Stripers and Blues in North Jersey



Again I want to thank everyone for all the good wishes for our future retirement. Now again I want to state that everyone know that we will be here for the 2017 season. We have had a few different inquiries so far and hope one of them will pan out to keep the business up and running.

Myself is was another hunting week with little success. The rest of the week was transporting Helen to Fox Chase to see the next step to fix her problem.

The lower river has still been very good for catfish and still a few stripers lingering around. Lenny still catching plenty of 1 to 4 pound catfish with 22 to 28 inch stripers mixed in. Bunker, chunked eels, live white perch have been his best baits. Eric was up off the rocks at the Neshaminy picking up 11 catfish and 1 small striper with chunked bunker and clams. Several other guys have been out catching 5 to 10 fish each trip out. Rick has still been out a few times but is getting ready to put the boat to bed since fishing is dropping off. He picked up 4 bass and 6 stripers out in the main river the past week. Back in Dredge Harbor he picked up 7 largemouth bass with grubs and plastic lizards. Bass were all 10 to 13 inches. Couple guys up at Tullytown and Warner’s cove have been catching a few bass, crappies and perch with wax worms, smaller minnows, hair jigs and twister tails.

Upper river is still quite low but smallmouth bass and walleye fishing is still very good. Most guys are doing best out of Byran fishing the deeper water with live minnows, twister tails, top water lures and shallow crankbaits. Most guys are picking up 8 to 10 bass with a walleye here and there. Stan fishing off the New Hope wing dam had a great day on Saturday with 5 bass, 2 walleyes, 4 stripers, 6 catfish and 2 bluegills. He did best with live minnows and live eels but also picked up fish with smaller jigs and Zara Spooks. Kevin up at the Water Gap said fishing is very slow with just a few bass hitting live minnows just below the fast water. He thinks jigs would work well but there is so many leaves in the water it is hard to fish lures.

The Pennypack has still been pretty good with trout but still some good numbers of bass and bluegills are hitting in the upper part. Several guys at the Boulevard have been catching 1 or 2 trout each trip over. I had one fisherman catch a nice 19-inch rainbow just below the Boulevard on a woven body nymph. Jim in Levittown picked up a few rainbows this past week with power bait and wax worms. He also caught a few smaller bass and crappies with live minnows and 2 inch white twister tails. Core Creek has not changed with plenty of perch hitting all up and down the lake with mealworms, smaller minnows and twister tails. A few decent numbers of crappies hitting off and around the dam with minnows and 2 and 3-inch grubs. Bass fishing way off with all the low water.

Penn Warner still hot for perch, crappies, bass and pickerel from both the bank and boat fisherman. The shopping center lake has been very good for bass, crappies, bluegills and catfish fishing with live minnows, nightcrawlers and spinners. Jerry at Marsh Creek said the fishing has been getting better and better each week with the water-cooling off. Fishing live minnows in 10 to 25 feet of water he has been catching 2 to 4 pound smallmouth bass, 14 to 18 inch pickerel and yellow perch up to a pound. He even seen another fisherman hook up and land a 36-inch musky with a number 5 Mepp’s spinner. John up at Nockamixon said the bass fishing has still been very good with bigger fish in deeper water. This past week he only got out one afternoon picking up a 5 and 4 pound smallmouth bass and dropping a bigger Muskie along side the boat. These fish were picked up with a white spinner bait slowed rolled off the ledges. His one buddy fished Galena crushing the crappies with minnows, shiners and tube tails. They are also doing pretty good with smaller catfish with nightcrawlers and chicken livers off the docks.

Bruce was down the shore Wednesday all day fishing from Long Beach Island up to the hook. All day without a single hit, not seeing another fish caught and also talked to dozens of people that did not do anything that day. I was up to a trade show listening to Grump’s salesmen talking about the blitz the week prior where 20 to 25 pound stripers and 5 to 12 pound bluefish were all up and down the beach for several days. These fish were caught with shad bodies, poppers and crankbaits. Now John up at the Hook on Monday did pick up a few bluefish with Gator spoon and Deadly Dicks. These fish were 4 to 6 pounds. One fisherman off AC picked up a bunch of smaller blues in the Back Bay with Kastmasters and 1-ounce diamond jigs. These fish were 1 to 2 pounds. Some of the best saltwater reports came from the sea bass fisherman up and down the coast. North they did very good on sea bass in the 2 to 4 pound range with clams, strip mackerel and diamond jigs. South the sea bass have been smaller 1 to 2 pounds but mixed in were some decent blackfish. Also in the south the sea bass and blackfish off the jetties have been very good fishing green crabs. One fisherman out of Absecon crushed the white perch and even picked up a bunch of smaller stripers with bloodworms, Fish Bites and strip squid. A couple guys fishing out of Ocean City with bloodworms, Gulp nemesis, and crabs picking up smaller stripers and blackfish off the jetties. Salem and Oyster Creek have both still been very good for white perch, smaller stripers and catfish with bloodworms, Fish Bites, squid, minnows and grass shrimp.

Richie started to fish Lenape this past week doing pretty good on smaller bass. Fishing spinner baits, Rapala crankbaits, Senko worms and Culprit U-Tail worms picked up over 20 bass 12 to 15 inches. He also picked up over 25 pickerel mixed in. His buddies fishing the Egg Harbor are doing very well with 18 to 24 inch stripers with SP Minnows, Tactical poppers, power bait shad bodies and bucktails. These fish are all being picked up down towards the bay. Jerry still crushing the pickerel, crappies, bass and perch in his group of south jersey lakes along Routes 55 and 47. John had another great weekend with largemouth bass fishing Union Lake. Saturday he picked up 8 bass 1 to 4 pounds with spinner baits, chatter baits and jigs tipped with different rubber trailers. He did so well he was back on Sunday to land 3 bass and 11 pickerel but his biggest bass was 4 pounds 11 ounces. One fisherman had a tournament on Manasquan Reservoir doing great with bass but even better with pickerel. He 5 fish weigh in was 12 pounds and he was not even in the top 10. But during the day he put over 25 pickerel in the boat. Couple guys fishing the Cooper River said lots of smaller carp hitting boilies and corn and smaller bass hitting spinners, grubs and plastic worms.

Last minute fill in with a customer just back from fall’s Township catching a nice 3-pound walleye trolling a chrome crankbait. He also picked up a couple pickerel with the same lure. Charlie said the river is so low he switched over to Givens Pond finding it too hard to fish off the bank. But he talked to one fisherman coming in the ramp that picked up a couple smaller bass and all the bluegills you want.

Well that is all I have for you this week. Looks like another great weekend coming up so time to get out and enjoy before the cold weather come in. Bill

Nothing biting as I trolled up and down the beach from the Cape May inlet to the tip of North Wildwood.  I saw a ton of dolphins and a whale…as you can see from my fish-finder I marked lots of fish just nothing biting. Saw about 5 other boats trolling out there ass well. I did stop for an hour and try cut fresh bunker but no luck. So weird once it finally got dark they all left? Brian


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