Joined Aug 30 2013
68 years old
BROTHERHOOD QUEST ROADHOUSE
I once was a serious bass fisherman. Now, not as serious but still a bass fisherman. I have made the trek from a ten foot Montgomery Ward lightweight jon, through the twenty foot "fiberglass guided missles" as I call them, I'm now back to aluminum boats.
My friend, Bob Rampolla, introduced me back to reservoir, skinny water fishing a few years ago. He is also the one that got me working on my first boat in years. He told me about a fourteen foot Grumman that had been hit from behind and bent the transom a bit. I decided this would be fine for me since I only wanted an electric only boat. It has been a great little "puddle jumper" for me.
The Puddle Jumper has been back for sale for awhile. I think I am going to remove some stuff and drop the price to get it gone. Once it is gone I can get most every thing I need to finish the other reservoir rig and maybe the Ranger back in shape. I purchased a 1987 Ranger 360V, 17' 10", with a Johnson GT150. I have started cleaning it up and working on doing something with the seat, the worst part of the boat. I am hoping to do some Wounded Warriors fishing and a couple Heroes on the Water tournaments. Boat is old but still in decent shape, kinda like me.
Work on my 1973, sixteen foot, Ouachita flat bottom jon continues. My BIL is putting a new stern, new front deck and aluminum floor in it. The stern was ate up from pressure treated wood being used to strengthen the stern. It will also have all the wood replaced in the transom with aluminum square tubing. No more wood rot problems there. I should have it back sometine in June.
I have been undecided on how to set this up but I finally think I have the answer. Once I sell my Grumman I will buy a Mnn Kota Traxxis 70 or 80 for the stern. It will be removable and can be replaced with the 6 hp Johnson I have. It will have the same "Plastic Wood" stringers that the Grumman has with exterior grade plywood floor. This will make it easier to pull up the floor if I need to and I can reinforce for the pedestals. I will also put in one of those pans to put the foot pedal at a more level position with the front deck. I now have a permit for Rocky Gorge and Tridelphia so that will add two more spots. I have already fished at Black Hills so now that will give me seven different places to fish within a short distance. I also have the Ranger that will let me do some Tidal fishing and playing with the Stripers in the Bay..
So, semi-retirement is finally here and now working part-time locally. I do plan to do some more fishing both tidal and non-tidal and this job will allow that.. Hope to see you on the water somewhere!