So I asked Dave ("Snooklust" on a fishing forum) to go fishing with me yet again... We have yet to have a truely successful outing... I will explain what I mean: you be the judge... So the first time I tell Dave we should go fishing was TWO WEEKS after I got my new boat last year... we head over to River Hills Park and begin fishing the Hillsborough River... I head north and drop the troling motor... we begin fishing... The SECOND TIME I goto use the trolling motor... NOTHING... nada... zilch... I was thinking did I not charge the batteries? I check... full charge... I check the connections, all good... what could it be? Just bad luck I guess... Dave catches a HUGE Gar (on purpose he was just seeing if he would bite) thankfully the big beast lets go before he has to try and unhook him... we have to drift with the hot breeze all around us... I think I caught one little bass, he caught several small ones... The second trip we have scheduled Dave calls and has to cancel... I decide I will not let that deter me, only to wake up and find the tire on the port side of my trailer flat... not low.. FLAT... on the rim... So.... fast forward over a year... this past Saturday I had the pleasure of heading out to prefish with Dave on the Harris chain... we put in at Hurlong Park on the south end of Lake Griffin... Griffin is where I caught my monster hog last year which gave me big bass for 2008 and a nice check and 2nd place to boot... so I was hoping for a quality outing... We had engine problems early on, when there was no oil in the resevoir on the engine... so we finally get that figured out and head for our first spot... FLYING across the lake: We head to the same spot that I caught the large female last november... we figure out after over an hour and a half what they want... a lipless crankbait with rattles, cranked almost as fast as you can manage... over the patches of hydrilla What we got for our efforts: I was burning my lipless crank when BAM: This one was between 2.5 and 3 pounds I didnt weigh but figured around 2 and 3/4 pounds... right smack in the middle of the range. Then I caught something I never caught before: A tilapia on a crankbait!!! Another shot: The bite shut down when we reached the non-windy side of the buggywhips... So we moved to another spot where I had bites once before... I got hung up in the Kissimmee grass, and when I pulled the crankbait out of the grass... and then it happened... OUCH: Another Shot: So our day was cut short, two barbs under the skin was more than I cared try and handle myself... Oh well... I still say either Dave is bad luck, or I am, or together we have the worst luck possible... We will test fate again another day... Mike A!