i think i have suffered the "wrath of the Mellon", like so many other BOC members have! last sunday morning i met up with Mellon to do a little channel fishing from my boat on the great miami river here in ohio. Mellon brought some frozen shad, but i found out today it wasnt "just your ordinary shad". we started out using the shad that he brought, fished for several hours in various spots, and couldnt get bit. Mellon did eventually catch a nice 8lb channel, but i noticed him reach into his cooler and pull out a peice of bait before casting that rod out. didnt think i noticed did ya? i was wonderin what you were up to! well, mellon knows that my sense of smell isnt quite back to normal since the fall i took this winter and i think he took advantage of my situation. that was the only fish caught that day, and since the shad wasnt thawed completely out he tells me "go ahead and take it home, re-freeze it and use it again". today Salmonid and i took a trip to the same location and i brought that shad, along with some of my own shad to use. we fished from 5:30pm to 7:30pm using Mellons shad with no hits at all, when finally Mark asks me if it might be because of the anise extract he smelled in the shad.... "i didnt put anise in them, these were leftovers from.......UH-OH"! i imediately took Mellons shad off and replaced with my stuff. by now its almost dark but we started getting all kinds of hits and ended up boating 4 fish before we had to leave. c'mon man, did you set me up or did you actually think that stuff would work?