Friday, November 29, 2013
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I wish I had more to report but things have really dropped off the past couple weeks. The shore has been the hot spot for stripers and blues up north and mostly out of boats. Frank has been running out of Barnegat doing well each trip coming home with his 3 fish limit. Most of the stripers have been 15 to 20 pounds. The blues have been 10 to 18 pounds. Frank has been doing best jigging A 47 diamond jigs with either a green or red tail. Dave was out last weekend trolling only catching bluefish. But he said after 4 hours you got tired of reeling them in. Most of these blues were 10 to 15 pounds. He caught most of the fish with diamond jigs and umbrella rigs. Pete out of the highlands had a great trip on a charter boat. 6 guys went out and they came home with 20 stripers. But his fish were 20 to 25 pounds. They caught most of these fish with big 7 and 9 ounce spoons. They also caught lots of bluefish in the 10 to 20 pound range. These stories just run on and on. So if your heading north of Breele and on a boat your chances of coming home with a nice striper and bluefish is pretty good. Now the beach fishing has been a different story. Last week on Tuesday they just crushed the fish at Island State Park. It seems everyone caught their limits of fish between 12 and 20 pounds. Casting metal with a eel or bucktails teaser rig was the ticket. And they said the bite was pretty much all day long. Now on Wednesday talking to several guys the bite was only 3 to 4 in the afternoon. But during this period 75 guys crushed the fish. And each day since then they have been catching some fish but not the blitz they had on Tuesday. Bruce was heading down on Monday but the cold weather and northeast winds kept him close to home. Now in the Cape May area the stripers fishing has been slow. Not that they are not catching fish but all the fish have been 18 to 24 inches. Here live eels, clams, bucktails and metal have been working best. Up the bay there have been some great fish caught but far and few between. George was up at Barnegat Light and caught one fish 46 inches 38 pounds. This fish was caught on a live spot. The best fishing out of Cape May has been the blackfish and sea bass. Most of these reports have been good with plenty of fish. Even the guys fishing off the jetties have been coming home with nice blackfish. Fred out of Sea Isle did well 20 miles off shore with 3 to 5 pound sea bass. But the winds have been keeping him close to home since the weekend. But fishing in the back bays he has been catching 10 to 25 stripers each trip but all throw back. Live eels, bunker, butter fish and live spots have been working best. One report from Herefords Inlet brought this fisherman a 12 pound blackfish. He also caught several smaller fish and a couple legal sea bass. Green crabs were working well.
The upper river has really slowed up. And with this rain this week it may as well be pretty much over for smallmouth bass but the walleye fishing will pick up. Tom last weekend did well with some smallies up at Bryan but said all the fish were small and hitting minnows. He trolled around up and down the river only to catch a couple smaller walleyes. His good holes for the walleyes were pretty much dried up but with this rain I think next week will pick up. A few guys fishing off the wing dam at New Hope have been catching a few catfish and bass but nothing to speak about. The lower river has still been very good for catfish in the 2 to 5 pound range. One fisherman fishing with live eels did pick up fish 10 to 15 pound this past week. And I heard Keith fishing with a live sucked caught a nice 20 plus pound striper. Several guys fishing in Dredge Harbor have been catching a few bass but again nothing to speak about. Mike up in the Neshaminy Marina has been still doing well with yellow perch and bass fishing with live minnows and nightcrawlers around his boat. He also has seen several bass boat fishing the pilings catching a few bass and crappies with jigs, plastic worms and minnows. A few guys fishing up at Tullytown this past week said there was pretty much nothing hitting. A couple different people have been doing pretty well at Core Creek. These guys have been catching some nice largemouth bass with spinner baits, crankbaits and plastic worms. Now the trout fisherman have caught a few fish but nothing to write about. The rest have been catching some perch and bluegills with wax worms and mealworms. In the spillway one fisherman had a pretty good day with decent size crappies and white perch fishing with trout magnets. Penn Warner has still been super hot for yellow and white perch, bass, pickerel and pike. Most of the bank fisherman have been doing best with medium and large size minnows. In the boat the bass fisherman have been doing best with spoons, spinner baits, grubs and silver buddies. Noxamixion was really hot for John and Robin last week catching over a dozen smallmouth bass around the dam area. These fish were all caught with large minnows and ranged 3 to 6 pounds. He has been up the past couple week catching 2 to 5 fish but last weekend was the excerption. A couple other guys have been up to Noxamixion catching a few bass but have been doing much better on crappies with smaller minnows, tube tails and twister tails. Ron has been catching some great yellow perch and crappies on Struble Lake with trout magnets, shiners, minnows and twister tails. He has also caught a few bass but said these fish are all small. His catfish buddies have still been doing pretty good catching 3 to 5 fish a evening but have given up the night fishing due to the cold weather. Most of the catfish they have been catching are up at Gladwyn and have been 2 to 4 pounds hitting chicken livers, beef livers and shrimp. Joe said the the lower Schuylkill River the catfish are still hitting very good on nightcrawlers, chicken liver and bagels. He said all these fish have been small. A couple guys said some nice walleyes have been hitting in Fall's Township Park. These fish are being picked up with minnows and worms fished on spinner rigs either drifting around the lake are reeling slow off the shoreline. Other than the walleyes this lake has been pretty slow. Levittown Lake I have not heard a good report in many weeks. The ponds down the street last weekend were pretty good for a couple kids that caught a bunch of bluegills and one nice bass with meal worms. A few guys are still fishing the Pennypack creek catching a trout here and there. But nothing to really speak about. Now down further in the creek around Torresdale Avenue there were a few 10 to 12 pound carp caught a week ago. This fisherman caught these fish with cornmeal.
