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WOW had two days off this past week and seen the sun both of them. To make things even better both days with no wind. Even it I didn’t catch a fish that was a plus in it’s own. Tuesday Joe and I headed out early to catch the tide. We hit several of my better spots to end up with 12 catfish and 1 22-inch striper. Ever fish came off chunked bunker. Cats ranged 2 to 7 pounds. Wednesday Helen was suppose to head out with me but woke up sick again. So I hit the river early myself and had a really good day. Only fished a couple spots and ended the day with 14 catfish and 7 stripers. Stripers were 25, 22 and 5 smaller fish. Cats ranged 2 to 5 pounds. Again all on chunked bunker. John was out on Wednesday catching a bunch of smaller stripers and catfish all with bunker. Eddie was out Saturday night and fished till morning only catching 22 catfish up to 8 pounds. Frank fished out of the Neshaminy catching a 32-inch striper, 4 smaller fish and 25 catfish on Monday. He did best with bunker and bloodworms. Up at Trenton most guys have been crushing 24 to 30 inch stripers with smaller poppers, crankbaits, chunked bunker and live eels. Off the New Hope wing dam I talked to several guys catching plenty of 15 to 23 inch stripers with live minnows, grubs and poppers. Up above the 202 bridge several guys have been fishing live eels at night catching stripers 20 to 32 inches. Even Kevin had seen his first striper up at the Water Gap this past weekend. They ended up with 11 stripers 20 to 31 inches with poppers, grubs and live eels.
Other than stripers in the upper river there seems to be another run of shad with Mike catching a bunch of shad this past weekend. He also had a couple catfish and lost a smallmouth bass on a shad spoon. Other guys off the wing dam have been catching some nice 18 to 22 inch walleyes with live minnows, nightcrawlers, grubs and Rapala’s. Charlie has been having his best year for walleyes in his life. This past week he picked up 11 walleyes, 2 smallmouth bass and 7 catfish with grubs, tubes, spinners and Rapala’s. He had one walleye 27 inches close to 8 pounds. Kevin has still been doing fair with shad late in the days trolling smaller spoons and darts. Average night is 3 to 7 fish. During the day with the stripers he has also picked up several bass and walleyes with live minnows and grubs.
Flounder fishing opened this past weekend and with the weather I did not hear one report back. Anthony is down right now in the back bay of Wildwood only catching shorts so far. But for saltwater action the Bluefishing has been the best I think ever. Last year was a great year but it only lasted a couple weeks. So far this year is has been over a month and they are still going strong. One of the best spots off shore has been Long Beach Island off the jetties fishing metal spoons, diamond jigs and bucktails tipped with 6-inch twister tails. Poppers are working also but they are just eating them up on the fisherman. Mystic Island is another great spot with several customers heading down with shad bodies, poppers and metal spoons catching 56 to 10 fish a man. Most of these fish have been 7 to 12 pounds. Now the boats out of Brielle and Barnegat have been running north to the Raritan catching bluefish up to 20 pounds. Again metal has been working best. Striper fish has been off with all these bluefish around but I have heard of several stripers taken off the beaches 36 to 42 inches. Most of these fish have been caught with bunker, clams and live eels. They are still having pretty good stripers run in the Avalon to Brigantine section. Clams, bunker, SP Minnows, poppers and Deadly Dicks have been working best. Franks son picked up a nice 42 inch fish this past week that looked in the mid 30 pound range. The Delaware Bay has been really picking up for drumfish with most boats picking up 5 to 12 fish an evening. Most of these fish have been 40 to 80 pound hitting clams the best. Up at Fortescue Danny said there is still a pretty good run of weakfish hitting bloodworms, bucktails and Fin-s Fish. Several guys coming back from Massachusetts are saying monster sea bass and bigger porgies are being caught in great numbers. Clams are the main bait but I had guys do well on strip squid, strip mackerel and bloodworms this past week.
Couple guys over to the Pennypack this past week with a mixed bag. One group was over all day and did not have a single hit. One fisherman at Woodward Avenue picked up a 14-inch rainbow, 2 smallmouth bass and a smaller carp with corn and spinners. And a couple guys were up to Lorimer Park catching a couple trout but said the bigger bluegill were crushing dry flies all day long. They even had a few bass come up on flies but never got hooked up. One fisherman hit Stony Creek on Saturday picking up a 14 and 16-inch rainbow both with wax worms. He said tons of bluegills eating up your baits.
