the last few weeks i have been fishing the muskingum as much as i can. there has been more and more fishermen due to the new boat ramp, prob. sites like this, and the todays fishing society. this is nothing i didn't expect. i have been flathead fishing for the past 15 yrs. every year this sport has expanded. i remember 10 years ago, you could go and fish almost any local area, go area any night and not see hardly anyone. now it is a fight and tussle to get to your favorite stretch first. i have no problem with this, this tells me our sport is expandidng rapidly...i don't know if it will ever reach the ranks of bass fishing, but it is obviously growing in great proportions. I think it has made me a smarter fisherman for the fact i have to spend more time looking, scouting and even fishing to find areas, that may be overlooked. however, after all these years it still amazes me the people i see and talk to( like last weekend) that are out bank fishing for flatheads, that have 100 yrds. of camp fire...5 plus lanterns, radio, 3, loud drunken wives...and they wonder why they never catch much!!??? i guess my point is, the state of catfishing has improved....but the average idiot hasn't gained much knowledge from it!