South Jersey has really picked up for pickerel, bass, crappies and perch. Richie called and told me he broke down and headed out on the Little Egg Harbor river the other day and fished with grass shrimp and shiners. He caught 25 good size white perch. And fishing the shore line for bass he caught 8 pickerel with spinners. He also said Lake Lenape has still been very good for pickerel with twister tails, crankbaits, spinners and spinner baits. One fisherman in Parvin Lake had a pretty good day catching 5 bass and 12 pickerel. He caught all these fish with minnows. Another fisherman at Elmer picked up a couple smaller bass with plastic worms fishing off the shoreline. Down at Batso several guys have started to fish the spillway at the mill catching some pickerel with minnows and twister tails. And out in the river the bass, crappies and pickerel have been hitting minnows, spinners and twister tails. The cove across from Crowley's landing has been the best place to head. Mercer County Park has also been a great spot to head for pickerel and bass. The few guys I talked to said more pickerel have been hitting minnows and what bass are being caught have been hitting spinner baits, plastic worms and spoon. I had one fisherman take a weekend and fish Lake Hapatcong for muskies and had one pretty good day out of 3. Two of the days he spent throwing every lure in his box to have 4 fish come up for a look but nothing hooked up. The last day he fished a Suick Stick and black and orange and caught 2 fish. One 31 inches and the other 46 inches 28 pounds. This did make his weekend.
Well that is all I have for you this week. I'm heading up for the week of hunting and hope to be telling you about the big bear I shot or at least got a shot at. Monday till Thursday this coming week we will have different hours. They will be 9 to 5. Friday back to normal hours. Good luck if you get out for buck season. Also I hope everyone has a Happy Thanksgiving.
11-23-When your fishing trip starts off with a quadruple header (4 fish on
at once) you know it's going to be a special day. On my final charter of 2013
I ran way to the North (think about fishing in the shadow of NYC) because
I had been told that there had been a massive body of fish that way. This
was an understatement. I was releasing fish faster than we could catch them,
sometimes there were 4-6 fish on the deck at once and every boat around us
seemed to be hooked up for the duration of our charter as well. There may
have been a day in my past where more Stripers came over the rail of Archangel
but if there is I can't remember that trip. The boat is now out of the water
and winterized, in hibernation until April. Thanks to everyone who fished
with me this year, and anyone who still wants to get out there, I have a feeling
that we're going to have fish deep into the winter this year and maybe well
into next year as well. For me? I am going on tour and focusing myself on
music exclusively until April. I have a busy touring schedule and I have started
a new production company specializing in television commercials and movie
music. Check out one of the new spots I just scored for Dick's Sporting Goods
and Adidas below. Keep me in mind if you need music for your movie or tv commercial
(shameless plug). thanks, Mickey
11-15-What a week of fishing, I'm totally exhausted but totally high on it still. Yesterday and today were the days that make the whole job worth it. Yesterday I had repeat customers Rick and Mike on the boat, down from Connecticut. Helping me out on the boat was Eric Kerber, my buddy and fellow Captain out of Belmar. we put a major hurting on the fish, easily catching a 4 man limit of Striped Bass while releasing dozens more and also piling on dozens of MONSTER Bluefish. A legendary of fishing. This morning I had my best friend Nick Honachefsky mating on the boat and we resumed where we left off the whole week, boating a big Bass on the first cast at daybreak while we proceeded to put dozens more fish on the deck. Today's trip was Jake and Jill from Altoona, PA, and TOONA was the word of the day, but with a different spelling. We had Bluefin Tuna blowing up around the boat in 50 feet of water, right off the beach. i have only ever seen this happen a few times in my life--talk about an adrenaline rush. The Tuna were in the 80-90 lb class and we did everything we could to hook one, but damn, those suckers move quickly. As if the fishing wasn't good enough this week, now we're trying to figure out how to catch Tuna just North of our inlet. Crazy stuff---also it was Jill's birthday and she told me that it was one of the best days of her life. The water (AGAIN) is just stained with sand eels and the fish are in a feeding frenzy. That says it all.......... -Mickey
11-13-Monday was the day we've been waiting for for weeks, the Bass turned
up in our waters in huge numbers and were blowing up on the surface on bait.