Penn Warner still hot for bass, perch, pickerel and pike with live minnows, grubs, plastic worms, jigging metal and crankbaits. Chuck and Jay have still been doing great just fishing off the shoreline with live minnows. Andy was up with crankbaits over the weekend catching over 50 bass all 2 to 4 pounds. And Tommy fishing for bigger pike with larger lures picked up a 22 inch 6 pound smallmouth bass this past weekend.
Core Creek and Levittown Lake have been slow for trout with lots of panfish hitting smaller minnows, mealworms, spinners and grubs the best. Fall’s Township Park slow up quite a bit with Jim only catching 5 bass one day and did not have a single hit 2 other days he was there. Still plastic worms have been working best for him. Paul was over Saturday fishing out of a kayak all day not having a single hit. John out one morning on Nockamixon saying the fish have left the deeper water but are still not in the shallows. So he fished 4 hours for crappies along the docks catching 25 fish up to 15 inches. Smaller tubes, trout magnets and 1 ½ inch Rebels were working best. Ron headed over to Struble Lake to have a banner weekend on bigger crappies, yellow perch, and bluegills and even picked up a couple decent largemouth bass. Trout magnets, spinners, minnows and mealworms working best for the panfish with the bass hitting smaller bluegills fished under a float. The catfish crew is still crushing channels and whites with chicken livers, bagels, nightcrawlers and shrimp. 15 to 25 fish a night with most fish 1 to 3 pounds. Again no flatheads in this section of the river. I talked to a fisherman up at Phoenixville that has been catching 1 to 3 flatheads a week 20 to 35 pounds. Bluegills are the main bait. Joe still fishing the lower section has been crushing smaller catfish, white and yellow perch and smaller stripers with nightcrawlers, bloodworms, bagels and chicken livers. Art Museum still pretty good for smaller stripers during the day with nice walleyes hitting in the evenings. Shad bodies working best here. FDR Park one fisherman with a rubber frog picked up a 23-inch snakehead last Friday. He had one largemouth hooked up but lost on a jump. Magnolia one fisherman picked up 11 smaller largemouth bass fishing smaller spinner baits, plastic worms and smaller jitterbugs. Lake behind Club Nirvana one fisherman talked up a bunch of smaller bass and bluegills with nightcrawlers, minnows and smaller twister tails.
This is the first week I talked to all my Jersey guys and from what I heard all the lakes and rivers have been hot. Jerry fishing his lakes off Route 55 picked up a bunch of decent crappies with minnows and all the pickerel you wanted with minnows, twister tails and spinners. Richie talked up giving up for largemouth bass for all the pickerel hitting anything you throw into Lenape Lake. One fisherman at Dennisville crushed the bass and pickerel with live minnows, nightcrawlers, spinner baits, Senko worms and all different Rapala crankbaits. Another fisherman headed to fish the Mullica but with low tide and the mud bar exposed he headed over to Batso Lake where he picked up 8 pickerel and 3 largemouth bass. All fish with live minnows. John said Union Lake is on fire with bass in the pads hitting buzz baits, spinner baits and weedless frogs. If you fish the shoreline with smaller twister tails, tubes or spinners plenty of crappies, pickerel and yellow perch are being caught. He even seen one fisherman with a 26-inch hybrid striper on Saturday morning picked up on a large Zara Spook. Mercer county lake has been fair for smaller bass and pickerel. Tom found with the warmer weather the musky fishing is off so he headed to Space Run catching some good smallmouth bass, crappies and pickerel with jigging metals, drop shot Senko worms and lizards along the rocks.
Well I have just run out of time again. I hope everyone enjoys a great looking holiday weekend on tap. A bit of rain on Monday but the normal is all three days of rain. Good luck and please don’t forget to let us know how you do. Bill
Hey guys and gals TheLastBassMaster here!+1 to this excitement post by Brink man’s bait and tackle.All I can say is dead early am Stripers are ninjaing around, Surf City area, I’ve been hitting them about 2-4am with the occasional dogfish or scate, bunker chunks about 1′-2′ with #9baitholder , going to have to find yourself a throth or riptide and grab a Snickers bar lol, fish in this area are a bit skittish atm so don’t forget your 40+lbs monofilament, Blues are biting at this times also, but I don’t mind, I’d rather risk it for the biskit! The rig im using to get these stripers are full monofilament rigs with only a single barrel swivel between my braid and rig, mono I’m using is 80lbs.
Hope it helps, I know a lot of guys are having trouble with bringing a few stripers regularly.