Several people have sent me PM's on what I've been doing recently to be catching fish. Here it is, I hope this will help some of you, I know it has helped me! This is the best year I have ever had in my pursuit of these fish. I have been fishing for them primarily since 2004 but started in 2001. I have spent soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo many hours on the river, I don't even know if I can count that high!:wink: I have been fishing the Melvin Price stretch for the most part this year. Once in awhile I'll venture down town for a change of scenery, There are alot of big fish in that stretch of river. (Melvin Price) Sometimes you have to have a variety of bait to see what the hell they will be eating. Sometimes they want filets, sometimes the heads, sometimes chunks. It changes, why? I have no idea! That's why I really enjoy going after these fish. They can be so picky and wishy washy so to speak. When I start out I'll present several kinds of bait, shad, skipjack, herring, asain carp. I'll try different cuts, filets, gutpockets, chunks, heads. I'll usually fish 4-5 poles and each one will have a different bait on it. Then I wait to see which one they hit! And when they do I feel a great sense of accomplishment because I have discovered what they want to eat at that particular time/day. If I don't get a fish in the boat within the first 20-25 minutes of getting all my lines out, I move. Even if they are just nibbling on it. I am after the hungry fish, I want the fish that just slam the pole to the water!! If I am sitting in a spot and getting nibbles but no slammers, I move!! Bottom line, if the fish are hungry, they will slam that bait and run with it! I won't stick around and wait to see if those nibblers hook themselves, I am after the fish that want to eat and eat aggressively. I have just recently started doing this and it has REALLY worked! You can't argue with the results! I also look for changes on the river bottom, your graph will tell you where the blues are. I personally have turned the "fish identifier" off on my graph. I STRICTLY read the bottom of the river, this too has been instrumental in my recent success! If I see dramatic changes in the river floor, I anchor and fish, sometimes I need 16 ounces of weight to get my bait to the river floor but it works!! When I change locations, I also rebait with fresh bait. Fresh is best. I sometimes spend up to two hours catching bait before I start "fishing". I want a large selection of different baits so I can figure out what they want to eat and how they want the bait. I hope this will help, I know as far as I'm concerned this has produced the best/largest fish I have EVER caught!!