Beach Fishing Heats Up!


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With the holiday I only had one day off this week and it was more of a training day for the dog to see how she was going to be in the boat. Well in 2 hours she slept through at least half so it is looking pretty good. As for fishing I hit a couple of my better spots to land 6 catfish 1 to 6 pounds all with shrimp. Coming in at the ramp a fisherman was landing a decent 21-inch striper that he caught with a chunk of clam. Over the entire lower river has been all catfish. Lots of white perch and eels mixed in but the stripers have really dropped off. With 80-degree water temps only the smaller fish are hanging around.

Now the upper river has been a different story. From the Trenton ramp up to Stockton the striper fishing has been great. Most guys fishing in bridges with live eels, white perch and plugs have been catching 20 to 34 inch stripers in decent numbers. Washington’s Crossing up to Lambertville guys has been doing well with live eels, 6-inch twister tails and shad bodies and poppers. And if you’re not into the stripers the smallmouth bass fishing has been great all up and down the river. Kevin has been doing great up at the Water Gap fishing live minnows, grubs, spinners and Senko worms. He said most days you could land 25 to 40 fish. JR down in the Lambertville section of the river has been boating 30 to 50 fish each trip out. Minnows and grubs have been working best for him. Larry fishing below the New Hope wing dam picked up 15 decent bass wading the rocks. Further up river one customer fishing around Hankins’s one fisherman caught 9 smallmouth bass, 2 walleyes and 16 river chubs. He was fishing Rebel crayfish, Rooster Tails and 3 inch pumpkinseed power grubs.

Schuylkill River has also been very good. Several guys fishing below the dam have been doing great on flathead catfish. These guys the past couple week have caught fish up to 26 pound with eels, bluegills and white perch. The rest of the fisherman has been doing great with channels fishing nightcrawlers, shrimp and chicken livers. Now above the dam the fisherman at Gladwyne have been catching plenty of 3 to 10 pound catfish but the flatheads have been far and few between. But a few 15 to 30 pound carp have been hitting boilies and different carp baits. Ron fishing up at Norristown has been doing well with 12 to 15 inch smallies mixed in with lots of rock bass, bluegills and catfish. Minnows, grubs and spinners working best. And one fisherman up at Reading had a great weekend with smallmouth bass fishing poppers and woven body nymphs. He picked up over 100 fish with 15 being bass.

Penn Warner really slowed up this past couple weeks. Chuck and Jay are still catching fish but the numbers have been low. Another fisherman is still picking up a few pike and pickerel fishing bigger spinners, Whooper Ploppers and 6-inch crankbaits. Core Creek had a few fishing out looking for the bass in the upper end doing nothing. And in the spillway a few fisherman are catching smaller fish with minnows, mealworms and trout magnets. John up at Nockamixon passed up last weekend with all the holiday traffic. Instead he headed to the shore flounder fishing catching all throwbacks. Chris and his buddies took this first trip out to Blue Marsh. Looking for bass or pickerel they did nothing. Fishing smaller lures in the shallows they were able to catch a few perch, crappies and bluegills with spinners and jigs. Smaller bass up in Magnolia Lake with buzz baits and smaller Zara Spooks. Same guys also fished the shopping center lake catching a few bluegills and catfish with nightcrawlers and mealworms. FDR Park several people fished over the holiday weekend catching plenty of bluegills and I heard of one 2-pound largemouth bass. This fish was caught on a 3-inch slug-o.

Saltwater action was quite a mixed bag. Heavy winds this week kept most of the boats close to home. Anthony was down fishing the Cape May reefs catching 4 keeper fish on the boat. Frank out fishing the old grounds with a 6 pack boated 11 keepers all with bucktails and Gulp grubs. Beach fishing Cape May up to Margate has been awesome for kingfish. Dick out of Brigantine picked up 50 keeper kingfish all with bloodworms and Fish Bites. In this same water the brown shark fishing has been great with kingfish heads, chunk bunker, mackerel and live eels. One customer with a dozen eels fishing North Wildwood picked up a 4, 4, 6 and one bigger brown shark. The bigger fish they lost in the wash. Now when you get up to Brielle and further north the flounder fishing has been great but here there have been lots of throwbacks. Some guys I talked to were catching 12 to 1. Again bucktails and gulp mullet and grubs working best. Still some great numbers of giant porgies and sea bass being caught in Massachusetts and Connecticut. Clams, strip mackerel and bloodworms working best. And the Chesapeake has been hot for spots and bigger white perch fishing bloodworms and Fish Bites.

Several different guys fishing Newton Lake and the Cooper River attached doing well with snakeheads and even one big bowfin. These fish have been hitting weedless frogs and Weedless mice. Up in the Mercer County Park a few fishermen did well over the weekend with smaller bass, pickerel and perch. These guys did best with live minnows, Rapala minnows and spinners. John also passed up fishing Union due to the holiday weekend. Tom fished Lake Hapatcong for the first time in a while, throwing musky lures with little success. So after a morning of nothing he geared up with plastic worms to land some 3 to 5 pound smallies. Dark colored Senko were the hot baits.

Well again that is all I have for you this week. Will be up state next week so will be taking a week off. Hope to have some good reports from up there. Bill



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