Also in the mix were gigantic Bluefish. Pretty much every boat I talked to
caught their legal limit in short order and left the fish biting--it was an
day affair. It was so good that Cameron and his friends decided to stay an
extra day (Tuesday) to do it again. Well, our intentions were good but we
left at the crack of dawn and within an hour the wind ripped around out of
the North and it started snowing and blowing 30 mph, creating monster seas
in an instant. Dig this, in the 40 minutes we fished we caught 4 Bass before
the sun even came up. I cannot wait to fish tomorrow and Friday. The Bass
are here, and hopefully they stay here.
11-7- Noxamixion has been great fishing off the dam. I was out Tuesday and caught a 4 smallie and a 6 pound largemouth bass. Both these fish were right up against the over flow building. Live minnows were the bait. We have also been fishing the creek below the dam catching lots of small walleyes and a rock bass time to time. Here small grubs, spinners and nightcrawers have been the hot bait. One buddie was up to Warren over the weekend catching a whole bunch of small bass with weedless worms and small spinner baits with trailers. he caught over 25 fish but said all were 6 to 10 inches. I meet you report guy John who told me were to fish in the summer and I will be putting his expert advices to use next year. He did well that day catching a bunch of largemouth bass with crankbaits. Marty
11-4- Had real good evening with stripers out of Brick New Jersey. Problem was not a single keeper was caught. The fish were hitting between 6 and 9 at night and hit yellow poppers and Savage eels. I mayself caught 6 between 19 and 23 inches. There was one fisherman that had over 15 fish but again all small. Will be back again over the weekend. Bill
11-5-It was not the best day of fishing, but not nearly the worst. We had a small window of opportunity for about an hour after sunrise where the Stripers were chewing. We landed this one fish and then proceeded to drop a monster over 35 lbs right by the boat after a long battle. After that it was all big Bluefish, which I'll take any day of the week. Even they stopped chewing before too long and we spent the remainder of the day catching Weakfish ranging anywhere from tiny ones to nice 3 lb. keepers. We caught at least 2 dozen in about an hour and threw them all back. I really hope in a few years we start seeing big Weakfish again, it has been so long since I've caught them on a regular basis and it's nice to see them again. I keep telling myself that "tomorrow is gonna be the day" when the Striper fishing busts wide open and it's bound to pick up with the variety and quantity of bait around right now. We have Bunker, sand eels, rainfish, squid, sea herring, mackerel, you name it............now we need the fish and the bait together! On a final note, i was very happy to see big Bluefish again as well, they disappeared the past few weeks. -Mickey
11-01-Caught this Muskie at Nockamixon lake, live minnow.\ Eddie G
10-23-Hello, Thanks for the great fishing reports. Your report on the Susquehanna made me go out and fish it this past Saturday 10/19. My buddy and I did a 8 mile float in our Kayaks in the Duncannon area. I must say this is the best smallmouth fishing I have done in a long while. The fish weren’t real active had to fish pretty slow. Most of the action was in mid –afternoon when the clouds rolled in. I got 13 and my buddy got 7 , we used Senko worms, spinner baits, and tubes. The fish were all 13 to 18’’ with most being in the 15-16’’’’ range and fat!! Definitely going back in the next few weeks. Jack
10-21-We are catching the biggest Bluefish I've ever seen in my life----every single fish is over 15 lbs and some are over 20 lbs. These fish are all being caught on AVA jigs and their mouths and bellies are filled with sand eels. I would love to see fish in this class move within surfcasting range. When I tell you that we caught over 75 fish this size today it's not a lie--if I had to take a guess at the biggest fish I would say it was in the 22lb range. We actually had to take breaks from fishing to have a conversation or have a smoke, it was that non-stop. Great stuff. On the way there were acres of birds close to shore so of course we stopped, every drop of the jig yielded a Weakfish, half of which were keeper size. The amount of bait in the water is mind blowing, as long as we don't have any bad storms we could be looking at an epic fall run of fish. -Mickey
10-17-I got a report for you, though nothing too exciting:
10/17 Went to Carnegie Lake and nailed a few nice largemouth and one smallmouth on spinners. Nothing huge -- just a pound or so -- but fun to catch. Stopped by Assunpink Lake too. Not even a bite. That was my second bad day there this month. Seems like that lake has been fished out.
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. http://www.coastalthings.com/
Local story done one Brinkman's Bait and Tackle - http://www.philly.com/philly/home/gardening/20100910_Pleasant_Hill_Park__cleaned_up_and_ready_for_fishing.html
STATE RECORD WEB SIGHT - http://www.fish.state.pa.us/bigfish.htm
MOSTER CATFISH MUST SEE - http://shanghaiist.com/2007/08/11/amazingly_huge.php
RECORD AMERICAN SHAD CAUGHT - http://www.dec.ny.gov/press/33943.html.
FISHING PICTURES - http://www.darkroastedblend.com/2008/04/out-of-this-world-fishing.html
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