Striper Bite Picking Up!



I wish Mother Nature would take a break will all this crappy cold, snowy, windy weather. But even with all this cold weather and snow melt coming down the river there are fishing hitting. With 39-degree water temperatures there was a very good shad bite up at Trenton this past week. I had 5 different reports with all fishermen catching between 3 and 8 shad on darts and spoons. All these fish have been bucks in the 2 to 3 pound range. Further up river at Lambertville 2 different reports from walleyes with both these group catching between 5 and 8 walleyes with minnows, shiners and nightcrawlers. And trolling Wally divers up at Bull’s Island Joe caught 11 walleyes in 3 different trips with 3 fish over 20 inches. The river is quite high so a few of these guys are out in bigger bass boats.

Now the lower river again has been cold and rough but there has been a very good striper bite south on the river. Now that does not mean there is no fishing hitting in the upper part of the river. A few guys fishing plugs up at Trenton have been catching a few 15 to 20 inch fish with crankbaits. At the Rancocas a few smaller fish with white perch and catfish caught on bloodworms. At the Tacony I know of a few 12 to 15 inch bass with some catfish all with bloodworms. But the bigger bite has been from the airport down into Delaware water. Paul’s buddies have been catching quite a few 12 to 18 inch fish below the Commodore Barry Bridge. Todd said all his fish caught with bloodworms are coming south of the airport. So with a little good weather this should kick off real fast. Lets just hope for the good weather.

There have been a few guys bass fishing in the lower river with fair success. Tim fishing over in Dredge Harbor has been catching 3 to 6 fish each trip out with Senko’s and Zoom lizards. Dennis up in Tullytown cove has been catching some smaller bass with a perch and crappie mixed in with live minnows, Ned rigs and smaller Senko’s. At the steel mill I had a report of a few smaller bass with a couple decent walleyes picked up with live minnows, bucktails and white twister tails.

The Schuylkill River is still producing some good size and numbers of carp from Grey’s Ferry up to Gladwyne. Corn, crap baits and boilies have been working best. Below the falls a few smaller stripers mixed in with some decent walleyes fishing white and chartreuse twister tails and shad bodies. Ron was out looking for his first smallmouth bass last Friday happy to catch one bluegill with a 3 inch Senko. He said it is way too early with below 40-degree water temps.

Couple guys out at FRD Park looking for bass or snakeheads not having a single hit in several trips. The shopping center lake a few guys picking up a few smaller catfish and bluegills with nightcrawlers. Talking to a few guys around the bank at Fall’s Township all saying fishing has been dead with the cold weather. Only one fisherman here is catching a few walleyes in the upper end of the lake with minnows and jigs. Had one report from Struble Lake with this fisherman catching a few smaller crappies and yellow perch with smaller minnows. Jerry said a few decent smallmouth bass and pickerel are being caught on Marsh Creek all with live minnows. Now I had 3 different guys fish Nockamixon last weekend all doing nothing.

Jersey freshwater reports have been slow coming in. Jerry said plenty of pickerel, perch and crappies hitting in the south jersey lakes he fishes with live minnows and plastic worms. Tom had a couple great days on North Jersey lakes with a few smaller muskies, pickerel and smallies fishing jerk baits, 7-inch fin-s fish and top water lures. And one fisherman down at Manasquan Reservoir picked up a few good largemouth bass fishing spinner baits tipped with bigger rubber trailer baits.

Saltwater with all this wind has been tough. The only reports I have been getting have been smaller stripers in most of the back bays fishing bloodworms and some rubber shads. Up in the Raritan good numbers of smaller bass are being caught with bloodworms. There is a decent amount of bunker around in the ocean and up in the Delaware Bay so some bigger fish should be on their way.

