For my fathers day present my (freakin awesome) wife (with trents help) talked Pigeonflier into a taking my Dad and I smallie fishin on the Joe. No small feat when you consider some of the jibberish I've spewed on this site lately. First of all let me say that when pigeon says "Cast here" on the St. Joe you better cast there. :bowdown: Secondly if you ever have a chance to buy a Shimano Symetre, buy it. Then put it on a St. Croix rod. You won't be sorry. :bowdown: Anyway birdman and Cali (his yellow lab) picked my father and I up near the East Race in Downtown South Bend. We hit several different holes all with soft craws and caught smallies consistently wherever we went. I had two smallies come in at 17", my dad had one come in at 17" also. I also grabbed a couple of 16 inchers in the boat. All total we probably put between 25-30 fish smallies in the boat. My dad hooked into a pretty decent turtle (that freaked pigeon out) and one rock. I mean he literally hooked, and reeled in a rock. Not a pebble, not a stone, a rock. I lost one spinning reel. I was reeling the days biggest fish into a pretty stern current when my reel started making a grinding noise. By the time the day was over I have to make three crank turns to get one turn on the spool. It's guts are all over the St. Joe. We caught alot of fish. We heard alot of stories (once birdman starts talking its hard to stop him haha). I'd like to thank birdman for taking us out. My father and I had a great time. :grouphug: Because I'm out of picture room on my account (Hint Hint Hook a brother up Steve) Pigeon will post the pics from todays events. Thanks again Chris.