took boat out by myself for the first time! Got out late,about 930. boat ramp was busy so I had to wait my turn. Got on the water about ten. I headed back to the falls area. I was in a few feet of water then it shot up to one foot then my depth finder went crazy so I just turned around. I decided I will take that venture during the day afew times before doing it at night. Went back around to the side of the island. Netted some of those fingerling shads and took the boat behind the island. Then it happens, my motor dies and won't start back up. Greeeeaaaatttt. So I just decided to fish it out since thats what I came to do. So I anchor up using the trolling motor to position the boat up. Took alittle time but I anchored it perfect, I barely moved at all. Crazy how you let out all that extra rope, how much better it holds. So lines in the water by 11. After that I sat fora while, I was alittle wore out from everything. At first I was using the shad under bobbers. I had my ultralight baitrod out with a redworm hoping for a blugill. Something smashes it and its on! Im fighting this fish for like 5 minutes. Just pulling line left and right doing what it wants. Im trying to reel my other lines in before they get tangled. I put one in the boat and realized I set it on the net. And of course it tangled up. So I decided once it was close I would just grab the line. Bad idea. Came unhooked when I did that. Was a very nice looking channel, I would guess 8-10 lbs. Immediately I swap out all my baits to nightcrawlers and also went shallower on the floats. I was setting them about one, one and half feet deep. There was constant topwater action going on so I was assuming thats where they were feeding. Ended up catching 2more decent ones and a baby. The one I lost was bigger though. About 3 i decided to wrap it up. Got situated and tried to fire it up. No luck so I trolled back to the ramp. Made it home about 5am. It was a fun but alittle frustrating night. My mechanic buddy is gone untill Sunday. So no boat tonight. I have the boat sitting out front (dont tell my HOA!) Im going to look for anything obvious, even though I don't really know what I'm looking for haha. I'm still trying to get comfortable in the boat, I was moving stuff around alittle, trying to keep everything out of my way. Its hard. I need a bigger boat, but I don't heres them channels, had some big gnarly heads and mouths on them.