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Philadelphia Pa.
Friday July 25, 2008

Fantastic week on the upper river for myself and Helen. We were up on Tuesday and fished from 11 till 2 only catching 4 smallmouth bass 10 to 12 inches. Then we went up river another mile to where we never went before. We had to get out of the boat and walk it through the shallow water but it was well worth it. This section of the river was between 1 and 5 feet of water and in 3 hours we picked up another 31 smallmouth bass, 4 stripers and 1 walleye. But the size was the most impressive thing. The stripers were all 15 inches and the walleye was just 17 inches. The smallmouth bass were all 14 to 17 inches. Here they were all hitting Zoom grubs in watermelon, pumpkinseed and cotton candy. We stayed so long in this section come dinner time we had to run all the way down without fishing. So after dinner we had a couple of hours. We did not want to head to far up with several storms floating around. And in those 2 hours we picked up 7 more smallmouth 1 to 14 inches and 1 catfish about 3 pounds. The river conditions were almost perfect with the water temperature about 80 with the water clear and just a little on the low side.
Other guys fishing the upper river. John was up the end of last week fishing the Bull's Island section picking up 15 or so smallies. They had one 17 inch, one 15 inch and the rest were down to 12 inches. I think most of their fish were caught on grubs. Jay has been up river wading the Washington's Crossing section not having a good year. He has been catching a few fish each trip up but only a few. I said the catfish have been hitting the best. He has been using minnows. Several guys have been drifting the Frenchtown to Byran having pretty good trips. Tom and his son took a canoe through this section last Monday picking up 35 bass and 9 catfish. They caught most of the bass on grubs, minnows and leeches with the catfish hitting leeches and nightcrawlers. One other group did this drift in canoes and tubes picking up over 50 fish between the 4 of them. They did everything on minnows. John has been fishing the deeper water at Byran late in the afternoons catching 10 to 15 fish each trip. He has been throwing tubes, grubs and senko worms. Charlie was in the fast water above Lamberville this week fishing a fly rod with poppers. He caught over a dozen smallies up to 16 inches. He was down fishing the mouth of the Tohickon but with the low water he only picked up a few smaller fish. Chet is another fly rod fisherman that was out Tuesday night picking up over 25 bass with white and black poppers. He said most of the fish were 10 to14 inches. A few guys were up to the Water Gap last weekend picking up several stripers with live eels fishing the 80 bridge at night. They did throw allot of surface lures but only caught the fish on eels. During the day they fished grubs, crayfish, hellgrammites and minnows picking up plenty of smallies and catfish.
The lower river has still been very good for catfish, stripers, perch and largemouth bass. The catfish have been hitting river herring, shrimp, chicken livers, bagels and nightcrawlers the best. Stripers have been on the smaller side 12 to 16 inches and have been hitting bloodworms and shrimp the best. Both of these fish have been hitting in 10 to 25 feet of water with fish finder rigs or top and bottom rigs, 2 to 3 ounces of lead with a size 2 or 1 hook. Bridges and creeks seem to be some of the better places to start. The largemouth bass fishing has really been very good for the few guys that are out doing it. Kevin was out fishing back in Dredge Harbor Tuesday afternoon picking up over 20 fish 10 to 15 inches. He was fishing the back barge and pipes with 4 inch slider worms in purple/fire tail. Rick's been out on the main river catching some bigger fish on open river structure. With plastic and crankbaits he has been catching some fish up to 17 inches. Chuck took his bass boat down to the C & D canal this week looking for some bass or stripers. He fished in the river and also in the mouth of the canal with rattle traps, Bomber Long A's, striper swipers, Atom poppers and sassy shads. He said it was a long run for only a few fish. He did catch one largemouth bass close to 4 pounds on a popper but other than that fish he caught 4 more largemouth bass all small and 7 stripers all under 15 inches. Down in the Salem cove some guys have been down fishing bloodworms catching good numbers of smaller white perch and all the 10 to 15 inch stripers you want to catch. The last report from the lower river was a customer that went up to the Trenton power plant fishing the river section with cut herring and clams picking up 9 catfish up to 5 pounds. He did fish the cove but found the water to warm for even the fish to take.
Other smallmouth spots. Charlie when not on the river hits the Tohickon and upper Neshaminy Creek. This week he was over to Tyler State Park catching several smaller bass and a mix or rock bass and bluegills. He was fishing a yellow crickhopper, tiny torpedo's and 2 inch twister tails. He did fish the Tohickon but saw little action. The Perkiomen has been one of the better places to head in past years but this year most guys are still saying the fishing is slow. A couple of guys were up to Collageville on Monday and Wednesday picking up 20 to 30 fish each day. Most of the bass they had were under 12 inches. they also had several bluegills and rock bass mixed in. These guys were using minnows and leeches. Down stream a bit by the prison a customer has still been getting some bigger fish with leeches. He said on average he has been catching 20 to 30 fish each trip with half of the fish 13 to 15 inches. He is also catching allot of big bluegills and rock bass on the leeches. On the Neshaminy several guys have been fishing Tyler State Park and Playwicky park catching plenty of small bass. Minnows, leeches, nightcrawlers, small twister tails and poppers have been working the best. Down the creek at Hulmeville Road they are still doing pretty good on carp with corn, carp baits and bagels. Some of the guys have been catching a few fish 10 to 15 pounds. There are allot of catfish hitting here on corn, bagels and nightcrawlers. They do catch allot of bass here but the guys this week were not fishing for them.
Other local spots. Alex has been down fishing in Salem for carp catching plenty of fish and some decent size fish. He had fish 8 to 15 pounds last week and had over 100 pounds for the two of them. These fish were all caught on carp baits. Alloway Lake a customer was over last Saturday fishing with his son. They had a real good day on largemouth bass, pickerel and crappies. Fishing with minnows and nightcrawler they ended the day with 8 bass up to 14 inches, 88 pickerel up to 17 inches and 3 crappies up to 10 inches. They did try several different lures but said the fish were hitting on bait only. the Poquessing this week a customer picked up a few bass above the pipe. He was fish with 6 inch Creme worms in natural color. He said all the fish were small and were caught on the high tide. Levittown Lake this week for John was fair for largemouth bass. He was up on Wednesday morning fishing with plastic worms along the shore line. He picked up 4 bass up to 12 inches but his best fish was bluegill close to a pound. He said it was 10 1/2 inches and just as big around. All the guys fishing up at Fall's Township have been doing very good on largemouth bass, bluegills and crappies. The bass guys have been picking up most of their fish on plastic worms fishing the shorelines. One customer was up fishing the upper end with black plastic worms catching 10 fish up to 17 inches. he also hooked and lost a couple of pickerel on the same worms. Jimmy was up fishing his 4 inch power worm catching 9 bass one morning and 4 a couple of days later. He said most of his fish were 12 inches. A few other guys were up throwing minnows under a bobber catching crappies and perch. They said real early in the morning has been the best for crappies. Several guys were heading up to Noxamixion but I only heard one report back. This was from Jack that was up fishing Monday morning. He was along the dam for several hours only catching a few bass but decided to fish the shoreline back to the ramp. Throwing spinner baits along the rock he caught another 3 fish. Rounding a point he notice the fish finder with a school of fish so de switched over to jigs and chatter baits. Well the school turned out to be 2 to 3 pound smallies and hit both the Arkie jigs and chatter baits. He ended up landing 9 more fish. Rohm Haas has been a alright place to head for largemouth bass. Anthony picked up 3 bass on plastic worms this past Tuesday. He said there were several other guys up fishing and everyone was catching a few bass. Charlie has picked up bass each morning but said most every fish he has taken this year has been small. A customer that was over to the Pennypack looking for bluegills had a real good day with his son fishing with meal worms and jigs. He picked up over 25 bluegills and also caught 2 rainbow trout. This was in the Boulevard area. Another customer was up at Pine Road looking for trout during the evening hours. But he only picked up a few smallmouth bass up to 10 inches. He was fishing small crayfish and leeches. John down in Union Lake had a real good day on pickerel. He was fishing for largemouth bass with his usual plastic worms not catching a fish. So he hooked up a live shiner under a bobber and just let it drift along the shoreline. He ended the day with over 20 pickerel up to 18 inches. He talked to one of the wardens who was telling him of a 10 pound largemouth bass taken early in the week. He weighed the fish at 10.3 pounds 24 1/4 inches. Caught on a live golden shiners. Stone Tavern was Richie spot to head on Sunday. He worked the shoreline with spinner baits, buzz baits, Rapala's, Rebel poppers and plastic worms. He fished most of the morning catching several 2 to 3 pound bass and 15 to 20 inch pickerel In the afternoon he found a sunken tree loaded with panfish and took out his ultra lite with 1 and inch twister tails and tubes and caught fish the rest of the day. The Schuylkill river below the dam has still been pretty for walleyes fishing the evening hours with minnows, shiners and shad tails. Up above the dam at Flat Rock the guy have been doing pretty good for catfish and carp bottom fishing with worms, carp baits, bagels and chicken livers. And further up river in the Gladwyn area the smallmouth bass fishing has been good with minnows, shiners and leeches. Kevin was up on Tuesday catching over 30 fish himself. He had several fish over 14 inches. Up at Green Lane a customer was up fishing the bridges. he was fishing with plastic worms, rattle traps, spinner baits and rubber skirted jigs. He did not have a great day but did catch 3 smaller bass and one 32 inch northern pike.


The saltwater action has still been a big hit or miss thing. The water temperature has been going up and down so much the fish don't know what keeps hitting them. Flounder has been what most guys have been going down for and the fishing has been very good for numbers of fluke but getting keepers is another story. Fred was out of Sea Isle picking up over 45 fish with only 4 keepers. Cal was out with six guys in Barnagate Bay picking up over 75 fish. These guys only had two fish over 18 inches. They said a flounder strip on a bucktail was the hottest bait but most of the fish landed were 16 to 17 inches. Several guys have been fishing out front with a few bigger fish but here again most are getting 20 or so fish before a keeper. Josh was out to the Cape May reef picking up 32 fish with 5 keepers. But these guys did have 3 fish over 22 inches. Some of the biggest flounder are showing up in the old grounds into he Delaware Bay. Here fishing big bucktails, chrome ball or top and bottom rigs with 10 to 16 ounces of lead has been working the best. I know of three different fish over 8 pounds taken last week. The drum fishing has seem to shut off finally. The Candyman made a couple of tuna trips this past week catching several big bluefin on the first trip and 3 yellow fin and one dolphin on the second trip. But both time on the return they stopped off and wreak fished for sea bass catching a limit each time of 2 to 3 pounds. Up in Breele and Barnagate they have been still doing very good on night bluefishing trips. They have been doing much better on A 47 jigs with green or red tubes than with bait. Most guys are catching 10 to 15 six to ten pound blues. The mud hole up north has been very good for bluefin tuna trolling green machines, zukers, cedar plugs. and tuna clones. Up in the Raitian Bay the big blues and stripers are still hitting chunk bunker, herring, bucktails and spoons. The big schools of bunker have seem to disappeared but the bass are still around. The flounder fishing up in the bay has been pretty good but again here the numbers are good but the keepers are far and few between. Now off the Highlands some bigger founder are being caught on large strip squid, strip mackerel and bucktails. Now surf fishing has sill been very good for kingfish from Brigantine down to North Wildwood. Bloodworms and Fish Bites have been working the best on a top and bottom rigs with small hooks and floats. One of the best things down the shore has been the crabbing. Dividing Creek has been one of the best places to head. Doc was down last Sunday catching 65 monster blue claws. He said it was the best day he has had in years. Up in Waretown they have been doing very good also but here there are some smaller crabs. The Chesapeake has still been very good for spots and croakers. These guys have been still filling coolers of fish with bloodworms and fish bites.
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Friday September 12, 2008

Well I hate to tell you this report is going to be short and sweet. With the storms over the weekend and the one they threaten on Tuesday there has been very little business and few reports coming in. With them calling for afternoon thunder storms on Tuesday I was going to head up the river but the change of storms coming in early and all afternoon we decided to cancel the day out. We did have one bad storm around 10 in the morning but that was it for the day. I was kind of pissed but nothing you can do about the weather men! Next week I have to work so I won't be able to get to the river again for a couple of weeks.
Now JR has been up fishing the Byran section of the river catching smallmouth bass and walleyes. He has been picking up most of his fish on grubs both casting and trolling. He has caught walleyes up to 21 inches and some decent smallmouth bass. Jack was up on Saturday at Frenchtown picking up 20 smallies up to 15 inches on minnows. He was wading the bridge. Two other guys were fishing the Yardley section of the river Sunday and they caught some bass but did best with catfish. Fishing live minnows they picked up 20 cats just below the creek coming out of Yardley. The last report I had from the river was on Monday with this customer catching 11 bass on fly rod poppers just below the New Hope wing dam. He said the fish were all under 14 inches and were hitting white minnow poppers the best. Now JR called down from the river yesterday and said the river is about 2 inches higher and off color but still fish-able.
Out on the main river I had several guys still catching plenty of catfish and small stripers fishing with shrimp, chicken livers, bloodworms, nightcrawlers and bagels. Station Avenue Jim picked up 5 catfish up to 2 pound. He caught all his fish on shrimp. Several guys have been fishing Rhawn Street and the Frankford Arsenal all doing well on cats with shrimp. Some guys say they have had day with 3 to 6 fish per man. Only one customer was out this week looking for stripers. He took bloodworms and herring and fished down below Petty's Island. He said the river was muddy with allot of small pieces of grass collection on his rigs. But in 4 hours he caught 10 stripers up to 16 inches and 2 catfish. John was out Thursday picking up 4 largemouth bass and one catfish on crankbaits and plastic lizards. He fished from Dredge Harbor down to the Tacony Bridge. All the bass were under a pound. Rick was out on Monday bass fishing the Neshaminy Marina catching 2 largemouth bass along the rock jetties with rattle traps. He also had 2 white perch and 1 catfish.
Now the last week of flounder was a bust for the weather. I don't think the weather was all that bad but no one that I know was down. I even talked to a couple of guys that had trips canceled due to the hurricane. Now talking to Fred of the Candyman things have not been all that good off shore the past couple of weeks. He was out chucking for tuna only picking up a couple small yellow fins. Coming back in they hit a few of his better spots looking for sea bass but had very little success. One trip he picked up 15 sea bass 1 to 3 pounds and the second trip they boated 25 fish up to 3 pounds. Now both of these trips they had four fisherman. Up in the Delaware Bay there are still several guys picking up some croakers and small flounder but the best thing in the bay has been the crabbing. Still everyone I talk to has been catching 40 to 70 keeper crabs out of Dividing Creek. The kingfishing last week was slow with the big surf but Timmy was down fishing north Wildwood on Tuesday having a great day before the storms chased him home. He was out fishing at 6 in the morning and by 9:15 he caught 12 kingfish, 1 croaker, 2 snapper blues and 1 weakfish. But a major storm came through and that was it. he was using mullet, bloodworms and squid. John fished off Harrah's pier last week picking up some keeper flounder, a few throw backs with a mix of other smaller fish. Now even the boats up north have had some slow trips for sea bass. A customer was out of Barnagate with 25 other fisherman. They were out 20 miles and the total sea bass count was 57. They did pick up some decent ling and porgies to make up the fish count. Now I hear that the Chesapeake has dropped off this past week on the croakers and spots. But with all the storms around not many guys are making the trip down.
Just got done talking to a customer that was up to Churchville last Sunday having a great day on bass. He was fishing some where in the back with live minnows. Between three of them they picked up over 12 bass up to 3 pounds. Jim was back up a couple of times to Fairless Hills having good morning with largemouth bass. This week he found power worms in purple fished with a slider head working the best. Stan was also up to Fairless Hills on Monday picking up 4 bass and a bucket full of crappies and bluegills. He was fishing live minnows and worms. Several guys have been fishing the Neshaminy Creek in the Tyler State Park and Playwicky Park sections still catching plenty of smallmouth bass, rock bass and bluegills. Minnows, twister tails, spinners and top water lures have still been working the best. Charlie was out to the Tohickon a couple of times this week not having much luck. He was out on Sunday only catching a couple small bass with poppers. Back out again on Tuesday evening with plastic worms, twister tails and poppers again only catching a few smaller fish. He stopped off at the river but found it off color. Sam and his wife were up to the shopping center lake last Friday only catching a few crappies and bluegills on meal worms. They tried throwing lures for bass but did not have any luck. John never got down to Union this past week and he just told me with the storms forecasted for this weekend he won't be going again. Several guys were out to the Susquehanna River last week all doing very good on smallmouth bass from Harrisburg up to Clemson Island. They all said that minnows, crayfish, hellgrammites, grubs, tubes and surface lures have been working the best. But this past week I don't know anyone that went out. Ron was in this morning and told me he is still doing very well on panfish and bass in Roosevelt lake. He is still picking up most of his fish on grubs, trout magnets and meal worms. Fishing the Schuylkill River below the art museum has been very slow unless you don't mind catching small stripers and catfish. He has been down several nights looking for walleyes only to catch 10 to 15 inch stripers on curl tails. Once the sun comes up fishing worms on the bottom has been the best for 1 to 2 pound catfish.
Well I'm hoping for a few reports when I get online but for over the counter information this is all I have for you this week. Lets just hope the weather and fishing both get better in the near future.
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Spring Hours in Effect

