Well I finally got to clean some fish. My summer has been terrible, it started off when I took my fish n ski out in april we fished the warm water discharge @ portage, yeah we got some fish, but none of them were mine. Then I soon found out that the 150 force that powered my boat so nicely, lost a ring in the 5th cylinder. That was after a boat mechanic swore it wasn't my cylinder and talked me into having the carbs done on it and all of my electronics changed out. So to make a long story short I took about a $3500 loss when I sold my boat. I went back to bank fishing,which I enjoy but, I enjoy fishing from a boat a lot more. So finally I picked up a big jon boat and headed back to the river today. At first, the trip went south badly, I was in the boat about to get in the main channel from the launch, when suddenly it dies. The good thing is I was able to control myself unlike the last time I was in my fish n ski. I tied off to a dock and something happened that I have never seen before. After repeatedly trying to restart I noticed the fuel bulb lost prime so I tried to reprime and when I did the bulb exploded. I thought well this is going to end like several of my trips this summer, with the boat breaking. I was with a friend, and he convinced me to find a hose and bulb. We looked around, the boat shop was closed, so we ended up at wal-mart. We got the parts headed back to the river and it fired right up. This was only my second time out with the boat so I was a little leary about going below the lock and dam, but we did. It took us a while to find shad. Then we started fishing and my buddy hauls in a 20lber. About 30 minutes later I caught a 10lber, then it was his turn again he caught a 3lber and I wrapped it all up with a 12lber. We were still getting bites but I needed to go. It was finally time to kiss my bad luck bye-bye! If anyone saw a man in the mid afternoon sobbing in his boat it most likely was me, but if you saw a guy around 10:00 taking pics at the marina of his catch that was me too!