I am getting very tired of fishing all the time just to catch nothing. I went to the local lock last year and caught 30 cats in three hours and I was hooked! For about a month I went every day and always caught fish. Then my work went crazy and I worked 80 hours a week all fall and early winter and cound not fish. This winter I found this site and was exicited all winter. I read on this site about how people were catching cats in the cold months and so I spent many days every month freezing my buns off, and no cats. I watched the water temp. slowly rise this spring with mounting excitment , I caught 5000 shad and froze them, I built a boat and bought a new motor. I spent every spare minute on the river, reading this site or studing the life cycles of castfish, and still little to nothing. I must admit defeat. I hate to fail at something I love so bad. So, I start dance lessons today, the waltz, the tango and other ballroom steps. I know I will never be very good at dancing, but when I go dancing I will realy dance. When I go fishing there is just fishing, no catching. I will still go some times ,but I must find a hobby that I can have a chance of haveing a small amount of sucess in.What I needed was an older man who could show me the tricks of the trade . There is only so much that you can learn from books. SO good luck and happy fishin to you.