Striper Bite Super Hot in North Jersey



Hunting week was a great success in our club. Hunting the first 6 days we ended the week with a monster 8, a perfect 8 and nice 6 and I picked up a mid size 5. Also Anthony shot a 168-pound black bear opening morning and also another 4 does. Our archery club also picked up 10 and 3 8-point bucks.

Just an update on the sale of our store. We have had 4 different possibilities but so far all fell through. Again we are going to work out the 2017 season and I’m still hoping that someone would be interested in an established business. If interested just stop in and I have worksheets to show the past 10 years of business. And I would have no problem staying on for a bit to get someone up and running on how to order, who to order, all the baits and so on. But please only serious interest. We will be heading to a real estate agent the first of the New Year to see what other possibilities we have.

With all this weather fishing has really dropped off. And if the fishing has not the fisherman sure have. Penn Warner has been a mixed bag with some panfish and pickerel hitting minnows along the shoreline with a few bass hitting in the deeper water with jigging metal. Two different fishermen hit the Pennypack Creek this past week each catching a trout with a few bluegills. Mealworms and wax worms working best. Jim hitting Levittown Lake catching crappies and bluegills with wax worms and small jigs. He also picked up a few crappies with smaller minnows. John wrapped up fishing Nockamixon last weekend with a 9 bass afternoon. He had 7 smallmouth and 2 largemouth. Most of the fish were 3 to 5 pounds. These fish were picked up with live minnows and jigging metal in deeper water along the dam. One fisherman on my report headed to Galena looking for crappies but only managed to catch a small bass and a bunch of bluegills. One of the best reports came from Jerry who crushed the bass and perch on Marsh Creek. He is also catching plenty of pickerel mixed in and all the fish are coming on live minnows. A report from Beltsville with this fisherman catching plenty of pickerel with spinners and twister tails. One of our local kids fished the hatcheries the other day picking up a few bass and catfish with nightcrawlers and minnows.

Saltwater fishing has been super hot when Mother Nature allows you to get out. Thanksgiving eve and several days after the beaches were alive with bass and bluefish hitting almost anything you threw into the water. Anthony, Karl and JR were down last Wednesday picking up over 75 fish with 43-inch bass topping the list. They said everyone as far as your eyes could see was hooked up at all times. Now Karl was down again yesterday not catching a fish. Ray was down last Friday with everyone catching limits of stripers and he was the only one that did not hook up. Frank fishing out of the highlands with Mojo rigs, 25, 30 and 50 plus Mann’s picked up over 100 stripers the past 10 days. Most all these fish were 30 to 45 inches. Big 50 plus pound stripers were picked up in the Delaware Bay this past week. Paul and his crew were out in the Raritan Bay Thursday picking up a 10 fish limit and also released 25 bass, 14 bluefish and even picked up a 3-pound flounder. Most fish were picked up with snagging bunker and dropping but they also had fish with 5 and 7-ounce spoons and heavy shad bodies. The over night sea bass trips have been great again when the boats are able to get off shore. Most of these boats everyone is catching limits of fish 3 to 5 pounds.

Well that is all I have for you this week. For all the guys looking forward to the ice fishing season coming up soon we have put all our ice fishing equipment out for sale. Plenty of 5, 6 and 8-inch augurs, tips ups, ice rods, combos and plenty of different jigs and lures.

Good luck, Bill


Hit them hard out front yesterday out front off Brigantine, boating 7 and issing two.  One was a double header.  All fish were about 20# with a few slightly larger.  bunker everywhere, but snag and drop was not producing all morning.  At 11am we decided to troll around the pods and at noon we began hooking up.  The mojo was the key, trolled on braid via a single PENN Senator at 2 – 3 kts.  9-inch white shad on the mojo (i think 16oz), and a smaller parachute jig with a 6 inch curly tail.  all white.  water was about 50 degrees, 50 feet, between 2 and 3 miles out.

Beautiful day, lots of boats, saw three humpback whales as well.

Cheers, Dan (Philly)

My buddy Craig crushed it Thanksgiving day 3 miles out of LBI. Brian


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