It has been a year since I joined the BOC, how time has flown . I just finished off a big pan of cats ,yes I do eat some of what I catch, and got to thinking of the past season. Last year at this time I would have still been bowhunting crazy holding on to that last tag till the last moment, to avoid the long dry spell till April.In 2007 I probably boated maybe a hundred fish and seldom left the Scioto, hardly went to a lake because they were just bad news for me. Would have kept about every fish I caught at a lake,not so much at the river because its so dirty, of course the lake fish would not have amounted to many.The Ohio would have seemed a thousand miles away and any lake not in spitting distance was too far. I might have gone on fifteen trips all year. All things changed in January of last year, I read that cats can and are caught through the winter, changed me forever. I still never made it out till March, and never caught a fish even then. In April I went three times and caught maybe twenty, most small ones fishing at the Scioto. May ,work tied me down for most of the month. June marked a change in my habits that I never recovered from till, well never. Got a small trihull and started hitting the lakes to try something new. Now I had heard of drifting, but not for cats, but the BOC library and brothers spelled out the hows and I vowed to make it work. It didn't work in June but we managed to catch a few fish anchoring on old stumps rocks and other cover.July was more of the same but we got better at drifting and boated a couple but the biggest part of our fish were caught anchored down . August altered my life, we fished two or three days a week,we caught twenty or thirty fish a day drifting the lakes. It became hard to do any daily function without some thought of fishing. We studied the BOC sites like there was a test at the end. Hobby turned obsession, we became ate up. Our wives threated us with bodily harm if we didn't get out of the boat. So I bought a bigger boat, just in case we had to move on board. To appease the wives we developed Catfish Wednesday, of course I have a calender that says Sunday, Wednesday ,Wednesday, Wednesday ,Wednesday, you get the picture, but we cut our fishing down to two days a week. The info on this site kept pushing us to bigger fish and higher numbers. One hundred fish last year and here I was catching a hundred a month, I really don't expect most of you to believe this we could hardly believe it ourselves. Then we went to the big river and were humbled. All those huge fish everyone talks about and we caught six little channels, the drift didn't work for us at Point Pleasant. We came back home and continued to slaughter fish drifting. Then we went to the Buckeye Lake tourny,and were humbled again when we found that we couldn't drift in high winds. The BOC library taught us about drift socks and buckets and how to slow a boat down, it also told us that fishing just one stlye would not always work. The fall brought in bow season and I was able to resist its pull for a couple weeks before succombing .For the first time in a long time I was in a hurry to get deer in the freezer, because I had other things to do. I had a sport to master and I couldn't do it from a treestand. We kept hitting the lakes and the Ohio some more,we caught fish right past Thanksgiving and right up till Christmas. Now we set back and reflect on the past and study the posts to prepare for the future, Knowing for us at least there is going to be no downtime till April. Come spring we will still be fishing only difference is we will have some new techniques and a backup plan, maybe slip bobbers or planers, who knows. The one thing I do know for sure is all this new found joy I owe to you guys and gals on the BOC, and I thank you. If I knew how to give reps to all of you I would surely do so.