I'll let you all decide how this night should be remembered.... My girls came home from their summer with the mother last weekend and have been wanting to fish since the plane landed. I've never taken any of my kids out on the Mississippi so was reluctant to do so, but they wanted a big fish. After much discussion we decided that we would try Alton Marina for the day. Me Deb and my oldest Daughter Melissa put in and took off on unknown waters in search of a big Blue. Bait seemed to be impossible to find and the amount of large boats flying around up above the dam was frustrating. We finally ended up with 2 Asians, a small Buffalo, a common Carp, and small small Shad. set up on our first hole, it wasn't dark yet so the boats were still flying around and the water was real choppy due to the wind blowing straight up the river. Sat there for awhile and decided that we needed some tunes so popped a CD in the radio and sat there with out even a nibble to show for it. We hit a second hole and some different music and still nothing. It was now dark and there wasn't much moving around on the water, but because of the wind the water was still pretty rough. We decided to move to our next spot and as soon as fired up the motor the Asians started flying these same fish that wouldn't come close to jumping in during daylight hours now were flying up everywhere. Melissa was screaming and at one point when one landed in her lap she about jumped out of the boat. We set up on our 3rd hole of the night and still not even a nibble to show for it. We did have plenty of bait since 2 more Asians jumped in the boat. We were into our 3rd CD at this time and had listened to Styx, The Doobie Brothers, and a CD of my daughters featuring much newer artists.....After awhile we started moving again and the asians started flying again this time I had one fly right at my face, go over my head and slap me in the forehead with his tail before hitting my daughter in the face, landing on the floor bounce around under my chair and slap me in the ass.....This was not looking like a good idea at all. We threw 3 more out of the boat and set up on our 4th hole. At this point it was time to change CD's again and I rememberded something that Willie has said one time. "You've got to ply the Blues if you want to catch the Blues" So I pop in my Eric Clapton Blues CD and into the 3rd song the middle pole bends over and Melissa is reeling in her first Mississippi River Blue. a 13.5 lbs. fish that she handled all by herself. Deb caught a 7.5lbs. Channel and I got a 5lbs. Blue the Cd ended and we didn't get another bite all nite long. Right as the sky started to lighten the rain drops started to fall. I woke up Deb and we started reeling in lines it was time to head for the house. But the Asians decided they were gonna put on one more show before we left. Moving down river at about 20mph they start flying up everywhere, I mean we had at least 20 in the air at one time landing in the boat, one hit me in the chest, landed in Deb's lap.....It was crazy! Stopped the boat to get the nasty things out of the boat and got going again only to have to stop 2 more times to remove the hitchikers. All in all we threw about 15 of the slimy bastages back in the river. My boat is covered with nasty asian slime form one end to the other. I'll post some pics of the girls fish later when my eyes are able to focus on something again.