Hey guys, Im going to TRY to put together a game plan to target some Buffs during the colder months when the action all around is slow. Last winter early spring while carp fishing ,after a few carp i would start to get "funny" shy bites and couldnt figure out what the heck was going on. After a few trips of the same thing and then SEEING these fish roll over my baits it didnt take me long to realize that the chum i was putting in the swim would draw the buffs and they would push out the carp. I tried(half heartedly) to come up with a rig to catch them, but only managed a few nice ones..with a poor % of hook ups. As it got warmer the bite was half and half between the carp and buffs but i still could really get on them real well. A recent trip to the Ohio river brought a full day of carping because they changed the gates around(which changed the current) at the dam and the spot i heavily chummed the day before turned out to draw loads of carp in. Well we had a ton of carp action with each of us 3 landing atleast 20+ carp, but then the bite changed and the fish started to hit very lightly(which before they were running hard and fast). After all of us tried our best to hook these wary "carp" it dawned on me that these were no longer carp bites, but BUFF bites. We were all 3 killing carp on the method with home-made weighted feeders and a great river mix that has been doing VERY well for me this late Summer/Fall. My buddy Dave had enough and broke out his light action 7ft rod spooled with 8 lb line that he had been catching whitebass & hybrids on the day before, he rigged up with a #6 Owner with 1 kernal of canned corn and a few small split-shots about 8-10" above the hook. It was'nt long before he started getting great hook ups that resulted in crazy fights from these avg. sized 6-8 lb Buffs...well trust me it only took a few fish to get me and my buddy Jake to break out our light action combos and join the craziness. The current was just slight enough to bounce/drag the kernal of corn along the sand bottom and all you would feel is the "tick" on the line on the bite....set hard and fast and a drag screamin run would result. Our hook up % went up very high and as an added bonus as you were "drifting" for Buffs instead of a "tick" it would be more like a "BAM" and a carp was on....which was a complete blast. We would also throw out a small handful of freebies then cast in the middle of them. Im not going to go that far in my Buff quest around here because the area i fish around here is littered with wood in the water and light line will NOT last. I plan to just scale down my end tackle with a smaller sized hook(compared to normal, but NOT light wire ones, i learned that lesson already!), small home-made 1/4-1/2 oz weighted feeders(using same old method mix). I have personally seen very large Buffs in this spot and know they are bigger than the two 30 lb carp ive caught from this same swim. I know there is not a lot of info. out there about fishing for them exclusively, but so far from what i gather most guys fish for them with small hooks and small baits, so im going to start with that and refine my tactics as i see fit. Anyone have any other suggestions or thoughts on catching Buffs...maybe types of sweet baits, other rigs, ect? Scott PS i heard of another 50+ lb Buff being caught out of Hoover, 1 1/2 hr fight on 4 lb test, caught on a Berkly GULP bait..lol....looks like we might have to get a group together next year to hit that place hard for trophy Buffs....to show them Texas & N. Carolina guys we too have them!