Went looking for a new place to fish the Mississippi from the bank last night. Found a spot that was easy enough to get to and looked promising enough at first. Got our poles set up and settled down for what I thought was gonna be a long night. We weren't there for more than about 20 minutes when a giant splash hit the water. In the dark we thought it was a fish and right away got excited that we may of found a great spot. Soon after that we figured out what had made the splash......a large river otter. Swimming around, going under water and reappearing right where we were fishing! Then there wasn't one, but 2 of the darn things and they were wrestling in the water. They moved closer to the shore (which scared my girl friend to death almost...lol) and we could see these things were about the size of medium dogs easily close to 40lbs. each. They eventually moved off for awhile, but eventually came back. We didn't stay for more than a couple hours after seeing them. Didn't even get one bite the whole time we were there. But, it was kind of a pretty night with the lights on the river from the barges and the upclose wildlife show we enjoyed ourselves.