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Nice start to the week with some cooler temperatures. But of course that could now hold for a weekend. Myself I hit the links on Wednesday down at Margate. One of the toughest courses I have played in years. Walked off with a 94. Tuesday morning I got up early to beat the heat for both the dog and myself. Just fishing the lower river with bunker and nightcrawlers I picked up 17 catfish. Good thing this week I picked up a few bigger fish. One 6, two 5 and a bunker of 1 to 3 pound fish. They all went into the hatchery. Other fishermen in the lower river have been doing very well on catfish 1 to 8 pounds. A few of the different tournaments fish 8 to 12 pounds have been winning them. For the most fish bunker, nightcrawlers, shrimp, chicken livers and bagels have been working best. For the bigger fish chunked and live eels, live white perch, live bluegills and bigger chunks of chicken and beef livers. John has been fishing above the Neshaminy creek for largemouth with plastic worms catching plenty of fish 8 to 12 inches. He was in a tournament last week where the bigger fish were 13 to 16 inches. Rick has been doing very well fishing the lower river around town for some decent largemouth and smallmouth bass 13 to 17 inches with crankbaits, rattle traps, Senko worms and all different kinds of jigs with rubber trailers.
Lake fishing has been off the past couple week with most fisherman not wanting to sit in boats in the extreme heat. A few guys at Core Creek are still doing fair for perch and bluegills fishing mealworms and smaller twister tails along the shoreline. One local at Churchville showed me some pictures of bass 3 to 6 pounds that he has been catching with rattle traps, spinner baits and crankbaits. He even saw a musky cursing the shoreline several different mornings not hitting a thing. John said plenty of smaller bass on Nockamixon hitting smaller spinner baits and small weedless top water frogs. But most of these fish have been less than 12 inches. John himself took a trip down hearing of all the crappies they have been catching in Lake Galena. Well fishing all morning Saturday with jigs and tubes he picked up 25 crappies 12 to 13 inches all fat thick fish. He said he would be heading back there again this coming weekend. Terry fished lake Warren above Nockamixon catching a few smaller bass with Spro weedless poppers in a lake that is over gown with algae and lily pads. Jim passed up fishing Fall’s Township due to poor fishing. So this week he took a couple morning and fished a few of the smaller lakes around Bristol catching 17 smaller largemouth bass with plastic worms, jigs and smaller poppers. The landscaper hitting the shopping center lake said nothing but bluegills with mealworms and smaller twister tails.
The upper river has picked back up with some lower clear water. Problem now is all the algae and weeds coming down the river from up state. Most guys I have been talking to have been catching 15 to 30 fish a trip with most fish 12 to 15 inches. Grubs, tubes, spinners and live minnows have been working best. One drift fisherman picked up 87 fish coming down from Upper Black Eddy down to Washington’s Crossing. He caught most all the fish with live minnows. Kevin up at the Water Gap has been catching 30 or better smallmouth bass each day. He said top water lures have been working best. At night a few stripers are being picked up with live eels. And Steve fishing the upper part of the river above Long Eddy had a great weekend with rainbow and brown trout fishing midge dry’s and smaller mouse hair bugs. Between him and his buddy they caught 11 trout ranging 16 inches up to 23 inches.
Saltwater action has been very good. Anthony did well coming in second last weekend with a 10 pound flounder. Winner was over 11 pounds. Most of the bigger fish here were caught with bucktails and Gulp grubs. Frank fishing out of Margate had a great weekend with 27 keepers 20 to 27 inches. Most fish weighed in over 5 pounds fishing out of 30 to 40 feet of water. He did best with bucktails, Gulp mullet and strip flounder belly. Don and his brother fishing the back bays of Barnegat catching 135 flounder last weekend. Here they only had 7 keepers. Here smaller bucktails, top and bottom rig with squid and minnows and gulp mullet working best. Fred fishing the back bays of Wildwood had a great day on Saturday catching a bunch of smaller flounder, sea bass, blackfish, porgies and sharks. Nothing of size but a great day no matter. Still plenty of kingfish hitting off the beaches from Cape May up to Brigantine. These guys are doing best with bloodworms and Fish Bites. Also off the beach have been some decent flounder hitting in the wash with smaller bucktails. And also plenty of sharks still hitting during the evening hours with kingfish heads, bunker and mackerel. Most of these browns and tigers have been 3 to 5 feet. The upper Delaware Bay has been another really good spot for bigger flounder. Up at Fortescue they have been boating fish 4 to 8 pounds with bucktails, squid, minnows, strip and live spots. Now I don’t have spots but I have heard more than 10 different guys pick up stripers with plugs, poppers and clams. Most of these fish have been 22 to 30 inches. The Cheseapeake bay is alive with croakers and spots hitting bloodworms and Fish Bites. Most of the guys I have been talking to are catching 100 or better fish each trip. Only one fisherman out of Montauk had a great trip with bigger porgies, sea bass and even picked up a 18 pound cod last weekend.
Now the Jersey reports did not get any better this week. John still catching bass, pickerel, perch and crappies fishing along the shoreline at Union. He is doing best with smaller spinner baits, plastic worms and weedless frogs. Jerry is also still doing well with pickerel and crappies fishing the different lakes in south Jersey. One fisherman crushed the pickerel with live minnows and spinners on Dennisville Lakes. He said most of these fish were 12 to 17 inches. Rich said his buddies are fishing early morning around Collin’s Cove with smaller Yozuri minnows, Fin-S fish and 4-inch shad bodies catching stripers 18 to 28 inches. A few different guys fishing Newton looking for snakeheads had to settle for some smaller bass. These guys were fishing all different weedless frogs and top water frogs. Most of these bass were 12 to 15 inches.
Well that is all I have for you this week. Good luck and enjoy what is left of summer. Bill
Hey brinkman’s wanted to let you know the rod you sold me worked out fantastic. Out of Lovelady we fished 2 to 4 miles out in 35 to 60 feet of water with the 4 and 6 ounce spro bucktails you sold us. We picked up 35 fluke with several 4 to 8 pounds. Best way to tell you how good we did 6 guys all brought home 9 pounds of clean fillets. Biggest on the boat was a 34inch 12.9 pound flatty. Will see you again soon for more bucktails. Gene
Beating the heat was a great idea. We hit Pine road and fished down in some of the deeper holes wading around with 2 and 3 inch twister tails. Did not catch a ton of fish but had sunfish and rockbass enough to keep the kids happy. Now there were tons of fish swimming around just with the heat not much was biting. Stan K