New Member/longtime viewer! I'm from Wisconsin(relocated to Missouri) so fishing for catfish is only something I've picked up in the last couple of years. I've got 19ft aluminum boat with a 70hp Evinrude so I think I'm o.k. there. I'm wondering what kinds of commercial anchors people have the best luck with? People have told me slip/fluke anchors work well but I want to know what other people think before I go and buy one. I'm also wondering what people suggest with respect to safety. I always carry more than one anchor, a couple sharp knives,and plenty of life jackets/throw cushions along with the required stuff. I usually have an extra 10 hp motor along on the Mississippi. Do most people only use 1 motor or do they have a backup? I had a MAJOR scare downtown(St. Louis) last year and I would have probably been in a world of trouble if I didn't have the second motor. I'm guessing even a large trolling motor wouldn't do much on that river. I'm also wondering if there is an emergency Coast Gaurd/Water Patrol number. Any additional safety advice would be appreciated. It seems like everyone that fishes the river, has a few close call stories so I would like to do everything I can to avoid them/deal with them if necessary. I've had my best luck on the Mississippi river right downtown. I don't catch a lot of fish but 3 over 40 were caught last year in my boat. All are released. I normally fish the Poplar Street Bridge down to the Jefferson Barracks Bridge. I'm wondering how the fishing is South and North of these places. I'm looking for some areas with less barge traffic/moored barges. I've wanted to try the McKinley Bridge area and the Chain of Rocks area and maybe Alton but don't know anyone who fishes there regularly and would like some advice on what people target in those areas(structure/holes) and if they are worthwhile. The same goes for south of the JB. I appreciate everyones help/advice. I don't know where I'd be without this site and everyone's helpful advice.