I'm happy to report that I had a chance to hit the river in my Whaler today (12-31-07) from noon to 5 and caught two blues at 17.5 and 18 lbs. Both were released in great health of course as all my fish are. Both came on 5-6 inch live shad in 20 feet of water. I MISSED another 5 great runs and also had many other taps thru out the day, so I feel like I only had a decent day that could have been a great day. I'm still trying to decided the hook of choice for these blues...???? Trying lots of different styles and sizes. Another boat came close to me and after seeing me catch the first 18 lb'r.... they asked if they could tie up kinda close, but not in my way, and I saw them catch two blues around the same size. I told them where they could catch bait, so i'm assuming they where also fishing like I was. Also notice the one close-up pic of the 17.5 lb blue.......it had a forked whisker on one side only.....I've never seen that before. Anybody else???? Happy New Year everybody!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!