By nature, I'm a very patient person. Historically, this has served my fishing interests rather well. However this season, my cousin and I (he recently joined the BOC, too) have fished several times this spring in varied spots around Kansas City, with little to no luck: MO River @ Kaw Point and Riverfront Park, James A. Reed Wildlife Area, Blue Springs Lake, Lake Jacomo, Lone Jack Lake, Longview Lake We have used good bait: Live suckers, fresh shad (and frozen), fresh goldeye (and frozen), fresh and frozen chicken livers, frozen turkey livers, Stinkbaits (BeeJay as well as homemade varieties), Orient Express (cut mackerel with blood) And our hardware is pretty solid -- I'm running 8, 10, and 12 foot rods with Penn and Shakespeare spinning reels. Line is everywhere from 20lb Stren to 65lb PowerPro. So why can't we catch any @#*$@ing fish??? We're not stupid -- we make sure that our casts land in the water and everything most of the time. We tie knots and use hooks. We don't use any Snoopy floats (anymore...I lost mine). We don't dunk our bait in DEET. I no longer throw large rocks into the water to see who can make the biggest splash. Obviously, I'm kidding around -- but we're trying our best to bring some fish in. I have even resorted to bringing along a bass rod when at a lake so that I can catch SOMETHING. As I said before, I'm patient -- but my patience is wearing paper thin. It's actually depressing. I think I should invent a new category of country music dedicated to songs about not catching fish. It'll be a mix of blues and country, with lots of swooning pedal steel guitar and lyrics like: "My wife said it was alright If I stayed out all night And I couldn't get a single kitty To sniff my shad and bite I had my lines all set It was a sure thing I would bet That I would catch a trophy blue And bring it back inside my net. (chorus) Hang me up to dry I'll just hang my head and cry Because tonight I've been defeated again I've got no fish to fry And I could write a verse About this dadgummed curse I could even use broken glass for bait And still not do any worse (/chorus)" ALrighty then, maybe I am onto something. Maybe I can catch a laugh or two in the least. But seriously folks, anyone got any tips/hints? I know they're all over the place here but I'm running out of ideas. Any help would be very much appreciated, especially if it helps me put a fish on the line. At this point, I may just start *gulp* bass fishing again.