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Sorry that I missed several weeks but with the wedding down in Virginia and our work weekend up the mountains Monday was the first day back at work for me. Anyone interested the wedding was just awesome with great weather other than the 100 degrees for the 25 minute outside service, but the rest was held inside a winery and with good friends and new family from England we had a blast. Golfed a couple times down there and played some of the best golf of my life. Shot a 69 with two other guys playing best bass the first day and hooked up with my judo teacher the second day to hit an 82 of a course I only played once. The views on this course made it all worth it. Up the mountains we did what we had to do for the club and really enjoyed all the deer, bear and turkeys we had running around the lawn and different food plots. From what I seen there is 6 different monster bucks hanging around right now.
Missing several weeks was really not a big deal. With all the dry weather fishing has been slow all over. The lower river has still been pretty good for catfish. These fish are hitting best in boats but off the docks and shoreline there are still several fish being caught. Most guys have been doing best with nightcrawlers, shrimp, bunker, chicken livers and bagels. Most of the fish have been 1 to 3 pounds. A few flathead were caught in the lower river in the Betsy Ross Bridge area with live perch, eels and bluegills. These fish have been 17 to 24 pounds. At the arsenal a few 15 to 28 pound carp have been caught with corn, carp baits and boilies. Another fisherman picked up a 24-pound carp in Tullytown Cove with a chunk of bagel. Bass fishing has been slow in the lower river with only a few smaller fish hitting rattletraps and plastic worms.
The upper river before the rains was extremely low, full of weeds and really warm. Now looking at the level after the rain there is not much difference. Even with all the low water the smallmouth bass fishing has still been very good. Most guys have been catching 5 to 25 fish each trip up. Minnows, grubs, tubes, spinner and Senko worms are working best. One fisherman at New Hope picked up a 17, 19 and 21 inch fish last weekend. He also picked up a couple smaller stripers and walleyes all with watermelon and cotton candy Zoom grubs. The one drift fisherman picked up 38 bass, 12 stripers, 4 catfish and walleye last Friday afternoon. He drifted Frenchtown to Byran. Kevin said the Water Gap heated up and has tons of duckweed and floating weed beds. Smallmouth bass fishing has been fair with most fish hitting minnows and spinners the best. Striper fishing dropped off even for the night fisherman.
Penn Warner has been very slow with a few bass, perch and crappies hitting minnows, twister tails, shad bodies and smaller spinner baits. Chuck and Jay have only been picking up perch with live minnows the past couple weeks. John and his father fished for pike with big shiners on Thursday last week only catching on 19 inch 4 pound smallmouth bass. The shopping center lake has been fair for smaller bluegills and catfish. Nightcrawlers and meal worms working best. Fall’s Township I talked to 4 different guys not catching a thing the past week. Jim switched over to Magnolia Lake catching 3 to 5 bass with plastic worms. He said these fish have been 4 to 8 inches. John up at Nockamixon started fishing the deeper water for smallmouth bass catching a couple fish each trip out. Live alewife, shiners and jigs have been working best for these 3 to 4 pound bass. Tom was out to Struble Lake a week ago fishing late afternoon into the evening not having a single bite. He fish all his lures and even had live minnows. Pete at Marsh Creek had a few decent afternoons with yellow perch and crappies fishing shiners and trout magnets.
The creeks have been very good with all the low water. Problem has been most all the fish have been very small. Several guys fishing the upper Pennypack from Pine Road up to Lemur Park. These guys have been catching 5 to 20 fish each trip out with most of the fish being bluegills. But there have been a few smallmouth and rock bass mixed in. Charlie is still fishing the lower Tohickon late in the day doing well on decent smallmouth bass, rock bass and bluegills. Spinners, smaller Fin-S fish, Slug-O’s, and tubes working best. He said with the lower water at Point Pleasant decent amounts of smallmouth bass are being caught with grubs and spinners but with his bad leg he can’t wade the fast water this year. The Perkiomen Creek has also been very good for smaller bass and bluegills fishing spinners, tubes, grubs, small top water lures and smaller crankbaits. Larry fishing behind the prison picked up over 45 bass Saturday with several fish 14 to 15 inches. Tons of bluegills mixed in.