Monday 7:00 am to 6:00 pm
Tuesday 7:00 am to 6:00 pm
Wednesday 7:00 am to 6:00 pm
Thursday 7:00 am to 6:00 pm
Friday 7:00 am to 6:00 pm
Saturday 6:00 am to 5:00 pm
Sunday 6:00 am to 4:00 pm

New Striper Regulations. Striped Bass and Hybrid Striped Bass. January 1 till March 31 / June 1 till December 31 (Two fish limit 28 inches or bigger.) April 1 till May 31 (Two fish limit 20 to 26 inches. These regulations are now in effect. From Pennsylvania line upstream to Calhoun Street Bridge. Fishing off the banks on the Pennsylvania side only. Boat fisherman it is good from bank to bank but you have to launch from the Pennsylvania side of the river. From Calhoun Street Bridge upstream open year round two fish limit 28 inches or bigger.
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Thursday 2, 2009

Well the new striper laws went into effect yesterday. You know can keep 2 fish between 20 and 26 inches. Now this is a Pennsylvania law so if you are fishing on the jersey side or taking a boat out on the jersey side you have to stick to the closed season. Myself I got out for a couple hours on Tuesday and had another great weather day but the fishing was a bit slow. We anchored in front of the Rancocas Creek and fished for about 4 hours. In that time I picked up 2 white perch both about a pound, 1 catfish about 4 pounds and also a small striper about 14 inches. That was it. All the fish were caught on bloodworms. Now we did have chunk herring and one whole herring out all day without a hit. The river is up to 47 degrees and has a bit of debris on top. Now after the rains they are calling for this week I don't know how the river will look by the weekend.

Now over the weekend the striper fishing did pick up. Up off Station Avenue they did catch a couple more keeper size fish. I know one customer fished all day and landed 4 fish with 2 being 29 inches. He said they also caught about 5 more keepers that day. The biggest was 33 inches. Off Linden Avenue I still have not heard of even a striper caught. They are catching a few catfish but so far that has been it. Off Rhawn Street it has been the same with a few catfish but no stripers. Down off the Arsenal they caught allot of catfish with the tournament and did have several stripers mixed in. Now down of National Park a customer picked up a nice 38 inch fish about 26 pounds. He also had several fish 20 to 25 inches. He said there was about 20 guys fishing and he seen over 30 fish caught during the day. And across the river at Fort Mifland guys picked up several keeper fish with a bunch of smaller ones. Same reports from behind the UPS building but here they said all the fish were throw backs. Paul called me from down river and he caught his first keep fish this week. He also had several smaller fish all caught on bloodworms. So it looks like all up and down the river the striper fishing is picking up and I think a couple more degrees the fish should really pick up.

Now the upper river has not changed much this week. They say the level is back down and the guys are back out fishing off the wing dam. Now that is prior to this rain we are getting today and on Friday. The guys fishing off the New Hope wing dam have been catching shad and walleyes in the fast water with some smaller smallmouth bass in the back waters. The shad have been hitting chartreuse, pink and orange spoons. Most guys are fishing them behind 1/4 ounce of weight. The walleyes have still been hitting minnows, jigs, bucktails, twister tails and Rapala's the best. The smallies have been hitting minnows and grubs. Now some better shad fishing is being done from boats in front of the Washington's Crossing bridge. They are also catching them at the Yardley wing dam and at the bridges at Trenton. All these places they have been picking up the fish on spoons. Now some good walleye fishing is being done up river out of Byran. Guys have been doing their best along the wall and up river in front of the bridge abutments. Here they have been throwing allot of chartreuse grubs, Rapala's in black and silver and gold and black, minnows and nightcrawlers. They are also doing allot of trolling with chartreuse crankbaits. Now Charlie was fishing the mouth of the Tohickon picking up a couple smallies this past weekend with leech imitations lures. He said a couple of the fish were 16 to 18 inches.

Trout are being stocked this week for all the local trout waters. The Pennypack and Wissahickon are getting fish today. I think the Pennypack is getting around 8,000 fish with the Wissahickon picking up 3,800. Core Creek and Levittown Lake are both being stocked with about 3,000 fish each. Now some of the best baits for trout are usually meal worms, wax worms, earthworms, nightcrawlers and power baits. Some of the best lures to use are Rooster Tails, Tsunami spinners, Panther Martins, Blue Fox spinners, C P Swings and Kastmasters.

Guys fishing south jersey have still been doing very good in the lakes and rivers. Still allot of guys have been down fishing Lake Lenape doing very good on pickerel, bass and perch. The bass have been hitting spinner baits, plastic worms, Rapala's and lizards. Pickerel have been hitting the Rapala's, spinners and grubs. The best for the perch have been live minnows, meal worms, smaller grubs and spinners. In the river the perch have moved out with just some pickerel hitting. But the herring are starting to show up along the wall which means they will be a week or so before hitting the upper Delaware. Down in Union a customer picked up a nice 22 inch largemouth bass that weight around 6 pounds. He picked that up on a 10 inch power worms. He also caught another 12 largemouth bass and 14 pickerel on other assorted lures. Some other guys were down fishing Union targeting crappies, perch and bluegills. They were up the upper end fishing around the weed beds and in the mouth of the feeder creek. They picked up over 100 fish between three fisherman. They found 2 inch twister tails working the best pitched along shoreline. Colors were white and chartreuse. Down along the Salem Canal they are still doing very good on white perch, stripers and carp. The stripers and perch have been hitting bloodworms with the carp biting corn and carp baits.

We have not been getting many reports back from the lakes up in this area. I think most of these guys have been fishing for stripers. But up in Rohm Haas the couple guys are still saying the fishing has been very slow. They are catching some smaller bass with plastic worms and rattle traps. Up in Noxamixion the few guys that have been fishing have been hitting the docks for crappies and bluegills. The have been doing very good around the marina with twister tails, small jigs, wax worms, minnows and trout magnets. John was up a week ago fishing the upper end catching a few smaller largemouth bass with spinner baits and suspending crankbaits. The guys are still doing good on crappies up at Fall's Township but again the numbers have dropped off from weeks ago. The fish have been hitting small minnows, wax worms and jigs. The bass are picking up hitting plastic worms along the shore line. Jim was up early in the week catching 7 largemouth bass up to 16 inches on purple and watermelon trick worms. Several guys are still doing very good on suckers in the Poquessing and lower Pennypack creek. But in the Pennypack they are also catching a few catfish and carp. The suckers and catfish have been hitting worms the best. Carp like usual are being caught on corn and carp baits. A few guys have been hitting the art museum looking for stripers saying the only thing they been catching is a few walleyes and hickory shad.

The only saltwater action I have heard this week was from the upper Delaware Bay for stripers. These guys are still fishing Fortasque and Reeds Beach. They have been fishing allot of bloodworms and clams picking up stripers 20 to 33 inches. Most of the fish have been throw back but most guys have been able to catch a keeper each trip down. Now several guys were heading out for sea bass but I did not talk to anyone that got back as of yet.

Well I know this is short but I want to get this posted before I get to busy to type it. Good luck to all the trout fisherman heading out and for the striper guys it is getting closer to the big fish heading up.

Bill

Starting for the 2009 season we are introducing a mail order business for those who can't get to our store. The link to this sight is http://brinkmansbaitandtackle.com/mailDisclaimer.htm For anyone who know how much inventory we carry you know this will be a process that takes a little time. But if there is something that is not on this sight just call us up and we will see if we have it in stock. We can also do any special orders but this will take a little longer to get to the customer. We hope this will be a big help for some customers.

FISHING REPORTS

4-1- Glad they changed the striper season. Today I was able to catch my first legal fish. I hooked up 5 fish total and had two fish 24 and 25 inches I was able to take home and clean. Nice the state took care of the fisherman that support them. Zack

3-30- Billy, fished up in warren lake yesteday and had a great day on bass. We were working the shallow side of the lake with shallow diving crankbaits. The best colors were crawfish and perch pattens. The fish were all on the small side but the action was great. We had three guys in the boat and we landed 19 fish and lost at least another 11. Not a bad day for this time of the year. Chuck

3-29- Wanted to let you know the bass are starting to pick up in the upper river. We were up in front of the slide just below the neshaminy creek yesterday. What a great day we had. We were out using bloodworms, herring, shrimp and nightcrawlers. Well the only thing that was working was the bloodworms. We picked up 11 stripers 4 catfish and 5 white perch. The stripers ranged from 2 to 7 pounds. The cats were 1 to 3 pounds. Perch were really big fish, not able to use as live bait. I was jigging for herring down here for close to 4 hours and never caught anything but grass. See you in a couple days. Fred

3-27- hey a big fish was taken the other night off station avenue. I was up there fishing for several hours when this fish was landed. They measured it at 38 inches adn weighted 23 pounds. The fish was caught on a bloodworm. Now myself I have caught 4 fish so far and all the fish have been under 26 inches. I can't wait till next month when we can keep a fish like that. But you kn ow what will happen all the big fish will show up. Saw my first white perch the other day down at the arsneal. I did not catch it but I did see it caught. I guess the bloodworms will be eaten up quicker when they get up here in numbers. Wayne

3-26-This report is coming back from Graveling Point. Twenty five guys were fishing early today most fishing with bloodworms, sandworms, clams and eels. From what I could count there was 17 stripers caught with 6 keepers. For me I got to watch all these fish caught. I did not have a hit in seven hours. Not sure what I was doing wrong but most of these guys were out casting me by fourty yards. They were all using 11 foot rods with big surf reels and breakaway rigs. I know I will be down next week for a new outfit. Also do you know what a breakaway rig is. Kenny Yes we do carry a few rigs by breakaway. Two different with floats and two without. We also have plenty of surf outfits. Bill

3-24- A little windy yesterday but we did get out off shore. It was a tough ride home but was worth the trip. I ended the day with my 25 sea bass, 2 cod and a couple ling. All the sea bass were 3 pounds. The fish were really hitting strip mackerel on top and bottom rigs. The biggest fish caught was a 23 pound cod and there were two sea bass over 6 pounds. All these fish were caught on silver jigs. Next time I'm taking some jigs. Stan

3-22- Well caught my first two stripers this morning. I was down off Princeton Ave and was fishing with bloodworms, clams and herring. Both stripers came on bloodworms. One fish was 23 inches and the other was just short of a keeper. There were three other fisherman there most of the day and all together we had 7 sripers, 3 catfish and 1 perch. That guy sent the perch right back out and did have a good run off but never did hook up the fish. All the bass were all undersized. Next week will be keeper week. Frank

3-21-Hi Bill I was in on weds 3/18 and picked up 2 dozen nightcrawters and I fished the Neshaminy falls area with no luck the water is still to cold maybe this good weather will warm it up soon,I heard a 5 lb smallie was caught on the upper river. SMITTY

3-21- Fortasque is really picking up for bass. We were down early to day and everyone was doing very good. Bloodworms is the bait of choice and most of the fish caught were 22 to 31 inches. Most everyone had at lease one keeper except us. We had all small fish. We are going to head down the bay tommorrow.

3-18- Stop in the shop on my way down sea isle city back bay for stripers and catch and release flounder someone forgot to let the fish know I wanted to catch them, no takers. Small schools of herring in the bay they tore through my bloods. Temps still to low 3 days of above 60 weather should jumpstart it. A bit windy but all in all great trip. Marked some decent fish on sonar so it's gone to start soon. Oh solid reports of herring beginning to stack up in Delaware bay. It's almost that time.!!!! Live clams, fresh squid, bloods & storm plastics. Drifted/ancored/drifted.

3-17- fished tacony with bloods incoming water nothing water temp on the flats where 56 but the channel it was 46 but still fish able i will try again tomorrow on out going water

3-12- Went out yesterday and caught allot of crappies. I was fishing a farm pond up by Willow Grove and it is loaded with largemouth bass but only the crappies were biting so far. I did see about 12 good size bass swimming the shore but I used everything in my box and they would not give it a second look. The water tempature is 49 degrees. I think a couple more weeks the bass are going to turn on. Can't wait. Mikey

3-10- I know Churchville is off limits but I was able to get down to the bridge the other day and had a blast on perch and crappies. Since no one fishes here anymore I even caught some really nice size crappies. Most of the fish were caught on jig-n-minnows but also did pretty good with chartreause sassy shads and road runners. I wanted to fish the rocks for bass but did not want to push my luck. Parking is the big problem.

3-10- Billy, I picked up my first striper this morning. We wer fishing money island down in the mouth of the Delaware river and Delaware Bay. It was only 26 inches but that first tug on the line felt so good. Tell you customers that if they are fishing the lower river and Delaware Bay to make sure they have their Delaware license. They have checked me three different times already this year. Any bloods yet?? Pete YES bloods are in. Bill

3-7- Did very good last couple of days in the lower river. Now we have not seen a striper caught but we did catch 17 catfish, 14 white perch, 6 carp. Most of the catfish have been hitting clams and chicken livers but we also caught several of them on hot dogs. The perch have been hitting bloodworms and nightcrawlers the best but again shiners have been good also. Carp have been caught on nightcrawlers and Van-do Carp bait. Hpe some stripers show up soon. The bloodworms are way to expensive to feed catfish and perch. When do you think the herring will show up and are u guys going to be selling them this year?? Alan Herring are just showing up in the Delaware Bay and down in Maryland. So I would say up here maybe the middle to the end of March. Now for selling them I have to hope all the dealers fill their freezers up fast so we get some. Time will tell. Bill

3-4-Yesterday I was up checking out Fall's Township Lake. Now I did not fish but was seeing what all the talk was about. Well it is a great looking spot and as clean as can be. Well I talked to several guys that have did some fishing early in the day and they all said a few panfish were being caught on small hair jigs fished in 10 to 15 feet of water. Just wanted to let you know what I heard.

