I met my fishing partner at 5:00 am Friday morning at his place in Wynn. We headed to the Lower St. Francis below Huxtable Pumping Station for a day of fishing. We had decided Thursday night to set a few bank lines as we went down river and then Rod and Reel fish the rest of the day. Our plan was to pull the lines as we headed back to the landing. We were on the river by 6:20. First five lines set and baited across from the landing. Two more before we left the flood way. One across from the mouth of the flood way and so on it went until we had set 20 lines total. That gave us 100 hooks fishing while we made our way toward the mouth of the Mississippi. We set up on our first hole about a mile above the mouth at 8:30. We didn't even get a tap!!!! That was the story of the morning and early afternoon. Nothing to show and only a few, very few bites and no runs.:crying: I actually caught the first fish at 3:00 pm. It was good solid 3lb blue. On that hole we had a couple more bites but no runs. At 3:30, we headed for the landing and our first line. The first three lines we ran were empty.:sad: The next one was gone!!!! The cotton staging has broke and we lost everything except the name tag. On the next line, we had a 2lb blue which we promptly lost as we took him off the line. He slipped out of my partners hand, hit the side of the boat, and back into the river.:sad: We just sat and had a good chuckle on that one. It was perfect picture of our day. The next line also has a fish. This one we landed. The next line was empty. The next three line all had fish. Things were looking up. To make this a little quicker, we ended up with 11 fish total. The largest four were: a Blue that went 11lb and 11 oz, a Blue that went 10lb and 15oz, a Channel that went 9lb and 15oz, and a Channel that went 9lb and 10oz. Of the other 7, we only had two below 3lbs and most would average about 4lbs. All in all it ended up a pretty good day with a total catch of real close to 60lbs of fish. Although we both were hoping the Rod and Reel fishing would be better, it was still a great day on the river. I'm ready to do it again!!!!!!