So I looked and tried around Strawberry Banks, the water tower, the beach, the hump and was seeing nothing except maybe loners and some bait. All I got was about six good whacks on the trolled cranks and nothing else. Kept moving up lake, Hickory cove, R25, the condos and B&B creeks and saw bait and only very small pods of fish. No bites. I really did want to be above the bridge and later learned that of course that's where the action was. Well anyway this was the maiden voyage, the shakedown cruise and I ended up happy and please with everything.
Wednesday I took the ride to the Hardy ramp. I putt-putted over the flats to where the deeper water starts (forgot the marker number) and saw nothing. Two other boats were out at the same time and stayed there waiting for fish. I kept moving down river looking. I set lines out a couple of times but nothing bit. Made it down near Lynville and started trolling again. Finally got one right near the mouth. A chubby 31". Yippee! I was marking some fish and cast around and jigged for a half hour with no bites. Made it all the way past Beaverdam to Harbor Ridge. Saw some fish there but no bites. I started to work my way back and saw some schools at R64 and R68 but couldn't get a bite. Those fish were only about 20-25' down. I didn't see a single breaking fish all day. I'll just have to try again.