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Only got out one day this past week but it turned out to be a great day. We started out early with one quick striper and a catfish. The there was a 3-hour dead time without a fish. Then it started. We were anchored up by the Tacony Bridge and ended the day with 6 stripers and 15 catfish. The stripers were 26, 25, 23, 21, 21 and 15 inches. Cats were 2 to 6 pounds. Bunker and shad strips were working best. Frank was out the day before picking up a 28-½ inch keeper with 4 smaller fish. He also had a bunch of catfish. JR up at Trenton picked up over 70 stripers on a guide trip. He caught fish with plugs, bunker and live perch. Mike was fishing just below Trenton catching 25 stripers 16 to 24 inches all with live perch. And there was a decent fish picked up off the beach below the Tacony 36 inches about 19 pounds. This fish was picked up with a bunker head.
The upper river has also been very good for smallies, walleyes and stripers. A couple guys fishing Lambertville have been catching 10 to 25 bass with live minnows, grubs and shallow crankbaits. Kevin up at the Water Gap is crushing smallies 12 to 16 inches with live minnows, shiners, grubs, tubes and spinners. One fisherman off the New Hope wing dam picked up a few bass but did well with stripers 24 to 30 inches with live eels and plugs. Up in the rocks there have been some decent stripers hitting late in the day on live eels and perch. After dark they are catching them on poppers and SP Minnows.
Another good spot for stripers has been the lower Schuylkill River. But here most of the bass have been on the small side. Joe said fishing bloodworms would catch you all the 12 to 17 inch stripers and a yellow perch here and there. He has also been doing very well with 1 to 4 pound catfish with nightcrawlers, bagels and shrimp. Up at the art museum guys have been catching plenty of smaller walleyes and stripers with shad bodies, twister tails, poppers and crankbaits. Further up the river Drew and his buddies did very good with smallies and catfish fishing minnows, grubs and spinners. They were fishing in the Gladwyne section. And Ron up at Norristown has been catching 5 to 10 bass a trip with live minnows, grubs and spinners. The catfish crew started up heavy last week fishing each night with live perch, sunfish, eels, chicken livers and shrimp to catch plenty of 2 to 6 pound channels but no flatheads. Their best night they had 35 fish for 6 guys.
A couple guys fishing the Pennypack are still catching a trout here and there. But other than trout they have been doing well with rock bass, bluegills and smallies with spinners and small jigs. They are fishing above Pine Road. Jim had a couple good days on Levittown Lake with smaller bass fishing 3 inch Senko worms fished wacky style. One customer has still been doing very good with crappies on fall’s Township and even picked up a few bass and pickerel this past week. Everything there has been on minnows. Chuck said Penn Warner has been fair caching lots of perch and crappies with live minnows along the shoreline. One fisherman in the lower Pennypack has been doing great with small catfish, perch and small stripers fishing bloodworms, nightcrawlers and bread balls. He is seeing lots of carp but none have been biting. Fishing the Neshaminy Creek at Hulmeville Road a few guys have been catching catfish and smaller carp with boilies, chunked eels and chicken livers. John only fished one afternoon last weekend at Nockamixon catching some smaller bass and crappies with spinner baits, jigs and tubes. His buddies down at Galena said the fishing dropped off with just a few crappies and catfish.
Saltwater fishing has had a great start with still lots of bluefish Atlantic City north. These fish have been hitting bucktails, poppers, crankbaits and different metal spoons and jigs. Flounder fishing has been great up in the rivers of the Raritan Bay. These fluke have been running 16 to 26 inches and most guys I talk to have been getting limits. Bucktails and gulp have been catching the most and biggest fish. Out in the bay some good catches of stripers 20 to 35 pounds with chunked and live bunker, eels, umbrella rigs, Mojo rigs and deep diving crankbaits. One customer was out on a private charter with 9 guys catching over 30 stripers up to 36 pounds and 42 bluefish up to 12 pounds. They came home with close to a hundred pounds of fillets. Long Beach Island jetties are alive with stripers hitting live eels at night. These guys have been catching 3 to 6 fish a night with plenty of keeper size fish. Back bay of Atlantic City guys have been catching plenty of flounder but all under sized. They have also been doing pretty good on 3 to 6 pound weakfish with bucktails and Fin-S fish. Cape May weather back in Grassy Sounds, out front or in the Delaware Bay there are tons of 12 to 16 inch flounder being caught. Problem has been catching a keeper. Now up in the Delaware Bay the drumfish have been hitting real well. These fish have been running 25 to 65 pounds. Fishing down in the Chesapeake there are some small spots starting to hit on bloodworms and Fish Bites. And all the guys heading to Massachusetts have been crushing big porgies and sea bass. These guys have all been coming home with coolers of fish. One fisherman off Connecticut had a great week with flounder. Here the limits are low and the size is up there but he picked up 3 fish each day between 22 and 27 inches. He did best with strip squid, anchovies and bucktails.
I had several different reports from Union Lake with everyone doing well on bass, pickerel and crappies. John was down on Saturday in a cold rain but landed 5 bass all between 3 and 5 pounds. He caught them all on weedless soft baits. Tim was down on Monday in a misty rain catching 20 crappies, 35 yellow perch and 15 pickerel. Jerry still doing well on Elmer with pickerel, bass and perch. Minnows are still working best with grubs, plastic worms and spinner baits coming in second.
I have just run out of time today. Been so busy really hard to sit and type out a report. I will be away next week so it will be a couple weeks before the next report. Hope everyone enjoy the heat with a hot weekend on the forecast. Good luck, Bill