Hi everyone. I'm mike. I just started catfishing about 4 weeks ago and new to the site. Ok last night at 7:30pm I ran down to west city park in fetus to hit the creek there (joachim creek). I caught 4- 4" to 6" shad, 1-2" bluegill, and 3 4" to 8" carp or creek chubs. I used a 5' cast net with 3/8" mash. I am not totally sure about the carp or chub. I need to research bait fish more. I headed down to Herculaneum city and went down on the bank right next to the Doe company. I parked half way down the bank and set up on a small "point". I started to fish at 8:30pm and put on the bluegill live and sent him out. I sat for a couple hours with nothing. I finally lost my bait with a snag and lost my sinker. I resinkered my line and cut a shad up and put his head on and nothing. I waited for a couple more hours. The bait stayed on but lost another sinker trying to change to other spots on the bank. At about 12:30am I just took the head off and put another chunk on thinking something fresh might make something happen. Waited for awhile and still nothing. So it was getting late and I had lots of bait still so I cut up the carp and tossed them out in front of me. After 10 min. I noticed something "floating" on top of the water close to the bank right in front of me and it was going up current so I moved to grab the light and a huge splash and it turned out to be a big fish scaring me half to death. I waited for awhile longer and got a good hit bending my pole over but nothing there when I grabed it. I tried different cut bait and changed where I was putting the bait in river but nothing. I was beat and it was about 4:10am and decided to head it in. All in all it's been fun learning and will get better in time. I have lots to work on but I am hooked!!!