|My Ranger Cherokee in her youth|
So, Happy Birthday Sweet Fifteen (thanks Neil Sedaka, and yes, I know it’s Sixteen in the song). For her 15th birthday, I bought a new cover and applied two new blue iBass360 vinyl decals to her sides. On the Sunday of Memorial Day Weekend we began our 16th fishing season where the first one began, at the Byram Ramp on the Delaware River. By some miracle I remembered to put in the plug, charge the batteries, make sure the kill switch was set in the ON position, pumped the fuel line ball and advance the throttle out of gear and with just the right balance of prayer and luck she turned over on the first try. I hit all my spots from the ramp up river to the rapids beyond the ruins of the Point Pleasant bridge- a victim of the great flood of 1955. No luck with the fish but I was just happy to be on the water and happy to have everything working well.
|Rob Zorn, Co-founder iBass360|
In the initial section, I caught a walleye and a carp on a green/gold Rapala Rippin Rap but no bass, not even in the deeper holes. As we progressed down river, I switched back and forth between a gold #3 Mepps XD and Rapala fire tiger rattlin’ rap, two patterns that historically bring good results. I managed a few short bass and even caught a rainbow trout. Rob got a bass as well but it was basically a blue bird day the didn’t offer up many fish. We laughed as we bounced over the rocks and eeked through the very shallow (not even sure my ankles would have gotten wet) sections. Hopefully we will see some rain soon and get the water levels up. It was a lot like fishing on Labor Day weekend after a dry summer rather than Memorial Day.
The lack of fish did not dampen the enjoyment of what really is a beautiful section of the River, and best of all, the boat performed well- even managing to power up stream in some fairly fast moving water with the Minnekota to retrieve Rob’s snags. I hope the boat luck continues for the rest of the season (I am knocking loudly on wood!) and the fishing luck improves.
|Nationally designated Wild & Scenic Delaware River|
Memorial Day 2015