Striper Blitz in the Raritian


Between a show up in Connecticut and having to work I did not get out fishing or hunting this past week. And with this change of weather I’m going to winterize the boats and stick to hunting and of the good days off.

Saltwater fishing this past week really picked up. Everyone fishing the Raritan Bay and off Sandy Hook just crushed the stripers this past week. Steve fishing close to the shoreline in the Raritan Bay picked up over 50 stripers 20 to 34 inches all on shad bodies. Frank fishing out of one of the rivers on the bay picked up over 100 fish 24 to 31 inches between 4 guys. He caught most of the fish with shad bodies but also did well with 3-ounce metal spoons. Now further out in the bay guys trolling Mojo Rigs, bunker spoons and throw 5 and 7-ounce metal spoons picked up bass 26 to 48 inches. They were also doing allot of snagging and dropping bunker. Out front I had guys picking up stripers 20 to mid 40 pound fish with metal spoon, umbrella rigs and Mojo’s. As you come down the coast in front of Barnegat and Brielle some good numbers of stripers in the 20 to mid 30 inch fish hitting shad bodies, metal spoons and umbrella rigs. All the back bays are also loaded with stripers but most of these fish are in the 20 to 28 inch range hitting shad bodies, poppers, bunker and clams. Fred fishing grassy sounds picked up over 80 fish this past week without a single keeper. Next to the stripers sea bass and black fishing has been extremely good. If your fishing south there is plenty of fish hitting top and bottom rigs with clams, squid and strip mackerel. Most of these guys are talking up 30 fish with 6 to 8 to bring home. Mid section of the state the size and number pick up but not many guys are coming home with limits. Now as you hit north Jersey, New York and Massachusetts plenty of limits of sea bass, black fish 6 to 8 pounds and a cod here and there. Here strip mackerel, squid and clams are working best for rigs with lots of guys fishing diamond jigs for some of the really big fish. These same waters there are still some big porgies hitting also.

The upper river slowed down quite a bit after the rain but still some good numbers of smallies still hitting minnows, grubs, tubes and top water lures. Problem now is the river is just full of leaves so you spend a good part of your day cleaning off your lines. Now no monster fish but lots of 14 to 17 inch bass hitting with a few 17 to 22 inch walleyes mixed in. If you’re looking for big smallies the Susquehanna River is on fire with fish 2 to 6 pounds. These fish are all over minnows but they guys are also doing well with grubs, tubes, salty spiders, Rapala’s and top water lures. Clemson Island down to Duncannon has been where I’m getting most of my reports with these guys catching 25 to 50 fish a trip with lots of 14 to 29 inch bass. Down at Harrisburg I had one fisherman wading with minnows catching 14 bass, 1 walleye and a small musky last weekend. Forgot to mention Kevin at the Water Gap said the smallmouth bass fishing dropping off quick but some decent walleyes and even a 37-inch musky were caught this past week. The walleyes have been hitting bucktails tipped with Gulp minnows and the musky was caught on a live river chub.

Trout in the Pennypack is also dropping off with most guys catching a fish here and there with wax worms, trout magnets, spinners and power baits. I had one fisherman out at the Wissahickon Monday catching 3 mice rainbows all on Phoebe spoons. One hunter up our area fished the Dewberry Creek Sunday catching a couple small trout and a bunch of bluegills and chubs all with mealworms.

Core Creek picked up this past week for perch and largemouth bass. The bass have been hitting in several different spots and are hitting minnows, crankbaits and spinner baits. Jay was there one afternoon picking up several nice bass all with live minnows. Penn Warner slowed up for the back fisherman but the boat guys are doing great on bass, pickerel and pike with minnows, crankbaits, spinners and jigging metal. Nockamixon is picking up for some bigger smallies hitting off and around the dam. These guys are picking up the fish with live minnows and suspended crankbaits. John had a pretty good week for bigger crappies fishing tubes around the docks. One other customer picked up 4 pickerel with live minnows. Jerry said the fishing on Marsh Creek really picked up this past Tuesday. Fishing live minnows he picked up yellow perch up to 13 inches and smallies 14 to 17 inches. Mixed in were 17 pickerel 14 to 18 inches. By days end him and his buddy picked up 71 fish total. Ron headed over to Struble Lake for the first time this year. He said he should have stuck to the Schuylkill were he has been doing so well with bass and bluegills. On Struble he fish over 8 hours only catching a few smaller crappies. The hatchery down the street has still been very good for bluegills fishing earthworms, mealworms and small twister tails. Fishing live minnows several guys have been catching bass 12 to 17 inches. Givens Pond some decent bass and crappies have been hitting minnows, twister tails, Senko worms and crankbaits. FDR Park one fisherman looking for a snakehead had a pretty good day on 10 to 12 inch bass fishing 3 to 4 inch plastic worms. Throwing frogs and top water plugs for the snakeheads he did nothing.

Lower River this past week was great for catfish and smaller stripers. The catfish hitting bunker, shrimp, chicken livers and bagels. Most of these fish have been 1 to 4 pounds. The stripers hitting chicken livers, silver crankbaits and rattle traps. Up in the Schuylkill River plenty of catfish and smaller stripers hitting below the Fairmount Dam on nightcrawlers, chicken livers and shrimp. At the dam the walleye fishing picked up on shad bodies, walleye divers and shallow shad raps. The catfish crew is dropping off fast with only 8 to 10 guys fishing now catching 20 to 30 fish this past week without a flathead. Most of the fish have been channels hitting chunked eels and shrimp.

Well that is all I have for you. If you get out good luck and don’t forget to write with a reports. Bill

I headed out of Wildwood yesterday(Sunday 11/5) about 6AM(my 7yr old daughter was asleep below) got out of the Cape May inlet about was it a rough ride. I started marking lots of bait with fish feeding on them right away.  I put out 3 lines, mojo, umbrella rig and rubber Storm shad. Had trouble keep the boat from getting sideways to the waves while putting out my lines. About 15mins my daughter calls for Dad because she just threw up, thank god she made it to the toilet. Got her up above with me, birds where hitting the water all over the Cape May rips.  With my daughter looking green and she only felt a little better I headed into the DE Bay…much more calm and my daughter quickly felt better and grabbed some breakfast.  We trolled all the way up to the ferry plenty of bait in the water but no hits.  Water still warm but with all the bait in the water won’t be long now until the Stripers arrive. Brian

I fished on Wednesday Nov 1 on Avon’s beach by the inlet. I picked up 4 fluke, 3 of which were shorts. The first one was at first light on a green deadly Dick.  Then, I foul hooked a nice size skate which was a real joy to land.  The next 3(the shorts) all came out of the same hole near a jetty on a pink teaser 18″ above an old Point Jude tin.  All fluke returned to be caught another day.  I was also chunking, but had no success on bait. I went back Friday Nov 3 and walked quite a while with no fish. I hooked up with something by the pipeline in Avon. I didn’t land that fish but it was likely a small fluke. It seems that fluke were all that were hitting on beach. Didn’t hear of any bait in the water, blitzes, or schoolies


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