3-4- Well the weather sure is not helping the striper run. I was down fishing off Fort Mifland yesterday on that nice 25 degree day. The winds blew and the river was really rough. It may have not been to bad if we were alloud to build a fire but here you can not. We fsihed with bloodworms, and last years herring. We made it four hours and did not have a hit. There was 4 other crazy guys there also fishing and none of them had a bite either. Well I hope next weekend will be better. Dominic

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It's sounds like the boys down in philly are beating the Bass up from land.
Good amount of catches and some good sizes fish
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Philadelphia Pa.
Friday September 12, 2008


Friday May 15, 2009

Was able to get out both days this week and had a different week of striper fishing. Last year we were just knocking the fish dead pretty much all day long. This year we have been catching fish but have to move several different time to catch a couple fish each time. And so far all this year we have been dealing with allot of small little bites with no hook ups and this week we had over 15 good fish hooks with fights from 5 to 20 seconds and then the fish just shakes the hook. I can take all of the smaller bites to be eels but the run off have been hard hits with no fish. But on Tuesday we headed to Trenton early and fished for herring. The bite here was also a little different. The first hour of fishing there were no more than 20 herring caught between the 10 boats fishing. But the last couple hours the fish picked up and we were able to get out 70 fish limit. I headed right up above the bridges and made one quick anchor to find the current so strong it was hard to keep the baits in the water. So we decided to make a couple drifts to see what we could do. We the water was low but running quite fast. The first drift only took a couple minutes to get back to the bridges. We did hook up one good size fish that fought for a little over a minute and again just shook the hook. Not wanting to bust my motor up we headed back down to Linden Avenue. Here we fished for 5 hours to land 7 stripers, 10 catfish and a couple of eels. The biggest striper Helen caught was 38 inches about 25 pounds. A real nice fat fish. We also caught 3 slot fish and 3 fish just above the limit. Three of the catfish were 6 to 10 pounds. The next day I really did not want to get up to early so I did not head to Trenton. I still had bait from Tuesday so John and myself headed out to fish around the Rancocas. The first time we anchored we put 2 slot fish right in the live well and then the bite went pretty much dry. So we started the moving process and picked up a couple fish here and there. By the end of the day we had 6 stripers, 10 catfish and 2 eels. The biggest stripers was 28 inches with 3 slot fish. Most all the catfish were 6 to 8 pounds with one really big fish close to 10 pounds. All the fish were caught on chunk herring.
Now I'm not the only guys catching stripers. Kenny was out each day this past week. Each day he has been running to Trenton for bait and then coming back he stops at different spots to fish. On Monday he picked up over 30 bass up to 40 inches. Tuesday he caught 20 or so fish up to the mid 30 inch. Wednesday he only caught 15 fish and most of these fish were all under 30 inches. Jim has been out each day and has had some good luck. Monday he picked up 8 fish and all the fish were 24 to mid 30 inches. Tuesday he caught 6 fish up to 30 inches. Both these guys fished until dark and both said as night came in so did the eels. Jim had them holding the bait right up to the boat before leaving go. Both these guys were fishing herring. Jack was down fishing below the Tacony bridge on Sunday picking up 24 stripers, 9 catfish and all kinds of white perch. He was fishing with bloodworms, clams and herring. Most all the stripers came on herring and clams with the perch just tearing up the bloodworms. He picked up 8 slot fish and 8 fish were over the limit. Now further down river by the airport and the UPS building they have still been doing very good catching plenty of slot fish with bloodworms. Now here they are catching allot of white perch and catfish also. Herring is working good but they are still doing best with bloodworms. Up by the turnpike bridge the river guides are still catching plenty of fish from 20 to 40 inches. Here they are fishing chunked and live herring. Marty was fishing buoy 80 on Tuesday catching 15 stripers up to 36 inches. He fished all live herring. Talking to allot of the guides on Tuesday they all told me the fish are still up in the bridges but most of the fish now are 20 to 28 inches. Fishing chunk baits will catch you the most fish but if your looking for some bigger fish it still pays to live line the herring. I even talked to a customer that was up to Yardley fishing live herring right below the railroad bridge catching 11 bass on Sunday up to 39 inches. He is catching enough herring up between the island to fish with and even is picking up a few shad with the sabiki rigs. He also did a little shad fishing right below the wing dam on Saturday but had no luck at all. He said the shad have been hitting the sabiki rigs much better. Even further up river some of the local guys are doing very good on stripers in the Lamberville section of the river. Here herring and eels have been working the best right in the rocks along the jersey side of the river. Several of these guys are catching 5 to 10 fish each trip out with fish 25 to 40 inches. Pete was up on Monday in a heavy wind catching 8 stripers all on live eels. His smallest was 24 inches with the biggest 37 inches 26 pounds. He lost so many fish with the boat being blown all over the river.
Now the upper river has really turned on for smallies. Several guys are starting to fish the rivers and streams. A few guys were up to Bull's Island fishing with live minnows, nightcrawlers and grubs catching plenty of 12 to 15 inch smallies. The have been doing best in the deeper water below the walk bridge. A report back from the 29 wall at Byran. This customer was up on Sunday catching 17 smallmouth bass, 2 stripers and 1 walleye. All the fish were caught on live minnows. He said the smallies were all decent size. The walleye was 21 inches and both stripers were 13 inches. One customer was up to the water gap looking for for shad. He did pick a few shad up fishing the evening with shad spoons. But during the day he found the smallmouth bass fishing much better. He was fishing with grubs, Rapala's, spinner baits, spinners and shiners. He fished both Saturday and Sunday catching over 60 bass between the 2 days. He said most of the fish were 10 to 14 inches. Jerry and Keith took a trip out to the Susquehanna river over the weekend and had a great trip for smallies. They said with all the rain the river was off color but it was high enough that getting around was no problem. The caught most of the fish tight to the shore lines and around the islands. Best lures were rattle traps, buzz baits and sputter bugs. They picked up 26 fish on Saturday and 19 fish on Sunday. Most all the fish were 15 to 19 inches. They took bait with them but found out after several hours later the the loud lures were working the best close to shore. The customer that was out on Saturday saying the creek was too high to fish. So he headed up to Green Lane and had a good day fishing for bass and crappies. He took the minnows and fished them under a bobber right below the bridges. And Charlie was up fishing the river at Point Pleasant picking up 9 smallies and 2 walleye on Tuesday. He was back up on Wednesday catching 15 smallies, 1 walleye and 4 catfish. He caught most of these fish with shiners and crayfish. He tried several different lures both days but found the bait to work best. The Neshaminy at Hulmeville Fall's they have been doing real good on both smallmouth and largemouth bass. These guys have been fishing minnows, nightcrawlers, grubs, spinners and crankbaits. A few guys are starting to fish the upper Neshaminy Creek at Tyler State Park catching allot of smaller bass and rock bass. Minnows, worms, grubs and spinner have been working best. The Schuylkill river above the art museum has picked up for smallmouth bass, catfish, carp and stripers. Gary was up later in the week fishing at Flat Rock Dam with minnows, chicken livers and nightcrawlers. He picked up several smallmouth bass 8 to 12 inches, 8 catfish up to 4 pounds and 2 small stripers. Early in the week the river was really muddy but it has cleared up since. When it was muddy he managed to catch a few carp with corn. But he said he had to chum up the fish before fish each spot.

Other spots in the local area. Ron was telling me that Roosevelt Park has been real good for bigger crappies and bluegills the past week. He was been fishing twister tails and trout magnets under a slip bobber. He had several crappies 12 inches this past week. The Poquessing was pretty good for Eddie. He was up fishing Creme natural worms catching 3 largemouth bass up to 3 pounds. He said there are allot of fish up by the falls but these fish would not hit anything. He picked these 3 fish right under the State Road bridge. Lower in the creek a customer was down fishing with chicken livers catching a bunch of smaller stripers and catfish. The Pennypack has still been very good for trout. Several guys are still doing real good at the Roosevelt Blvd with power bait, wax worms, meal worms, earthworms and spinners. They are saying most trips over each guy is catching 3 to 10 fish. Most every trout has been 10 to 14 inches and all are rainbows. Up on Veree Al picked up 9 trout all with small twister tails tipped with wax worms. He said he was fishing for one palomino that just would not hit. And Welsh Road has still been very good. Roman was out on Tuesday catching 15 fish with wax worms, yellow power bait and C. P. Swings. He said there are still plenty of trout left in the creek. At Core Creek the trout fishing has been slow. Now they are still catching a few fish but most guy are still doing best with crappies and perch. Jay has been doing best off the dam with minnows, wax worms and trout magnets. He is catching crappies, bass and a trout from time to time. Levittown Lake has still been very good for trout and on this lake the largemouth bass fishing has turned on. The trout have been hitting wax worms, meal worms, power baits, kastmasters and minnows. The bass have been hitting plastic worms. Up at Fairless Hills the crappies and bass are still hitting in good numbers and some bigger fish were caught this week. The crappie fisherman have been doing best with minnows, meal worms and twister tails. The bass fisherman have been doing good with plastic worms, spinner baits, crankbaits and spinners. Jim who is a big bass fisherman picked up 9 fish on Tuesday and another 5 on Wednesday. In all these fish he has 3 fish over 3 pounds this past week. His best baits have been Senko worms fished wacky worm style and power worms fish in a carolina rig. Noxamixion has been picking up for largemouth bass. John was up on Saturday fishing the deeper water with spinner baits picking up a few fish. So he headed up the upper end and found the fish hitting grass frogs in the rising vegetation. Here he boated 7 bass up to 19 inches. Several other guys were up just fishing the dock and shoreline catching some crappies, perch, bluegills and bass. Most of these guys were fishing minnows and nightcrawlers. A couple of guys were up to the Delaware Canal this past weekend looking for a few carp. They did catch a few carp with corm meal but also did pretty good with largemouth bass. They caught them all on nightcrawlers and said most of the bass were 10 inches. The carp they picked up were 18 to 22 inches. For the Penn Warner members some real good bass fishing is going on. Several of the guys have been fishing club tournament doing very good on crankbaits, spinner baits, plastic worms and jigging spoons. Several bass 3 to 5 pounds have been caught the past couple weeks. They have also seen a few bigger northern's 10 to 15 pounds. These fish were caught on spinner baits, spinners and spoons. Larry was up fishing Penn Warner last weekend having a great day with crappies, bluegills and walleyes. He was fishing with minnows, twister tails and meal worms. Between himself and his couple boys they landed over 30 crappies up to a pound, 5 walleyes up to 18 inches and all the bluegills you wanted to catch. One customer got a couple hours of fishing at Churchville before getting chased. He was back fishing by the railroad track with rattle traps and spinner baits. He picked up 5 bass most around 2 pound with the biggest a 19 inch 3 1/2 pound fish. He said there are allot of bigger fish working the shoreline but they won't touch a thing.
The saltwater action has really been picking up. Flounder even know they are closed have been hitting in big numbers and some really big fish. The back bays of Sea Isle and Wildwood have been a couple of the better places. Fred said there are plenty of state police and wardens around to keep everyone honest. Now the Delaware Bay has been hot for drumfish but this week they have seemed to go into a spawn mode and have pretty much shut down. I talked to 5 different groups that were down and not one fish was taken on any of the trips. They all said there were plenty of sharks to keep everyone happy though. Now they are still getting allot of stripers in the bay. The upper bay has been best for bigger fish with the rips being great for smaller fish. Up the bay they have been using allot of bunker and in the rips clams, bucktails, shad bodies and eels. George was out of Buoy one catching 4 keeper fish last Friday all with fresh bunker. His biggest was 22 pounds and the smallest keeper was 12 pounds. He also had 9 throw backs. Now several boats were out to the rips and all the report back were good. Most guys were catching 5 to 8 fish each. They are catching some keeper but most fish have been throw backs. There were a few smaller drumfish picked up in the 20 to 30 pound class. And even a few nice flounder were caught. Alex has still been heading to the Brandywine Light catching nice blackfish. The limits are low but most guys have been catching limits of 3 to 5 pound fish. And a few smaller sea bass mixed in. Out front of Cape May a few boats are still fishing for sea bass with allot of 2 to 3 pound fish being caught. The best fishing has been up north. Off Sandy Hook the striper bite early in the morning has been very good. They have been catching most of the fish with clams. Now in the evening there has been a good run of 6 to 10 pound bluefish. These fish have been hitting mackerel, mullet and metal. Off shore the boats have been doing real good with stripers. Here they have been fishing allot of bunker, clams, metal, shad bodies, umbrella rigs and bunker spoons. Here they have been doing good on fish up to 45 pounds. Up in the Hudson River I had a customer pick up two stripers 42 and 44 inches. Both fish were full of eggs and weighed between 40 and 45 pounds. These fish were caught on herring. His guide has been catching between 25 and 40 fish a day with most of the fish 30 to 40 inches. Up in the Raritan Bay a few guys have been doing very good on stripers and bluefish with herring and bunker. Chris had one day with three guys picking up 19 bass and 14 bluefish. The bass ranged from 22 to 36 inches. The bluefish were all 5 to 8 pounds. He is catching all his fish on bunker chunks. He said the bay has been loaded with fresh bunker the past 6 days. Snagging the bunker and fishing them alive has brought several real big fish but if your looking for numbers chunking the up has been the best. Ralph has also been up in the Raritan catching plenty of bass with live herring. He spent allot of time catching herring in the Delaware and penning them up where he keeps his boat. He has been taking out 2 to 3 fisherman a day catching numbers of 15 to 30 fish each trip out. His biggest this past week was 41 inches 27 pounds. Now off Sandy Hook this past week there was a 50 pound black drum picked up on a fresh clam. Now drum are not usually caught this far north. A few guys were in the Highlands picking up stripers with clams and bunker. They said most of the fish being caught have been 25 to 30 inches. These guys caught over 15 fish Tuesday night and only had one keeper.
Now with the rainy weekend I only talked to three different guys that fished south jersey. One group was on Union Lake catching pickerel and bass. They were fishing with live minnows drifting the shoreline. Between 3 guys they landed 10 pickerel and 4 largemouth bass. Nothing big to talk about. The second were guys that were fishing the Salem Cannel. These guys were down fishing for white perch and stripers with bloodworms. They did very good catching limits of big white perch. They all caught a couple smaller stripers but all had to be released. there were a few catfish mixed in. The last report came from Spruce Run. This customer was up fishing the upper side of the dam with minnows, nightcrawlers and mealworms. He picked up a couple smaller trout with the meal worms fishing them on a slip sinker rig with a marshmallow. Other than the few trout he picked up a couple smaller bass with minnows.
Well that is it for this week. The weather is not looking all too good again for another weekend. But there is nothing you can do about the weather other than putting on rain gear and just heading out. That was a hint to get as many people out fishing as possible. Good luck,
Bill
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Brinkmans Bait and Tackle
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Philadelphia Pa.
Friday July 3, 2009

