Winter Is Coming

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Three weeks to go for the Brinkman family. Please don’t forget us for your Christmas shopping. And again any gift certificates sold will be good with the new owner taking over the 5th of January. Our doors will be open on the 2nd and 3rd but will be cash only and no licenses. Again if you going to fish in the early part of January please get you licenses before the end of the year. THEY ARE ON SALE NOW!! Also a great Christmas present.

Decent week up the mountains this past week. Weather was great and the hunting over all was pretty good. Myself I got a 201 black bear. Our club we had 5 bucks and 1 doe. Not the best week but the great weather made up for everything.

When the winds are not keeping the boats docked up the striper fishing down the shore has been on fire. Most of the best fishing is from LBI up to Sandy Hook and in the Raritan Bay. Most of these bass have been hitting Mojo Rigs, Big shad bodies, 5 and 7 ounce Gator spoons, diamond jigs, umbrella rigs, bunker spoons and snagging and dropping bunker. Limits of 20 to 40 pound fish were caught all week long. Now the guys fishing the beach things have not been as good. Here guys throwing shad bodies, deadly dicks, diamond jigs and crankbaits have been catching some 20 to 30 inch fish. As you come down the coast the stripers fishing gets slower. I talked to Fred down at Wildwood and he said other than the smaller fish in the back bay and a few fish in the rips it has been dead down there. And a few guys out of Atlantic City are catching a bass here and there but nothing to write home about. But if you are fishing south off shore sea bass fishing has been pretty good. Lots of small fish but a few decent 3-pound fish mixed in. And off the jetties plenty of smaller sea bass and blackfish have been hitting crabs and clams. For bigger sea bass Barnegat north has been the best with limits of fish 3 to 6 pounds, blackfish 3 to 8 pounds and some nice cod mixed in. And for the best fishing off New York and Massachusetts some monster sea bass, cod and porgies are still hitting in great numbers. Keith fishing off Delaware coast said there are tons of smaller stripers hitting smaller spoons, bucktails and Gulp mullet. He picked up over 100 fish in the past week all 18 to 22 inches. Up in the Delaware Bay George picked up 1-keeper stripers drifting bunker heads just below Money Island. He also had several good run offs without hooking up.

Nockamixon had a pretty good week with muskies 21 to 30 inches. Bigger spinners, jerk baits and Whopper Ploppers were working best. John again fishing off the docks picked up a good amount of crappies fishing tubes and shiners. Couple guys had some decent bass fishing the upper end of Core Creek with power worms, rattle traps and chatter baits. One picture was of a fish 20 inches a bit over 5 pounds. In the main lake plenty of perch and bluegills hitting wax worms, mealworms and smaller jigs. In the spillway one fisherman picked up a couple smaller largemouth bass with live minnows. The landscaper picked up a bunch of smaller bass, bluegills and catfish fishing the shopping center lake with minnows and nightcrawlers. Giving’s Pond a couple guys did pretty good on bass 1 to 3 pounds fishing Ned rigs, smaller spinner baits, plastic worms and Senko worms. They are also catching a few decent crappies on this same lake with live minnows. Penn Warner has been a mixed bag with plenty of perch and pickerel hitting live minnows along the shoreline. Not the boat guys have been doing very well with largemouth bass 2 to 4 pounds with crankbaits, spinner baits, plastic worms and blade baits.

Only one report from the Pennypack with this customer picking up 5 trout in a couple mornings with mealworms, power bait and trout magnets. A few bluegills mixed in. A couple guys fishing Haunted Lane doing well with catfish fishing chunked eels and nightcrawlers. Further up the creek below the Boulevard one fisherman picked up a couple 8 to 12 pound carp fishing Uncle Josh carp bait. In the Skippack one fisherman had a pretty good weekend catching rock bass and bluegills with bead head nymphs looking for a trout. Charlie fished the Tohickon catching a few bluegills looking for some bass.

The upper river has really picked up for walleyes fishing minnows, shiners and jigs from Point Pleasant down to New Hope. One fisherman picked up 11 fish last Tuesday with 3 fish over 20 inches. Jimmy off the New Hope wing dam picked up 2 walleyes and 1 smallmouth bass last weekend fishing minnows in the slack water. And I talked to one person who told me how good he did this past summer for flathead catfish fishing the upper river from the Water Gap down to Trenton. He picked up over 150 fish this past summer some with live bluegills but also had fish with white perch and live eels. His one buddy fishing down around the airport who picked up flathead up to 40 pounds this past summer all with live bluegills.

Now the lower river has not changed with a bunch of catfish still hitting nightcrawlers, bunker, chunked eels and shrimp. Most of these fish have been 1 to 4 pounds. Back in Dredge Harbor the bass, yellow perch and crappies picked up fishing jigs tipped with live minnows around the rocks and pilings. Same in the Neshaminy Marina I have a few guys fishing off the backs of their boats catching some good size yellow perch with live minnows and nightcrawlers.

Schuylkill reports really dropped off this past week. Ron is still catching a few smallmouth bass all with live minnows up around Norristown. Joe said quite a few smaller catfish and white perch hitting nightcrawlers, shrimp and bagels below the dam. At Gladwyne the catfish crew is now down to a couple fisherman catching 20 catfish this past week all on worms and chunked eels. And a report I read online about one fisherman picking up a few bigger catfish up in the Reading area on live bluegills so they would have to be flatheads.

Jersey lakes and river really picked up in the past couple weeks. Larry fishing out of Crowley’s Landing picked up all kinds of fish. Fishing minnows and twister tails caught a bunch of pickerel in the coves. Then fishing further down river with white and bunker shad he picked up 50 stripers 15 to 22 inches. Jerry in his lakes has been crushing pickerel, bass, perch and crappies with minnows, spinners and twister tails. Richie said plenty of pickerel in Lake Lenape with some decent perch and pickerel in the river. Again his buddies have been fishing Colin’s Cove crushing smaller stripers with shad bodies, twister tails, spoons and crankbaits. Nothing over 24 inches. Tom picked up a 41 inch musky this past week with plenty of pickerel and smallies up to 5 pounds on Lake Hapatcong. Jerk baits and surface buzzers working best. Dennisville Lake has been very good for pickerel fishing live minnows around the shorelines. I even had one fisherman on the Pequest catch a few smaller rainbows with spinners.

Well looks like the weather is changing for the worse. Lets hope this winter holds and the fishing stays good. Bill

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