit of our beloved catfish, practice CPR with the big boys and take a kid fishing!