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I want to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Years. This might be the last post of the season with inventory taking up most of my time. Again we will be here till the 31st of December and back again the 2nd and 3rd of January. If all goes as planned Mike will be here on the 5th to start his new business. Again if your looking for 2018 fishing license make sure you come in before the end of the year. Mike’s machine may not be up and running till the middle of January.
Still have 5 Brinkman shirts left in axle and xxxl if anyone interested. We also till have several of the St. Croix rods we have been looking to blow out.
Reports have been awesome for the saltwater fisherman. Stripers are thick from Atlantic City up to Barnegat. These fish have been hitting bunker spoons, umbrella rigs, Mojo rigs, Stretch 25 and 30’s and snagging and dropping bunker if you can find them. They are even getting stripers 25 miles out with the blue fin tuna. One customer said he was watching the tuna push 20 and 30 pound stripers right out of the water. Dan picked up a limit of bass off Brigantine all with shad bodes and Mojo’s. He said most of these fish were 20 to 30 pounds. Ryan has been out several times limiting out with bass 20 plus pounds out of Atlantic City. Frank up in the Highlands had a couple great days early in the week. Monday they boated 27 bass with a couple bigger bluefish. He did best with bunker spoons and umbrella rigs. Tuesday he only caught 11 bass but that was enough for a limit with 3 guys on the boat. Wednesday was the best day with over 30 keeper bass and 5 bluefish over 10 pounds. This day it was bunker and shad bodies. Now the beach guys are not doing as well. Most of these guys are catching a few bass but nothing of size. Clams, bunker, shad bodies and metal have been working best. Now down south in the back bay of Wildwood there are tons of 15 to 22 inch bass hitting smaller shad bodies, bucktails, shad bodies and clams. Fred said he has been catching 25 or better fish each trip out with a keeper here and there. Sea bass fishing has been the next best thing. The further north you head the bigger the fish are and mixed in are some nice cod, pollock and tilefish. Plenty of smaller sea bass with some nice keeper blackfish off the jetties around Atlantic City up to Brielle.
The hottest thing for freshwater has been the Susquehanna River. This river is low and alive with smallies. Live minnows tipped on bucktails has been the hot bait but just drifting minnows, throwing grubs, tubes and spinners are also picking up some fish. Jack was out of Duncannon Monday catching 27 fish all 16 to 21 inches. He also had 4 walleyes mixed in. Steve fishing out of Clemson Island boated over 75 fish over the weekend with 5 fish over 5 pounds. Wading down at Harrisburg one fisherman picked up 11 bass, 3 walleyes and a small musky fishing live minnows. Further down at the power plant I heard of some good size musky’s hitting large spinners, jerk baits and bigger crankbaits. Some of these fish have been 30 to 38 inches. Here again is a great spot for bass but much smaller bass in the warm water.
The upper Delaware slowed down for smallies but the few guys still fishing are doing great on walleyes 16 to 22 inches. Minnows or shiners seem to be the best baits but trolling bright colored crankbaits are working also. The lower river has been still pretty good for catfish in the 1 to 3 pound range. These fish have been hitting nightcrawlers, chicken livers, shrimp and clams the best. Bass, yellow perch and crappies are being caught in Dredge Harbor, Neshaminy Marina, Tullytown Cove and Warner’s Cove. Jigs tipped with live minnows or shiners have been working the best but some guys are also doing well with lizards, smaller Senko worms and twister tails.
Still a few trout in the Pennypack Creek at the Boulevard, Veree Road and Pine Road. Wax worms, mealworms and small jigs working best. Levittown Lake has been fair with some trout, crappies and bass hitting metal spoons, minnows, mealworms and wax worms. Core Creek still slow with perch and bluegills hitting up and down the lake on small twister tails, small minnows and mealworms. Shopping Center Lake a bunch of smaller catfish and bass hitting nightcrawlers and minnows fished on the bottom. Nockamixon still the hot lake for bigger smallies along the dam and the deeper ledges. Minnows fished on the bottom has brought a few guys fish 3 to 6 pounds. They are even getting several musky’s fishing bigger jerk baits, mid diving crankbaits and 6 inch twister tails fished like a plastic worm. Chris picked up 4 fish last week 22, 26, 29 and 31 inches. John still catching some good numbers of crappies and yellow perch off the docks with twister tails, tubes and live minnows. Jerry still doing very good for smallies, yellow perch and pickerel fishing minnows, twister tails and spinners on Marsh Creek. Each trip he has been going trough 5 dozen minnows.
The Schuylkill River slowing down fast. Joe said a few catfish with tons of white and yellow perch hitting nightcrawlers in the lower part of the river. Up at the dam fishing in the evening plenty of 12 to 15 inch walleyes hitting 2 to 4 inch shad bodies. Above the dam the catfish crew is down to a couple guys catching 1 to 4 fish an evening with nightcrawlers and shrimp. No flatheads in the past month. But the carp guys are still doing pretty well with fish 10 to 25 pounds with boilies, pop ups and home made carp baits.
Jersey freshwater lakes and rivers are still hot for pickerel with a few bass, crappies and perch mixed in. Jerry fishing his lakes and been catching all pickerel with live minnows. Richie said his lake is pickerel only with some nice perch in the river below the dam. Batso Lake and the spillway into the river have been great for pickerel with live minnows, twister tails and spinners. In the Mullica River plenty of pickerel hitting in the coves on minnows and twister tails. Tom only got out one time last week fighting a cold. Tuesday he hit Lake Hapatcong trolling grubs, spinners and crankbaits. Nothing caught all day long. But throwing Whopper poppers he did finish the day with 11 pickerel up to 24 inches.
Well that is all I have for you this week. Again Merry Christmas and Happy New Years and I hope to see you this weekend to finish your Christmas shopping. Bill