my name is russell and i've been reding here for a little over a week. i've been a wannabe catfisherman all my life, but only in the past week have i had good success. it's amazing what you can do when you learn tips from others. up until now i've been going on what my dad taught me years ago. anyway, i've caught 4 channels, two blues, a turtle and a snake if some kind :confused2: in the past week. i have been fishing a creek that meets the arkansas just outside of cleveland. i've also finally been using the cast net i bought last year to catch shad for bait. again, thanks for letting me read your input.