Here are a couple more pictures. The one is the headlines of this weeks local paper, top half, front page. And pics from another one of my facebook friends. Those are carp, and looks like a couple will go 20 pounds or better.
I agree that the braided type of picture wire would work best. One thing about some kind of snare cable, it would have a lot more resistance, but the other day there was almost no current flow. The river level is very low and it was down to around 5* F. the other morning. I think it warmed up to around 15* around noon, no wind, just a nice day to be out.