Thursday, April 30, 2015

First Trip of 2015 With Dell Jackson (04/30/2015)

Hello Folks,

I got a call this past week from my very good friend, Dell Jackson. Dell and I used to work together at both Marticville and Manor Middle Schools in the Penn Manor School District. Dell is currently a seventh grade math teacher for Penn Manor and has one more year to serve until he retires. As for me, I have been retired as a guidance counselor for the past nine years... Wow! It doesn't seem that long...

Dell had a new aluminum boot placed on his jet motor and also had his bench seat reconditioned by the woman who does work for Lakeside Marine. The seat covers looked very nice. I also noticed that Dell had a new trolling motor mounted since we were last out fishing together. He has a new "used" 70 lb thrust Minn Kota with five speeds. It ran well in the current for the size boat he runs.

We decided to head to Columbia, Pa. and fish in and around the Rt. 462 Bridge and the west shoreline... The weather was beautiful! The air temperature was in the low-70s and the water temperature was 53 degrees and clear. The water level has been dropping over the past four days since I fished with Josh Kreider on Sunday.

We hit the water around 4:30 p.m. and fished until 7:00 p.m. We caught a couple of fish, including Dell's small walleye...

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We tossed Mouse colored War Eagles, tubes, and clear white grubs throughout our trip. We nailed one smallie on a spinnerbait and the rest came on soft plastics. 

Walleye Season opens this coming Saturday, May 2, 2015. Walleye limit is six fish at 15" and above... This is a good time for Dell since he loves hunting for Spring Gobbler which opens in Pennsylvania this coming Saturday. Dell is heading to his cabin on the North Branch of the Susquehanna River after school on Friday and he's towing his boat north for some walleye fishing. He should have a great three days up north this coming Friday thru Monday. The weatherman is calling for great weather.

Dell's boat ran well for it's first outing of the season. It took a bit to get the winterization fluids through it's carbs, but once we ran the boat for a few minutes, it ran well even against the current.

There were about five other boats out and fishing the area we were hanging in. Several had launched from the Columbia Ramp and a few others came out of the Wrightsville Ramp. There were even several recreational kayakers out on the west shoreline for a relaxing evening paddle.

Thanks to Dell for asking me out last evening. We had a great time catching up since we last fished together... Good luck up on the North Branch this weekend, buddy! I know that you cannot hunt for turkey since you are still recovering from your replaced right shoulder. But you did an excellent job casting that new baitcaster you got for Christmas. The new St. Croix Mojo Rod is also a beauty... Keep practicing with it and you'll become a pro in no time!

Take Care and Be Safe!