Happy New Years!!


Well Happy New Years to all. Let’s hope 2017 will bring some better fishing and most of all better weather. I want to thank all our valued customers for last year’s business. We are grateful for the pleasure of serving you and hope for many years of business for Brinkman’s Bait and Tackle.

First week of January brought the first week of crappy weather. The hot spot has been Penn Warner with plenty of crappies, perch, pickerel, pike and bass hitting minnows, grubs, jigging metal, rattle traps, spinner baits and bucktails. Most of the crappies have been 10 to 14 inches. Chuck and Jay have been going through 3 to 5 dozen minnows each trip also fishing lures when they run out of bait. Mike fished Tuesday with rattletraps and jigging metal catching over 50 perch, 25 pickerel, 4 bass 2 to 4 pounds and a 35-inch northern pike. Not a bad day.

One fisherman in the spillway of Core Creek picked up a few smaller crappies and a 12-inch bass last weekend. He said there was one other fisherman up in the lake catch 11 bluegills with small twister tails.

Jim at Levittown Lake has picked up a few smaller rainbows throwing 1/8 and 1/4 ounce gold Kastmasters. And if you’re looking for trout I had three different reports of rainbows over in the Pennypack creek. One fisherman picked up 2 fish with his father with mealworms. The second customer up above Pine Road picked up 5 trout and 35 bluegills in 5 days of fishing all with woven body nymphs and bead head flies. And one other report on trout from Darby Creek with this fisherman catching 2 trout last week both with Power minnow’s fish with a 1/64-jig heads.

Saltwater fishing has really slowed up. Talking to several guys that are fishing south say there are still lots of stripers still around but most of the fish are 20 to 24 inches. What fish are being caught has been with clams, shad bodies, meal jigs and spoons. Sea Bass and black fish closed now in Jersey most of the saltwater guys are heading north to New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island and Massachusetts. These guys have been catching nice sea bass, porgies, cod, pollock and ling. These boats have been fishing clams but most guys have been going up with bigger diamond and Viking jigs, strip squid and strip mackerel.

Union lake Steve said was real good just before Christmas for perch, crappies and pickerel. These fish were hitting minnows, wax worms and twister tails the best. Tom had a couple good days on Spruce Run for crappies, perch and bass fishing minnows, rattle traps, jigging metal and twister tails. He has also been over to Round Valley looking for lake trout catching a few smaller fish trolling spoons and drifting chunked herring and anchovies. One fisherman fishing the Mullica down at the Sweetwater Casino has been catching plenty of pickerel 12 to 20 inches with minnows, spinners and twister tails.

Well I know this is short but all I have for you. Looks like some colder weather coming in so e may get luck and get a little ice fishing in this year. They have been doing some ice fishing from the Pocono’s north if you’re interested.


Fisherman Magazine Update

The big story ringing in the New Year was the monster mako taken on an offshore black sea bass trip aboard the Voyager party boat out of Point Pleasant Beach. While our first story at TheFisherman.com pegged that fish at over 300 pounds, we’ve since spoken to “Mako Mike” Figueroa about his big mako landing on December 28 and figure that fish easily goes 400 closer to 500 pounds! See video of that monster being boated, plus learn more about the January 5 meeting in Galloway, NJ and the January 17 meeting in Dover, DE regarding the list of fluke options for 2017. A petition is underway with several thousand signatures already hoping to influence the incoming Trump administration to help make fluke fishing “great again” in the New Year. All that, plus the latest from the tautog grounds where this week’s top release of 14.8 pounds comes from 65 feet of water off the Jersey Coast. It’s all included in this week’s video forecast from the New Jersey, Delaware Bay edition of The Fisherman Magazine.

Slow days in between Christmas and New Year’s, but there is action to be found. Believe it or not, the Shore Catch guys have found midrange success on bluefin tuna off the Jersey Coast on Wednesday, while boats like the big Jamaica, the Gambler, Cape Queen Charters and others hope to get one last offshore sea bass trip in before the ball drops on the season late Saturday night. A few of the Central Jersey tackle shops are reporting on a picky surf bite, while tautog continue to keep most anglers busy at the filet table at ports from along the Raritan Bay down to Indian River Inlet in Delaware. An update from the fluke front, as the “missing option” has been plugged into the final ASMFC document which is shared in this week’s video forecast and posted online at The Fisherman’s homepage. Don’t forget, these options will be discussed in full on January 5, 2017 following the New Jersey marine fisheries council meeting in Galloway Township. Get more details in this week’s New Year’s Weekend video forecast for the New Jersey, Delaware Bay edition!



