Friday, July 11, 2014
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My personal fishing report is getting worse and worse each week. I hit the links on Tuesday with my nephew out from Arizona. So we headed to Brigantine and golfed the day out. Very windy which was great to keep the green heads from biting the hell out of you. Helen spent the day on the beach and said it was quite rough and no fishing boats were out. Wednesday I was baby sitting a extra dog and it was quite hot during the day. So I headed to the hatcheries to catch a few bluegills for some flathead bait for later in the evening. Well I fished with a trout magnet for about 20 minutes and was glad there was a grandfather and his grandson that caught the 4 bluegills I needed for bait. That should have been an insight for the night to come. But at 8 I headed to the river and fished till midnight. Well I moved about 6 different times and even fished a few different spots hoping for something. Well in the 4 hours I was out I managed to have about 4 bites that I'm pretty sure were eels. The bluegills spent the entire time out without a single bump. My other 2 rods had bunker and shad strips that also did not catch a fish. First shut out in sometime but heading to the mountains next week so I hope to be able to have some better luck.
The upper river has still been very high all week and quite muddy. But with all the extra rain and off color water the stripers fishing picked up. Tom switched right over to eels in the 202 section of the river to land 30 stripers between 14 and 18 pounds. He also caught over 25 catfish 4 to 12 pounds. His buddy fishing right next to him had even better luck. He caught over 40 fish this past week between 10 and 21 pounds. Mixed in catfish 3 to 8 pounds. Down in the Yardley area Gary fished right above the 95 bridge catching 12 stripers on Tuesday all with smaller eels. He said most of these fish were 18 to 22 inches. Several different reports in the Trenton area fishing with eels and live white perch with these guys all catching fish between 8 and 15 pounds. Now the numbers were not high but there was enough action to keep these guys all happy. They also caught quite a few catfish mixed in. Kevin up at the Water Gap had a few good evening with stripers also with live eels. He caught fish 25 to 32 inches. His problem was that the bait shop up there run out of eels and Kevin said the water was too muddy to catch any trout. He did try bluegills but had no luck on them. On fisherman at New Hope caught several flat head catfish this past week all with live bluegills and white perch. He said 1 to 3 fish per night between 8 and 12 pounds. One fisherman off the New Hope wing dam looking for smallmouth bass was happy to catch one 24 inch striper with a white grub. His fun came in the fast water with a 6 foot ultra light rod. He caught no smallies this past week. Tom called down and said he took the week off due to the water level. But as you Thursday night the water is almost down to where he is going to start back up. Down in the lower river plenty of guys have been out but only catfish, perch, eels and smaller stripers are being caught. Nothing to even write about. Rick started to head out this past week for largemouth bass only catching a few smaller fish. He did very good with catfish with firetiger colored rattle traps. The bass he did catch were on shad bodies, drop shot ed 4 inch slider worms and spinner baits. But all these fish were 10 to 12 inches. One of the bass masters that will be up in August said he fish several weekends and so far has only caught one keeper size fish. He is spending more time looking for spots to fish. I think this tournament will be a big surprise on the size of the fish weighed in.
Pennypack Creek believe it or not was great for a few trout this past week. One fisherman between Rhawn Street and Welsh Road picked up 4 fish in 5 days. He caught these fish with nightcrawlers and power baits. He also caught several smaller catfish and a few rock bass. Further up the creek one fisherman caught several rock bass, bluegills and smallmouth bass with top water popper on a fly rod. His son was fishing with meal worms under a bobber and caught plenty of smaller bluegills. Perkiomen Creek was very good for several different guys. One fishing right at the Skippack Creek caught tons of rock bass, bluegills and smaller bass. He caught all his fish with live minnows, meal worms and twister tails. Larry was on the creek right by the prison catching over 25 smallmouth bass between 12 and 15 inches all with rubber shad bodies, flukes and Berkley leeches. He also caught lots of bluegills mixed in. The last report was from a fisherman that went in though the back of apartments but said were he was at the creek was extremely