South Jersey lakes have been picking up for the few reports I have been getting. John in Union said some better largemouth bass are being picked up right outside the pads with ½ ounce black jigs tipped with Zoom Brush Hogs. Last Saturday he landed a 22 inch 5 pound 11-ounce fish just before light. That day he also picked up 11 more bass, 17 pickerel and a 1.2-pound yellow perch. Richie buddy’s are sill doing very good fishing the lower Egg Harbor River for bigger white perch, stripers 22 to 30 inches and even catching some good spots. Bloodworms, Fish Bites and Daiwa SP minnows have been working best. Tom has been fishing Lake Hapatcong had looking for muskies, bigger largemouth and smallmouth bass. Well over all fishing has been very slow but he managed to land a 39 and 41 inch musky, 3 smallmouth bass 3 to 4 pounds and a 6 plus pound largemouth bass. Now this all sounds good but he said these fish were caught in the past month with 4 to 10 hours of fishing 4 evenings each week. Lots of time will get you a few nice fish. He has been doing best with jerk baits, trolling large crankbaits and throwing all different top water lures. He also talked to another fisherman that has been doing fair on Farrington Lake doing very good on largemouth bass 1 to 3 pounds with spinner baits, Senko worms, drop shooting all different grubs and tubes and always live shiners.
The only thing I do not have is any good saltwater reports. With all the winds before I headed away most guys had pulled their boats or found it way too rough to head out. But talking to a few guys there have been plenty of spots being caught in the Cape May to Wildwood section with bloodworms and Fish Bites. Atlantic City one fisherman picked up several flounder in the Back Bay with Gulp mullet tipped on a jig head. All these fish were less than 14 inches. Back Bay of Wildwood Steve and his buddies picked up tons of 12 to 15 inch flounder, 12 to 14 inch weakfish all with smaller bucktails tipped with squid or Gulp mullet. Out of Dad’s place one fisherman had a keeper flounder mixed in with 32 throwbacks last Friday. Minnows, squid and spearing were working best. Tons of guys heading to the Chesapeake Bay with spots, croakers and stripers hitting bloodworms and Fish Bites. Most guys hear have been coming home with coolers of fish.
Well that is all I have for you this week. With bow season opening last weekend will give me one more thing to do the next coming months. Hope to get a few to keep the freezer full. Bill
I fished back bay of Wildwood July 31st near Grassy Sound. We used killies and squid with top and bottom rigs. It took less than an hour to catch about 5 flounder but all were about 14 inches…looked like the same fish each time. The day before it was 2 to 3 ft seas so we went out Cape May inlet about 10 miles out to a reef. 2 hours of chum and and bunker for bait we had 2 hits but no hook ups… there were lots of bunker schools out there. Brian B
I subscribe to your report and look forward to the updates to the river as we come from up North and try and get an idea of the conditions before making the trip. The other week we were planning a trip to the CBB at the Talon center however upon arrival we found an event going on and decided to make the trip to Linden Ave. We fought traffic through Philly as there was a game also at the stadium. We arrive at Linden Ave about 8pm and launched a few minutes after 8. There was 1 other boater parked in the lot but we didn’t see him on the water. We anchored near the channel just north of the launch at the green marker so we could keep an eye on the truck. AT 10 pm the police came to the lot and announced for everyone to leave then closed the gates to the lot. 2 minutes later he reopened the gate and drove up to the boater’s vehicles and wrote both of us tickets for illegal parking $41. The owner of the boat was upset that he got a ticked we packed up and went to the dock however the battery on the boat was dead and it took us several minutes after the ticket was given to get to the dock. After speaking to the Fish and Game and the Philly Parking Authority they explained they have no authority there. I said it was BS because where we live even if the park closes at sunset and boaters have access to the water no one ever bother the fisherman. The reason I am writing this is I am wondering where these people launch from that they have access to the river after dark? I was told that Neshaminy Marina has access and there is a fee to access the ramp, however that is much farther North than we want to be. Being in a 16 ft boat and only carrying 10 gallons of fuel we feel we will not be able to safely go down and back. We wanted to try night fishing for Cats and since we do well during the day but have limited schedules it would be great to be able to access the river at night. Dave