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MAKE SURE YOU STOP BY BRINKMAN’S BAIT AND TACKLE ON MARCH 25TH FOR MIKE’S MEET AND GREET BETWEEN 10 AND 2. THERE WILL BE HOT DOGS, POPCORN AND DRINKS BETWEEN 11 AND 1. THERE WILL BE SPECIALS, DOOR PRIZES AND SOME GIVE AWAYS. SO PLEASE STOP BY AND MEET THE NEW OWNER HE IS GOING ALL OUT.
I wish Mother Nature would take a break will all this crappy cold, snowy, windy weather. But even with all this cold weather and snow melt coming down the river there are fishing hitting. With 39-degree water temperatures there was a very good shad bite up at Trenton this past week. I had 5 different reports with all fishermen catching between 3 and 8 shad on darts and spoons. All these fish have been bucks in the 2 to 3 pound range. Further up river at Lambertville 2 different reports from walleyes with both these group catching between 5 and 8 walleyes with minnows, shiners and nightcrawlers. And trolling Wally divers up at Bull’s Island Joe caught 11 walleyes in 3 different trips with 3 fish over 20 inches. The river is quite high so a few of these guys are out in bigger bass boats.
Now the lower river again has been cold and rough but there has been a very good striper bite south on the river. Now that does not mean there is no fishing hitting in the upper part of the river. A few guys fishing plugs up at Trenton have been catching a few 15 to 20 inch fish with crankbaits. At the Rancocas a few smaller fish with white perch and catfish caught on bloodworms. At the Tacony I know of a few 12 to 15 inch bass with some catfish all with bloodworms. But the bigger bite has been from the airport down into Delaware water. Paul’s buddies have been catching quite a few 12 to 18 inch fish below the Commodore Barry Bridge. Todd said all his fish caught with bloodworms are coming south of the airport. So with a little good weather this should kick off real fast. Lets just hope for the good weather.
There have been a few guys bass fishing in the lower river with fair success. Tim fishing over in Dredge Harbor has been catching 3 to 6 fish each trip out with Senko’s and Zoom lizards. Dennis up in Tullytown cove has been catching some smaller bass with a perch and crappie mixed in with live minnows, Ned rigs and smaller Senko’s. At the steel mill I had a report of a few smaller bass with a couple decent walleyes picked up with live minnows, bucktails and white twister tails.
The Schuylkill River is still producing some good size and numbers of carp from Grey’s Ferry up to Gladwyne. Corn, crap baits and boilies have been working best. Below the falls a few smaller stripers mixed in with some decent walleyes fishing white and chartreuse twister tails and shad bodies. Ron was out looking for his first smallmouth bass last Friday happy to catch one bluegill with a 3 inch Senko. He said it is way too early with below 40-degree water temps.
Couple guys out at FRD Park looking for bass or snakeheads not having a single hit in several trips. The shopping center lake a few guys picking up a few smaller catfish and bluegills with nightcrawlers. Talking to a few guys around the bank at Fall’s Township all saying fishing has been dead with the cold weather. Only one fisherman here is catching a few walleyes in the upper end of the lake with minnows and jigs. Had one report from Struble Lake with this fisherman catching a few smaller crappies and yellow perch with smaller minnows. Jerry said a few decent smallmouth bass and pickerel are being caught on Marsh Creek all with live minnows. Now I had 3 different guys fish Nockamixon last weekend all doing nothing.
Jersey freshwater reports have been slow coming in. Jerry said plenty of pickerel, perch and crappies hitting in the south jersey lakes he fishes with live minnows and plastic worms. Tom had a couple great days on North Jersey lakes with a few smaller muskies, pickerel and smallies fishing jerk baits, 7-inch fin-s fish and top water lures. And one fisherman down at Manasquan Reservoir picked up a few good largemouth bass fishing spinner baits tipped with bigger rubber trailer baits.
Saltwater with all this wind has been tough. The only reports I have been getting have been smaller stripers in most of the back bays fishing bloodworms and some rubber shads. Up in the Raritan good numbers of smaller bass are being caught with bloodworms. There is a decent amount of bunker around in the ocean and up in the Delaware Bay so some bigger fish should be on their way.
Well that is all I have for you this week. I hope everyone takes a little time and stops by to talk to Mike and his family. He is going all out to take care of the Brinkman customers. Bill