Being new to the river myself i found out tons of stuff in the past posts that are invaluable to me. 1. Safety first ~ cant stress that enough it may only be 6ft but that current will drag you around like a rag doll, dont take chances! 2. if your boat fishing your gonna need (x2) the lenght at oppossed to the depth 20ft. of water your gonna need at least 40ft of rope! you gotta be able to get a real good lean on your anchor. kept wondering why i was drifting i knew the anchor hit the bottom?.. curent just kept dragging me down river. 3. If you have a depth finder watch it closly what may be 30+ feet a second ago may only be 3 feet now. Found the river may be wide but not very deep in parts (watch the bouys, they mark where the deep and shallow end is. 4. Barges ~ if you see a barge, move quickly they are moving alot faster than you can imagine. Its an optical illusion really their size masks their speed they are moving just as fast as your boat at full throttle and can be on ya in a hurry ~ keep a very sharp knife close in case you have to cut the anchor off. Its better to kiss an anchor good-bye than your whole boat and leave you swimming. 5. If your not going to anshor somewhere for the night WATCH THE TIME! Its getting darker much faster now and know how long it's going to take you to get make ~ driving blind in uncharted waters is not safe 6. Watch your fuel carefully! Outboard motors eat through gas real quick! I have a 6gal. tank and it seemed like I went through it fast! (note* gotta get another one) 7. When you cast out make sure your sinker hits bottom 1ft. 1 sec approx. so a 40hole may take 40-50 secs to reach the bottom (havent confirmed but that seems about right. 8. NEVER go alone at first, to much can happen way to quickly for safety reason always do the buddy system when ever you can ( cell phone on-board for emergency) and always let someone know where your going and when your coming back, sound silly but hey, that waters cold! 9. i always do a pre-trip check before going out (old truck driver here <--) the thing you left behind it exactly what you need when out there I.E.. sinkers, hooks, snacks, extra bulbs, extra batterys, more string etc. ~ make a little list to go through, do it enough and then it will be second nature to ya 10. and lastly for now HAVE FUN! if its work, its not worth it! Hope to see everyone out there! and practice C.P.R on the biguns! Catch, Picture, Release so our grandkids can enjoy the rivers later!