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Well reports are going to be real short with very little fishing going on the past couple weeks. With business being slow this is a good time of the year to come in and get your fishing licenses. It is also a great time of the year to check over all your rods for any broken or cracked guides. This time of the year I can get them fixed in a week or so but if you wait till the time you need them they could be gammed up for a couple weeks during prime fishing season. And again if you are a braid line user it is a great time of the year to get your spools filled up. We have plenty of time to do this. If you use mono it is still better to wait a week or so before starting to fish.
Lots of guys have been asking how the sale of the business has been going. We have gone with a commercial realtor and he is still working on some numbers. I do have a couple of guys interested so I’m waiting to hear back from the realtor before getting in contact with them again.
Fishing over all has been good for the few guys out fishing. Myself with all the warm weather have been out on the golf courses not wanting to de-winterize my boat to watch the weather change and have to do another winterization. Penn Warner has been one of the hot spots. Tom fishing off the docks with deep crankbaits did very well on largemouth bass early this week. Chuck and Jay have still been doing well with crappies; perch, bass and pickerel fishing live minnows along the shoreline and off different docks. Frank and his son were out fishing crankbaits and metal on Saturday catching over 15 bass, 9 pickerel and a nice 37-inch northern pike. Several of these bass were 3 to 4 pounds mixed between smallies and largemouth bass.
Another good spot has still been the Pennypack creek. I have four different guys fishing the creek each week catching 1 to 3 trout and several bluegills and a bass here and there. Mealworms, wax worms, smaller minnows, spinners and trout magnets have been working best. Jim up at Levittown has been catching a trout for every 4 trips out but has been making it up with a few crappies and bass with Kastmasters, Swedish Pimples and Little Cleo spoons.
John up at Nockamixon has been fishing a few of the docks catching a few perch, crappies and bluegills with smaller twister tails and tubes fished under a slip float. And his one buddy on Lake Galena is catching a few decent crappies with tubes and marabou jigs but the numbers have been low. And the last lake report is Jerry fishing Marsh Creek catching some good size smallies and yellow perch with bigger minnows, twister tails and shallow crankbaits. Last week he picked up a 21 inch 4 ½ pound smallmouth bass with a 24 inch 4 pound pickerel.
The lower river has still been fair for a few catfish. One fisherman in a deep hole above Station Avenue has been catching 3 to 5 fish each trip out with chunked bunker and chunked eels. Another fisherman at Haunted Lane on the Neshaminy Creek has been catching 1 to 3 fish each trip out with chunked eels. Down below the Tacony one fisherman has been catching a few 12 to 18 pound carp fishing corn and boilies. The upper river I only have one fisherman out of Point Pleasant catching a few 15 to 21 inch walleyes with live minnows, shiners, shad bodies and Rapala ice jigs right under the boat.
The last two reports come from New Jersey. One fisherman at May’s Landing fishing the river has been catching a few white perch and pickerel with live minnows and grass shrimp. And jerry fishing his different south jersey lakes has been doing great with pickerel, bass, crappies and perch fishing minnows and twister tails.
Saltwater fishing would be great if sea bass season was open. And with all the high winds we have been getting now many of the boats have been getting out. The only reports I did get are from boats up north heading out for cod and Pollock doing very well. Jigging and top and bottom rigs with clams have been working best.
Well I wish I had more for you. If you do get out please drop me an e-mail letting me know how you did. Bill