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For those who missed our new Fall hours:
Monday thru Friday 7a.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturday 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Did a little bit of hunting and fishing this past week. Wednesday I hit the woods mid afternoon to see 6 does and one buck. A couple of the does were good size but I just could not get them to come closer than 50 yards. The buck was a monster body deer but the best I could count was two or maybe three points but with it getting dark I was not sure and really did not want to take a buck like that this early in the season. Thursday I hit the river after lunch to boat between 25 and 30 catfish. This week I had some better size fish with chunked bunker. Three of the fish were 5 to 6 pounds with the rest in the 1 to 3 pound range. Was one of the prettiest days I had on the river all year.
For most guys the lower river has been has been great for catfish with some stripers mixed in. Fishing bunker, shrimp, chicken livers, chunked eels and nightcrawlers most guys have been catching 3 to 20 catfish each trip. The average fish have been 2 to 4 pounds. Now down river in the Raccoon Creek one fisherman picked up a couple of 6 to 10 pound catfish with live eels and stripers 22 to 31 inches with live eels and bloodworms. Out in the river down at the Delaware Memorial Bridge another fisherman with live eels and bunker picked up a 12, 11 and 7-pound catfish last Sunday. They also caught 13 stripers all just shy of 28 inches. John said the tournament a couple weeks ago was very good with plenty of fish taken. 10 pounds was the winner with John having fish up to 6 pounds. He did best around the Betsy Ross Bridge.
The upper river has been great for smallies with some stripers, walleyes and catfish mixed in. Bruce and Denny fished above Callicoon on Monday catching 30 plus bass all 12 to 15 inches with Zoom Grubs. They went back the next day to find the river extremely low and worked hard to put 10 fish in the boat. Jack and his crew were up over the weekend putting 50 plus bass, 2 walleyes and 11 stripers in the kayak. The caught most all the fish with live minnows. Another fisherman off the New Hope wing dam picked up 5 bass, 2 catfish and a 27 and 21-inch striper on Monday. He did best with live minnows for the bass and catfish with both stripers coming on smaller eels. Kevin said the Water Gap has been off and on. Last week they did much better fishing the late day with poppers and buzz baits for smallies. The few walleyes being caught have been with nightcrawlers fished on a spinner rig trolled just after dark. And one fisherman at Yardley said the low water has been making fishing really hard with only a few fish on the Jersey side just below the pumping station.
Penn Warner seemed to slow down this past week. Chuck and Jay are still doing pretty good fishing minnows along the shoreline catching perch, bass and pickerel. Steve fished a couple evenings for bass putting 11 fish 13 to 17 inches in 4 days. He did best with jigs tipped with brush hogs, Senko worms and Spro weedless frogs. One last report from the club with this fisherman catching a bunch of smaller perch and crappies with trout magnets, hair jigs and 2-inch twister tails. Trout will be restocked in the Pennypack this coming Wednesday. But even without the stocking one fisherman picked up a 13-inch rainbow just below Pine Road out fishing for bass. He caught this fish with yellow coachdog spinner. He also had a bunch of bluegills and 4 smallies. Several guys have been fishing the hatcheries doing very good on largemouth bass with live minnows. Some of these bass are 2 to 3 pounds. John up at Nockamixon said some bigger bass are staring to hit spinner baits, suspended crankbaits, jig and pigs and jigging metal in 15 to 20 feet of water. Last Saturday he picked up 8 largemouth and 2 smallmouth bass in 5 hours of fishing. His buddies are still fishing down in Lake Galina still doing very good with crappies. Fishing live shiners, twister tails, marabou jigs and trout magnets they have been catching 15 to 25 fish each trip with some fish 12 to 13 inches. The Marsh Creek group was back out last weekend not having a great trip with cloudy, wet weather. They did pick up a few bigger yellow perch and pickerel but not a single bass.
Saltwater reports have been really slow coming in. All the bad weather last week and winds kept most guys close to home. They few reports have been plenty of spots hitting bloodworms in the Cape May and Fortescue areas. Bloodworms and Fish Bites working best. Cape May north up the coast to Atlantic City some spots, kingfish and croakers hitting bloodworms and Fish Bites. A few guys have been catching sharks off the beaches with bunker, mackerel and kingfish heads. Further up north off Long Beach Island lots of smaller stripers have been hitting in the inlets and off the jetties. These guys have been doing best with 4 and 5-inch shad bodies, SP Minnows, poppers and bucktails tipped with twister tails.
Only got one south Jersey report with this fisherman hitting Elmer catching plenty of pickerel with one 16-inch largemouth bass. He was fishing minnows and nightcrawlers. Jerry has been buying plenty of minnows fishing his south Jersey lakes catching some bass, crappies and pickerel.
Well that is all I have for you this week. Looks like the hurricane is going to head out to sea that is great news for the bait and tackle shops. Bill