Okay, here goes.. the first post is always the hardest, I spoze... Like someone else who's posted here (sorry, don't remember the name), I used to go fishing when I was a kid with my dad... nothing serious, just put a worm on a hook and throw it in... Since then, I pretty much quit fishing for various reasons - time, age setting in, etc... Couple of weeks ago went up to Lake Huron with my brother-in-law for a week to do some walleye fishing, and it brought back a lot of memories - all good... Even though he does a lot of fishing, I still managed to bring in the biggest walleye at 22" / 4-5lbs, and man, it felt good!! Since I've been back from that trip I've had the "bug" - bad. Now I'm going to Knox Lake about 2 - 3 times a week, and so far have managed to grab a couple of 14" channels along with a 24" and a 25" (my personal best - I'd post a pic of it but I can't find the USB cable for my camera :embarassed: )... After reading a bunch of the posts here and watching the videos - I've decided it would scare the bejeezus outta me to snag onto some of the fish ya'll have caught! Of course, being the noob that I am, I've got the obligatory stupid questions to ask, so please bear with me... - Is there really any rhyme or reason to when channels feed? The 24" and 25" channels I caught were in the middle of the afternoon, in sunshine. Yet, I've gone at night, in the evening, in the morning, and gotten zip - 'cept for the li'l ones... - I've been using nightcrawlers on the bottom in about 5 feet of water (or less - it's shallow where I have access)... also used some stinkbait I picked up at wally world (that's what I got the 24" on")... I've tried that packaged shad (whole and cut-up) from wally world, but never got the first hit on it... Just recently got some dip bait and tried that - seems to do okay, but I haven't made a final decision on it yet... any other recommendations? I'm looking for eatin' size fish - not the monsters you all pull in... - has anyone fished the Kokosing? I've not tried it yet, but it runs right behind my house - very tempting. Forgot to mention, no boat access, so I'm stuck on the bank... *sigh* There's a lot more questions I have, but I'll ease myself in here... don't wanna ruin a good thing! By the way - here's one last stupid question. Twice now, I've had my rig on the bottom (slip sinker about 12" above a swivel, with about 12-14" of leader then a nightcralwer on a kahle hook), had a QUICK hit on the pole, and then nothing. By nothing, I mean, the hook is gone, the swivel is gone, even the slip sinker is gone. It's like something just bit the line. In the first case there was a boat about 10 feet away from my line trolling, so we checked his prop but there wasn't anything there... in the second case there were no boats around at all... I know there are turtles in that lake, but whatever it was took about two feet of line (assuming it was going after the 'crawler) - so I'm kinda doubtful that a turtle did it... anyone have any ideas? I told my wife there must be alligators in there, but she didn't buy into it... :wink: Sorry for making this so long-winded!