I got out on the Potomac at Dargan's Bend yesterday. This is a section above a now breached dam, but it is still deep, slow, and wide. I wanted to test my engine now that I installed a rock guard for the prop. It hadn't been run for a couple years and I was afraid it would need repair. It started right up and ran fine. There was some user error to keep it from running right at first, but then I realized that I had to close the choke ALL the way. It ran much better then.
My buddy who was supposed to accompany me didn't. I was supposed to call him after I was done with yard work. I did, but he didn't answer. So I left him a message of where I was going and my cell phone number. Unfortunately, my cell phone chose to shut itself off despite having adequate battery life. It does this more than is reasonable. So if he called, I didn't know it. At the ramp, I saw that I had a message, which I tried to get but the phone decided to shut off the calls to voice mail. Twice. So I called my buddy's house and tried to reach him, but he didn't answer again. All this to say two things: 1. I hate my phone. 2. I had no ballast and the stern was way, way low and the bow was out of the water.
Stern low and bow exposed is not a great attitude for your boat if you care to make any speed or have any handling of any sort. But it worked well enough and that's all I needed. I found a nice little spot to which I'll return when I have the anchor trolley mounted better. Beautiful ledge. It looks like I MIGHT be able to run it on the far river right bank. Maybe next time when I have more time to spend rather than a quick test. If I can get past that ledge, it looks like it's pretty good for a while. I can always row through, or get out and line the boat from shore.
No fish. Only one hit, but I missed it. It was a pretty sorry hit too, which I expect was just a bump and not a real strike. It was mid-day in deep water on a hot day. Not the best time to be fishing a river.
- Big D