Friday, July 30, 2015


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Headed up to Lamberville on Tuesday not checking the water level. Won't make that mistake again. Helen and I hit the river about 8 to find it quite off color and 18 to 24 inches higher than last week. Not worrying about hitting anything I was able to run up and above the Stockton bridge and if I wanted I think I may have been able to head to the Water Gap if I wanted. We fished for4 to 5 hours working jigs and live minnows. Fishing right along the shore line I picked up 5 mid size smallmouth bass missing 2 other. Poor Helen only had to pick ups but missed both. By lunch time it was in the mid 90's with no re leaf from the sun so we had lunch at the Landing and headed home. I was able to get out again early Thursday morning with a buddy of mine and we just headed up to the Burlington Bristol Bridge and anchored up for catfish. John started out with the first 5 catfish and I picked up the next 5. Strange how that worked. We missed several other fish but over all the fishing was fair. Again it was hot, windy and getting ready to rain so again we headed to Curtain's for lunch and was back home around 2. The fish we caught were all on bunker and nightcrawlers. Heading up mountain next week so I will be missing a report.

The lower river has still been very good for catfish for most guys. Several guys fishing off Rhawn Street have been picking up 3 to 8 fish a evening with nightcrawlers, bunker and chunked eels. One other fisherman off the yacht above the Tacony has been catching 3 to 5 catfish each night with chunked eels and bunker. Station Avenue one fisherman with bloodworms picked up 5 stripers all 12 to 13 inches, 4 catfish and a eel. Rick has still been hitting the river a couple nights plugging with top water, rattle traps and plastic worms. He said the fishing has been really slow only catching 5 largemouth bass this past month, 17 stripers and 12 catfish. He said he had to be on the river 15 times. A couple guys fishing back in Dredge said lots of bass hitting along the barges, rocks and pads but most all the bass have been 8 to 11 inches. They have been catching most of the fish with slider worms, small jigs and live nightcrawlers. A few guys fishing at Trenton early in the morning have been doing pretty good on smallmouth bass fishing top water lures. JR fishing at Frenchtown has been doing very good on bigger smallmouth bass and picking up 1 to 3 walleyes each trip. He has been fishing minnows and grubs. Chuck fishing at Washington's Crossing picked up 35 smallmouth bass on Saturday all with minnows. He was back out again Monday morning catching 13 all early in the day. Charlie wading at Point Pleasant over the weekend was catching 5 to 10 fish a day with poppers, Rapala's and live minnows. He was back down the river later in the week running into the high water so he headed up the Tohickon catching plenty of rock bass, bluegills and smaller bass. Kevin said with all the storms the Water Gap was really muddy Sunday and Monday and boy did it turn on the stripers. He picked up a dozen eels and ran out of bait each day in less than three hours. He lost count catching 2 and 3 bass on each eel. Most of the fish were 24 to 30 inches. Easton was another great spot for stripers over last weekend. This father and son picked up 25 bass all 25 inches or better. They caught all the fish from dusk till dawn in the fast water. Off the Portland power plant wall one big striper was caught 38 inches 23 pounds Sunday morning. Again this fish was picked up with a live eel. Narrowsburg one fisherman picked up a bunch of smallmouth bass with grubs, Rebel crayfish and hellgrammites.

