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Weather for this coming weekend in not looking all that good. Well got the new puppy on the upper river this past week and she did as good as in the lower river with the bigger boat. We fished from Stockton down to Lambertville catching 21 smallies in 6 hours of fishing. Minnows and Zoom grubs were working best. One other fisherman picked up 12 smallies and a 3-½ pound largemouth bass fishing below the boat ramp with jigs. Several other good reports of guys catching 20 to 40 fish for a day of bass fishing. Most guys have been fishing Washington’s Crossing, Lambertville and Frenchtown. Kevin up at the Water Gap said the stripers dropped off with clear weather but the smallies picked up. He has been doing best with Senko worms, poppers, Zara Spooks and Tiny Torpedo’s.
The lower river has been smaller stripers, catfish and plenty of white perch. Several guys just fishing out front here have been catching 10 to 15 fish each trip. Fish have been hitting shrimp, clams and bunker the best. Now further down the river guys fishing live eels and white perch have been picking up a few bigger channels and even a few flat heads. These guys have been fishing the Betsy Ross down to Petty’s Island. One guy fishing up the Raccoon Creek has been doing well with big catfish and stripers 24 to 32 inches with live eels and bloodworms. Still a few bigger stripers being picked up from Trenton up to the New Hope wing dam. These fish have been hitting at night on live eels, poppers, SP Minnows and even light bucktails with shads or twister tails. One fisherman picked up 11 bass Sunday night in the Trenton bridges.
Penn Warner still quite slow with all the hot weather. Still a few perch, crappies and pickerel hitting live minnows and spinners. One fisherman with number 4 and 5 Blue Fox spinners picked up 11 pickerel 17 to 24 inches. Fall’s Township Jim said has been slow but is still catching some smaller bass with 3 inch Senko worms and 4 inch Power worms. A few guys out in Kayaks in Magnolia Lake are doing great on smaller bass and bluegills fishing smaller poppers, buzz baits and twister spinner baits. John said Nockamixon slowed up with even the smaller bass. This past weekend and all this week fishing between the storms he has been catching 5 to 10 fish a day. All the fish have been 10 to 12 inches hitting dropped shot slider grubs. Another fisherman off the Tohickon dock fished all day Saturday catching 1 pickerel and a couple bluegills all with minnows and worms. Lots of people have been fishing the Fish Ponds catching plenty of bluegills with a few catfish and bass mixed in. Nightcrawlers, mealworms and minnows working best. A few fishermen in the upper part of the Neshaminy have been doing great on smaller bass, rock bass and bluegills. Minnows and smaller grubs working best. The lower part of the creek around Hulmeville Road and Haunted Lane some good numbers of catfish with a few carp and bass mixed in. Minnows, nightcrawlers and corn working best.
Schuylkill River has still been very good. This past week I seen pictures of carp caught during the week from 20 to 36 pounds. These fish have been hitting from the Art Museum up to Norristown. Corn, carp baits, bagels and boilies working best. Catfishing in the Gladwin section of the river has been great with fish from 2 to 25 pounds caught this past week. The group caught over a 100 fish with 2 flatheads 23 and 25 pounds. These guys have been doing best with chicken livers, shrimp, live eels and live bluegills. Joe down river said the Grey’s Ferry area has been hot for smaller catfish but tons of smaller stripers. Chicken livers, nightcrawlers and bloodworms working best. Ron up above fishing Norristown up to Reading catching 10 to 20 smallies 12 to 14 inches with spinners, jigs and top water plugs.
Saltwater action off quite a bit this past week with all the storms floating around. But Jack and his wife caught several nice kingfish off the beaches of Sea Isle. Bloodworms and Fish Bites. At Atlantic City in the Back Bay lots of smaller flounder hitting smaller bucktails and Gulp mullet. Bruce said some monster tilefish have been hitting out in the tuna grounds. 300 plus feet of water landing fish 20 to 30 pound fish. Jack and Doc F were down to Fortescue for crabs both having bad trips. Plenty of small crab and females but not much to bring home. Now I just had a customer crabbing with clams in Maryland crushing bigger blue points. He has been catching 1 to 2 bushels each trip. Cape May flounder fishing in the back bays has been great for fish 12 to 15 inches. Minnows, spearing and Gulp mullet working best. No keepers. Out front of Cape May and up in the Delaware Bay again flounder fishing has been fair but all the fish are small. I only heard of a hand full of keepers caught in these waters. Now if you head out to the Cape May reef and the Old Grounds here some bigger fish are hitting on bucktails and Gulp grubs. Some of these fish have been 4 to 8 pounds. Off the beach at Brick one fisherman with mullet picked up a few smaller bluefish. Chesapeake Bay on fire for spots, smaller croakers and perch. Bloodworms have been the hot bait. Frank said from Reef sight 11 up to Holgate catching plenty of fluke 4 to 8 pounds. Spearing, squid, minnows, bucktails and Gulp mullet and grubs working best.
Jersey freshwater reports were far and few this past week. Larry picked up a bunch of bass and pickerel in Spruce run reservoir. Fishing live minnows, shiners, Senko worms, grubs and chatter baits were what worked best. One group of guys fishing several different south jersey lakes crushed the snakeheads and bowfins with rubber frogs, weedless frogs and spinner baits. One guy on my recommendation to head to Union for bass caught 4 snakeheads on this lake. He picked them up with weedless frogs in the lily pads. Another spot for snakeheads is Newtown Lake and the Cooper River that it feeds into. These fish again are hitting the rubber frogs fished on a jig, top water weedless frogs, spinner baits and live minnows and smaller bluegills.
Well that is all I have for the week. Will be away again next week so the fishing report will be missed again. Bill
Bill crushing the flounder up in the Breele section of Jersey. Fished all day Monday catching 11 keepers. Tuesday we picked up a bunch of sea bass before running into the flounder again. This day we only had 3 keepers and 41 throwbacks. Yesterday was our last trip catching our limit of sea bass, limit of flounder and even picked up a bunch of sharks. Karl
Anthony and crew crushing the flounder off the Cape May reefs getting ready for the weekend tournament. Hoping the fish keep up for the Saturday bite. Big bucktails with a 6 inch gulp grubs working best. White, chartreause and nuke chicken best colors.