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I’m really sorry about missing the past couple weeks but I was able to get away to the mountains for a week and a half with Helen and we really took advantage of it. We did go up mainly for the week of muzzle loader season but the extra few days were nice to relax and get a bit of work done. It was also Helen first trip up state all year with all her health problems. So now the wedding is over and her hunting season is done so she will be heading to the doctors to see what procedures she will have to go through in the near future. Now for hunting we had one of the toughest week of my life. Weather was great up to the last day where it rained all day. Nice warm afternoon seemed to bring all the bucks, turkeys, raccoons, bears, squirrels and everything else but does out. We hunted 6 days only getting one doe the last 10 minutes of the season in the pouring rain. Oh well. Down here I saw my first white doe hunting the woods around New Hope. Pretty cool!
Up to last week business was very slow and the reports seem to follow. But this past week business picked up and so did most of the fishing. Pennypack was one of the hot spots with some of the nicest trout taken in some years. Bruce said there were plenty of 14 to 19 inch fish taken with power baits, wax worms, mealworms, trout magnets and spinners. Welsh Road, Woodward Avenue, Veree Road and Pine Roads were the better spots. Most guys have been catching 2 to 5 fish each trip. Also some decent catches of rock bass and bluegills mixed in. Two different repots from Levittown Lake both guys catching a limit of 10 to 13 inch rainbows with wax worms, minnows and Kastmasters. Core Creek for trout has been slow but I have a few guys doing very good with largemouth bass in the upper end with crankbaits, jigs, spinner baits and plastic worms. Down in the lower end some decent numbers of white perch, smaller crappies and even a few smaller carp. Here smaller jigs, wax worms and minnows for the panfish with corn and carp baits for the other.
Fall’s Township Park picked up for some smaller bass with plastic worms and jigs. Also a few guys doing well with walleyes and pickerel trolling crankbaits and spoons. The shopping center lake several guys picking up bluegills, smaller bass and catfish with mealworms, nightcrawlers and spinners. Magnolia Lake a few different reports for largemouth bass hitting minnows, twister tails, spinner baits, buzz baits and smaller top water frogs lures. Most of these fish have been 8 to 12 inches. One fisherman at Silver Lake looking for bass was happy to land a 12-pound carp on a Rapala shallow crankbait. He though he had the bass of a lifetime. Nockamixon is picking up for both largemouth and smallmouth bass fishing in the deeper water around the dam and the ledges right across the lake. John said running deeper crankbaits, suspended crankbaits, pig and jigs and jigging spoons has brought him bass 3 to 5 pound the past couple weeks. One fisherman off the dam with minnows picked up a couple smallmouth bass 2 to 3 pounds and catfish 3 to 6 pounds. Another report from Danny who fished the upper end with lures picking up over 50 panfish with a mix of crappies, yellow perch and bluegills. Marsh Creek Jerry had a couple good days with smallmouth bass and yellow perch fishing live minnows in the creek beds. Some of the bass were 3 to 4 pounds. Penn Warner has been hot for both the bank and boat fisherman. Chuck and Jay have been catching plenty of perch, crappies with a few pike, bass and pickerel mixed in. They have been doing best with live minnows. Jay said a week of so he had a northern pike over 40 inches landed before breaking his line and getting back in the water without a picture. Now some of the bass fisherman on this lake has been doing great with both smallmouth and largemouth bass. These guys have been doing best with crankbaits, jigs with rubber trailers, shad bodies and live minnows and shiners.
Bruce was down the shore on Tuesday to a windy cold day. All up and down the north part of Jersey he did not see a fish taken. But the week before Russ was down to Long Beach Island catching a few stripers with Deadly Dicks on teaser rigs. He said there were plenty of other fish taken on mullet, bunker and even bloodworms. Todd fished Indian inlet on Sunday doing great on smaller stripers fishing shad bodies along the jetties. He said there were a few bigger fish taken with live eels and live lining bunker. Point Pleasant has been pretty good for Frank who has been catching 1 to 3 keeper size bass each trip out with Mojo rigs, Bunker spoons and umbrella rigs. He had 3 fish so far this year in the 40-pound range. It is a shame the winds blew so hard over the past weekend with the opening of sea bass. But the few guys I talked to that got out on Wednesday did very good in the Barnegat section. They were fishing clams and diamond jigs catching fish up to 4 pounds. Even down at Cape May there were several reports of limits of 1 to 3 pound sea bass taken the past couple days. Fred said the back bays of Wildwood is still chuck full of smaller stripers and ocean herring. He has been catching most of his fish with shad spoons but said guys have been doing great with clams, bloodworms, smaller crankbaits, spoons and bucktails. And talking to several guys the past couple weeks saying the Raritan Bay has been great for stripers of all sizes. These guys have been fishing Mojo rigs, Umbrella rigs, SP Minnows, poppers and shad bodies. The fishing in the Chesapeake has been slowing down but still some good numbers of spots, croakers and bigger white perch are still being caught with bloodworms and Fish Bites. Paul said the Delaware beaches have been pretty good with smaller bass and sharks. Eels and bunkers and bloodworms working best. And there have been several good reports from Massachusetts and northern New York with good numbers of bigger sea bass, porgies and even a few cod mixed in. Top and bottom rigs with clams, strip mackerel and diamond jigs have been working best.
Jersey reports have still been slow coming in. Jerry still doing very good on crappies, perch and pickerel fishing live minnows, twister tails and Rapala’s in all his south Jersey lakes. Terry was down to Union crushing the yellow perch and crappies along the islands with live minnows, 1-inch Gulp minnows, twister tails and smaller tubes. John has still been doing great with pickerel and bass fishing top water lures, Rapala’s, spinner baits and Senko worms. Nothing big but good numbers. Jim was down to Dennisville catching plenty of pickerel but was happy with a 20 ¼ inch 5 plus pound bass he caught with a Daredevil spoon. One fisherman hit the Pequest for the fall trout run catching 11 fish over the weekend 7 rainbows and 4 browns. He did best with trout magnets minnows, Pin’s minnows and Panther Martins.
Well that is all I have for you this week. I should be back to a normal routine for the next month.