We barely got the boat launched when a barge 1/2mile long came screaming down the river 20mph. I've never seen one go that fast. With that came some ridiculous waves and it was all Nessie and I could do to keep the Lund from resting in the street above the cobblestones. An ominous start.... We did catch bait real quick like and the throttle seemed to work well, so things were beginning to look up. Unfortunately, there was a ton of trash in the water and we weren't able to fish anything we planned to -- perfect. Then, 10 miles from the cobbles, the motor starting making a fairly unpleasant noise. I didn't lose power and it never got worse, but there was certainly something going on in there. I didn't push it and we worked our way back to the ramp -- fishing a couple of spots on the way with no takers. We ended up fishing one too many spots as we didn't beat the rain and got absolutely soaked. Now I'm off to take the motor back into the shop. Devastated......and the clock is ticking.