Saltwater Fluke on Fire


Little late this week getting an extra day off to hit the golf course for a nice round of 82 in one of the hottest days I have ever golfed. Wednesday I hit the river early with bunker and shrimp catching 28 catfish 1 to 4 pounds. Talking to most guys the fishing has slowed with the river hitting 84 degrees this past week. John had a big tournament this past weekend catching plenty of fish 1 to 5 pounds but the winners were in the 8 to 10 pound range. Another bigger flathead picked up at the railroad bridge 27 pounds on a live eels. This customer also had 4 stripers that same night 24 to 26 inches. Bob fishing in the Raccoon Creek catching catfish up to 10 pounds and stripers up to 30 inches. He is catching most fish with bloodworms and live eels. One bass fisherman up at Tullytown Cove is catching 5 to 8 bass 1 to 3 pounds each trip out. Senko worms and rattle traps working best. Another river bass fisherman hitting different structure on the main river picked up 8 bass 2 to 3 pounds all on bright colored crankbaits.

Plenty of smallmouth bass still hitting in the upper river with live minnows, Zoom grubs, power grubs, Blue Fox spinners and even smaller rattle traps. Most of these guys have been catching 8 to 25 fish a trip. Now we did have some decent rain which brought the river up but I only think that will help the fishing in the near future. Off the New Hope wing dam plenty of smallmouth bass are still hitting minnows. Also stripers 15 to 28 inches have been hitting twister tails, crankbaits, rattletraps and live eels. Kevin up at the Water Gap said the river is low and full of smaller bass hitting any grub or spinners. Most of these fish have been 8 to 12 inches. Some bigger fish hitting in the evenings on top water lures 12 to 15 inches with some 15 to 22 inch stripers mixed in.

All the streams have been pretty good for smallmouth bass, rock bass and bluegills. The Pennypack, Perkiomen, Neshaminy and Tohickon have been the better places to head. Best baits smaller minnows, mealworms, 2 and 3-inch grubs, spinners, and smaller top water lures. Charlie has been fishing the Tohickon from the river up to the 32 bridge catching tons of rock bass and bluegills with trout magnets and C P Swings.

Lake fishing has been slow. Some smaller bass hitting in Core Creek with tons of bluegills and white perch. The bass hitting plastic worms and jigs the best with the panfish hitting smaller minnows, mealworms and marabou jigs. Fall’s Township just a few smaller bass being picked up by Jim all on 4-inch power worms. Most guys I talked to fishing Nockamixon have been catching yellow perch and crappies with small jigs, tubes and smaller minnows.

Saltwater action has been very good this past week. Anthony was down over the weekend picking up 54 keeper flounder out of Barnegat with bucktails and gulp. They also fished for tuna the day before having 4 fish on and getting spooled one time and loosing the other 3 fish. Frank was out of the Highlands catching 27 flounder with 9 keepers on Monday all with Gulp and bucktail combo. Another great spot for bigger flounder has been Fortescue with Mike and his buddies boating 11 keepers with 24 throwbacks this past Tuesday. He did best with bucktails, Gulp grubs, strip squid and mackerel. Now there has been tons of reports from the back bays with 10 to 25 fish per day with very few keepers mixed in. Here smaller bucktails, squid, minnows and spearing have been working best. Cape May up to Brigantine has been great for kingfish 10 to 14 inches. Bloodworms and Fish Bites are working best. In these same waters fishing at night with bunker and mackerel the shark fishing has been great. Brown and Tiger sharks 3 to 6 feet are being caught. Also the striper fishing has slowed up but there are still some decent fish being caught off the Long Beach Island jetties with live eels. One fisherman off New York has been doing very well with sea bass, blackfish and flounder. Lots of guys are still heading to Massachusetts for sea bass and porgies doing quite well. Clams, squid, strip mackerel and 4 inch Gulp mullet in chartreuse have been working best.

Short report this week with few customers talking anything up. But the weather is looking better for next week so let’s hope for some better fishing.


Yo Bill,

Fished Atlantic City out back yesterday, got out 3:25pm immediately after flash of thunderstorm.  Water was calm and clear, almost no wind.  Gulp swimming mullet teaser above a tsunami fluke ball tipped with gulp swimming mullet, was using both pink and chartreuse.  Drifted same general spot on ICW (15 – 30 feet of water) until 6:45, had one keeper fluke @ 19″, about 12 shorts, 3 small sea bass, 2 sea robins, and 2 WEAKFISH.  Nibbles and hits literally the whole time, lots of gulp tails stolen.  I switched to the shrimp style gulp and it seemed to hold up better and produce bigger fish, since i was ripping through the 3″ swimming mullets. Dan


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