low but he still did well with smaller fish. He said with twister tails, small top water poppers, shallow crankbaits and spinners he has been catching 25 to 50 fish each trip out. But all fish have been on the small side. Tom was thinking of headed to the Tohickon but after talking to a few of his buddies the fishing has been slow close to the river. The only decent fishing has been right below the Noxamixion dam for smaller walleyes, bluegills and bass. Noxamixion has been very good for several different guys but there have been a few guys head up and not catch a single fish. But John last weekend did very good with largemouth bass with top water lures and weedless lures in and around the pads. He said plenty of fish but nothing of any size. But he did do some deep water jigging to pick up one smallmouth bass 21 inches 5 3/4 pounds. He also jigged up one striper 24 inches 9 pounds. Tim and his group were up renting boats on Sunday catching plenty of panfish, catfish and a few pickerel. He caught most of these fish with minnows, shiners and nightcrawlers. Off the dam one fisherman did very good with catfish between 3 and 8 pounds. He caught most of these fish with chicken livers and nightcrawlers. Lake Warren is strictly a weedless top water lure lake right now. But fishing early on Monday one fisherman caught a nice 17 and 19 inch largemouth bass. He did best with Spro glides. FDR Park has still been very good for bluegills and smaller bass. Minnows, nightcrawlers, twister tails and trout magnets are still working best. Ron had one buddy fish Tuesday afternoon catching over 50 bluegills all with trout magnets. All small fish. Ron himself is still hitting the Schuylkill River for catfish with his other buddies. This past week with the hot weather fishing slowed up but they still managed to catch 37 channels, 12 whites and 1 flathead. The flathead was the smallest they ever caught and the first fish not on live bait. This fish was 17 inches about 2 pounds and was caught with chicken livers. The rest were hitting chicken livers, shad, herring, shrimp and they even caught a few fish with chicken. Joe has still been doing well in the lower Schuylkill River with nightcrawlers and bloodworms. This week plenty of smaller catfish and stripers were caught. At the Fairmount Dam one fisherman caught a bunch of small stripers with 4 and 5 inch Storm shads. He was looking for walleyes which he caught none but did have several stripers 17 to 22 inches. Core Creek upper end for bass shut down this past week. Both guys I know that have been doing well said the lake got real muddy on Monday and as of Wednesday it was still quite stained. They tried but only caught a few smaller bass. The lower part of the lake still plenty of white perch and bluegills hitting meal worms, earthworms, twister tails, smaller minnows and trout magnets. In the spillway one fisherman told me some big snapper turtle and held up eating everything that comes into the slack water. Penn Warner is still very good for bass, perch, crappies, pickerel and pike. Buzzy said he caught plenty of largemouth bass with rubber skirted jigs tipped with Zoom brush hogs. Most of the fish have been 2 to 4 pounds. Chuck and Jay have still been catching a good mix of fish with live minnows fishing the shoreline. Keith said the perch moved out so he headed out to the main lake with spinner baits, plastic worms and crankbaits. He caught plenty of largemouth bass between 1 and 3 pounds. Mixed in a few pickerel and bigger crappies. Norm hit the lake early Sunday morning and caught 3 nice pickerel but was happy with the 32 inch northern he caught with a live perch. The pickerel were caught with spinners. Fall's Township has still been pretty good for bass, crappies, sunfish and pickerel. One fisherman out looking for muskies threw lures for 4 different morning without a single fish. He big surprise was a good swirl on Tuesday morning on his Pikie Minnow. The bass have been hitting plastic worms, small spinner baits and nightcrawlers best. A few guys hit Magnolia Lake in Bristol catching a bunch of smaller bass with crankbaits, spinners and minnows. All these fish were 8 to 12 inches. Silver Lake one fisherman spent an afternoon and did not have a single hit. So he went up to the shopping center lake and caught a few bluegills with nightcrawlers. The landscaper did very good with crappies this past week in the shopping center lake with twister tails and trout magnets. One fisherman hit Brady's Lake up in the Pocono's catching lots of pickerel and small bass. He said minnows, shiners and grubs were working best. He was hoping for a left over trout but caught none. One other Pocono report was from Peck's Pond with this fisherman crushing pickerel with live minnows, Senko worms and twister tails.
