I have a short time connection to the web right now and wanted to post this while it lasts. Monday I got a wild hair for some Yuma fishing and contacted my buddy Joe. He said he was up to a road trip so we headed out about mid-day from his house in Riverside. On the way down the road I called Gary (tofish) to ask about bait shops 'cause the stores I stopped at here were out of Macs, but got his voice mail and left a message. We got to the river at Imperial Dam after sundown and drove around looking for access to some of the old places I used to fish when I lived in Yuma, But it apears as if most of the best fishing spots there have been blocked to drive up fishing and Both Joe and I have limited mobility so we drove over to Mittry to find shore access with parking close by. We parked at the launch ramp and decided to fish from that nice aluminum dock. While unloading our gear Gary returned my call from earlier, It turns uot he was out on the river fishing upstream from Martinez when I called But had to cut his trip short due to electrical problems on board. Gary kindly offered to meet us at Mittry in the AM and bring us a couple of macs he had in his freezer as he said they were not readily available in Yuma. So we set up and fished the night using crawlers dipped in Hog Wild original dip bait. Besides a continous bite by tiny cats at the dock I did land one channel about 4lbs. nothing else of any size seemed to bite. Just before sunrise the gills started popping next to the dock so I put on a small hook and harvested a little flathead bait. We drove into Yuma and had some eggs and coffee at Brownies cafe (seems to me the food was better there 30 years ago) and headed backout to Mittry, just before we got here Gary called and suggested we try an access spot close to the turn for Bettys kitchen so we set up there and fished. After a while Gary showed upand not only brought us some macs but also some blood bait and riggings to use it properly. He also hung around to dip his line and carry on a BS session with a couple of expert BSers. We continued to fish Mittry the rest of the day in a couple of different locations. The only other fish we landed was a 2lb cat caught at the barrier free access location. We spent the very windy night back at the access near Bettys kitchen as it was sheltered from most of the wind but we got no bites that we could tell due to the high wind. About 3:30am the wind died and the gnats came out in droves, Every time I dozed off I ended up inhaling one of them so I woke Joe and we loaded up our gear and headed for home. I can't thank Gary enough for his generosity and advice. It made the trip worth it to see him again and garner the insight he had to the local fishing. Thanks Gary, and I hope to see you againsoon.