Hey, just wanted to say thanks to everybody who's taken the time to answer one of my goofy questions or post some good info. Caught my biggest fish today, a 25# blue, and never would have done it without all the tips I got here. Before I found this site, I thought a Zebco 202, a worm, and 1oz of weight was gear to catch big fish in the MO river. It can be done, I guess, but I'm having a lot better luck since I started using the advice I got here (baitcast reels, catching my own shad, circle hooks, etc.) The fish is in my profile pic and other than a sore lip and a bad disposition, he's swimming in the river like nothing ever happened, so everybody's happy Thanks again!