Well that is all I have for you this week. I hope everyone takes a little time and stops by to talk to Mike and his family. He is going all out to take care of the Brinkman customers. Bill


Fisherman Magazine Update

Two weeks, two nasty storms; it’s actually fairly typical this time of year along the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic Coast, just think back to ’62 and ’93. And yet again, just as New Jersey’s striped bass season gets off to resounding start on March 1, two different nor’easters barrel through the region knocking out power, dumping snow on portions of Pennsylvania and W/NW Jersey, while kicking up tides along Delaware and Jersey Shore. By all accounts, school stripers are loaded up in the bays and rivers from the Raritan down to the Delaware, with more than a few keeper-class fish waiting to be fed – it’s just a matter of getting a good weather window at this point to get in on the action. Sunny skies and offshore winds forecast through the weekend ahead could be just the thing to get anglers back in the swing of things. The show season continues this weekend with the Greater Philadelphia Boat Show (a Philly Special!) as well as iconic flea markets in Manville and Asbury Park. Join The Fisherman Magazine at any or all of those weekend events for your Star Rods gift with subscriptions.

First Stripers in River


Another March snow storm. And with the 24 inches of snow they got up state on the last storm it is going to keep the river cold for the next couple weeks. But that has not stopped several striper fishermen from getting out. Now they are not setting the world on fire but some bass have been caught in the Salem, Marcus Hook sections of the river. So far every fish has been picked up with bloodworms and from pictures most of the fish have been 18 to 24 inches. Tim fished the Tacony Bridge a couple afternoons only catching a catfish and a couple white perch.

Several other guys have been fishing the river for largemouth bass doing fair for the time of the year. Rick fishing up in Tullytown Cove picked up 8 bass one afternoon. All these fish were caught with Ned Rigs. Another fisherman in the Neshaminy Marina picked up a couple bass and yellow perch fishing minnows, hair jigs and 3 inch Senko worms. Over in Dredge Harbor Rick had a couple good afternoons with 2 to 5 bass fishing 4-inch lizards, 4 inch Senko’s and small bucktails. One if his buddy’s did real well with crappies fishing the back corner of Dredge with live minnows under a bobber.

I was up to Fall’s Township a couple times running the dog talking to a few of the bank fisherman that have not been doing anything yet. The only guy that has been picking up fish has been out in his kayak drifting worms for walleyes. He has picked up 11 fish so far this year. A few guys fishing Core Creek for bass said the lake has been dead. The shopping center lake one fisherman picked up a few smaller bass and catfish with minnows and worms. Penn Warner has been very good with lots of perch hitting minnows, twister tails and metal spoons. A few of the bass fisherman have picked up a few decent smallies fishing crankbaits in the deeper water. One report from Nockamixon with this fisherman catching 2 smallies and 1 largemouth bass fishing off the dam with live minnows. One of the smallies was 20 inches a bit over 5 pounds.

One fisherman on the Neshaminy Creek at Hulmeville Road has been picking up a few catfish with chunked eels and nightcrawlers. The upper part of the Pennypack I had one fisherman catching some nice bluegills on poppers and dry flies.

Several of the carp fishermen on the Schuylkill River have been doing very good with fish 10 to 20 pounds with boilies and different homemade carp baits. One of the groups of catfish crew was out a couple days this past week catching a few smaller catfish with shrimp and chicken livers. He heard of one bigger flathead taken up in the Reading area with a live bluegills.

Jersey Lake has been very good for bass, pickerel, yellow perch and crappies. Jerry fishing his different lakes off 55 has been catching 5 to 10 pickerel each trip out with live minnows. Rich said Lake Lenape has been very good for pickerel 12 to 19 inches fishing Rapala’s and twister tails. One report from Elmer with this fisherman catching a bunch of crappies with smaller twister tails and marabou jigs. Stan had a couple good days on Union with yellow perch and crappies fishing shiners, twister tails and small tubes. He has caught crappies 12 to 14 inches with some yellow perch 13 to 15 inches.

