I went to work early today so I could get home early and do a little fishing. I had everything ready to go last night so I could get home this afternoon and just change clothes and get in my truck and head to the lake with the boat. On my way home, I was thinking about catfishing. I was thinking about sinker slides, large circle hooks, and slip corks to keep the bait off the bottom. I was running things through my mind and thinking of ways to improve my skills. I stopped at a little store to get me a cold drink and they had a little fishing supply section. While I was there, I bought some small treble hooks "prepared catfish bait, and a couple of corks. I was thinking about what Luke Clayton had said about channels being shallow right now and thought my daughter might like to get in on the action sometime this weekend. I got home about 6:30 and headed out for the lake, which is only 10 minutes from my house. I was by myself and as I backed the boat int he water, I got to thinking about how much weight I was going to attach to the team catfish sinker slide. I headed across the lake to a rocky wind blown point which on one side is the main body of the lake and the other a protected cove. As I through out my anchor I thought that I'd pull it up and try the other side in the protected cove. I opened my rod box and reached for my rods. I normally fish with 6500 C3's and absolutely love them. I saw my daughters rods which are ugly sticks with rhino spin casters on them. I left my rods where they were, turned off the sonar, and drug out my daughters rods. I re rigged them with just a cork, a bobber stop, and a small treble hook. I fished until dark with the light tackle and had a blast catching small channels. I ended up with 12 channels, one turtle, and two sticks. One of the sticks was the biggest i've ever caught....lol The point is, sometimes we try to hard. I guess we can blame it on ourselves for improving our catfishing skills and always trying to outfish ourselves. I've outfished myself more times than I can count, but i've also been skunked while trying to catch "the one". I'm like everyone else, I'm rigging for the beast and hoping to catch a new personal best. But after today, I'm thinking that every once in a while i'm going to forget what I know and just go out and fish. It sure is fun!