Penn Warner was really hot this past week for perch, crappies and largemouth bass. One fisherman had pictures of bass caught during one of the tournaments 4,5 and 6 pounds. He said the fish were hitting spinner baits, jigging metal, spoons and plastic worms. Chuck and Jay have still been doing great with perch and crappies fishing live minnows. From time to time they pick up a pike or bass mixed in. Ronnie was up on Monday fishing for pike but was happy to catch 2 smallmouth bass 21 and 19 inches both with crankbaits. These fish were 4 to 6 pounds. Fall's Township has not changed with Jim still catching a few smaller bass with plastic worms. Several other guys have been up fishing the shore line with minnows, meal worms and nightcrawlers catching a few bass, crappies and bluegills. The shopping center lake was pretty good for the landscaper on Sunday and Monday. He said plenty of catfish and bluegills with nightcrawlers but had more fun catching smaller bass with shallow crankbaits and plastic frogs. The lake behind Club Nervinna was pretty good for smaller bass. This fisherman was out in his kayak on Monday catching 15 bass 10 to 12 inches before lunch. He would have liked to keep fishing but the heat sent him home early. He caught most all the fish with Rebel crickhoppers, Rooster tails and twister tails. John said the bass fishing in Noxamixion has still been very good fishing with plastic worms and weedless frogs in the shallow water and lilly pads. He has been catching fish 1 to 2 pounds. And John said the crappie fisherman are still doing well with twister tails and tubes around the structure. John also seen one fisherman on Saturday night with a 31 inch hybrid striper picked up with a Zara Spook. Ron buddies said the catfish did slow up last week with all the hot dry weather. They said the river has warmed up to the mid 80 and only 5 to 10 fish a night are being caught. These fish have been hitting chicken livers, shrimp and nightcrawlers the best. No flathead this past week. Ron told me the upper Schuylkill river has been very good for smallmouth bass. Fishing north of Norristown up to Reading he has been landing 10 to 25 fish each trip. Spinners, small top water lures, trout magnets, Pin's minnows and live minnows have been working best. Jerry had a couple good days on March Creek fishing for bass but was happy catching bigger yellow perch. Fishing with live minnows, nightcrawlers and spinner rigs landed him perch up to 15 inches. Several guys fishing the Pennypack creek are talking up trout in the deeper holes but all said they can't get them to hit anything. But all are still catching plenty of bluegills, rock bass and bluegills. The lower Pennypack one fisherman picked up 5 carp in one morning with corn, cornmeal and boilies. Also fishing with nightcrawlers he caught several smaller catfish, white perch and one striper 13 inches. The small lake in Yardley one fisherman caught a bunch of bluegills fishing with his son. Mealworms under a bobber landed these two over 25 fish. And fishing the Delaware Canal a couple guys said some big carp swimming around not hitting a single thing. These guys have been picking up a few smaller bass with nightcrawlers and plastic worms. The Susquehanna river seen a few guys head out last weekend drifting from Duncannon down to Harrisburg. All these guys said the fishing is not what it use to be but still are catching 25 to 35 fish each and ever day. Most of the bass have been 12 to 16 inches hitting grubs, tubes, hellgrammite, crayfish, minnows and top water lures. Another fisherman at Sunbury did very good with smallmouth bass and even caught a few smaller pike all with live minnows and shiners.

Saltwater fishing has been pretty good but catching keepers has been the problem. Weezer was down on a six pack boat catching 6 to 8 keeper flounder up to 21 inches. This trip they caught most of the fish with bucktails, Gulp grubs and flounder belly. Weezer was back down in his boat a couple days later only catching 1 keeper with lots of throw backs. Frank had 4 trips this week getting blown out 1 of them. But the other 3 they caught 19 keepers and 47 throwbacks. Bucktails and Gulp grubs working best right outside the Shrewsbury rocks. Alex said fishing off the Mohawk has been great but expect to loose a hundred dollars in tackle each trip out. He has been catching 3 to 5 keepers each trip out. A few guys took off shore trip out of Barnegat doing well with sea bass and ling. One picture showed several hundred fish for the head boat. Beach fishing up north has been great for brown and sand sharks. These guys fishing at night with bunker and mackerel have been landing fish up to 6 feet 40 to 50 pounds. Fred out of Sea Isle had a pretty good week fishing the back bay with his wife and kids. They have been boating 25 to 40 flounder each trip with 1 to 2 keepers out of a hundred. One fisherman out of Atlantic City picked up over a 100 fish on Saturday without a single keeper. Fred also took one afternoon and went off shore saying plenty of big sea bass hitting 20 to 25 miles out. Lots of guys have been beach fishing the Atlantic City to Cape May said the fishing has been horrible. Only a few sharks and skates have been caught. Several guys talking up good numbers of croakers in the Delaware Bay hitting squid and bloodworms. Flounder fishing in the Fortescue area has been very good if you just want to catching and throw back fish. Most everyone I talked to did not catch a single keeper in over a week. Crabbing is starting to pick up in the Fortescue area. But again most of the crabs have been one the small side. Paul down off the coast of Delaware has been crushing sharks fishing at night. He said plenty of fish up to 6 feet are being caught every night. The Chesapeake Bay is really picking up for spots and croakers with bloodworms and Fish Bites.

Nothing from my jersey guys this past week. So this is all I have for you this week. Good luck and enjoy another great looking weekend coming up.



7-29 Fished most of the day on Saturday anchored just outside of the Cape May Inlet out in front of the Cape May water tower. We had steel leaders fishing for sharks with bunker and mackerel. We had one 5ft brown follow the bait almost up to the boat as I reeled in. We had one run off and 1 bit through the steel leader, another bit everything off right up to the line. 2ft seas made it a very enjoyable and relaxing day hanging with my son.Brain

7-29- -- Had an hour to kill so went to Mercer Lake. Stepped in the water in my flip-flops -- the water was as warm as I've ever felt it. Almost bathtub warm. Still, used an old spinner and got a decent-sized smallmouth and two beautiful perch. If you are bait-fishing, be wary -- there were more turtles in that lake than I've ever seen before.