With all the wind I have not talked to one person for a saltwater report. So I have to end it here. Mike did get the tide charts printed, he also posted on Face Book that you can download to your phone or print from home. I’m still trying to figure how to attach it to the main web sight so give me a bit of time there. Good luck if you do get out. Bill

Quick update…. Hopefully this pending weather is last of Mother Nature toying with the early fishing season. Don’t forget to stop by on 3/25 between 10-2 and meet the new owner. Will have some specials to offer as well as raffles and door prizes to give away. Hot dogs, popcorn and drinks will be available from 11-1. Hope to see you then. Mike

Been down in Florida since the end of December catching 10 to 15 largemouth bass everyday I fish the local lakes intercoastal fishing is good for variety of local fish surf fishing is hit-and-miss but overall it’s great to be in Florida it’s today 82 degrees and I can walk to a Bass Lake from where I live

I was in Marathon Key this past weekend as well. Caught lots of fish off the boat at the marina using as well as raw I got at the Publix grocery store
Marina was behind the Hyatt Then on Monday 2/5 we took the 57ft Viking yacht out to Sombrero Key reef and in 45ft of water caught a lot more fish including a nice Hogfish.We also snorkeled at the never saw so many barracuda. Brian

Fisherman Magazine Update

The Atlantic City Boat Show is underway, with The Fisherman managing two booths (155 & 826) and a whole host of seminars with the Recreational Fishing Alliance (RFA) through Sunday, March 4. Coastal temps are expected to hit the mid 50’s for the winter flounder and striped bass opener in New Jersey, and despite a little rain in the afternoon forecast it already looks like a good kickoff – a little after 6 a.m. Thursday morning, Nikita Grantan registered the first keeper striper of the 2018 season, a 29-inch, 8-1/2-pounder brought into Absecon Bay Sportsman Center. Get your casts in early as things take a turn for the sporty on Friday for most folks in the region, with N/NW winds expected to usher in the weekend. If you’re not partaking in the linesides and black backs to start the season, fishing for tautog along the Delaware Coast or hoping for a break in the weather to hit the Jersey Shore cod and pollock grounds, head on out to Atlantic City for the seminars and deals to be found throughout the show. Be sure to check in with the RFA on the fluke, sea bass and porgy status, and ask about the Modernizing Recreational Fisheries Management Act (S. 1520) which passed out of a Senate committee on Capitol Hill on Wednesday. Forget the groundhog, spring has sprung as stripers are indeed on the feed!

We’re most certainly in the homestretch now heading into the final weekend of February, 2018. Next Thursday, March 1, New Jersey anglers will unofficially declare winter is over, when back striped bass and winter flounder season reopens for the year. Folks who’ve been perch fishing local rivers including the Toms, the Mullica and the Great Egg Harbor are stumbling into good numbers of striped bass of late; with a rather wet weekend forecast ahead, might be a good time to visit your local tackle shop for tackle and intel. Another jumbo fluke pops on Facebook this week allegedly dragged up in the Hudson Canyon, although word along the docks is that it wasn’t too far east of the Mud Hole where this doormat was hit. Check out for more on recreational regulatory front as another 20 or so days of fluke fishing may be on the Garden State horizon, while Delaware looks to cut a half-inch from the size limit. The best blackfish bite continues to come from the southern Mid-Atlantic States, though some of your favorite New Jersey party boats might try to log in one more wreck trip before the four-fish bag limit on tautog takes a 31-day break as of the end of this month.

Hopefully there’s a three-day weekend in your forecast; with up and down, hot and cold weather of late you may need the extra day’s window of opportunity! Biggest blackfish of the week – titanic tautog topping the 20-pound mark – have been registered in the lower Mid-Atlantic States, but there are still boats in the New Jersey, Delaware region looking to sail for the wrecks when able. A few cod and pollock registered by boats hitting the mid-range and offshore grounds out of Central Jersey, while South Jersey creek and river anglers continue pounding on perch with bloodworms and grass shrimp. In the northern part of the Garden State, it’s all about the seminars this weekend – the New Jersey Boat Sale & Expo runs from Thursday through Sunday in Edison, NJ with a full line-up of boat fishing seminars presented by The Fisherman and the Recreational Fishing Alliance. Surf Day returns to Brookdale Community College in Lincroft, NJ on Saturday with more surf seminars than you’ll know what to do with; plus, The Fisherman is also in Manahawkin on Saturday for the Southern Regional Fishing Club’s annual flea market. New Jersey’s striped bass kick off is less than two weeks away; are you geared up and ready for action?



