I was working today, and went to one of the boat ramps on the missouri river. I saw that there was a small catfish tournament going on today there on the river. One of the contestants pulled off the river early du to boat problems and told me weighins were at 3:00pm, I decided to stick around to see how these guys who fish tournaments had done. After all I was out on the river the last couple days, in the same general area, and hadn't had a bite. First boat came off the water, turns out it was the host of the tournament. Said he only caught three small ones. Well I'm thinking to myself...hey this guy does this kind of stuff all the time, therefore if HE only caught three small ones, maybe It's not me, has to be the fish not biting...right! Well I followed the 'ol boy to the parking lot and was bull-s**tin with him when the boats started come up....that's when I realized it MUST be me. These guys had live wells full of fish...not just 5-10 pounders, but fish that I would consider trophy size fish! One contestant needed two guys to get a MONSTER 80 pound cat out of his livewell!! Needless to say, I was awe stricken. He went on to tell me that he lost one that was bigger than the one he had pulled into the boat!! He was fishing by himself and he said that fish got caught up and tangled in his other lines that were in the water and that caused his line to break. The amazing thing is...he didn't win, he weighed in 3 fish for a total weight of 106 pounds. The winner weighed in a total of 6 fish with a total weight of 150 pounds!!! These guys told me that they were using shad, which I use also. So...if we're using the same bait and fishing the same water, then WHAT THE HECK ARE THEY DOING THAT I'M NOT?!! From the fishing results I've had recently, I would have told you that there aren't any dang fish in that river!! These guys sure proved that is not the case, there are fish...Good quality size fish!! So if anybody wants to fish the missouri river....or any where for that matter...I am throwing out an invitation to anybody that wants to go out on a nice boat and maybe show me a trick or two, cause what I'm doing is not producing the results I'm after! :cursing: Anyway, I guess I'm finished ranting and raving. The invite still stands!