With the holiday weekend coming up, I figured on giving everyone a quick heads up on at least one aspect of water safety. Last Saturday night I took my boys out on the Colorado river to hunt for flatheads. While the night was pretty good fishing, at around 3am we ran into a potentialy bad situation. Coming up a main channel from the dam, we hit a sand bar at 300 rpm's. The motor cut out immediately and I was worried that the prop might have sheared off...after closer inspection I realized that we were in less that a foot of water and getting turned 180 degrees by the current. The current actually helped me out by pushing us off the sand bar so I could get the motor started again. Thank God, it started right up and I was able to limp over to a deeper channel. After a while I noticed that the motor kept bogging down at times and then jumping up in RPMs on its own. While there was still plenty of fishing to do, I didnt want to place my boys in any more danger so I limped the boat back to the dock where I could see things better with on the motor. I noticed that there was quite a bit of debris caught up in the prop and cleaned it out. After that,I tooled around in the dock area for a while to ensure that every thing was good to go. Then after I was sure that things were good, we fished a little longer with no more problems. So here's the deal. I screwed up potentialy really bad! I have not been on the river during the day in long time. Therefore, I did not know how low the water had dropped and where all the shallows and sand bars are out there. As much as I fish the Colorado, I know better than to do that...especially with my kids being on board. While I do have a depth finder on my boat, by the time my transducer (mounted on the back of the boat) picked up the depth signal, the front of the boat was already too shallow. I also didnt know how much debris was floating down stream until the next morning when the sun came up. I recommend doing our homework as boaters. Im going out during the day to do some scouting this week so I can avoid this problem next weekend. Please be safe out there every body....and happy fishing!