Winds and storms this past week really hurt the saltwater reports. Anthony did the best heading to Long Beach Island jetty each night catching stripers each time. One night he came home with 4 keepers between 2 guys and the fish were 32 to 42 inches. One other night he had 2 fish in the mid 30 inch class and he has also lost several monster fish due to the rocks of the jetties. If your thinking of fishing here you have to make sure you have a good long gaff and Korkers to walk on the wet slippery rocks. All the fish have been caught are on live eels. Now he has not been the only one doing well. One day he was showing up about 9 at night and all the guys were walking off with 2 fish each all in the 30 inch class. One of the biggest fish was a 45 inch bass 31 pounds caught last weekend. And again caught on a eel. John fishing up at Island State Park several nights this past week brought home a few bass but nothing to really write home about. He put in over 30 hours of fishing for 3 keeper bass, 1 small bluefish, 3 sharks and plenty of skates. He caught most of the fish with SP Minnows, Deadly Dicks, Ava jigs and all fished with a eel teaser rig. Bait wise he caught fish with mackerel and mullet. There are still a few bunker up in the Raitian Bay and if you can get a live bait you can almost guaranteed a decent striper. Chris has been going to his freezer for bunker but is still catching plenty of bass 24 to 30 inches. Some smaller bluefish mixed in. Out in the Shrewsbury Rocks there have been some good flounder being caught but the numbers have been low. Alex said on the Mohawk out of Belmar some flounder 5 to 8 pounds have been caught with bucktails tipped with gulp 6 inch twister tails in nuclear chicken, pink glow and strip mackerel. Fred has been sticking to the back bay with all the heavy winds. But in the back he has been catching 10 to 25 flounder a afternoon with Gulp mullet, squid and minnows. He is in the Sea Isle section of jersey. Fred in the back bays of Wildwood said there are plenty of croakers, small flounder and weakfish hitting squid, minnows, gulp mullet and bucktails. Some of the rental boats have been catching 10 to 25 fish a day. Crabbing in the Wildwood, Cape May and Fortescue has been very slow. Cold water, too much freshwater with all the rain has been the main blame. Now a few guys have been doing fair in the Atlantic City section off Route 30 in the back bay for mid size crabs. But not big numbers. The upper Delaware Bay has still been very good for croakers with bloodworms and squid. Some good numbers and bigger fish. One fisherman off Reed's Beach has been catching 20 to 50 fish each weekend of 1 to 2 1/2 pound fish. All with bloodworms and Fish bites. Cape May point one fisherman caught a nice 8 pound weakfish right off the sunken ship. He caught this fish with a 3 ounce bucktail. He also said there were a few guys fishing with bloodworms catching smaller weakfish and croakers. At the gun mounts Jack and his son picked up a keeper weakfish each on Saturday evening. These fish were caught with 4 inch slug-o's in pink. One other customer with 2 1/2 inch Fin-S fish on the second street jettie in Cape May caught a bunch of smaller weakfish, croakers, spots, flounder and stripers last weekend. But nothing of size. At the old grounds in the Delaware Bay the flounder fishing has been over all slow but Frank picked up a nice 30 inch fish that was close to 9 1/2 pounds last week with a bucktail tipped with flounder belly.
Well I again have just run out of time. Good luck and enjoy another great weekend coming up. The big Duke of Fluke tournament is this Saturday and good luck to all that are heading out.
6-30-Hi William, Would you please put me on your e-mail list for the fishing reports. I'll be fishing the Bass master event on the Delaware and this is the most comprehensive report I've seen so far. I came up a couple of weeks ago to look around and left pretty discouraged with the bite. I was riding and looking more than fishing but out of about 10 hrs. actual fishing time only caught one keeper sized bass. Thanks, Greg
6-21- Winds kept me close to home so I went out to Lake warren to find the lake covered with grass. So I got some plastic worms and weighted them to the bottom. Just big pilies of grass coming in. Switched to a weedless frogs and found the action. Hell in 3 hours i caught 3 bass but most of had over 50 come up for the bait. Just could not get them hooked up. One fish came up over 9 times for the same bait. My buddy was fishing Noxamixion the same day and only caught bluegills and one pickerel. He was using live baits. Sherry
6-20-Every year around this time I look forward to dropping bucktails and fishing for my favorite fish to eat, Fluke, Sea Bass, Ling, etc. Yesterday was a perfect day on the water with Jim and his family and we had bites all day. in the end we boxed a combination of 20 Fluke, Sea Bass, and a lot of Ling, which are incredibly great tasting. This is always a welcome thing after 2 months of chasing Stripers around, especially for me and Randy, as well as my clients. they took home 3 nice fat sacks of filets.Mickey
6-20- Hey Billy wanted to let you know the upper river is high and quite off color but the smallmouth bass are on fire. We fished right below the wing dam with you minnows and caught over 20 bass and another 10 stirpers. The fish are holding up right on the edge of the water rushing through the wing dam. No biggies but some good fighing fish. Paul
6-15- Fished out of Delaware this past weekend and had a great time with smaller stripers. Bloodworms were the hot bait. We also caught spots and i think croakers. They were talking up some bigger stripers yet to come but the water is over 78 degrees so I think they may have been bullshitting me.
Fisherman Magazine -Hurricane Arthur roared offshore and scared many anglers off the water. What we thought would be a washout for July 4th weekend only featured one day of rain on Friday. Reports on Fluke were good; albeit heavy on the shorts. Sharks continued to rip through chum slicks and with the hurricane and winds came cooler water which aided bottom fishing for ling, cod, sea bass and winter flounder. Canyon action was only temporarily stymied, but returned to good form on Sunday with yellowfin mahi and the first confirmed wahoo of the season.
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