I'm relatively new to catfishing the Cape Fear river here in the Fayetteville area. And I have little experience fishing on rivers all together. I do fairly well catfishing here in the Fayetteville area when the river level is between 10 and 12 ft. I usually can put a few in the boat and then back in the river to be caught again. But when the river gets above 12 feet I can't catch anything. I hear some people talk the fishing is better when it's higher? I have no idea what to look for or places to fish and catch when the river is higher than normal. I was hoping that some of you could tell me what to do and what to look for, in hopes of catching more fish. Just so you all know I release 90% of the fish I catch and never keep anything over 8lbs. My primary setups are Penn 9 level winds with 40# and 50# test line, with 4 oz no roll flat sinkers, 8/0 circle and J hooks. I use a large 1/0 barrel swivel, with about 8" to 1' mono leader then the hook. My boat is a 16' lowe big john w/ 25hp johnson. Any help or guidance would be greatly appreciated. My friend is coming down from Pa, this weekend and I want him to be able to catch a few nice cats, I'm anticapating the river running higher than normal. Once again thanks to all for reading this post and good luck and blessing in your lives and on the water.