I want to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Healthy New Years. I also want to thank everyone for another year’s business and hope next year is another profitable year. I’m also still hoping that someone will come forward to keep the Brinkman’s Bait and Tackle going for years to come.

Fishing has really slowed up with all this cold weather. Penn Warner has been one of the spots cold weather does not matter. Chuck and Jay have still been doing very good on perch, crappies and bass fishing live minnows. Chuck had one bass last week between 5 and 6 pounds. Tim fishing off one of the docks picked up 2 northern pike both over 28 inches early in the week. He caught both these fish with top water baits. One other fisherman had a great day catching 12 to 14 inch crappies all with live minnows in Manor Lake. One fisherman off the ramp at Core Creek picked up a nice rainbow trout with rainbow power bait. This fish was 15 inches. He also caught 15 bluegills and perch with small minnows and wax worms. One the dock across from the ramp another fisherman caught a bunch of small crappies with white marabou jigs. Jim said Levittown Lake is slow but in the past 2 weeks he has picked up 5 crappies, 1 small bass and a 12-inch brown trout. Kastmasters, Swedish Pimples, Senko worms and live minnows working best. Jerry out at Marsh Creek is still doing well with bigger perch, smallmouth and largemouth bass with plenty of pickerel mixed in. Bigger minnows, Rapala jigging lures and suspended crankbaits working best. John has fished several days off the Nockamixon dam with minnows, spinner baits and jigging metal. Three weekends he has only caught 2 smallmouth bass 2 to 4 pounds.

Talked to Tom the other day fishing Round Valley catching a few lake trout trolling umbrella rigs and flashers with strip herring and chunked up anchovies. With all the high winds when he can’t get out in his boat he has been fishing bank fishing Spruce Run catching crappies, perch and bass with 3 and 4 inch Senko worms. Richie had his grandchildren out with live minnows catching pickerel on Lake Lenape. Mark fishing the spillway out of Batso Lake has been doing great on 12 to 17 inch pickerel fishing spinners, twister tails and live minnows.

Saltwater action has still been very good but Mother Nature has been kicking the fisherman asses. The striper run has seemed to move south with the best fishing Sea Isle, Ocean City, Atlantic City and even Cape May. Problem has been most of these bass have been 20 to 24 inches. There are still some bigger fish being picked up north but all out in boats fishing Mojo rigs, umbrella rigs, bunker spoons and TRC spoons. Sea Bass and Black fishing has been still very good off the jetties and off shore for bigger fish.

I wish I had more to report but can only type what I hear. Again everyone have a great holiday and again anyone interested in jumping into a business give Bill a call and we can set something up for a sit down. Bill


Fisherman Magazine Update

As the sun gets ready to set on yet another season, don’t forget about black sea bass – local party boats are sailing offshore up until the December 31 closure along the Atlantic Coast and hitting a few certified humpbacks in the 5- and 6-pound range. Large porgies are also in the mix, as well as a mixed bag of cod. Big blackfish are still moving east and well within range for most of the fleet, with more than a few teen-size tautog caught (and even released as you’ll see in this week’s video report!) Milder temperatures for the Christmas holiday weekend, and despite the rain forecast for Saturday there’s still a good shot of plugging up a striper or two along the front beaches, with metal-lips, swim shads and even pencils scoring a few small fish. For those on the troll, we’re still getting reports of good-size striped bass whacking at mojos and plugs throughout the range, though most of the bigger fish have moved south along the Virginia coast for the winter. We’ve also got the posted update on the fluke fiasco, with new details on a January 5, 2017 meeting in Galloway, NJ to speak your peace. Catch ‘em up with family and friends – and from all of us at The Fisherman Magazine, a happy Hanukkah and a very, Merry Christmas.

The Fisherman’s Weekly Report – Fluke Decision ‘16 This week’s video forecast is from Baltimore, MD where fisheries managers this week took action on the 2017 summer flounder season. A binder full of fluke options is forthcoming after Wednesday’s vote, through New York is expected to insert one more management option on Monday for electronic vote by state reps. What it means for our area is that NJ could get lumped in with the CT/NY region again for a two at 19-inch size limit and cutback in allowable fishing days for 2017, though a three at 18-inch option under state-by-state would give Garden State anglers a ridiculously short season of 81 days. Delaware coastal anglers should also be ready for some type of cut, with size limit options ranging from 16 or 17 inches on up to 19 inches. Consider this a developing story as season, size and bag limit options wind through the regulatory process, but there’s also good news from Baltimore with regard to New Jersey’s “pots off reef” issue. Breaking news and fishing forecast in this cold snap posted now with our weekly fishing reports.