We are happy to say the Fish and Game commission has set up Brinkman’s Bait and Tackle with the necessary equipment to issue PA fishing licenses!!! Stop by and pick yours up today. Thank you for your patience while we were waiting for the process to be finalized. On a side note, we will be sending out a Shimano repair shipment soon if you have a rod in need of repair. Fishing update: Ice Fishing still alive in Poconos North, no recent catch reports. White Perch being caught in Salem NJ/Marcus Hook area on bloodworms, night crawlers, and minnows. Most stream and lakes in NJ are starting to produce Pickerel and Bass on twister tails and spinners. Reports of pickerel and some bass being picked up in Penn Warner Lake. A Nice largemouth bass was caught in Ft. Dix Lake, crappies on wax worms and small minnows at Nockamixon. Fly-fishing has produced a few nice trout recently in local streams. Some nice 20-24 in Stripers was picked up in the back bays using paddle tails. Bunker is reported to be starting to show up in Northern NJ area. Hoping to have bloodworms in the store soon. We are stocked well for the upcoming trout season with plenty of power bait, nuggets, eggs and all the favorites in spinners. Stop by this weekend, introduce yourself, pick up your license and stock up on all your needs for the upcoming season. I ran a special last week, which was on the Sharkbite Bucktails FB page and running another one here this week. Ugly Stick SPL1100 4’ 8” regularly $39.00, $35.00 for the weekend. I have 6 remaining so first come first serve. Looking forward to seeing you!!




Still at the mercy of the State of Pennsylvania for the fishing license machine. The warden has been in for the interview and was going to send what information in to expedite the process. Well here we are Friday a week later still in limbo. Will be recalling on Monday to see if we can get a date so we can let our customers know when to come in.

The weather the past couple weeks has kept the fishing reports light coming in. Penn Warner guys have been doing fair with perch, crappies and pickerel fishing live minnows, twister tails and Silver Buddies. One fisherman picked up a 32-inch northern pike with jerk bait early in the week. One fisherman doing well on crappies fishing Tullytown cove with wax worms and jigs. Another fisherman picked up a few yellow perch in the Neshaminy Marina with smaller minnows along the docks. The spillway at Core Creek a few white perch with live minnows, wax worms and trout magnets.

Some of the best fishing is coming from south Jersey. At Batso spillway some decent numbers of pickerel with spinners, twister tails and live minnows. Further down the road past the boat ramp one fisherman picked up a bunch of pickerel under a small bridge with live minnows. Fishing out of Crowley’s Landing several guys have been catching decent numbers of pickerel, crappies and largemouth bass fishing live minnows, twister tails and Rapala minnows. Richie had a couple days on Lake Lenape only catching smaller pickerel on Shad Raps. John took his first trip down to Union but found it too windy to even launch his boat. So he fished off the shoreline only to catch a few bluegills with small jigs. A couple of his friends have been doing great on yellow perch and crappies around the dam with minnows, shiners and marabou jigs. Tom out several times on Lake Hapatcong catching some pickerel with jerk baits, spinners and Rapala shallow runners.

There still is some good ice fishing from the Pocono’s north but I have not talked to one fisherman this past week.

Saltwater fishing has been tough with all the windy days. But the few guys we have talked to the fishing have been quite slow. Several trips out for blackfish, ling, cod and tilefish with only a few fish caught. Only good report I have is from a fisherman down in Marathon Key catching good numbers of snook and mangrove snappers with shrimp and pinfish.

Well I hope I have better news next week for fishing reports and for fishing licenses. I will post ASAP when the state does get out and sets up the machine. Bill