Mybe I am the only one that did not know about this but hear is the warning; I put in at Avent Ferry NC Wildlife boat landing on the Cape Fear River above Buckhorn Dam this morning. Area was at pretty much normal level with 16 ft of water in the channel just above the boat landing. Channel levels were 16 to 10 ft all the way around McKays Island and to the confluence of the Deep and Haw Rivers. We turned up the Haw River to try and motor up to the base of Jordon Dam to do some fishing. I marked one big hole just beside the plywood plant at 21 ft with some big fish. Dead stripers and carp were floating everywhere I counted over 25 dead fish from one pound to probably around 25 lbs dead including a big flathead. I do not know what killed them but the abundance of dead fish may have contributed to the lack of bite this AM Now for the problem; As I was crossing under the highway bridge at US 1 I struck a rock, concrete or piece of iron that threw my outboard out of the water. It bashed my skeg and TRASHED my prop. This is in the CENTER of the channel between the two center bridge supports. We went back with the trolling motor and it is just out of sight under the water's surface with ZERO indication it is there as far as water disturbance or ripples. My 1648 Jon Boat draws about 4.5" of water loaded and it allowed the boat to cross over it. When the outboard got there the skeg threw the motor up and it slammed down on whatever it is just in time to let the prop grind itself against it. I was only going just above an idle. I shudder to think what damage it would have caused at any speed at all. I saw some huge boats on that stretch of the river today from bass boats to Carolina Skiffs to big ski boats. I talked to some guys back at the landing and they did not seem to be aware of the problem. Of course none of them said anything about going up that high on the Haw. If you go up there beware.