Striper Bite Super Hot in North Jersey



Hunting week was a great success in our club. Hunting the first 6 days we ended the week with a monster 8, a perfect 8 and nice 6 and I picked up a mid size 5. Also Anthony shot a 168-pound black bear opening morning and also another 4 does. Our archery club also picked up 10 and 3 8-point bucks.

Just an update on the sale of our store. We have had 4 different possibilities but so far all fell through. Again we are going to work out the 2017 season and I’m still hoping that someone would be interested in an established business. If interested just stop in and I have worksheets to show the past 10 years of business. And I would have no problem staying on for a bit to get someone up and running on how to order, who to order, all the baits and so on. But please only serious interest. We will be heading to a real estate agent the first of the New Year to see what other possibilities we have.

With all this weather fishing has really dropped off. And if the fishing has not the fisherman sure have. Penn Warner has been a mixed bag with some panfish and pickerel hitting minnows along the shoreline with a few bass hitting in the deeper water with jigging metal. Two different fishermen hit the Pennypack Creek this past week each catching a trout with a few bluegills. Mealworms and wax worms working best. Jim hitting Levittown Lake catching crappies and bluegills with wax worms and small jigs. He also picked up a few crappies with smaller minnows. John wrapped up fishing Nockamixon last weekend with a 9 bass afternoon. He had 7 smallmouth and 2 largemouth. Most of the fish were 3 to 5 pounds. These fish were picked up with live minnows and jigging metal in deeper water along the dam. One fisherman on my report headed to Galena looking for crappies but only managed to catch a small bass and a bunch of bluegills. One of the best reports came from Jerry who crushed the bass and perch on Marsh Creek. He is also catching plenty of pickerel mixed in and all the fish are coming on live minnows. A report from Beltsville with this fisherman catching plenty of pickerel with spinners and twister tails. One of our local kids fished the hatcheries the other day picking up a few bass and catfish with nightcrawlers and minnows.

Saltwater fishing has been super hot when Mother Nature allows you to get out. Thanksgiving eve and several days after the beaches were alive with bass and bluefish hitting almost anything you threw into the water. Anthony, Karl and JR were down last Wednesday picking up over 75 fish with 43-inch bass topping the list. They said everyone as far as your eyes could see was hooked up at all times. Now Karl was down again yesterday not catching a fish. Ray was down last Friday with everyone catching limits of stripers and he was the only one that did not hook up. Frank fishing out of the highlands with Mojo rigs, 25, 30 and 50 plus Mann’s picked up over 100 stripers the past 10 days. Most all these fish were 30 to 45 inches. Big 50 plus pound stripers were picked up in the Delaware Bay this past week. Paul and his crew were out in the Raritan Bay Thursday picking up a 10 fish limit and also released 25 bass, 14 bluefish and even picked up a 3-pound flounder. Most fish were picked up with snagging bunker and dropping but they also had fish with 5 and 7-ounce spoons and heavy shad bodies. The over night sea bass trips have been great again when the boats are able to get off shore. Most of these boats everyone is catching limits of fish 3 to 5 pounds.

Well that is all I have for you this week. For all the guys looking forward to the ice fishing season coming up soon we have put all our ice fishing equipment out for sale. Plenty of 5, 6 and 8-inch augurs, tips ups, ice rods, combos and plenty of different jigs and lures.

Good luck, Bill


Hit them hard out front yesterday out front off Brigantine, boating 7 and issing two.  One was a double header.  All fish were about 20# with a few slightly larger.  bunker everywhere, but snag and drop was not producing all morning.  At 11am we decided to troll around the pods and at noon we began hooking up.  The mojo was the key, trolled on braid via a single PENN Senator at 2 – 3 kts.  9-inch white shad on the mojo (i think 16oz), and a smaller parachute jig with a 6 inch curly tail.  all white.  water was about 50 degrees, 50 feet, between 2 and 3 miles out.

Beautiful day, lots of boats, saw three humpback whales as well.

