Better Late Than Never


Anyone interested with our store up for sale this is the web sight with all the information.

A bunch of new carp products came in this past week. Good supply of boilies and pop ups plus some other stuff we have been waiting for. Bruce also brought one of his 11-foot fiberglass one-piece surf rods in he is looking to sell. $40.00 for anyone interested. Also I have 2 wooden rod racks that I would like to sell. They go for a 100.00 bucks but will take 75.00 if anyone is interested. Last thing we have had a forklift in the business that we are looking to sell. If anyone knows of anybody please give them our number.

A little bit late this week with getting my last vacation up the mountains till hunting season. We did get out and fished the upper part of the river for smallies doing not so good. We had a perfect weather day and the river was in perfect conditions. Seven-mile drift with 2 of us fishing we ended the day with 10 smallies and a walleye. Now we did see fish all up and down the river but this day they we not biting. Cool part of the day was the 6 bald eagle that we spotting flying around and sitting in trees.

Now the smallmouth bass fishing from the Water Gap down to Yardley has been great. Kevin said evening fishing has been great with different surface lures and 3-inch slug-o. He was out 4 days this past week catching 15 to 27 fish each trip. He said a few smaller walleyes have been hitting after dark on minnows tipped on a jig head or nightcrawlers on a spinner rig. Now the drift guys picked up 65 fish between Frenchtown and Byran. Minnows and grubs working best. Lots of different reports from Lambertville with boat guys catching 20 to 40 fish each trip with the guys fishing off the wing dam catching 5 to 10 bass a trip. All these guys have been catching a few small striper and catfish mixed in. Paul at Washington’s Crossing picked up 19 bass, 6 catfish and a striper on Thursday fishing live minnows and spinners. Tony waded the islands below Yardley catching a bunch of smallmouth bass with lots of catfish and smaller stripers mixed in all with live minnows. He said a few of the boat guys were crushing smaller stripers below the island with smaller poppers and spooks. JR just told me plenty of fish below the New Hope bridge hitting watermelon grubs and minnows Friday evening.

The lower river has been pretty much a catfish bite with fish hitting nightcrawlers, bunkers, chicken livers, shrimp and chunked eels. One fisherman off the docks at the Burlington Bristol Bridge picked up a 14-pound channel with a bunker head. He has been catching some stripers 22 to 28 inches but this past week just this one big catfish. Now there was one flat head picked up down below the Betsy Ross Bridge Monday evening. This fish was 41 inches 31 pounds caught with a live white perch. Bass fishing has picked this past week but all the guys I’m talking to say the fish are all 10 to 13 inches hitting smaller jigs, tubes, shallow crankbaits and plastic worms. Rick was out a couple nights hitting the bar above the Tacony catching 9 bass, 4 catfish and 20 stripers this past week with crankbaits and top water lures.

Schuylkill River catfish has been great with cool nights and warm afternoons. The crew at Gladwyne picked up over 100 fish this past week, 2 to 6 pounds. Most caught with shrimp, chunked bluegills and chicken livers. Ron said the bigger smallies are starting to hit in the upper river but did much better fishing the Perkiomen this past week just below the prison. In the river he has been catching 15 to 20 fish a day on spinners, grubs and 3 and 4 inch Senko worms. In the creek it was minnows, Fin-S fish and dark Case grubs. Below the dam a few guys have been catching some good numbers of walleyes fishing after dark with shad bodies, twister tails and in line spinners. Early in the morning plenty of 12 to 15 inch stripers hitting anything with and under 4 inches.

Lakes I did not hear much from being away. I know John is still catching smaller bass in Nockamixon. Frogs lures and spinner baits working best. He also told me some bigger crappies hitting on tubes and small marabou jigs. Tom had a pretty good day on smallmouth bass, pickerel and yellow perch fishing minnows on Marsh Creek. Still some bass and bluegills hitting in the fish hatcheries with live minnows, mealworms and nightcrawlers. Core Creek Terry had a good day with 3 bass over 3 pounds with crankbaits, jigs and plastic worms. And the main lake still good numbers of smaller white perch on minnows, twister tails and trout magnets. Penn Warner still pretty good with perch, crappies, pickerel and bass hitting minnows, plastic worms, rubber skirted jigs and rattle traps. FDR Park some smaller bass and a snakehead here and there on plastic worms and rubber frogs.

Saltwater action has really slowed up since the flounder season closed up. Now some smaller bluefish hitting mullet, strip mackerel and spoons along the beaches and back bays. Down around Cape May some decent numbers of spots with a croaker here and there on bloodworms and Fish Bites.   Best spot fishing has been in the Chesapeake Bay and along the Delaware state coast. These fish seem to be hitting bloodworms the best. Up off North Jersey and New York some good numbers of bigger porgies hitting clams and strip mackerel. Plenty of small sea bass and blackfish hitting off the jetties but nothing to keep. Crabbing has been pretty good off Wildwood, Delaware Bay and Dividing Creek.

Jersey freshwater is down to one report. This fisherman was on Dennisville catching over a dozen 15 to 19 inch pickerel on yellow spinners and bridge colored Senko worms.

Well that is all I have this week. Bill

Billy, I fished outside the Salem Canal yesterday and could not believe how many fish we caught. We took bloodworms, nightcrawlers, chcicken livers and also fished spinners, mr twisters and different crankbaits. No tru numbers but we had to catch over 50 stripers between 12 and 17 inches. Also had plenty of catfish and white perch with these white perch all close or better than a pound. Awsome day. Eric

At around halftime of the Eagles game Sunday ,I came in with my son who was visiting from Indianapolis for a few days. We headed up to the Lambertville/New Hope area of the river ,as we’ve done countless times over the last 30 years ,with 3 dozen beautifully large minnows and this 4 pounder was our early evening prize. We’ve been in the store many times with friends and family and trust me when I tell you, Brinkmans in it’s current form will be tough to duplicate and sorely missed by the local fishing community. Many thanks for all the fishing knowledge and” large minnows” passed along through the years and I hope you all enjoy good health and happiness in your retirement. John

Hello Brinkman’s,I spent Labor Day Monday fishing for fluke around great bay, NJ. There was talk of one fellow landing a 20″ flounder from the southernmost bridge (one of the many bridges posted ‘no fishing’, haha). Outside of that one keeper fluke only thing I saw anyone, on shore or on boats, bring in was small bluefish. Not a lot of action for a full day of fishing. I got a few bites on the southern kayak launch/nature area but no hook ups. Other fishers were complaining about lots of little blues stealing bait and biting Gulp!s in half but no hook ups. Scott at Scott’s bait and tackle said the bite had been slow but told me the best places to try. I fished the other boat launches on Great Bay Blvd and came up empty. So did everyone else except that one lucky guy on the no fishing bridge. That’s it until next year.Dan


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