Happy New Years!!

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Well Happy New Years to all. Let’s hope 2017 will bring some better fishing and most of all better weather. I want to thank all our valued customers for last year’s business. We are grateful for the pleasure of serving you and hope for many years of business for Brinkman’s Bait and Tackle.

First week of January brought the first week of crappy weather. The hot spot has been Penn Warner with plenty of crappies, perch, pickerel, pike and bass hitting minnows, grubs, jigging metal, rattle traps, spinner baits and bucktails. Most of the crappies have been 10 to 14 inches. Chuck and Jay have been going through 3 to 5 dozen minnows each trip also fishing lures when they run out of bait. Mike fished Tuesday with rattletraps and jigging metal catching over 50 perch, 25 pickerel, 4 bass 2 to 4 pounds and a 35-inch northern pike. Not a bad day.

One fisherman in the spillway of Core Creek picked up a few smaller crappies and a 12-inch bass last weekend. He said there was one other fisherman up in the lake catch 11 bluegills with small twister tails.

Jim at Levittown Lake has picked up a few smaller rainbows throwing 1/8 and 1/4 ounce gold Kastmasters. And if you’re looking for trout I had three different reports of rainbows over in the Pennypack creek. One fisherman picked up 2 fish with his father with mealworms. The second customer up above Pine Road picked up 5 trout and 35 bluegills in 5 days of fishing all with woven body nymphs and bead head flies. And one other report on trout from Darby Creek with this fisherman catching 2 trout last week both with Power minnow’s fish with a 1/64-jig heads.

Saltwater fishing has really slowed up. Talking to several guys that are fishing south say there are still lots of stripers still around but most of the fish are 20 to 24 inches. What fish are being caught has been with clams, shad bodies, meal jigs and spoons. Sea Bass and black fish closed now in Jersey most of the saltwater guys are heading north to New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island and Massachusetts. These guys have been catching nice sea bass, porgies, cod, pollock and ling. These boats have been fishing clams but most guys have been going up with bigger diamond and Viking jigs, strip squid and strip mackerel.

Union lake Steve said was real good just before Christmas for perch, crappies and pickerel. These fish were hitting minnows, wax worms and twister tails the best. Tom had a couple good days on Spruce Run for crappies, perch and bass fishing minnows, rattle traps, jigging metal and twister tails. He has also been over to Round Valley looking for lake trout catching a few smaller fish trolling spoons and drifting chunked herring and anchovies. One fisherman fishing the Mullica down at the Sweetwater Casino has been catching plenty of pickerel 12 to 20 inches with minnows, spinners and twister tails.

Well I know this is short but all I have for you. Looks like some colder weather coming in so e may get luck and get a little ice fishing in this year. They have been doing some ice fishing from the Pocono’s north if you’re interested.

Bill

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