Well open water catfishing started out decent this year and went quickly downhill from there,I'm not done yet but am losing hope for anymore good fishing before ice up as the water is getting cold,but you never know. I can't remember a year of catfishing when I've had as many skunkings as this one,big fish were scarce,and even the smaller fish didn't cooperate that well. I did spend alot more time targeting big fish which probably contributed to at least a few good skunkings. I did hook a couple monster flats this year but failed to do more than get a glimpse of them before they spit the hook. One would have easily been a new state record,if not a world record,I've been around some big fish before but this one dwarfed them,it was lost at the bank:sad2:. That incident has kept the faith flowing that there are bigger,tougher fish out there. just getting lucky enough to get a decent strike has not been in my cards this year. Next year I'll have to hit it twice as hard during prime big cat season,and maybe take a couple fishing trips where I'm not after record breakers to kind of keep up the spirits some. How was you year?