Cheers, Dan (Philly)

My buddy Craig crushed it Thanksgiving day 3 miles out of LBI. Brian

Fisherman Magazine Update

The big news this week is that big striped bass have spread out along the Atlantic and Cape May County coastline, with the 62-pound Overfalls Shoal striper helping set the tone to start the week. More 20- to 30-pound class stripers have been reported throughout the southern range, with mojos and trolled plugs like the Yo-Zuri Crystal 3D minnow deep diver, the Stretch 30, Bomber CD and Rapala X-Rap Magnums getting the job done down into Delaware waters. Some trollers have reported that it’s not so much the depth of the 30-foot lures, but the actual size of the offering as big baits are fooling big stripers. The Central and North Jersey Coast has seen a herring run beginning to materialize, with casters livelinelining herring to good-size stripers while also digging into tackle boxes for best possible matches in the surf. Looking over 2015 logbooks, there’s no reason to believe this action will let up any time soon so don’t put away those plug bags just yet! Also, warmer water temps have kept tautog nearer shore, with a few still being hooked on the southern jetties while northern reef sites within state waters are giving up a good share to folks jigging with light tackle spin outfits, an effective and exciting way to bulldog big blackfish out of the structure.

Thanksgiving surf action along the North and Central Jersey coast was epic; you just had to forget about the sometimes shoulder-to-shoulder fishing and focus purely on blitz conditions! With mid-week pea soup, heavy rains and southerly winds keeping many casters indoors (and perhaps back at work), it will be interesting to see how the weekend ahead fares for those tossing pencils, metal-lips and swim shads. Fairly sustained W/NW winds are forecast through Sunday, which could put more bait, bass and a few bluefish in tight to the beach, while boaters dragging mojos and plugs from South Jersey to the Delaware Coast are now finding a few good fish in the 30- and 40-pound class on the troll – it’s been a mix of peanuts and adult bunker, so plan accordingly! Party boats continue to hit the offshore grounds for jumbo sea bass and slab porgies, while warmer than normal water temps have kept the monster toggin’ in tighter to the beach. Used to be that folks turned their attention to deer camp at the start of December, yet bass and blackfish are redirecting attention back to the east along the beach, a good bet on this first day of the last month of the year. Catch ‘em up!

Opening Week of Deer Season



Was away last weekend for a work week up at our hunting camp. This past week down to Virginia for Thanksgiving and now getting ready to head to the mountains next week for the opening of buck season. So there won’t be a report next week.

Being away next week we will be working on different hours.

Monday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Tuesday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Wednesday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Thursday 12 Lunch till 5 p.m.

Then we go back to normal hours


Freshwater fishing has really slowed up the past week or so. Several guys are still doing well at the Pennypack for trout and bluegills. Mealworms, wax worms and spinner have been working best. Levittown Lake a few trout are still hitting with a few decent crappies also being caught with small hair jigs, marabou jigs and trout magnets. Core Creek was restocked this past week with trout and I did not hear a single report of a trout being caught. Now they are still getting a few white perch and crappies with smaller minnows and small jigs. And one customer fishing Valley Green had a very good day with rainbows with cone head wooly buggers last weekend. He picked up 11 fish with a 16 and 18-inch fish mixed in.

Penn Warner has been a hit and miss spot. Jay crushed the bass, perch and pike the past couple week but said this past week was very slow. He is still doing best with minnows. Bryan fished on Monday with spinner baits and jigging metal catching 4 bass, 2 pickerel and a northern pike. He said nothing big but enough action to keep him happy. Steve fished Givens Pond catching a bunch of smaller bass and crappies with minnows, shiners, twister tails and spinners. John up at Nockamixon said the bass fishing has been picking up with the colder water. Live minnows, shiners and alewives have been working best in 20 to 30 feet of water. Last weekend he had a dozen fish 3 to 5 pounds. His buddies that have been crappie fishing in Lake Galena said here the fishing slowed up with only a few perch and smaller crappies hitting minnows and small grubs. FDR Park has been fair for perch and smaller bass with live minnows, twister tails and trout magnets. One fisherman in Tinacom catching several carp 12 to 18 pounds with corn and carp baits.

