I went out on the Mississippi with Ryan today. It was my first time fishing down south. The river below the JB bridge is completely different from the Alton area. I liked it a lot, it's just such a long drive for me. Anyways, I introduced Ryan to my crude setup of a catfishing rig. I think he enjoyed being able to lay back on the lounge seats while waiting on kitties though. :wink: The weather for December was perfect. The temperature was rising all day long. It was the warmest after dark. And we didn't catch a rain drop all day long despite the weather forcast. We probably didn't get out on the water till a little after 11 am. And we ended up pulling the boat out of the water around 10ish this evening. We setup on the first hole and within about 15 or 20 minutes my pole broke up the conversation with some severe screaming. It wound up being a 38 lber. (tied my PB) And that sucker put up a great fight. :big_smile: While we were taking the photos, my other rod started bucking and screaming. I grabbed it and fought about a minute and he broke the leader. It felt as though he had me wrapped around a rock. But for the minute I got to fight him he felt like he has some weight to him. :confused2: After that we tried a couple other holes without much luck. Ryan was playing with some little rats here and there. But I don't think it was anything big enough to fit the bait in it's mouth. Then Ryan finally pulled in a 7.5 lber. A hole or two later I managed to let two more decent fish get away without getting hooked up. (shut up Ryan) And then Ryan's pole starts bucking and he caught a 27.5 lber. Which also put up a good fight. So all in all it turned out to be a good day. Thanks again Ryan for showing me around down there. Oh, on the way back we had a couple hairy moments with some very large waves. Lets just say it washed the deck of my toon off pretty good. :crazy: Anyways, I can't wait to get back out again!!! Here's some pictures.