Since I like to post now and then to brag a bit when I have a good trip, I figured it was only fair to report on a less successful outing. It seems like whenever I decide to explore and try to learn new areas, I end up liking my old haunts that much more. I decided to try fishing a bit upriver from my usual stomping grounds - someplace where the river runs in the same direction all the time. I did OK with sunfish on my little beetle spins, but not great. The river was running a bit faster than I am used to. I did notice a pattern where a lot of my redbreast came from the point where an outside bend just started to turn into an inside bend. At dark I set up for cats and put out live sunfish. Long story short, I got 2 blue catfish, but could not buy a flathead. I tried deep, shallow, along the willows, along some lilly pads, on snags, mid-river, ... I tried about every type of spot I could think of, but no flatties. It seems like I would have bumped into one just by dumb luck. OH well, I guess I'll blame it on the full moon. I fished until a bit after midnight, and then called it a night and packed up.