Beach Fishing for Stripers and Blues



Sorry I’m a little late getting this report out but it has been a very busy week with business and hunting. This was my only week to hunt the Neshaminy State Park so I had to take advantage of it. And in 4 days of hunting I did manage to get one doe and seen several other does and one buck that skirted me.

We posted our plans for retirement at the end of the 2017 season. I want to thank everyone for all the great comments on Face Book and all the letters sent to our e-mail. Now remember we will be here all next season and hope in that time to find another buyer to keep the tradition going. It has been a great business and a good living for our family but after 55 years it is out time to bow out. Anyone interested in the business can call Bruce or myself and set up a time to talk.

Saltwater fishing this past week has been fantastic. Long Beach Island and Island State Park have been two great places for bass and bluefish with poppers, shad bodies, metal jigs, metal spoons, bunker, mullet and live eels. Anthony was down Thursday evening fishing all night without a hit. That day the fish turned on at 9 and hit pretty much all day long. These were blues hitting metal, bunker and mullet. John at Long Beach Island had 3 fish 22 to 31 pounds Sunday evening all with poppers, and SP minnows. Todd and Bryan fished Mystic Island early in the week catching a bunch of smaller stripers with one keeper with 5-inch white and bunker colored shad bodies. Off Ventnor one fisherman picked up a bunch of smaller blues and even had a few kingfish Tuesday afternoon. Mullet and bloodworms were working best. Out of the Highlands several guys have been catching good numbers of bass with poppers and crankbaits. The Raritan Bay has also been really good for bass snagging and dropping bunker, fishing Mojo rigs, bunker spoons and Mann’s 25 stretches. Mike out of Barnegat on Sunday picked up plenty of good size stripers, Monday did not catch a single fish and Tuesday picked up fish 20 to 38 pounds all with Mojo Rigs trolled a couple miles off shore. Now as you head south from Atlantic City to Wildwood the striper fishing is not as good but some good numbers of sea bass and blackfish off the jetties and off shore sea bass fishing has been very good for 1 to 3 pound fish. Now some bigger fish are being caught the further up north you head. Fisherman at Salem, Oyster Creek and Collins Cove have been picking up smaller stripers and monster white perch with bloodworms, Fish Bites, grass shrimp and minnows. We still have bloodworms in stock for a week or so.

The catfishing on the river has been great the past week with some decent size stripers mixed in. Lenny fishing below the Tacony Bridge this past week with bloodworms, live white perch, chunked eels and bunker caught catfish 2 to 5 pound but had several stripers 22 to 30 inches. Marty fishing in front of the Rancocas had a great afternoon on Tuesday fishing live perch and live eels boating 2 legal stripers 28 and 29 inches with 4 throw backs. Rick plugging the sailboat club with rattle traps, shad bodies and poppers picked up over 15 stripers this past week 16 to 21 inches. He also had 4 largemouth bass 12 to 15 inches. The rest of the guys have just been bottom-fishing catfish with bunkers, nightcrawlers, chicken livers and shrimp. Most guys have been landing 5 to 10 fish a trip with most fish 1 to 4 pounds.

The upper river has been really low but several guys are talking up some good numbers of smallmouth bass, walleyes, stripers and catfish. Bill out of Byran picked up 25 smallmouth bass, 3 walleyes and 3 big catfish all with minnows over the weekend. He said the fish are held up along the ledges across from the ramp. Now Ken went up river from there above the bridge abutments and picked up 8 walleyes with 2 fish over 22 inches. He caught these fish with white and green grubs. Out of Washington’s Crossing one fisherman waded up 14 smallmouth bass with live minnows but said all the fish were less than 12 inches. He did have a few catfish 4 to 6 pounds. Kevin up at the Water Gap said the fishing has been an afternoon bite with smallies hitting minnows, shiners, hellgrammites, grubs and spinners. Right after dark they are picking up a couple walleyes with minnows and worms.

Penn Warner has been smoking hot with everyone catching plenty of fish. Chuck and Jay have been crushing the yellow perch, bass and pickerel with live minnows along the shoreline. And the 3 different boat guys are talking up plenty of 3 to 5 small and largemouth bass with some pike 30 to 40 inches with minnows, spinner baits, deep crankbaits and bigger shad bodies. John up at Nockamixon picked up his best smallmouth bass last weekend 23 inches 6.8 pounds with a ½ black and blue spinner bait in 28 feet of water. He also picked up another 11 bass all 2 to 4 pounds with spinner baits, crankbaits, rubber shad and jigging metal. His other buddies are still doing well with crappies on Nockamixon and Galena with minnows, shiners and tube tails. Magnolia Lake has been great for smaller bass with smaller spinner baits, Senko worms and live minnows. Most of these fish are 8 to 10 inches. One fisherman in a quarry picked up 8 carp this past week all in the 10 pound range. But coming home he stopped off at Station Avenue where they were taking pictures of a 38-pound fish. There has also been some decent carp picked up at the Frankford Arsenal 12 to 30 pounds this past week. FDR Park Ron hit early in the week working popper and crankbaits for snakeheads. No luck so he switched over to trout magnets and twister tails to catch 15 bluegills, 4 white perch and 2 largemouth bass. Jerry at Marsh Creek has still been doing great on smallmouth bass; yellow perch and pickerel fishing live minnows, jigs, jigging metal and suspended crankbaits.

What reports I’m getting from Jersey are all the lakes and rivers are really picking up for pickerel, bass, crappies, perch and bluegills. John on Union caught some decent bass fishing spinner bait, smaller umbrella rigs, 5-inch Senko worms and jerk shads. Saturday a week ago he picked up 4 fish over 4 pounds. Steve is fishing the same lake with live minnows, wax worms, marabou jigs and twister tails catching perch and crappies up to a pound. Ike fished out of Crowley’s Landing with live minnows catching over 30 pickerel Monday afternoon. He also had a few fish with twister tails. Tom fished this past month for muskies only catching a few smaller fish. The past 2 days he fished just the mornings but landed 6 fish with a 32, 34 and 40 incher. He is doing best with jerk plugs but has also caught fish with whopper poppers and spoons. Last week I reported a trout fisherman at the Pequest. Well he was back up again last weekend catching another 7 fish one rainbow 19 inches just shy of 4 pounds. Mealworms, wax worms and Berkley trout worms working best.

The Pennypack has still been pretty good for trout. The Boulevard up to Woodward Street, Veree Road and Pine Road has been the better spots. Power baits, wax worms and spinners have been working best. Jim fished Levittown Lake several morning catching 5 trout and 4 largemouth bass with spoons and 3-inch Senko worms. Core Creek has still been very slow for trout but some perch and crappies hitting in the lower end with smaller minnows, mealworms and twister tails. One of my bass fisherman said the upper end is so low the fishing for bass is getting hard.

Well that is all I have for you this week. Weather looking great for the next week so take advantage and get out and go fishing.

Goo luck, Bill


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