Stripers Still Hot In The Delaware!!


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Only had one day off this past week but took advantage of the ½ day I had to fish. Got out early to a bright beautiful morning. Anchoring up in several different spots with bloodworms, bunker and clams we had a really good day. Nothing big but the stripers were 25, 21, 19, 18 and 15 inches. The catfish made up the best of the fishing with 10 fish between 5 and 10 pounds. Most al the bigger fish came on bunker. Also had several eels hooked up. Next to us was Frank who landed a 27, 24 and a bunch of smaller fish. He was catching fish with bunker and shad strips. Next to us was another boat that landed 3 or 4 smaller fish and it looked like they were using bunker. Over all I did not get many reports with the cold wet weekend and quite a windy Monday. Off Station Avenue several reports of 12 to 18 inch fish caught with bunker and bloodworms. Off Linden Avenue one fisherman picked up a 23 inch slot fish with 7 catfish early Sunday morning. He caught them all with bloodworms. Some bigger fish are being caught at the Burlington Bristol Bridge and above. Dave picked up one 38 and 34 inch fish with chunked bunker right below the turnpike bridge. Off buoy one a group of guys fishing eels, white perch and chunked bunker picked up 5 slot fish with a 39 and 32-inch throwbacks. They also had 11 smaller fish with a ton of catfish. JR fishing above Trenton caught several nice 20 to 30 inch bass with bunker, clams and plugs. Further down river Pete had a great day fishing Petty’s Island with 32 stripers in 2 days but only 2 slot fish. The rest were small. He did best with bloodworms and bunker. Down at the airport several slot fish have been caught with tons of smaller fish with bloodworms. Fishing up the Raccoon Creek one fisherman had three stripers 37,34 and 28 inches with catfish 5 to 14 pounds. He did best with live eels but also had fish with bunker and shad strips. Down the river in Delaware waters there have been some 30 to 45 inch bass caught with live perch, eels and bunker heads. These fish are being caught from the Commodore Barry Bridge down to the Delaware Memorial Bridge.

Above Trenton the striper fishing has still been very good. At Lambertville one fisherman with top water plugs picked up 6 fish Tuesday evening with poppers and darters. Fish were 24 to 31 inches. At Upper Black Eddy a fisherman picked up a 31-inch striper with live minnow smallmouth bass fishing. At the Water Gap Kevin said there have been fish 24 to 38 inches picked up with live eels and live trout. Kevin here has been still crushing the shad in the evenings with small darts and spoons. Up at Narrowsburg to Callicoon they have also been doing very good for shad fishing late in the days. Mr. D was up to Narrowsburg Tuesday catching 19 shad and a 19-inch walleye all with spoons. Jimmy up above Callicoon had a couple great evening with 15 to 25 shad each night all with fly rods. Up at our place Ron had a couple good nights last week fishing 1/24 ounce darts in bright colors. He said each night 25 or better fish.

Some good numbers of bigger bass have been picked up in the upper end of Core Creek. Largemouth bass 2 to 5 pounds are hitting live minnows, spinner baits, plastic worms and crankbaits. The lower end still a bunch of white perch and smaller crappies. Fall’s Township Park has still been pretty good for 12 to 14 inch crappies. No big numbers but with smaller minnows some guys are catching 10 to 15 fish a day. Penn Warner slowed up with lots of white perch, crappies and bluegills hitting along the shoreline with minnows, worms and trout magnets. Keith has been doing well with some decent yellow perch off his dock with live minnows and smaller jigs. One fisherman at FDR Park picked up a few smaller bass with number 7 Rapala’s. He threw some bigger stuff for bass and snakeheads with no luck. Back in Tinicum Park catching some 12 to 20 pound carp, 1 to 4 pound catfish and a bass here and there. The carp hitting home made carp baits, catfish hitting worms and chicken livers with the bass caught with plastic worms. Ron had his second bad trip to Struble Lake catching a few crappies and perch with jigs. So later in the week he fished the Schuylkill River at Reading catching 14 smallies 12 to 14 inches with grubs and spinners. Lower in the Schuylkill some smaller stripers hitting below the dam with 4 inch shad bodies and shallow crankbaits. Also a few decent walleyes at night with crankbaits, shad bodies and live minnows. John at Nockamixon said plenty of bass in shallow water hitting top water weedless lures; buzz baits and K and E plastic worms. His one buddy has been doing fair with crappies on Lake Galena. Live minnows and 1-inch power minnows tipped on a chartreuse jig head. Hoping to get a few reports back from Beltzville Reservoir and Lake Wallenwaulpack with several guys heading up for a weeks vacation. The ponds down the street have been fair for bluegills and even a few carp. The bluegills have been hitting worms, corn and bread the best with the few carp picked up with corn.

Well the shore has not changed with tons of bluefish up and down the coast. Mixed in have been some decent stripers. LBI has been one of the hot spots for bluefish. They have been hitting metal, poppers, bucktails, shad bodies and crankbaits the best. Most of these fish have been 6 to 15 pounds. Lew had a couple fish 10 to 15 pounds with chunked bunker. Frank picked up over 30 bluefish on Tuesday with 4 keeper stripers mixed in. Bunker heads, 3-ounce Gator spoons and 2 ounce white bucktails with 6-inch grubs were working best. Fred at Sea Isle had a great day in the wind on Monday catching 17 bluefish and 6 small stripers all with bucktails and 2 ounce metal spoons and jigs. Russ at Brick had a couple bluefish with deadly dicks over the weekend. Frank fishing bait at Atlantic City had a few bluefish and a 26-pound striper Saturday morning. A few other guys in the back bay of Atlantic City with smaller metal jigs have been catching 10 to 20 bluefish a day. Most of these fish have been 3 to 8 pounds. Now if you’re looking for stripers the hot spot has been up in the Raritan Bay. These fish have been hitting a little bit of everything. The bait guys have been snagging and dropping bunker either to catch a bluefish or stripers 20 to 40 pounds. The guys trolling have been using Mojo rigs, umbrella rigs and bunker spoons. These guys have been catching quite a mix of bluefish and stripers 15 to 30 pounds. There was a 50 plus pound fish caught late last week. Off the jetty at Long Beach Island a few smaller bass are hitting live eels, bucktails with grubs or shad bodies and SP minnows. I even had some good reports of weakfish hitting flukes, saltshakers, bucktails and bloodworms. One fish I did see was 11 pounds caught off a jetty at Cape May point.

Looks like they settle on a flounder limit. But until I see it in print I don’t want to say anything.

Freshwater Jersey lakes slowed a little last week with all the cold windy weather. John tried to fish Union on Sunday but found it too windy to even anchor up and try to fish. In less that an hour before light he did not have a hit working surface lures. Jerry is still crushing crappies, bass and pickerel fishing Elmer Lake. Minnows, grubs and spinner working best. Richie picked up a few pickerel off his dock this past week. It was too windy early in the week and too hot later to be out in his boat. A couple guys fishing Newton and the Cooper River did pretty well with snakeheads working weedless frogs, flukes and bigger shallow crankbaits. They picked up 5 snakeheads and 4 smaller bass.

Well that is all I have time for this week. Looking like a mixed bag of weather for the weekend but if you are luck to get out please let me know how you did. Bill


One thought on “Stripers Still Hot In The Delaware!!

  1. Caught 3 channel cats ( with one being my pb around 5 pounds) and my friend got one channel cat in bristol on creek chub. I had you guys spool my new penn pursuit two and I bought my circle hooks from you guys. Thanks for the awesome service and sweet hooks. Can’t go wrong with the circle hooks with the leaders that you guys tie.


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