Headed out to Lake Gaston Monday to do some fishing. I think a combination of inexperience with boating and the lake and an overall slow fishing day combined to get us skunked. We had about 3 dozen smaller shad, so we fished 'em whole on four poles sometimes switching to center cuts, along with two smaller poles with chicken livers for the smaller cats. We stayed on the lower end of the lake, covering Gaston Dam to Eaton Ferry Bridge. We had a few small bites at the mouth of Pea Hill Creek, but nowhere else. One of the problems we encountered was that we couldn't anchor down and stay put. The boat had a mushroom anchor with a not so long rope, maybe 60 ft tops. Not sure if that had anything to do with it, but in some spots we kept drifting. But it was still a blast motoring around on the lake and enjoying the scenery. Plus I got to fish instead of working. So I still came out ahead! FYI...We rented the boat from Stonehouse Timber Lodge, it was a nice Angler 17' CC, 115hp Johnson, FF, etc...They are nice people, and if you ever need to rent a boat, I recommend them. Thanks also to Zakk for the helpful tips, the most important of which we couldn't do, which was anchor and stay put! But we'll learn for next time!