Myself I was able to get out on Tuesday and after getting to the river I kind of wish I stayed at home. The river was 4 to 6 feet higher than I would like and it was quite muddy. Now since I was there I thought I would give it a chance anyway. One nice thing I was able to run over 5 miles north on the river with the motor in the low position and never hit a thing. In that whole section there was only three rocks that I saw that I may have touched. So we started to fish with live minnows but with the fast water we found no split shot to come right to the surface and the smallest split shot to get hung right up. So we used three minnows the whole trip. White Zoom grubs fished right along the shore line was the ticket to catching the fish we did. We ended up to 11 smallmouth bass, 3 stripers and 1 walleye. All the smallies were 8 to 12 inches. The stripers were all 15 to 17 inches. The walleye was 17 inches. Wednesday I decided to golf. Maybe should have gone fishing after the score I shot. Oh well there is always next time.
I have talked to several other guys that have been fishing the upper river and they are all running into the high water. But there are a few guys that have been doing pretty good. One customer that has been fishing Point Pleasant right at the bridge abutments have been picking up good numbers of walleyes in the high water. He has been drifting down from the mouth of the Tohickon with nightcrawlers on a Lindy rig. His best day was 6 fish but he has been catching a couple each trip up. And most of his fish have been 18 to 22 inches. Charlie actually fished the river but he said it was quite tough. He has been fishing off the Treasure Island steps catching a few smallmouth bass but has been having fun with big bluegills right up in the weed line. Fishing with small twister tails, leech imitations and meal worms. Charlie is picking up fish up to 9 inches. The last report came from another wader that was up at Lamberville. This customer was doing best with live minnows again right along the shoreline. He picked up 15 smallmouth bass up to 16 inches last Monday. He was back up again on Sunday catching 11 fish. He has tried several of his better lures but finds the minnows to be the only thing working. Now on the lower river the striper fishing has picked back up. One customer was up on Station Avenue on Monday picking up a nice 31 inch striper with herring. He also seen another fish 27 inches caught at the same time. Another customer was up on Wednesday picking up 2 smaller stripers and 4 decent catfish all on chicken livers. He was back up on Wednesday not catching a fish. Now a couple of the Linden Avenue guys have been fishing hard but have only caught a few smaller catfish and white perch. The bass fishing in the lower river has been effected by all this rain. Now the lower river is not muddy but it is quite stained. The have told me allot of the fish are starting to move into the main river but they are still doing very good in Dredge Harbor. Rick was down river fishing around the Tacony with spinner baits, jig and crankbaits. He is doing best with crankbaits and rattle traps. This week he was out 2 different evenings and both time he picked up 5 fish. He said they have all been small. Chris has been over fishing in Dredge catching most of his fish on rattle traps, chatter bugs and plastic worms. He has been catching allot of his fish at the pipes and feeder creek. He was out Sunday all day catching 24 bass up to 3 pounds. Back out again on Tuesday he boated 7 nice bass before a thunder storm chased him off the river. He tried again Wednesday morning but only landed 2 fish before he had to head to work. I know one other customer that was up in Tullytown Cove catching some nice crappies around the boat docks. He was fishing roadrunners and marabou jigs. Anthony just got back from fishing down at Linden Avenue picking up 3 stripers all around 17 inches. He picked these fish up on herring.
Several guys have been telling the that the Neshaminy Creek above the Boulevard has been way to high and muddy. Now at Hulmeville Falls the creek has been muddy but the guys have been doing very good on carp and catfish. For catfish they have been fishing allot of stink baits, nightcrawlers and chicken livers. The carp fisherman have been fishing corn meal and whole kernel corn. Another really good spot of carp and catfish has been the lower Pennypack Creek. The are fishing right off Torresdale and down off Rhawn Street access. They have been fishing allot of nightcrawlers, chicken livers, herring, corn, carp baits, bagels and some guys are using berries that they pick from the bushes along the creek. Up the Pennypack I had a few guys fish at Welsh Road over the weekend looking for trout only to catch a few smallmouth bass, bluegills and suckers. They were fishing with nightcrawlers, corn and meal worms. For the last couple weeks I have not heard of a trout caught on the Pennypack at all. All the guys that would be heading out to the Perkiomen and Tohickon all did not go due to the high and muddy water. Noxamixion has still been pretty good for several different fisherman. John has still been doing very good on largemouth bass fishing the shallow water early in the mornings. He has been fishing allot of weedless frogs and plastic worms. He was up Saturday morning catching 5 smaller bass and went back up again Wednesday morning catching 8 fish himself all under 2 pounds. His wife though landed a 21 inch 5.2 ounce largemouth bass. She picked that fish up on a Snag Proof frog loaded with Berkley power worms for scent. Another customer was up last weekend renting a boat off the mania having a really good day. Now he fished out in the main lake with minnows, shiners and worms. He picked up several smaller bass but had his most fun catching 2 to 4 pound catfish with the nightcrawlers. He also caught a load of panfish. They say the pan fishing around the docks and any off shore structure has been really good with meal worms, wax worms, small twister tails, tubes and minnows. Fairless Hills has still been very good with Mike catching a limit of legal largemouth bass last Tuesday. He picked all these fish up on number 9 Rapala in a perch color. He had fish from 13 inches up to 17 inches. All the fish were put back in the lake. Jim was also up fishing plastic worms a couple mornings this week catching a few fish each trip. He has been catching allot of smaller bass with 4 inch power worms. He said the crappie fishing off the ramp area has really slowed up. He can tell by the amount of guys that are fishing there the past couple weeks. Core Creek has pretty much stayed the same with allot of white perch and crappies still hitting in the main lake. Allot of these fish are being caught in the lower end by the dam on small minnows, meal worms, wax worms, jigs and trout magnets. Levittown Lake has been a bass fishing lake only the past couple weeks. These guys are fishing allot of minnows and nightcrawlers right along the shoreline. The trout have been pretty much done, even the guys fishing late in the afternoons with flies are not catching any fish. South jersey the only report I got back was from John fishing Union Lake. he was down last Saturday and fished both in the morning and late afternoon. He did very good on pickerel with spinners, twister tails and Rapala minnows. That was in the morning. He had work to do and went back out later in the day and fished allot of jitterbugs, hula poppers and weedless frogs catching both bass and pickerel. He said everyone was doing real good.

Saltwater fishing the past couple of weeks has been really good for the flounder fishing. Fluke
are being caught all up and down the coast with allot of big numbers of fish. Anthony was down picking up close to 50 fish over the weekend with 3 keepers. His buddies were back out on Sunday catching several throw backs before landing a nice pound fish. This is up in Ocean City. The Delaware Bay has been really good from Fortasque down to Cape May point. Up at Fortasque they are catching 3 to 5 keeper fish per on the head boats. Now these are the better fisherman. One customer himself had 22 fish with 5 keepers up to 26 inches. He said on the boat there was 180 fish caught with most everyone taking fish home. The pool winner was a 11 year old girl with a fish over 8 pounds. A few guys fishing at the Anchorage had a real good day on fluke bring home over 25 fish on Sunday. Now they did not have any real big fish but had allot of 18 to 21 inch flounder. They caught most of their fish on bucktails tipped with Gulp minnows. Down at Cape May Point they are still picking up a few stripers with clams, bucktails and fin-s fish. They are saying most of the fish are on the small side. At the old grounds in the Delaware Bay some really big flounder are being caught. I heard of a few 8 to 11 pound fish weighted in this past weekend. Allot of these fish are being caught on bucktails with strip flounder, squid or mackerel. Another really good spot for fluke has been the Cape May reef. Here they are catching plenty of fish but the catch keeper ratio has been 12 to 1. But the amount of fish being caught has been great. Squid minnows, bucktails have been the best things to use. The Candyman out of Sea Isle this past week went out for tuna landing a 85 pound bluefin and a 65 pound mako shark this past weekend. Fred fishing in the back bay of Sea Isle had a couple good days on flounder last weekend. He was out Saturday and in a couple hours landed 5 keeper fish with 35 throw backs. Back out again on Sunday he picked up 3 keepers with 31 throw backs. He has been fishing all squid and minnows. Off Atlantic City a few guys are starting to pick up some kingfish, small sea bass and skates. They have been fishing allot of mullet, bloodworms and squid. From Atlantic City up to Ventnor the kingfishing has started to pick up. Now allot of these fish have been on the smaller side but they are catching a mix of sharks, skates and stripers mixed in. Bloodworms have been best for the kingfish with mackerel and kingfish heads best for the other fish. Bluefishing on the head boats up north has been really good on fish 5 to 8 pounds. These trips have been going out at night on chum trips. Most boats supply the bait but some of the guys have been doing best taking out mackerel and chunking it up in the chum slick. They are also doing very good on A 47 jigs in flo green and flo red. I did not hear a word from up off Sandy Hook or Long Beach Island this past week. The crabbing at Dividing Creek has really gotten slow the past week but they are catching some big white perch back in the creek. They have been fishing with small minnows, bloodworms, grass shrimp and squid. The fishing has slowed up in Massachusetts for porgies and sea bass but the guys heading south to the Chesapeake have been doing extremely good. Down here the spots are hitting in big numbers with some croakers starting to show up. They are also catching some nice stripers in these same waters.
Couple of extra that I heard today while typing. A customer fishing out of Cape May looking for big sharks picked up a 125, 105 and a 85 pound mako last Saturday. He was trolling looking for tuna picking up these fish. Now for tuna they only had to fish surface but none picked up the baits. A customer that was down fishing off the beach at Fort Mifland had a good day yesterday. He caught 11 catfish up to 6 pounds. He also had 17 stripers up to 22 inches. He was fishing bloodworms and old river herring from last spring. Another striper was picked up at Station Avenue this afternoon about 22 inches. This customer picked this fish up on chunk herring. Ron called me saying a good bite of bluegills has been going on at Roosevelt Lake. He tried to fish the Schuylkill river this week but with all the rain it was too high and muddy with lots of debrie floating down the river. He picked up these bluegills with trout magnets. One customer went up to Yardley and said the river was a real mess. So he headed over to Fall's Township and picked up a couple bass and pickerel with the minnows he bought for the river.
Well that is all I have time for this week. I hope everyone enjoys the holiday weekend and please anyone getting out please drop me an e-mail letting me know how the fishing was.
Bill
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Friday August 28, 2009
First I wanted to try and get in touch with a customer that had 6 trolling reels filled with Ande line at our store a couple weeks ago. Please if you read this call Bruce at 215-632-0674 when you get a chance.
Another week of the Delaware River being a complete mess. We were thinking of heading up on Tuesday but my father came home from the mountains early in the day and said it was quite high and off color. So we decided to head to a lake up along the river and after driving over the Delaware my father was being quite kind on the conditions. In my life I have never seen it the color it was down this low. It was a shale color that you usual see up in Wayne and Pike county. It was also a mere 6 feet to high. If this keeps up this will be the worse year I have ever seen on the Delaware for being able to fish. I know the fish are there but you just can't get out and fish for them. After seeing the river we headed to a lake. We made the mistake of starting right after lunch but was hoping to hang around till dark. Well we fished pretty much everything in the box for over 4 hours without a single hit. Getting bored I put on a trout magnet and finally hooked a small bluegill. We decided to end this day with the one fish but on the way back to the ramp I did manage to catch one largemouth bass all of 6 inches. This was a bust for a trip. i was going to head home and fish the lower river for catfish but never had the ambition to do so. Well I hope the river will be down by next week.
Now with the storm off shore last weekend the saltwater reports are far and few between. And it looks like another one will be here just in time for this coming weekend. A real nice end to flounder season. Even know the conditions were not perfect last weekend there were allot of guys that did get out for flounder. Most in the back bays but there were a few boats brave the big swells. Kevin went in the back bays of Wildwood catching 15 flounder all throw backs with minnows, spearing and squid. He said there were allot of small sharks and skates biting in the back also. The biggest flounder was 15 1/2 inches. A few guys fished behind Sea Isle and had several good days last weekend. They were out Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Between the three days they boated over 120 flounder with 6 keepers. They also caught a few trigger fish, kingfish, small blues and sharks. They said the best baits were minnows, Gulp mullet, spearing and bucktails. One customer out front on Sunday afternoon had a good catch of 12 fish with 4 keepers right outside of Barnagate inlet. He did his best with strip squid and Gulp shrimp in new penny color. Now down off Cape May point they did real good on croakers and kingfish up to the weekend. But once the big waves started crashing on the beach it shut things right down. Now they just started catching some croakers again but it looks like big seas are coming back. The croakers and kingfish have been hitting bloodworms and Fish Bites the best. All the guys that fish Wildwood, Atlantic City, Ventnor and Margate all passed on last weekend. But over all it has been very slow for kingfish with allot of sharks, skates and small bluefish being caught. Even with the hurricane the guys still did very good down in the Chesapeake. Here they are still catching plenty of croakers and spots with a few weakfish and stripers mixed in. These guys have been fishing bloodworms, Fish Bites, clams and squid.
With the Delaware being high and muddy a few guys ventured out to the Susquehanna River. Well from everyone I talked to they should have just stayed home. This river is also quite high and off color. One customer fished just above Harrisburg where the statue of liberty is. Only the extremely large rocks are just sticking out with all the smaller one 2 to 3 feet under. These guys fished all day Saturday and early Sunday morning coming home early due to the bad conditions. They were fishing minnows, grubs, tubes, rattle traps and rapala's. They picked up 9 fish on Saturday and 2 more on Sunday. They caught most of the fish on fire tiger crankbaits with a couple on spinner baits. Not a fish on a live minnow. Another customer went up to the campground and drifted from Clemson's Island back. This is usually a all day trip but these guys made it in 5 hours. They were in a drift boat so they were not able to get back up river. They said the water was quite muddy and the few fish they caught were all on white and chartreuse grubs. Now during the week several guys started to fish the local creeks for smallies and all did pretty well. A few guys fishing up at Tyler State Park caught allot of smaller bass, bluegills and rock bass. These guys said the fish were hitting minnows and nightcrawlers real well. Jay has still been doing very good at Playwicky Park with smallies, rock bass and bluegills. He has been catching most of his fish on live minnows. Charlie went over to the Tohickon this week and had a good time with smallmouth and rock bass. He said the high water brought some bigger smallies up the creek and they were hitting Rebel poppers, small buzz baits and Yozuri pins minnows. He said one day he picked up 15 fish up to 16 inches. A few guys fished the Perkiomen doing very good on smallies. These guys were up fishing right outside of Collageville and picked up over 40 fish on Wednesday. They caught most of their fish on minnows and 3 inch twister tails. The last spot I heard for smallies was the upper Pennypack Creek. A couple of guys thought with the high water they would be able to pick up a few trout. They were up fishing off Pine Road with meal worms, earthworms, power baits, spinners and jigs. They never picked up a trout but did catch 4 smallmouth bass, 6 bluegills, 1 rock bass and a carp. The carp hit the power bait and was 24 inches. The rest of the fish were all on the smaller side.
Other local spots. Guys are still fishing the shopping center even know there are no fishing signs around. But they have been doing very good on crappies, bluegills, largemouth bass and catfish. They have been fishing with minnows, nightcrawlers and mealworms for live baits with jigs and twister tails for artificial's. Silver Lake has been very slow with a few bluegills and bass being caught but most guys are saying that Magnolia Lake has been the better choice. Here they are catching allot of smaller largemouth bass with poppers, shallow crankbaits, spinners, spinner baits and minnows. Larry was up in his kayak catching over 40 fish last Sunday. Now he said most of the fish were bigger bluegills but he did very good on bass 8 to 13 inches. He had one fish over 15 inches break off right side of the boat. he said when the fish are not working the surface plastic worms do the best. Another customer has been fishing the shoreline with minnows catching bass each morning. He said most of his fish have been 12 inches. Another really good spot is Hidden Lake that sit right behind Club Nervina. I have never seen this lake but several guys are talking it up the past month. They have been doing best early in the morning with poppers, jitterbugs and hula poppers. Once the light hits the water the few fish they can catch are on jigs and plastic worms. Here they catch a few bass over 3 pounds. Rohm Haas has still been very slow but I did hear of one nice bass picked up early this week. Jack was up fishing Tuesday morning with 10 inch power worms catching a 22 inch 5 pound bass early in the day. This was his first decent fish of the year. He said most every day he catches 1 to 3 fish but all the fish have been 2 to 14 inches. John tried again at Noxamixion this past Saturday and decided he should have stayed home. The weather was a little wet but he said the fish have moved and he just can't figure where. He fished in the shallows with frogs, buzz baits and plastic worms. They caught 2 bass up to a pound. Later moving into some deeper water with plastic worms, rattle traps and jigs only to catch a catfish. So home he came early. One other customer was up fishing Noxamixion renting a boat from the Marina. They started fishing right by the docks and did most of their fishing less than 200 yards from the dock. They caught plenty of crappies, perch, small bass and pickerel. Fishing with minnows, meal worms, small marabou jigs and twister tails. Ron went down to the Schuylkill river over the weekend finding it very muddy so he headed over to Roosevelt Lake to throw some weedless lures looking for a few largemouth bass. Several hours he picked up one small bass and a 24 inch snakehead. Both were picked up on a super frog. Down on Union Lake the guys got out for a bit on Sunday afternoon catching plenty of pickerel and a few largemouth bass. They said the fish are starting to hit smaller lures on the drop offs. The lake is over 75 degrees and the fish are moving off into deeper water. They say the guys that stay after dark have been doing real good on bigger largemouth and smallmouth bass with top water lures. They best has been black jitterbugs, zara spooks, hula poppers and sammie's. There was a 21 inch 5 1/2 pound smallmouth taken during the week. The last spot I have is Spruce Run Reservoir. This customer has been fishing all summer long picking up a few bass, lots of crappies and yellow perch. This past week he did real good with bigger smallies right to the side of the dam. Throwing Senko worms in dark colors he landed 3 bass over 16 inches.
Well that is all I have for you this week. I hope the conditions get better but the way the season has been going I don't really expect it to. Almost can't wait for hunting season.