The upper Delaware River is slowing down for numbers but some much bigger fish are being caught. Off the New Hope wing dam one fisherman picked up a couple smallmouth bass 14 to 17 inches, stripers 21 to 27 inches and catfish 15 to 27 inches. He is doing best with live minnows and live eels. Up at Byran several guys have been catching 5 to 15 smallmouth bass. Most of the fish have been 13 to 16 inches hitting minnows and Zoom grubs the best. Up at Point Pleasant Charlie picked up a couple decent walleyes with mid range Rapala’s. These fish have been 15 to 20 inches. Further up at Upper Black Eddy one fisherman waded with minnows and twister tails catching 4 bass and a catfish early in the week. Kevin up at the Water Gap said the bass fishing is dead but some good numbers of walleyes and bigger catfish hitting shiners, nightcrawlers and strip white perch. Kevin also fished the river at the mouth of the Bushkill seeing lots of fish but did not have a single hit.

Now if you’re looking for good numbers and bigger smallmouth bass you need to head to the Susquehanna River. Here guys have been catching 25 to 50 fish a trip with lots of fish 14 to 19 inches. Live minnows have been the best during the day hours but as dusk comes in top water poppers and spooks are also hot. One fisherman wading the statue of liberty picked up 21 bass, 2 catfish and even a carp last Saturday all on live minnows. Several guys have been doing the drift from Clemson Island down to Duncannon catching the most fish. And the bigger fish seem to be held up just below the Junta River in the deeper holes. Jim picked up over 35 fish Tuesday but had 11 fish over 17 inches. His biggest was 20 inches just about 5 pounds. Another report from Sunbury with this fisherman doing great but said most of the fish were smaller. Friday he picked up 27 fish, Saturday another 19 and fishing just the morning on Sunday he boated 11 more. He did best with 3-inch grubs, minnows and tiny torpedoes. The last report was from a fisherman that took the weekend to drift from Sayer down to Laporte. This fisherman boated over 55 smallmouth bass, 2 pickerel, 4 northern pike and all kinds of rock bass and bluegills. He fished 2 and 3-inch grubs, spinners and nightcrawlers.

Now the saltwater action was super hot this past week. Russ was at Seaside on Tuesday catching 6 bass and plenty of good size bluefish. He was back down on Wednesday with my brother not to have a single fish. Anthony, Karl and JR were down on Thanksgiving having one of the best days ever. They caught stripers on every cast with fish 20 to 42 inches. The fish were hitting pretty much anything but they did best with poppers. Ron and his buddy’s were down to Long Beach Island on Monday catching bluefish 5 to 8 pounds with spoons and diamond jigs. Up at Sandy Hook I heard some decent reports on smaller bass and bigger bluefish early in the week. Metal, poppers and bucktails were working best. Now for the boat fisherman it has been on this past week. Up and down the coast 1 to 3 miles out guys have been catching fish 20 to 30 pounds with metal spoons, diamond jigs, Mojo Rigs, Umbrella Rigs and bunker spoons. I seen pictures of some of the bigger fish 40 to 47 pounds. Now as you down south the fishing does slow up. Off Brigantine there have been a few bass in the north end but no keepers. Poppers have been working best. Atlantic City I talked to a few guys fishing the back waters catching smaller bluefish and stripers with mullet, Kastmasters and Fin-S fish. In the Delaware Bay there are a few stripers but over all the fishing has been slow. The few bass they have been catching have been 20 to 29 inches hitting live eels, fresh and chunked bunker and shad bodies the best. Sea Bass and black fishing has been great all up and down the coast. Most of this fishing has been off shore but still some good numbers of fish are being caught off the jetties. Now the further north you head the bigger the fish get. In the Cape May section I talked to guys catching limits of fish 1 to 3 pounds. Now the guys fishing from Barnegat up to New York have been catching limits of fish 3 to 5 pounds. And as you head up off New York up to Massachusetts they are doing great on giant sea bass with a mix of cod mixed in.

South Jersey reports were slow the past couple weeks. But this is the season you should crush the pickerel, bass, crappies and perch in all the rivers and lakes. Richie did fish Lake Lenape catching plenty of smaller bass and pickerel with spinner baits, Rapala crankbaits and shallow jerk baits. John only fished one afternoon on Union doing pretty good with pickerel and crappies trolling twister tails around the islands and dam. Steve did very well on decent crappies fishing live minnows and wax worms on Union Lake. Jerry was in telling me the pickerel are taking over in his south jersey ponds. He is still doing best with live minnows. Another Jerry fishing Batso Lake missing a few bass with plastic worms but managed to catch a bunch of pickerel fishing the different streams spilling into the Mullica River. Twister tails, minnows and spinners working best.

Well that is all I have for you this week. Please remember the hours for the beginning of the week. Also we have had a few guys asking about the sale of the business and I have worked up some worksheets for anyone that would be interested. Bill