7-20-Got a nice bass on a worm I scrummaged from under the leaves while I was scouting for deer on Monday down ridley there was a good bit of bass but I only had Plastic worms and trout sized worms with a rod with 25lb test Drew

7-1-there are sharks everywhere right now, if you have cable tv i'm sure you're seeing the amount of shark attacks. we catch and release our fish immediately after a quick photo, but i've never seen the amount of sharks swimming around our beaches as we have this summer. my last trip yielded two sharks, imagine when 25 baits are in the water! they are being caught every night from the surf and the local sharpies are having a ball doing battle with these brutes. i am co-hosting this event with world famous surf shark guru Nick together --- even if we miss we can't miss! It is with great pleasure to announce the Brownie Troop/Archangel/Mickey’s Guide Service 3rd annual Surf Sharking night. On July 25th we will be fishing for large toothy sharks from the beaches of Seaside Park (Island Beach State Park, NJ). Summertime beach visitors are not just limited to tourists, sunbathers, and swimmers---we also are visited by gigantic predatory Sharks that come within a dozen yards of our swim beaches. This includes Brown Sharks, Sand Tigers, Dusky Sharks, Thresher Sharks, Bull Sharks, the list goes on. There have been nights where we have landed over 30 Sharks from the surf, or regular spinning rods and reels. We know how to rig the tackle necessary to land such monsters and it is loads of funs (although it tends to scare the hell out tourists on a late night beach walk. When they see what roams the swim beaches they think twice about going in the next day). We have done this many times before and it is a fun, and full service experience with lots of beer, and catered food cooked in front of you in a fire pit. We have been written up in many national fishing magazines for our exploits Sharking from the Jersey shore. This is something you have to experience at least once in your lifetime. We are also printing t-shirts to commemorate the event, which will be held in tribute to the late Ken “Bigfish” Jelnicki, one of NJ’s pioneers of surf sharking, and inventor of the “surf rocket”, see video below. Admission to the event will be held to 25 people as we want everyone to at least have a fair shot at catching a shark---you will be pre-assigned a rod and reel and if a shark happens to choose your bait you can have bragging rights. Hopefully everyone gets a chance at a big fish. Large cow-nosed Sting Rays and Bat Rays are also in the mix at this time of year, we’re talking Sting Rays over 100 lbs, a battle in itself. A meeting time and location will be pre-assigned secretively as we don’t want moochers and gate crashers at the event. Surf Sharking is one of the few kinds of fishing where it is “the more the merrier”, as the more baits we have in the water, the more scent to attract the sharks to our area. We heavily chum throughout the incoming full moon tide, when the sharks come in on the spawn. It is the party to end all parties and people that have experienced it never forget it. Hotels and Motel rooms are hard to come by that time of year so you’re going to want to book in advance. The event will be limited to 25 people and tickets are $300----the food we have prepared on the beach is absolutely fantastic and we will have t-shirts for everyone that pays to come. It is a deal and a chance at memories you’ll never forget! Please contact me at 215-693-4215 --These will go very fast! Lastly, the Dean Ween Group will be performing on August 1st at the Stone Pony in Asbury Park, just a dozen miles south of where we’ll be fishing---it’s not just a fishing trip, it’s an event! Make a road trip out of it. Check out some pics and videos of previous Shark outings. -Capt. Mickey Melchiondo

A front moves through on Thursday, with cooler weather expected behind and what looks to be a great weekend for fishing along the New Jersey and Delaware coast. Quite a few doormat fluke have been weighed in in recent days, including a 10 pounder in Delaware and a 13 pounder on the Raritan this past Saturday that was worth $50,000. In addition to the outstanding bigeye bite, big wahoo have also arrived and have been trolled up at spots like the Atlantic Princess off Jersey with folks packing aboard Stretch 30's and Rapala X-Rap Magnums in hopes of speed-trolling a giant wahoo. School stripers are set up along inshore structure taking plastics, while a few 20-pound plus linesides are still taking chunk baits along the Northern Coast. Get out and score after the front moves through - get details in our weekly video forecast by clicking the View Video button below.

Got my striper back from the taxidermist this past week and I have to say what a great job Mike of Coastal Fiberglass Fish Mounts did this fish. Anyone needs a great job done I highly recommend you to check them out.

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