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Brinkmans Bait and Tackle
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Philadelphia Pa.
Friday September 4, 2009

Well another quite week for myself. The river was still high in the beginning of the week and they were call for a windy couple days so we decided to head to Brooklyn to meet up with friends. A couple rounds of golf and that is my adventures for the week.
The shore traffic has been really slow. Flounder fishing closes today so if your heading down for the holiday weekend I want to make sure you are aware of that. I'm pretty sure the police will be looking out for the guys that don't remember. It is a real shame of the closing with some of the best flounder fishing happening the past couple weeks. Even know the waves have been high some of the bigger boats fishing the Cape May reef, lower Delaware Bay have been catching allot of 4 to 6 pound flounder. They have been doing this with bucktails, squid, minnows, spearing and cut flounder belly. Jim was telling me that fishing the out skirts of the rips he picked up 15 flounder on Monday, 5 keepers and 2 fish were over 6 pounds. He stopped in Big Jim's and they were weighing in a fish over 9 pounds from the old grounds. That fish was caught on a bucktail with a strip of squid. Jim picked up most of his fish on a top and bottom rig with spearing and minnows. Another report from the trolley tops picked up 9 keeper flounder out of 40 fish but they also picked up 25 sea bass 1 to 3 pounds. They were fishing with strip mackerel, squid and minnows. Now fishing in the Cape May area weather off the beach of in boats there are allot of nice size croakers being caught. These fish are being picked up on clams, squid, bloodworms and Fish Bites. And off the jetties and piers they have been still catching some good size kingfish with bloodworms and Fish Bites. The biggest disappointment of the season has been the kingfishing in the Atlantic City, Ventnor and Margate section of jersey. Here they have been catching some small kingfish but the numbers have been real low. The fish they have been catching have been on bloodworms. And from time to time they are picking up a few smaller bluefish with mackerel or mullet. Sharks and skates are what are giving the guys the only real action. In Atlantic City off the piers in the back a few croakers, kingfish, bluefish and flounder are being caught. But here nothing of size. Several guys have been heading out from sea bass and all are saying right not the fishing has been really bad. The fish they are catching have been on the small side. They have been catching a few nice blackfish off shore but the one fish limit is keeping most guys from fishing for them. Up off Barnagate the night bluefish trips have been fair. Here they have been catching bluefish 3 to 6 pounds with chunk baits and diamond jigs. And in these waters last week the flounder fishing was really good with high numbers and fair keeper ratios. Larry was up fishing off the Paramount catching 9 flounder bringing home 2 keepers. He said the pool winner on the boat was a 7 1/2 pound fish taken on a bucktail. Another good customer was out on the Mohawk catching 5 keepers up to 5 pounds. He said the boat had over 80 keepers that day with over 150 throw backs. They also caught allot of smaller bluefish, sharks and skates. Talking to a customer that fishes off of Long Island said they have been catching all the flounder you want but the 20 plus limit has kept the keepers down to almost nothing. And I know another customer that fishes off of Connecticut catching plenty of 18 to 19 1/2 inch flounder having to throw almost every fish back. Here they have a 20 plus inch limit also. Both these places they have been doing best with bucktails with a high teaser tipped with spearing or a live minnow. The crabbing at Dividing Creek has been very good the past couple weeks with most boats coming in with 40 to 70 crabs a 6 hour trip. And the guys crabbing off the roadway of Route 47 have been catching up to 50 crabs but have only been able to keep 5 to 10 each trip out. But throwing out a line in these back bays there have been allot of small croakers, kingfish, bluefish and sea bass being caught. Bloodworms, Fish Bites, cut mackerel and squid have been working the best. The Chesapeake has still been very good for spots and croakers fishing with bloodworms, clams, squid and Fish Bites.
Now the river has finally cleared up. Now the level is still high but everyone that has been heading up this week with boats have been doing very good. They are saying the bait fish all have been washed down river with all the high water so the top water action is not as good as it should be but fishing with grubs, tubes, Senko's, Jerk shads and live minnows will catch you a good limit of smallies 10 to 15 inches. Jack was up to Bull's Island on Monday catching 45 fish all with live minnows. He was drifting between the ramp down to the Stockton bridge. He said there is nothing to hit in the river with the higher water so he was able to get around in his 16 foot boat very easy. He found most of the fish close to the shoreline. Jim was up fishing New Hope off the wing dam picking up a bunch of smallies and 4 decent walleyes. He said all the walleyes were over 18 inches and cleaned up to make a fine dinner. He caught them all on a chartreuse power grub. The bass he picked up on white grubs and shallow crankbaits. The water was just running over the wing dam and he said with Korkers it was safe but those who were out with sneakers were slipping all over the place. Eric was fishing at Yardley catching plenty of smallies up in between the island with grubs and tubes. He said most all his fish were on the small side. He also caught several small stripers. Now a couple guys did the drift trip from Frenchtown back to Point Pleasant. They said with the high water the trip take a little less than three hours unless you get out and wade. But they all did very good drifting minnows and grubs. One group caught over 50 bass in a afternoon. Charlie was out fishing the bridge abutments at Point Pleasant for walleyes. He picked up11 walleyes in 4 days of fishing. He also caught 19 smallies and 5 stripers. He said it was a big mix of lures this week but he did best with a chartreuse crankbaits and a small rattle trap. he said wading was a little tough but the high water had the fish so close to the shoreline that you really did not have to get wet to catch fish. He seen another fisherman fishing off the point of Byran catching a nice 8 pound walleye and three big catfish with live shiners. That was on Tuesday afternoon. Up at the Water Gap kevin said the water conditions were great last weekend with allot of smallmouth bass, walleyes, stripers and trout hitting in the Delaware. Minnows were working the best for the smallies with jigs catching the walleyes. The stripers hit the live trout that they picked up on earthworms and spinners. One of our local fisherman that was out fishing the Hankins section of the Delaware caught several decent smallies trolling the river with Rapala's and grubs. He had allot of 14 to 16 inch fish. Not a single report back from the Susquehanna River now in over 3 weeks. I know the river has been as high as the Delaware but I'm not sure if it is back to a fish-able level yet. So if anyone has been out please write me to let me know.
Several guys hit the Pennypack this past week thinking they had put the fall stocking of trout back in the creek. Well so everyone know the creek does not get restocked until the first week of October. But these guys all did catch fish. Lots of bluegills, rock bass and small bass. They picked up allot of these fish on mealworms, minnows and spinners. The guys that have been fishing the upper Neshaminy have been doing extremely good on smallies, bluegills and rock bass. They have been fishing allot of live minnows but also do very good on poppers, shallow crankbaits, spinners, grubs and tubes. The fly rod guys have been doing really good with poppers and nymphs. Here they have been catching mostly smaller fish. The Perkiomen has been another really good spot to head for smallies, rock bass and bluegills. And way up the creek they have been catching some northern pike and pickerel. One customer has been fishing behind the prison doing very good in the deeper holes for bigger smallies. This past week he had fish up to 18 1/2 inches. He has been catching most of his fish on dark color jerk shads, twister tails and 4 inch plastic worms. He is not catching the numbers of fish but the fish he is catching are much bigger than you usually catch in smaller creeks. He said allot of these bigger fish are holding up in 8 to 10 feet holes. The guys up at the Skippack are catching lots of fish but a 14 inch smallie is a trophy. Charlie said the Tohickon is the perfect level but the river was so good he never took time to fish the creek. The only report I got from the Tohickon was below Noxamixion. This customer was down fishing below the Dam catching some smaller walleyes, largemouth bass and catfish. He was fishing with live shiners and nightcrawlers.
Noxamixion itself has been very slow for most guys. I have talked to three or four guys that were up last week not catching more than a couple of small bass and bluegills. Even John did not give me a call after his last trip that was a bust. So if you are heading up to this lake I would say stick to the shorelines looking for bluegills, crappies and perch with small grubs, meal worms and minnows. The shopping center lake again was very good for a couple of guys looking to kill a few hours on Monday. They went up with minnows and nightcrawlers catching a nice largemouth bass 18 inches, plenty of smaller bass and crappies. They said another fisherman had a big catfish up to the shoreline and while he was pulling it out of the water the line broke. They think the fish was over 6 pounds. Magnolia Lake was very good for Steve and his son Sunday afternoon. They went up in their kayaks and drifted around the lake with shallow crankbaits and plastic worms. They picked up 9 bass on Sunday with several missed fish. Hidden Lake has been another really good spot to head if you like to fish early in the day. These guys have been fishing allot of poppers, buzz baits, shallow crankbaits and plastic worms. They have been catching fish till the sun gets high on the water. Most of the bass they have been catching have been 1 to 2 pounds with a few bigger fish mixed in. Another really good spot for smaller boats has been Burlington Island. The couple guys that have been heading over to this lake have been catching allot of 1 to 3 pound largemouth bass. They have been catching allot of these fish on spinner baits, crankbaits, plastic worms, grubs and tubes. The have to put their smaller boat in off the Pennsylvania side of the river and row over to the island. Here they pull the boat up over the land to the lake. Ron has been fishing the Schuylkill River the past couple week even know the river has been on the muddy side. He has been fishing early in the mornings looking for bigger catfish but has only caught some smaller ones. While waiting for the catfish he has been throwing small spinners and twister tails around catching small bass and bluegills. He has not fished Roosevelt Lake due to the weeds. Several guys have been fishing the Schuylkill River up by Pottstown catching plenty of smallies. They have been fishing with live minnows, nightcrawlers, crayfish and hellgrammites.
I know this report is a little short and a bit all over the place but business today has been brisk and I have been up and down typing now since 9 this morning. Now it is time to close and I want to get what I have posted. I just hope for allot of reports when I check my e-mails. I hope everyone has a great holiday and good luck where every you end up.
Bill


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Friday September 11, 2009
You are going to see this report shrink up each week with less and less people heading out and very few reports e-mailed to me the past couple weeks. Helen and myself got out to the river late on Wednesday and had a pretty good day for the short time we fished and all the rain we had while we were fishing. We went up to New Hope and fished from the 202 bridge south to the Lamberville bridge. We fished from 1 till 5 in the afternoon. Over all we caught 20 smallmouth bass, 1 catfish and a striper. 5 of the smallmouth were decent size 14 to 17 inches. The rest were small. Both the catfish and striper were small. Most of the fish were caught on minnows and watermelon red Zoom grubs. The river are prefect. It is still a little high and off color but that is the way I like it. What this rain this week will do to it we will have to wait and see. I talked to several other fisherman that were fishing that day and all said they had 20 to 30 fish per boat. One guy was fishing Senko worms, another one was fishing crayfish imitation on a plastic worm hook. Two other guys were fishing shiners and crayfish. Kevin has been fishing Lamberville over the weekend and each day he caught plenty of fish. He was catching them on minnows one day and the next they would only hit grubs. He said he had allot of decent fish over he holiday weekend. Charlie told me the fishing up Point Pleasant has been the best all season. He fished several days this week and did better and better as the week went on. The best day he had was 24 fish up to 19 inches. Most of the fish were 10 to 14 inches but he did have allot of 16 to 18 inch fish. He also picked up 11 walleyes during the week. Most of the week the fish were on grubs, tubes and top water poppers. But he also picked some fish on plastic lizards, hellgrammites and crayfish. He again said the fishing was to good in the river to head to the creeks. A few other guys have been down fishing the Yardley section of the river doing pretty good on smaller fish. One guy was wading the islands below the railroad bridge with grubs, minnows and nightcrawlers. He picked up 15 bass, 5 stripers on Sunday and another 22 smallies and 6 stripers on Monday. His partner was up fishing the island under 95 bridge catching 11 smallies, 3 stripers on Sunday and another 18 smallies and 2 stripers on Monday. They said most all the fish were on the small side. A little further up river the drift trips were very good over the holiday weekend. One group fished on Saturday drifting Frenchtown back to Point Pleasant. They picked up over 100 bass for 4 guys. All the fish were caught on minnows and most were picked up in the fast water. They said allot of 15 inch or better fish were caught with quite a few small stripers. Another couple of guys came down in tubes fishing with twister tails. They caught about 20 fish each on Sunday. They said all the fish were just an average size. All said that drift took about 6 hours. Now another couple of guys did the drift from upper Black Eddy down to Point Pleasant. They said this drift took a little over 10 hours but they did very good all day long. They were fishing with minnows, nightcrawlers, crayfish, tubes and twister tails. They did not know a true amount of fish but said they each had to catch close to 50 fish. Now they had smallies, stripers, catfish, carp and walleyes. The best fish they talked about was a 21 inch striper with a 19 inch walleye next. Most of the bass were 10 to 14 inches.
Now a few other smallmouth reports are coming from the creeks. The upper neshaminy creek has been good at Hulmeville Road, Taylor State Park and Playwicky Park. All these spots have been good for smallies, rock bass and bluegills. They have been catching most of the fish on live minnows or shiners with shallow crankbaits, tubes, twister tails, poppers and spinners also working. Everyone here has been wading the creek with the level back to a normal summer time low. They say most of the fish have been on the smaller side but from time to time they do pick up a bass 15 to 16 inches. Now at Hulmeville Road they have been also picking up largemouth bass, crappies, perch, small stripers, catfish and carp. Most of the bass, crappies and perch have been hitting minnows and small twister tails. The stripers and catfish have been caught on minnows, chicken livers and cut baits. The carp have been hitting corn meal, carp baits, bagels and corn. The biggest fish have been carp 10 to 18 pounds. Another good spot for carp has been the lower Pennypack creek. A few guys have been fishing between Torresdale Avenue and State Road. They have been fishing with corn, bagels, corn meals and fresh berries. Here they have been catching some carp over 25 pounds. But most have been 8 to 15 pounds. The biggest was Alan who had a picture of a fish 25 pounds 36 inches caught on Monday afternoon. He also had 4 other smaller fish. Here they also catch catfish and small stripers. These fish are hitting bloodworms, chicken livers, herring and nightcrawlers. The Perkiomen has still been very good but the most guys are saying the creek is getting so low the smaller fish are driving the crazy. A few guys fishing the Skippack section of the creek have been catching mostly rock bass and bluegills with minnows, grubs and spinners. They are catching a few smallmouth but are having a hard time keeping the smaller fish off their lines. A bit further up just below Green Lane some bigger bass and pike are being caught in the holes around the big boulders in the creek. They have been fishing minnows, shiners and grubs for the smallies with minnows, shiners and small bluegills for the pike. Charlie is my only report for the Tohickon but he has been fishing the river so nothing back from this creek.
The lower river for catfish has been quite slow the past couple weeks. I talked to several guys coming in the ramp on Wednesday and all were saying the fishing sucked. One boat with 4 guys had 2 catfish both small. They caught them on chicken livers. Another boat was coming in with 2 guys that fished 6 hours with only 1 stripers 12 inches and 4 white perch. They were fishing with bloodworms. Another boat came in and they did not catch a fish all day. Rick has been out a couple times this week looking for largemouth bass but said it has been the worse year he has had in a long time. He has been picking up some smaller fish with 4 inch slider worm but fishing the main river with crankbaits, spinner baits, rattle traps and everything else in his box has lead to very few fish. He said when you can find a pocket of bait fish busting the surface they do pick up a few bigger largemouth bass and stripers with Zara Spooks, poppers and jerk baits. But with all the high water there is not allot of bait fish in the area. Another bass fisherman was over to Dredge Harbor fishing the creek opening around to the river catching 5 largemouth bass all with rattle traps. He had fish from 10 to 14 inches. He did see a nice size musky a week ago that would not take a single plug he threw at it. Ron has been picking up allot more smallies in the Schuylkill River this past week. He has been fishing Gladwyn with minnows, shiners, twister tails, Senko worms and small jigs. His best day this week was 14 smallies and 9 bluegills. The worse day was 5 fish total. He has been out a couple time at night fishing with live bluegills looking for a big flathead but has not caught one yet this year. He partner has had 4 between 15 and 29 pounds. All were caught over a month ago all with bluegills. A few other guys were fishing the Flat Rock dam section for smallies saying the fishing has been very good. They are fishing with minnows drifting them right below the falls. One other report from a couple guys that have fished above the Fair mount Dam section for catfish and carp have been doing very good. They have been fishing chicken livers, calf livers, beef chucks and corn meal. The past week they have been catching all the 2 to 4 pound catfish with a carp here and there 8 to 10 pounds. One told me he seen another fisherman pick up a carp over 30 pounds last weekend in the same spot. Noxamixion has still been slow for the bass fishing. Two different reports back from guys out in boats looking for bass. They did catch a few fish but had to work quite hard for what they caught. Now a few guys that are still fishing the docks are still doing good on crappies, perch and bluegills. These guys have been fishing small minnows, meal worms, twister tails and jigs. A couple guys were fishing below the dam but both did nothing. Several guys have been heading out to the Susquehanna River and that is another river that is just getting back to some state of normal. All season the river has been high and muddy but the past two weeks it has cleared up and dropped to a fish-able level. Marty was out fishing back to the camp ground last weekend all three days. He took 15 dozen big minnows out and used them all up in a day and a half. After that they fished allot of grubs, tubes and spinner baits. They also picked up allot of crayfish along the edges and fished with them. Every day was pretty much the same with 40 to 60 fish boated. They had allot of smaller fish when fishing close to the shore line but in the deeper holes they picked up allot of fish 14 to 19 inches. Some of their best fishing was down at night right in front of the camp ground and up the mouth of the Junitia River. Here they fished allot of poppers, buzz baits, tiny torpedo's and jitterbugs. Most all the fish caught in the dark were 16 inch or better. Fishing with grubs they did pick up a few walleyes for the fry pan.
Saltwater action this week was a big bust. With flounder closing and the weather very few reports came back. Several guys fishing the piers at Ventnor said the fishing has not picked up at all. Last weekend there were a few kingfish caught but if it was not for the sharks and skates the action would be dead. What kingfishing is being done is still down at Cape May point. Several guys had good days on 14 to 17 inch kingfish and croakers fishing with bloodworms or Fish Bites down off the point. They also did well at Sunset Beach and Higbee's Beach. Now up the bay a few guys were fishing off of Reed's Beach only to catch a few small flounder and sharks. The bay has been very good for good size croakers fishing with bloodworms, squid or clams. Now up the coast in north jersey there has been allot of 1 to 4 pound bluefish hitting the beach. They are also catching a striper here and there at night fishing with clams. Off shore when you can get out the tuna fishing in the canyons has been very good with allot of bluefin still being caught. I have ever heard of several billfish being picked up trolling the canyons. Fred was out over the weekend picking up 1 bluefin 80 pounds with 4 yellow fin up to 46 pounds. They also picked up allot of dolphin fishing jigs under the weed beds. Several guys have been hitting the jetties catching plenty of blackfish but with the one fish limit it is really not worth the trip down unless you are fishing for something else. The night bluefish trips have still been very good but most guys have said allot of these fish have been 5 to 8 pounds. The real big bluefish have not shown up as of yet. And some guys on the inshore wreaks have been catching plenty of 1 to 3 pound sea bass with clams, strip mackerel and jigs. And nothing has changed in the Chesapeake for spot and croakers. Here they are still catching coolers full of fish with bloodworms, squid, clams and Fish Bites.
Well I know this is short but from week to week it is only going to get worse till the stripers show up or spring comes around. So if you do get out please let me know what's happening and where. Good luck and I hope everyone is enjoying these cooler temps.
Bill

