CatDaddy says that an extended forecast of 5 to 15 mph southerly winds are speaking to him and he’s ready to cash in on the excellent drifting action they provide. Out in his garage, CatDaddy has been getting his drifting gear ready to go putting floats on about 12-14 inches above the hook, 3-½ to 4 foot leaders and 3 oz weights. Keep plenty of gear in the boat in the event that you snag up and have to retie, you don’t want to miss out on great drifting action. I’m going to sit and let the wind drag that bait all the way across the shallows, CatDaddy says. Those “shallows” though used to be about 5 feet of water and they are now sitting at about 18 feet of water after all the rain and flooding this year. “I ain’t ever had a year like this in my entire life of fishing - so much water, so quick,” CatDaddy says. The changing water levels do weird things to the fish, he notes, and you’d think a guy could figure that out, but it’s tough. With the influx of water comes plenty of bait fish and leading into the fall that could make it tough for catfishing anglers hoping to hit cats that are putting the feed bag on in preparation for cold weather. Normally, when the catfish start feeding like bears before winter, they have to go out there and work for their meals. However, right now the food is plentiful and easy to get so the catfish are more likely to be fat, lazy, lethargic and not as apt to get the bite on like they normally would be. The higher water levels will make fall fishing harder. You just have to keep at it and you’ll find them, CatDaddy says, they have to be hungry at least one day a week.