Believe it or not, I have been catching some nice channels trolling crankbaits. I started trolling crankbaits as a way to catch crappie but after catching channels just about everytime, I believe it is an effective way to consistantly catch channel catfish. And, after reading many threads about trolling for crappie on the crappie board, most of the guys all over the country are also catching big channels this way. I consider myself an accomplished catman. I catch my share of what most guys would consider big channels. Lately, I have been catching more channels by trolling crankbaits than I have by other, more proven methods. And, in areas that you could not effectively fish for channels using any other method. I am not completely sold on it, I use tried and true methods first and then troll back to the ramp. I have had trolling work when other great methods failed. I know this may not interest some of you guys, but, trolling for channels does work. You have to be open for multispecies action, the cranks attract other species also. But, I seem to catch as many big channels as I do any other species. It is a BIG rish when a 10 pound channel slams your crankbait. You need to have good rod holders, a stout rod and reel combo, and good line to get a big channel to the boat. It can be exciting!