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Friday October 2, 2009


Another week sitting at home. Helen had to get minor surgery on Monday and she was not feeling to good most of the week. Also both days off the wind blew 20 to 30 mile and hour and I really did not feel like getting beat up again on the Delaware. But even know I did not get up the smallmouth fishing has been real good. JR was up fishing on Monday catching over 40 bass. He was fishing in the Lambertsville section of the river and said allot of nice size fish were caught. They were fishing minnows and artificial's. Jack was up in the wind on Tuesday catching over 30 fish before lunch. Now he said most of the fish he caught were on the smaller side but also picked up quite a few small stripers. He was fishing Yardley right below the railroad bridge. Charlie has still been doing very good at Point Pleasant catching 10 to 15 fish each trip out. This week he also picked up allot of stripers and walleyes. He said again this week the fish were all over Senko worms, Zoom grubs, hellgrammite imitations and Rapala's. Allot of his smallmouth were 12 to 14 inches. The stripers were all under 15 inches and all the walleyes were under sized. The last report this week on the upper river came from Al that was up fishing just below the Stockton bridge. He picked up plenty of fish both Monday and Tuesday. He fished with grubs, tubes and poppers. Both days he boated over 30 fish. Now the Susquehanna River has still been very good for the few guys heading out. Tom was out on Saturday last week fishing the Clemson Island section of the river. He said the fish were stacked up by the power lines and they caught over 50 fish for three guys. They had allot of 16 to 18 inch really fat smallmouth bass. He talked to a guide that was coming out of the river saying there was a 24 inch 6 1/2 pound fish caught last week on a live crayfish. Tom picked allot of his fish up on minnows with twister tails picking up the rest. One other report from the lower section by Three Mile Island catching over 100 fish over the weekend. He was fishing with pretty much everything in his box but found leech imitation tipped to a bucktail to work the best. He caught allot of fish 3 to 4 pounds and even had one big musky hooked up and lost a few feet from the boat. Now several guys have been doing very good in the upper Neshaminy Creek. Playwicky Park has been one hot spot with most guys catching plenty of rock bass, big bluegills and smallmouth bass. Minnows have been working the best but guys have also done well with nightcrawlers, spinners and top water lures. The Perkiomen has also been a good spot to head for smallmouth bass. here they have been catching allot of smallies 8 to 12 inches. They are also catching allot of rock bass and bluegills. Larry was up last weekend catching some bigger fish in the holes by the prison. He was fishing with big minnows and rubber jerk shad. He picked up over 50 fish but had several fish 12 to 15 inches. The rest of the guys have been catching fish allot smaller. Minnows are the best bait but spinners, tubes, twister tails and top water lures are also working real good.
The lower river was real good over the weekend for catfish. They had several tournaments with allot of fish caught. The big cat shootout was won with 3 fish that weighted in at 24 pounds. They only had a 22 team field that paided out $1000.00 for first place. Not the wall tournament was quite busy on Saturday but on Sunday with the rain was a field of 9 guys. Sunday Anthony won the tournament with a 21 inch catfish. He said they caught allot of fish early in the day but as the day went on the fishing dropped off. Now I had a couple of other guys out on Saturday fishing at the Burlington Bristol Bridge having a real good day on catfish and stripers. They were fishing with shrimp, nightcrawlers, bloodworms and clams. They caught 15 catfish and 11 stripers with lots of white perch. Most all the stripers were caught on bloodworms and clams and were 14 to 25 inches. They said most of the fish were close to 20 inches. The catfish were 14 to 20 inches and were caught on shrimp, and clams. The bass fisherman all seemed to stay home this week with the heavy winds. I know Rick was going out on Tuesday but not hearing back from him I guess he decided to stay home. John was also going out but I did not hear a thing back from him either.
Trout are going to be stocked next Wednesday so I hope to get some fall trout reports for next week. They will also be restocking the Wissahickon, Core Creek and Levittown Lake. Now several guys have been fishing Core Creek all still doing very good on perch and crappies. These guys have been catching most of these fish with wax worms, meal worms, small minnows, twister tails and trout magnets. The dam has been one of the better places to fish. Jim has still been doing very good on largemouth bass at Fairless Hills. He said the fish are still hitting Senko worms, power worms and slider worms. He has been catching 3 to 5 fish each trip with most of the fish around a pound. There has been a few other fisherman doing pretty good on pickerel, perch and crappies on this lake. The pickerel have been hitting minnows, spinners and grubs the best. The panfish have been hitting minnows, meal worms, wax worms and jigs the best. Churchville Reservoir has been good off the roadway and around the bridge for crappies, perch and bass. They have been catching the crappies and perch under the bridge with small twister tails and marabou jigs with the largemouth bass hitting rattle traps, plastic worms and jigs the best. Noxamixion has been picking up for largemouth bass. John was up on Saturday catching 15 bass up to 19 inches. He said the fish are holding in 10 to 15 feet of water and were hitting suspended crankbaits in crayfish, chartreuse/brown and shad colors. He said there were allot of guys fishing on Saturday and most were all catching fish. Richie was up fishing the docks and shoreline for panfish catching a good limit of crappies. He was fishing with white roadrunners boating 35 crappies up to a pound. Ron told me this week that Roosevelt Lake has been clearing up and the panfish have turned on big time. He has been throwing trout magnets catching bluegills, crappies and perch. He has seen a few largemouth bass caught by other fisherman. He only fished the Schuylkill River one night catching 9 catfish up to 4 pounds. He caught them all on livers and bagels. Spruce Run has still been very good for this one customer. He fished the lake a couple time over the weekend catching some good size smallmouth bass, largemouth bass and stripers. He was fishing with live minnows catching the bass with the stripers hitting rattle traps, twister tails and chug bugs. One customer was down to Batso Lake catching several nice pickerel. He was fishing with live minnows, yellow rooster tails and twister tails. He said they caught over 20 fish up to 17 inches. No bass or crappies even know they put allot of time looking for them. John fishing Union is saying that everything is hitting here. He was out targeting largemouth bass but also caught allot of pickerel, crappies, big yellow perch and bluegills. He said just working the shoreline with small spinners baits and plastic worms was the best. A few guys were up fishing a tournament at Lake Hopatcong doing very good on largemouth and also caught a few decent muskie's. They were fishing large crankbaits in 15 to 25 feet of water taking 2nd in the tournament with 16 pounds of bass. They said they had several other fish released being smaller fish. The two muskie's they caught were 31 and 35 inches.
Saltwater action has been a mixed bag. The surf fishing has been picking up and with the heavy winds the off shore fishing has been off. Up off Long Beach Island there has been allot of bluefish being caught. These fish have been hitting metal and mullet the best. Most of these bluefish have been on the smaller side. There has been a few stripers starting to show up at Island State Park and they have been caught on clams, poppers and crankbaits. Down south at Ventnor and Margate allot of guys were out looking for kingfish last weekend but there were only a few fish taken. They did pick up allot of sharks and skates fishing with mullet and mackerel off the piers. Down on Cape May point they are still catching a few kingfish and croakers but even this fishing was off last weekend. Mitch was down fishing under the 50 cent bridge catching 4 nice weakfish with bloodworms. He caught these fish in the rain Sunday morning. A few guys were out fishing the rips at Cape May on Saturday morning looking for stripers but only picked up a few croakers before the winds picked up and sent them home.
I hate to say it but that is all I have for you this week. I hope with this cooler weather things may start picking up but again only time will tell. Good luck,
Bill
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Friday March 12, 2010
We finally had a nice weekend but again really not too much to report. Even know lots of guys got out to wet a line there were not allot of fish taken. But I will give you the little bit I did get back.
The river tournament at the Frankford Arsenal was quite slow last Sunday. Anthony was down early and only fished for part of the morning saying only one catfish about 24 inches was caught. He was trying herring, bloodworms and clams not catching a fish. I don't know what won the tournament but that one fish may have done it. Several other fisherman were out over the weekend fishing with bloodworms, herring, shrimp, clams and nightcrawlers only telling me of a few smaller catfish and white perch. No stripers that I know of. John was out during the week with herring and bloodworms fishing every one of his good spots with out a hit. Right now the main thing is water temperature. The lower section of the river is starting to pick up with stripers, big white perch and catfish. Most of the bigger white perch are being caught in the Salem canal. Here they have been catching most of the fish with bloodworms, strip squid and strip clams. Perch up to a pound with lots of stripers 12 to 21 inches. The Delaware Memorial bridge to the mouth of the Delaware Bay has been the best for stripers. Here they are not catching allot of fish but are landing stripers 17 to 28 inches. Bloodworms have been the main bait. Now up at the Power Plant they did pick up a few more stripers and even had a couple keeper fish. The days the plant is up and running they have been catching stripers, perch, catfish, carp and gizzard shad. George was up on Tuesday and had 3 stripers with bloodworms all under 21 inches. He did catch a catfish a little over 5 pounds. Now back in Dredge Harbor a couple guys were out last weekend having a good day with crappies. They were fishing around the creek and picked these fish up with small grubs fished under a slip float. They said the fish were held up in 12 feet of water and wanted watermelon and motor oil colors in grubs. Tullytown cove has been picking up since the ice went out. These guys have been fishing minnows, wax worms and earthworms catching nice crappies, perch and even a bass here and there. The last spot on the lower river was a couple guys catching a few largemouth bass off the jettie at the Neshaminy Marina. They have been fishing nightcrawlers along the rocks to catch these fish. The upper river has been real slow. The snow melt from the mountains has kept the river quite high, off color and really, really cold. Several guys were out on the wing dam at New Hope last weekend and not one person caught a fish. Charlie was out at Lamberville on Monday and Tuesday catching one small walleye in the slack water just below the creek. He said there were several boats drifting and trolling for bass and walleyes but he did not see them catch a fish.
Now with Core Creek and Levittown Lake closed the only close place to fish has been Fall's Township park. Here they have been catching allot of crappies and bluegills but so far that is all I have heard. There are a few guys up looking for bass but none have caught a fish. The crappies and bluegills have been hitting small grubs, tubes, jigs, meal worms and wax worms. Ron has still been catching a few bluegills down at Roosevelt Park. Again he has been trying for bass but so far only bluegills. These fish have been hitting trout magnets and small twister tails. He has also been down fishing the Schuylkill River at the art museum picking up a few walleye with sassy shads. Another customer has been fishing the lower part of the Schuylkill River catching a few catfish and perch with bloodworms, nightcrawlers and herring. He said nothing big so far but the action has been alright. Another customer has been fishing the upper part of the river around Gladwyn catching a few smaller catfish with chunk bluegills. He was hoping for some of the bigger flat heads but again nothing so far but 1 to 3 pound channels. One customer was up to Noxamixion fishing the over flow of the dam catching a few smaller walleyes with live minnows. He said the lake still has ice on it and not it is no thick enough to walk on. But parts of the lake are starting to get open water. Lake Gelina again has allot of ice on it but some spots are beginning to open up. There was a few guys try to fish this lake but had no luck. Rohm Haas has seen several fisherman giving up a few crappies and one nice bass so far. The bass I saw a picture of had to go close to 5 pounds and was caught on a spinner bait. He also told me they have been catching allot of crappies 8 to 10 inches with a few bigger fish here and there. The big crappies are still being caught up at Penn Warner. Here they have been catching some nice 2+ pound crappies in some of the back waters. Off the dock at the club house they are catching all the smaller crappies, perch and bluegills with live minnows, wax worms, meal worms and small twister tails. In the back they are also catching some nice bass and pike with jigging spoons.
South Jersey has not changed at all. At Mays Landing they have been doing very good at the bottom of the dam of Lake Lenape. Here they have been catching both white and yellow perch, small stripers and pickerel. There are some herring starting to show up in the lower part of this river. Up in Lake Lenape Richie picked up some big pickerel with spinner baits. He said these fish are starting to get quite active and have been 2 to 5 pounds. He has been trying for largemouth bass but so far has only picked up a few smaller fish. Batso over flow has still been very good for pickerel with live minnows, twister tails and spinners. And the lake opened up last weekend and several guys did get out and catching some pickerel and bluegills with twister tails, minnows and spinners. Burlington Island a customer paddled out to last Saturday and fished most of the day not to have a single hit. Another customer fished Sickersville on Sunday again not having a hit. Manasquan Reservoir was real good for a couple guys down last weekend catching some nice largemouth bass and pickerel. They were fishing allot of jerk baits, Senko worms and spinner baits catching bass up to 3 pounds and pickerel up to 4 pounds. Union Lake was pretty good for crappies last Saturday. These guys started to fish a couple weeks ago finally finding some fish in one of the back coves. They said the fish are held up around the stumps and were hitting small grubs tipped with wax worms. They caught over 50 fish for three guys and had fish up to 15 inches. They talked to several other fisherman that were out looking for bass only to catch pickerel. They were fishing all kinds of plugs along the shoreline.
The shore has been very quite. Several guys have been heading north catching good numbers of cod, pollock and ling. These guys have been heading out of Point Pleasant and then heading north. Better catches of cod have been reported from Massachusetts with fish up to 50 pounds being caught. Sea bass is still closed but they are catching some nice fish while fishing for the cod. Down south there are allot of nice stripers starting to show up in the mouth of the rivers and inlets. These fish have been 18 to 30 pounds. Clams, herring, chunk bunker and bloodworms have been working the best to catch these fish. Tom's Rivers inlet was real good for Danny who caught a limit of fish for 3 guys. They had 6 fish all over 30 inches and all were caught with bloodworms. The Delaware Bay is loaded with stripers but these fish are still not hitting. The ones I have been hearing are being caught in the gill nets while they are shad fishing. There are all of shad and herring starting to enter the bay also.
Well that is all I have for you this week. This is not looking like the best weekend but if you are heading out we do have a good supply of bloodworm and every other kind of bait. Our shelves are almost full and ready for the start of fishing season. So if you looking for something to do it may be a great weekend to come and and pick up what you may need for this coming season.
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Friday March 25, 2010
One more week for the opening of trout season. I have heard they are stocking the Pennypack either on Tuesday or Wednesday this coming week. I heard they were putting in 8000 fish. These are both word of mouth so if your interested in stocking make sure you check with the state for an exact date and time.
Stripers have been the hottest thing the past couple weeks. The real nice weekend sent tons of fisherman out on the river both bank fishing and out in boats. And they caught fish all up and down the river. Now no big numbers or really big fish yet but getting that first striper on the line is worth anything after a winter like we went through. Station Avenue has been one of the hottest spots up in this section of the river. Several guys have caught fish from 18 inches up to 30 inches. Most all the fish here have been caught on bloodworms. The best catch was one customer on Wednesday picking up three fish with one keeper in the mix. And they have also picked up several catfish with the stripers. Off Linden Avenue not a fish as of yet. Princeton Avenue Jerry picked up one 18 inch fish on Thursday with a couple guys around him catching catfish. Again all bloodworms. The Frankford Arsenal again nothing but catfish and a few white perch. Down off Fort Mifland they again have been having better catching with several keeper fish taken this week. Victor was one customer fishing on Tuesday afternoon catching 4 stripers and 2 catfish all on bloodworms. He did have two keeper stripers 29 and 30 inches. He said there was over 20 stripers taken while he was there and 5 were keeper size. The UPS building has been another good spot with allot of fish caught but here they have not taken a decent fish. Most all the fish have been 18 to 24 inches. At the art museum they are starting to pick up allot of smaller stripers with sassy shads, twister tails and crankbaits. Here again most of the fish are 15 to 24 inches. Further down the river they are catching some decent stripers with bloodworms, herring and clams. Steve was in telling me over the weekend he caught 7 stripers 16 catfish and all the white perch you wanted with bloodworms. But other guys around him were catching allot of fish with the other two baits. Steve had on fish 35 inches and the rest throw backs. At National Park they are doing very good with striper and catfish. Some of the biggest stripers I seen so far have come from this spot on the river. Pictures of 30 to 40 inch fish were taken in the past two weeks. Now the boat fisherman were all over this past week and the best fishing has been further down river. The Comadore Barry Bridge to the Delaware Memorial Bridge has been the best for bigger fish. Several guys have been down catching good numbers of fish with several 30 to 38 inch fish mixed in. And in this section of the river they have been catching some catfish up to 8 pounds and big white perch up to a pound. Most of the perch and stripers are being caught on bloodworms with the catfish being caught on clams, herring and chicken livers. A few guys were out fishing in front of the Rancocas catching allot of smaller stripers and catfish. They had one good run off and a herring head but never turned the fish before getting broke off. Their biggest striper was 21 inches. Several guys were up fishing out of the Trenton power plant catching some smaller stripers, catfish, gizzard shad and even had 2 American shad. They picked the shad up on spoons with the other fish hitting bloodworms. No herring as of yet caught in the plant.
Now a little further up the river the conditions are still quite high but the water is now running pretty clear. They did pick up a few shad off the Yardley island, below the Washington's Crossing bridge. These guys have been catching the shad with chartreuse and orange shad spoons. They are also catching some walleyes off the New Hope wing dam and up in the Lamberville section of the river. Now all these fish are being caught out of boats with the river way to high for wading. Several guys were up over the weekend all coming home saying it was do dangerous to try and wade. They even had on boat over turn at New Hope and one of the boaters drown. so if you are heading up be very careful. The walleyes that I heard caught have been picked up on minnows, nightcrawlers, power leeches and twister tails. Tom had a good day on Sunday right below the 202 bridge catching 8 fish up to 22 inches. And the lower river other than stripers has been allot of crappies, perch and bass starting to hit in Dredge Harbor, Neshaminy marina and Tullytown cove. These guys have been catching fish with live minnows, nightcrawlers, small jigs, twister tails, crankbaits and spinner baits. Off the rocks at the Neshaminy a customer picked up a 38 inch muskie last weekend with a live minnow. That is the first musky I have heard of in some time. And if you come up the Poquessing creek they are catching some bass up at the pipes with minnows and nightcrawlers. And further down the creek there are some big suckers hitting nightcrawler and earthworms. And in the lower Pennypack they have been catching allot of suckers right off State Road with earthworms.
Fall's Township Park has still been very good for largemouth bass, crappies and bluegills. The bluegills and crappies have been hitting best right off the ramp fishing with live minnows, wax worms or meal worms under a float. Are are picking up these fish in other spots on the lake but off the ramp has been the sure thing. Now the largemouth bass have been hitting minnows, plastic worms, spinner baits, pig and jigs and rattle traps. These guys have not caught any big fish but allot of 12 to 15 inch bass are being caught. And mixed in they have also caught several pickerel and small muskie's. Ron has been my one person that has been fishing Roosevelt Lake and doing much better this past weekend after the water warmed up quite a bit. He said this lake went up to 56 degrees and the bass, crappies and bluegills were all hitting good on jigs, trout magnets, spinners and minnows. He said on Saturday there were allot of people fishing the lake and most were catching some kind of fish. Ron has also been fishing the Schuylkill River doing pretty good on walleyes below the art museum dam and catching catfish at Flat Rock Dam. He has been catching most of the walleyes with white, silver and chartreuse sassy shads with the catfish hitting chicken livers and bagels the best. A few were up fishing Lake Galenia over the weekend picking up several decent catfish with chicken livers and chunk beef. They said that two of the fish were over 10 pounds. One other fisherman on this lake out in his boat fished for several hours for largemouth bass without a hit. He fished all kinds of lures and live bait not to catch a fish. Noxamixion spillway has still been good for walleyes with spinners, twister tails and minnows. The upper park of the lake a customer was fishing off the dam to catch one smallmouth bass about 16 inches. He picked this fish up on a suspended Rapala crankbaits. He watch several other fisherman in boats fishing none catching a fish.
South Jersey has still been very good for bass, pickerel, crappies and perch. Richie had a real good day fishing Lake Lenape with spinner baits and plastic worms. He fished all day Saturday catching 15 largemouth bass, 9 pickerel and 2 yellow perch. He said one boat next to him landed a bass that was over 20 inches. This fisherman picked that fish up on a white spinner bait. Now the over flow from the lake into the Little Egg Harbor River has still been very good for pickerel and perch. These guys have been doing best with live minnows, shiners and grass shrimp. Further down the river a friend of mine has been fishing off his docks early in the morning catching allot of stripers up to 35 inches with shad bodies, Spro bucktails, Yozuri crankbaits and Fin-S fish. He said most of these fish have been chasing herring and bunker and white perch up under the docks. He is also catching some big white perch with small twister tails right around the docks. Salem cove has still been very good for white perch, stripers, catfish and carp. The perch and stripers are still hitting bloodworms the best with catfish hitting bloodworms, clams and chicken livers. The carp have been hitting corn and corn meal the best. The guys did get out on Union Lake both Saturday and Sunday. On Saturday they fished the dam and right off the island for crappies and perch. They were fishing with small jigs, twister tails and minnows. They caught a limit of crappies up to a pound. Mixed in they also caught allot of pickerel on the minnows. Sunday they were looking for largemouth fishing the shore line with spinner baits, crankbaits and plastic worms. All day long they only picked up 2 bass both around 15 inches. But they caught a ton of pickerel up to 20 inches. They were not keeping count but think they had over 25 fish all day. One customer was up to Spruce Run fishing most of Sunday afternoon only to catch one smallmouth bass about 14 inches. He picked that fish up on a rattle trap. He said on this lake with such a nice day there was only a handful of fisherman and he seemed to be the only one to catch a fish.
Well that is all I have for you this week. Good to see lots of reports in my e-mail box so again if you get out please let us know how you did.
Bill

