Just wanted to give a shout out to all my fellow fisherman to say hello and that I'm excited about becoming a new member of the BOC. This site is outstanding and chocked full of useful information. I have fished since a child, but have never fished for cat that much, until a co-worker took me fishing with him to lake Barkley and we caught some nice blues. Well to say the least, the fish were not the only thing that got hooked on that first trip. It was the most exciting fishing trip that I had ever been on. I did not catch any fish over 20lbs, but I witness the catching of blues up to 50 lb.and I can't even begin to express the sense of excitment. After returning home, I went shopping and purchased ABU7000's and rods. I was fortunate enough to learn several things from my friend in the two trips we took. For someone new to this way of fishing it was hard to digest the fact that out of all the big fish that we caught anything over 10lbs he released. After a lenghthy discussion on the whys of catch and release of these monsters, I came to a cold realization that its the right thing to do to insure future enjoyment for all. He explained it to the point that when I released the next nice fish that I had caught, I actually felt good. But you can bet I purchased a cheap disposable camera to carry with me now on any trip I will be taking in the future. When my friend was relocated to Indonesia and I haven't had the chance to go back to Barkley because I don't have a boat. I'm in the process of looking for and purchasing a boat now. This is going to be a blast and I know I have a lot to learn. As an interm to getting the boat is there any of my brothers out there.. that could tell me if there are any good places for catching catfish from the bank around the Cheatham dam/lake area, Clarksville, Old Hickory or Percy Priest Areas. Thanks again... see you on the water!