FISHING REPORTS
3-25- Did very good fishing off the new jersey side of the river right off Linden Avenue off the old ramp. We were out yesterday and today with bloodworms and picked up 4 stripers 16-17-21-27 inches. No keepers but I think this week will be the time. We also caught allot of catfish up to 19 inches.
3-25- Susquehanna flats are startting to fill up with all kinds of stripers. We were out over the weekend and had a great time chasing baitfish around the water. fishing with floating rattle trraps, zara spooks, striper swipers, atom poppers and sebile multi split crankbaits. We did not catch any really big fish but wow what numbers. Boated and un hooked we had 43 fish. Lost at least that many. The biggest fish was 31 inches. They said the really big cows are about 2 weeks away. They are moving allot of herring around the flats so they should be up your way soon. Ray
3-23- The rains of Monday did not hurt the river to much but not having sunshine is not helping the river tempature out at all. Was out on National Park all morning with several fisherman all fishing with bloodworms. During the morning there was 4 stripers caught all to be thrown back. I left a little after lunch and half way home one of the other fisherman call and said they caught a 29 inch fish righ after I left. I talked to him later in the day and that was the only big fish taken.
3-22-Stopped in your place Sunday morning for some Blood Worms and Herring. Fished off Station Ave around 1:30PM and not a bite. So ran down to the flats at Rancocas Creek…got anchored on the drop off as the tide was shifting to an outgoing tide. Still no luck but I did watch the guy behind me pull in what looked to be about a 20 inch Striper.
3-22- Dredge Harbor has stained water with allot of small debrie all over the cove. Less those problems wanted to let you know the fish have been hitting real good int he back section by the sail boat docks. We landed bass, yellow perch and crappies with shiners, roadrunners and crankbaits. The fish have been good size other than the bass that are skinny and 14 inches. But crappies and perch 1/2 pound and up. Looking forward to the wind to kie down and I can get the kyack out on the main river and catch some big stipers. Talking to guys that have been coming back with boats they are catching stripers up and down the river. Take care, Guy.
3-21- Took the last couple of nice days and was all over looking for stripers. We did very well with all the miles we did put on the car. First we started at Station Avenue on Firday morning and fished for several hours only to catch a catfish. There was one striper caught next to us about 21 inches. So we went down river to the UPS building and fished for the rest of the afternoon to catch the first striper 14 inches and 2 more catfish. After that we went down to fish the D & C canal and really had no luck there. The next morning we were at Salam and fished for several hours catching lots of nice white perch, catfish and small stripers. Nothing to keep here but had allot of action. Down to Fortasque to fish some clams and bloodworms off the beach. Another bad move without a fish in a long afternoon. Sunday we were up to Tom's Rivers inlet to run into some nice keeper size stripers. We picked there fish up on clams and bloodworms. Three fish between 29 and 34 inches. We had also 4 throw backs. Even know we did not catch tons of fish the weather and conditions were perfect and hope the rest of the season goes this well.
3-20- Fished the lower section of the Poquessing today and did really good on bass and suckers. The bass are held up by the pipe and were hitting minnows and plastic worms. The suckers were hitting earthworms and treble hooks. The creek was clear and lots of debrie along the shoreline but the water was fine. I hope the rain next week does not hurt it at all. John
3-20-Well put the first couple stripers in the boat this morning. Was down fishing off the Chester flats with bloodworms and did quite well.Three fisherman int he boat with 11 stripers, 4 catfish and 9 monster white perch. The stripers ranged from 12 inches up to 37 inches. Nothing nice in the catfish but those perch where the biggest I have ever seen. They had to be a bit bigger than a pound. Great fights also. Everything was caught on bloodworms but did have a couple run offs on herring heads. One other boat next to us but a nice fish a bit over 20 pounds in the boat and lots of smaller fish. So it looks like a good start to a rotten winter. Rex
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Thursday April 02, 2010
SLOT STRIPERS ARE NOW OPEN ON THE DELAWARE RIVER FOR PENNSYLVANIA LICENCE HOLDERS. THE LIMIT IS 2 FISH 20 TO 26 INCHES. TROUT SEASON OPENS IN THIS AREA THIS SATURDAY!!
Not sure how much more rain we can take in this area but another week of major storms has the rivers and streams all high and muddy again. Now for all the trout fisherman these waters will clear up in plenty of time for the opening day of trout. I think the rain will give you much better water to fish in the long run. Now for the river fisherman you are going to have to just deal with all the debris in the water but the muddy high water has not hurt the striper or catfishing at all.
Lets start with the river. This has been the best fishing all around so far this year. Stripers has been the main thing people has been out looking for and most guys have been doing very good. Off Station Avenue on Friday a nice 28 pound mid 30 inch fish was caught. This was a nice big fat fish picked up on a bloodworm. There has been allot more fish taken since but from most guys they are saying the fish have been 14 to 25 inches. Most all these fish have been caught on bloodworms. They have started catching a few herring off Station Avenue but I have only heard of one good run off fishing with a live fish. All the guys fishing chunk herring have not done so good as of yet. Now off Camar Street they have been catching allot of stripers up to 28 inches. Here again they have been catching most of the fish with bloodworms. This is another spot they have been catching a few live herring. Linden Avenue has been slow over all. Anthony has been down a couple time not catching a fish. But one customer on Saturday was down early in the morning fishing for several hours before the fish turned on. When they did he caught allot of fish in less than an hour. Now all these fish were 15 to 20 inches. He said they have seen allot of herring swimming around the rocks but have not caught any yet. Off Princton Avenue they have picked up allot of fish but here they have been catching all small fish. Most guys have been telling me the biggest fish caught the past couple weeks has been 18 inches. Down at the Arsenal they have only been catching catfish, perch and carp. I have not talked to anyone that has picked up a striper here. Now further down river at the UPS building they again have been catching allot of fish but all fish 15 to 25 inch fish. At Fort Mifland they did pick up a few bigger stripers over the weekend but since then it has been quite. These fish on the weekend were 34 and 36 inches both close to 20 pounds. Again all picked up on bloodworms. Stan over on National Park had a slow weekend only catching 4 fish for two days both small stripers. He did have several decent white perch and catfish. Salem they have still been catching big white perch up to a pound with allot of stripers 15 to 24 inches. Paul talking to most of his friends around the Barry Bridge are saying the fishing has been very slow the past week. And what fish they have been catching have been small side. Now further down around the Delaware Memorial Bridge they have been catching some 20 to 30 pound fish with bloodworms. With this nice week and weekend coming up I think this river is going to go on fire with stripers, herring and catfish. The water temperature is still in the mid 40's but several days in the 80 should put it in the mid 50 in just a couple days. This will make all the fish just go wild. So if your not a trout fisherman I would highly recommend hitting the river for stripers.
Other fishing ont he Delaware have been bass, crappies and perch in Dredge Harbor, Salem Harbor and Tullytown Cove. In Dredge several guys have been back fishing the feeder creek with plastic worms, lizards, spinner baits and crankbaits. These guys have been catching mostly largemouth bass. Now further back around the motor mount they have been catching the perch and crappies. These fish have been hitting minnows, shiners, meal worms and small jigs. Under a slip float has been working the best. Up in Tullytown Cove the guys have been catching mostly crappies with small jigs, wax worms and small minnows. Salem Harbor one customer was up fishing off the docks catching several bass with 4 inch power worms. He said the fish have been all around the docks and rocks. A few guys have been up fishing the power plant catching a few American Shad with spoons and darts. they have also caught a few walleyes with twister tails and also on the shad spoons. Up above Trenton the river has been really high and muddy from the rains and the snow melt up state. They did pick up a few shad last week but this past week no one has been able to fish the upper river.
Lat weekend was cold and it really shut down allot of the lakes in the area. Fairless Hills was good on Saturday with Jim picking up 5 largemouth bass with plastic worms. He said there were a few nice fish mixed in close to 3 pounds. Sunday he never had a hit. And with all the rain he has not been back up. He seen several guys fishing for crappies and bluegills on Sunday and only a couple fish were reeled in. Ron at Roosevelt Lake is still catching allot of bluegills but said the bass shut down with the cold weather. He said the Schuylkill river is back to muddy and un fish able after all the rain. South Jersey at Asapink a few guys had several nice pickerel but were not able to catch a single bass for a full day of fishing. They picked up the pickerel with live minnows. John down on Union Lake said the pickerel and perch were hitting live bait pretty good but he also said the bass shut down with the cold front. Lake Lenape was bad for two different fisherman over last weekend. Both these guys were down looking for pickerel and bass and both did nothing. In the river below they are catching a few pickerel and perch but most guys are now down looking for live herring just below the dam. The last spot in Jersey I heard was Spruce Run with this fisherman catching one smallmouth bass on a rattle trap last Sunday. He fished for several hours looking for perch and crappies but did nothing. He caught this 15 inch smallie along the ramp. Several guys were up fishing the over flow at Noxamixion saying the walleye have been hitting pretty good with live minnows, nightcrawlers and leeches. These walleye have been 13 to 16 inches. The main lake has been picking up with a couple guys out in boat fishing the shoreline with all kinds of lures catching a few bass and pickerel. Before the rains the Poquessing Creek was good for largemouth bass and suckers. The bass were hitting spinner baits, plastic worms and nightcrawlers. Some decent fish up to 3 pound have been caught. The suckers are held up under the State Road bridge and have been hitting earthworms. Some of these fish have been 18 to 20 inches.
Well I know this is short but all the bad weather has not helped in getting fishing reports. I hope there are more when I open my e-mail account. Good luck and enjoy this great looking weekend coming up.
Bill
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3-30- Writing this from my cell phone sitting in my car at Princetone Ave. I have been fishing the same dozen bloodworms I picked up over the weekend. Sunday I caught 1 stripers and a catfish. Both small. Monday during that heavy rain I sat out for several hours and watched the river get quite nasty with the heavy winds. I did not catch a fish all day. Today I made my first cast and was heading back to my car when I had a big strike. I missed that fish. 10 minutes later another good hit and this turned out to be a 19 inch stripers. Three hours later I'm sitting here doing this. Hope it pics up soon..
3-28- Thanks for all the great reports. I hope you keep up the great work. Wanted to put my part in, was fishing the schuykill river up at norristown for smallmouth bass. The river is a little high but clear before the rains that seem to be coming. We did take the tempature and found it just at 50 degreees. That was the excitment of the day since we did not have a hit either with all the live bait we had and all the lures we took with us. There was one other fisherman there that picked up a couple bluegills with mealworms and a float. But that was all the action for the day. But it will be picking up real soon. jerry sanders.
3-28-You asked us to let y ou know how the ramp was at Trenton and to tell you the truth there is allot of stuff on the ramp but you were able to clear a spot in just a few minutes. The power plant was not running today but we tried for a bit in the mouth with spoons and darts. We did pick up one herring witht the spoon and snagged a walleye with a dart. The walleye was 14 inches. We tood the fresh herring up to the bridge and sent it out to have a small pick up. Missed the fish and it killed the herring. Nothing big fromt he tooth marks. So we then chunked it up and caught 14 catfish right in front of katmadu. No bass.
3-27- billy the river stillhas allot of junk floating around but it really has not hurt the fihsing. We were out with the bloodworms you sold us and we started fishing at the Rancocass creek. Here we picked up several smaller stripers and white perch. After hearing of bigger fish off Station Avenue we went up and anchored right out of range of where they cast. We fished for over three hours and did see them pull 4 fish in shore but we did not have a hit. we went across to the slide on the new jeersey side and fished right below. Here we did pick up one keeper fish just 28 inches. We also had 3 catfish and 1 more smaller striper. Not a bad start to the year. See you next weekend for trout worms. Guy
3-25- Did very good fishing off the new jersey side of the river right off Linden Avenue off the old ramp. We were out yesterday and today with bloodworms and picked up 4 stripers 16-17-21-27 inches. No keepers but I think this week will be the time. We also caught allot of catfish up to 19 inches.
3-25- Susquehanna flats are startting to fill up with all kinds of stripers. We were out over the weekend and had a great time chasing baitfish around the water. fishing with floating rattle trraps, zara spooks, striper swipers, atom poppers and sebile multi split crankbaits. We did not catch any really big fish but wow what numbers. Boated and un hooked we had 43 fish. Lost at least that many. The biggest fish was 31 inches. They said the really big cows are about 2 weeks away. They are moving allot of herring around the flats so they should be up your way soon. Ray
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Friday April 09, 2010


Next to trout fishing the next best thing is stripers on the Delaware River. Almost everyone I talk to is catching their fair share of stripers. Bloodworms are still the main bait but they are now starting to pick up a few fish with herring, clams, chicken livers and shrimp. Over all the bank fishing has been much better than fishing out of boats. Station Avenue has still been one of the hottest spots to head. Yesterday I talked to a customer that picked up a 31inch fish with bloodworms. But over all they have been catching most fish here 18 inches up to 36 inches. They have also caught allot of catfish up to 12 pounds off this shore point. Linden Avenue they have started to pick up a few more stripers. One customer fishing Easter Sunday picked up 4 stripers and 7 catfish all with bloodworms. The stripers were up to 24 inches and the catfish were up to 27 inches. He also caught allot of small white perch. Camar Street they have caught allot of stripers with most fish in the 20 inch class. Again most of these fish have been are being caught off bloodworms. Now all three spots here they have started to catch allot of herring and some of these guys are starting to pick up some bigger fish with live herring and fresh chunk herring. Now they are catching the herring with the spinner baits and a net. They let the fish chase the spinner bait up to the shoreline then net the herring. Sounds easy but it is not. Once they do get some herring they use a live herring to lure in the rest. Now is this legal, well I'm pretty sure it is not but it is a great way to catch herring. Another good spot off the shoreline has been up under the Burlington Bristol Bridge. These guys have started catching allot of fish between 14 and 30 inches. They have also been catching allot of catfish and white perch. Princton Avenue is another spot there has been fish taken. Bloodworms brought Jerry several slot fish this past week. The Frankford Arsenal has still been the slow spot for stripers even know they did pick up some smaller fish this past week. But they have caught allot of catfish and even picked up a couple 10 to 15 pound carp. The catfish have been picked up with clams, bloodworms, chicken livers, nightcrawlers, herring and shrimp. Now the boat fisherman have had mixed results. John has been out several times catching fish each trip out but has still not picked up a striper. He has picked up some big catfish with lots of white perch. He has been fishing bloodworms, herring and clams. Jim has been fishing allot of the evenings this week having good trips. Tuesday night he picked up several slot fish with catfish and white perch. Wednesday night he caught allot of smaller stripers but had no keepers. He said allot of smaller white perch moved in and was stealing his bait. But next to him a fisherman landed a nice 30 inch striper that was caught on a bloodworm. Another customer that was fishing out front of the Rancocas Creek picking up 3 fish on Monday all over sized. He had them from 30 to 34 inches. Again all picked up on bloodworms. The last report from this section of the river was Rich that was down fishing right off the Tacony Bridge. He fished Saturday, Sunday and Monday. During the three days he used up over 10 dozen bloodworms catching stripers, catfish and white perch. Most of the stripers were 14 to 22 inches with catfish up to 6 pounds. He said the most impressive fish were most of the white perch that were around a pound. Further down river talking to Paul the fishing down there has been quite slow. They have been catching allot of fish but only catfish and white perch. He does not know if they missed the bass or the main run has not come through yet. I'm pretty sure the main run is still on it's way. He has been fishing just below Chester Island.
The river has cleared up quite nice this past week and some good numbers of bass are starting to hit. Dredge Harbor has been one of the best places to head with bass, crappies and perch being caught. The bass have been hitting plastic worms, lizards, rattle traps and crankbaits the best. The perch and crappies have been hitting minnows or shiners tipped on a hair jig or jig head fished right off the bottom. Rick was out on the main river a couple nights this past week only catching catfish with fire tiger crankbaits. He has not put his first largemouth bass in the boat for the 2010 season. Up in Tullytown Cove several guys have been doing real good on crappies with wax worms and small minnows. They have also caught some nice bass with plastic worms, crankbaits, spinner baits and live minnows. In the Poquessing Creek there are allot of bass held up above the bridge and these fish have been hitting nightcrawlers, minnows and plastic worms. Up in the Trenton area the herring and striper bite is right around the corner. But so far I have only talked to a few guys that have picked up a few herring. Now the shad fishing has been good fishing the bridges at low water. Here fishing a shad spoon behind what ever slip sinker it takes to keep you in the water. Chartreuse, pink and orange have been the better colors. The power plant has been shut down for most of the past month and even know it is not running they have been catching a few herring and shad here. Now up at Yardley they fishing has been quite slow with the ramp hard to use due to the debris. But a few guys have been shad fishing under the Washington's Crossing Bridge doing quite well. Again shad spoon have been working the best. The highest spot I heard that they were picking up a few shad was Upper Black Eddy. Here again the shad spoons have been working the best but don't forget to work a few shad darts around for shad and also you may pick up a walleye here and there. Speaking of walleyes with the lower water several guys have done very well walleye fishing around the wing dams. One customer fishing the New Hope wing dam picked up 5 nice walleyes last saturday. He caught them all on big minnows. He said there were several guys out fishing and most picked up some fish. Charlie went down to the river a couple times this week catching walleyes up to 21 inches with grubs, tubes and crankbaits. His best day was Tuesday catching 5 fish. He has also been up the Tohickon a few times looking for some smallmouth action only catching big bluegills so far.
Now with trout open most of the other lakes got quite. Only one report from Fall's Township with this customer taking his kids up fishing with meal worms, wax worms and minnows along the shoreline. He picked up a bunch of small crappies and bluegills. Enough to keep the kids happy. The ponds down the street from us has started to pick up with a few kids down fishing over Easter holiday. They caught allot of bluegills, a few largemouth bass and ever had some carp up to 8 pounds. John started back out on Noxamixion not have a great weekend. He was out both days with only catching a few smaller largemouth bass. He fished shallow to deep water with all kinds of lures. The few bass he did catch was fishing plastic worms right off the ramp. But he said the water is still way to cold. He did see several guys fishing off the docks catching smaller panfish and pickerel. The only south jersey report I got came back from Union Lake with these guys getting into the bigger crappies fishing right off the dam. They were trolling twister tails picking up plenty of crappies up to a pound. Ron instead of fishing Roosevelt Lake headed over to the Wissahickon all week catching plenty of trout. He said he will be back to the Schuylkill River and Roosevelt Lake in a couple weeks.
Saltwater action had been really good on the days you can get out. Fred in the Candyman has been running out of Sea Isle catching good numbers of cod fish up to 18 pounds. He has been running out about 40 miles and fishing with clams and jigs. The better cod fishing has been up north were they are catching cod fish up to 30 pounds with a good mix of pollock and ling. These boats have been running out of Barnagate and Breele. And up in Massachusetts they are getting allot of cod and monster porgies off shore. Now the hot thing down the shore has been the striper fishing. Guys in the Delaware Bay off the beaches of Fortasque and Reed's Beach have been catching good numbers of stripers from 15 to 36 inches. These guys have been catching most of these fish with clams and bunker. In the bay they have been catching some really big stripers. I talked to several guys that have picked up fish up to 40 pounds with fresh bunker and clams. The beaches up north have also been very good for stripers. Talking to guys out on Sandy Hook there were several blitz of fish showed up over the weekend. These fish were caught on metal, shad bodies and poppers. Harry fished on Sunday at Long Beach Island catching his limit of stripers and even picked up several blackfish off the jetties. The bass he caught were 28 to 30 inches and were caught with clams. The blackfish he also caught on clams in the rocks of the jetties.
Well that is all I have for you this week. I know this was a long report but we have allot to report with this great weather and good fishing. Lets hope it keeps up till sometime in December.
Bill
FISHING REPORTS
4-6- Striper bite on the Delaware has been great. We have been out fishing between the Tacony and Betsy Ross Bridge. This week we were out 4 different time and so far it is costing us a fortune. Bloodworms need to grow on trees since this week alone we have used over 12 dozen. But with those worms we have caught over 45 stripers, 25 catfish and hundreds of white perch. Most of the stripers are not big but we did start to catch fish in the slot limit. Glad the state kept that in this year. Will let you know how we do over next weekend. Sammie
4-6-This report is coming right off the Delaware Bay. We are right off Slaughter Beach beach and the stripers are slamming. We are fishing fresh bunker heads with fish finder rigs. So far we have boated over 40 fish and some really big fish. I have myself a 42 inch and 35 inch fish for my limit. We also have several fish in the box 28 to 38 inches. The biggest was long to a bad tip when the break off came we noticed the tip rig out. This fish was over 45 inches. So far these fish are not letting up and have to get for now to put his next fish in the boat. Randy and Randys crew!!
4-4- Rich again. I was right, no one on the creek this morning. Loved it. The trout we off a bit but I still managed to catch 14 before lunch. Today I started with corn and they just would not hit it. So I went back to meal worms and power baits and again nothing. Spinners were the trick. Rooster tails, swiss swings and blue fox all in silver caught all the fish. Hope this week stays the same. When do the re-stock the creek? Rich Thursday April 15th
4-3-Pennypack Creek was assum for trout fishing. Fishing at Roosevelt Blvd I caught more trout today then I did all last year. These waters were just loaded with rainbows. The fish that I caught were all nice fat 12 to 14 inch fish. Hot bait was wax worms, power baits and spinners. I even picked up two big carp right under the falls. These guys went over 5 pounds. The first one I thought I had the trout of my life. The second one I watch come up and take the power bait.
4-3-Got out at 5pm on the delaware saturday 4/3. Fished until 730 and caught 1 striper about 16" and 3 white perch.
4-3-What can you say about the weather. I have been fishing since I was a little kid and never saw a weekend like this. I also never seen so many fisherman as I did today. But i stated to fish early in the morning behind Judge. I did have several bites but there were a few guys there just killing the fish. I had to head up tot he mart and pick up some corn. Well back in at Welsh Road with the corn and the fish started to hit. I picked up 11 before the fish switched off to power baits. Then I caught 4 more. After lunch i went back for a bite and when I was well rested I headed up to the boulvard. Wow did the fish hit up here. I started to walk down from Woodward Ave to the falls. All I fished was a black spinner. I lost count after after 20. Looking forward to tommorrow with easter most guys will be staying home. Rich
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