Trout Season Opens


Well we are having the worse weather that I have ever seen for the opening of trout season and the beginning of striper season. But that does not mean the fishing has not been pretty good. Trout opened on Saturday with very few people on the Pennypack. But for the guys I talked to they all did very well. I had some guys catching as many as 40 plus fish opening morning and doing just as well on Sunday and Monday. They restocked the creek again on Tuesday and again all going over are catching fish. I did see some pretty nice palominos and rainbows taken on bigger spinners and Pin’s minnows. Over all power baits, meal worms, wax worms, earthworms, C P Swings, Panther Martins, Rooster Tails, Trout Magnets and Berkeley trout worms were working the best. Yellow, pink, chartreuse and rainbows were the better colors. I also had pretty good reports from the Wissahickon and Levittown Lake with few reports from the canal and Core Creek.

Stripers on the river has picked up with smaller fish. From the airport down to the Bay tons of 12 to 20 inch fish are being picked up with bloodworms. Several guys took fresh bunker down catching a few of the bigger bass and some monster catfish. Paul way down river I seen a catfish close to 10 pounds. Todd who is getting out everyday has been posting several fish a day all under the 20-inch mark. Again he has been using bloodworms. Pete fishing at Petty’s Island has been picking up 10 or better fishes a day again with bloodworms. Anthony has been fishing up in the section of the river catching 5 to 10 fish each trip out with bloodworms with a mix of yellow and white perch mixed in. I have even heard of a few smaller bass hitting up at Trenton on shad spoons while dead sticking for shad. A few of the guys that plug these waters have been quite so I’m thinking again smaller fish with poppers and crankbaits. But that is a guess.

Shad fishing from Trenton up to Lambertville has been very good for most people. Here getting in the right spots means everything. Anthony up at Lambertville picked up a couple fish while watching one boat land a fish every 5 minutes. This also hold true at Trenton with several guys picking up 10 to 25 shad a trip with other catching 1 to 3 right next to them. One report back from Milford with these guys picking up the first fish a week ago.

The upper river has also been good for walleye fishing. At Lambertville and Lumberville guys have been catching fish 14 to 21 inches with minnows, twister tails, bucktails and deep crankbaits. The Art Museum is another spot the walleye fishing has been great with these guys picking up fish 12 to 18 inches with shad bodies, twister tails, spinners and spoons. Here also some smaller stripers are being caught mixed in with the first couple shad being caught with bigger darts.

Fall’s Township still quite slow with only one report from Jim who picked up a couple smaller bass fishing 4 inch power worms along the shoreline. He talked to one other fisherman hitting the upper end trolling spinner rigs tipped with nightcrawlers catching a few walleyes and pickerel. The shopping center lake a few smaller bluegills and bass with nightcrawlers and minnows. In the spillway of Core Creek a few white perch with lots of turtles starting to show up. One bass fisherman here in the upper end throwing crankbaits and spinner baits picked up a few 2 to 3 pound fish this past week. Ron hitting Struble Lake Having his first good day with yellow perch and crappies fishing smaller minnows and jigs. Jerry said the fishing on Marsh Creek died after this last cold spell but before was crushing big yellow perch with live minnows. Off the dam at Nockamixon guys are picking up some good largemouth and smallmouth bass with minnow, crankbaits and spinner baits. John with a down boat has been fishing here each weekend. A couple guys out to Green Lane doing well with bass, pickerel and crappies fishing along the roadway with different lures last weekend. They are also see several bigger pike cruising the shoreline but can’t get them to hit anything.

Jersey guys were quite this past week. Jerry still buying lots of minnows to fish his lakes in south jersey. He has been doing well with yellow perch, bass, crappies and pickerel. One fisherman on Elmer Lake this past week picked up a couple 3 to 4 pound bass fishing 7 and 10 inch power worms. Richie said plenty of pickerel on Lake Lenape with tons of smaller stripers and white perch in the river below the lake. Tom had a slow week this past week with the cold windy weather. He fished Lake Hapatcong a couple days catching a bunch of pickerel with spinners and jerk baits. No muskies or bass. Had a couple guys fish Union last week with little success. They hit the dam and different islands throwing pretty much everything in their box only to catch a few panfish and pickerel.

Saltwater reports are far and few between. I am hearing of tons of smaller stripers in the Raritan Bay on smaller shad bodies, bucktails, Gulp products and bloodworms. This is also holding true to most of the back bays and lower rivers. Now there are a bunch of bigger stripers just starting to enter the Delaware Bay according to a few netters. There is also a ton of shad and herring in the bay mixed in with the massive schools of bunker.

Well that is all I have for you this week. Please any report sends me an e-mail so I can attach to this report. Good luck, Bill

Billy, had a great couple days fishing the pennypack at axe factory road and welsh road. With spinners we landed close to 80 fish for the weekend with several nice 17 to 18 inch rainbows. One moster palimiano picked up by one of your neighbors a 21 inch over 5 pound fish. He caught this with a mepp;s spinner. Hope they keep puting in these nice fish. Terry

Fished up at Pine Road Saturday and really was suprized how few people were there. Went downstream in the deeper holes fishing spinners, jigs and minnows. We crushed fish all day long landing 2 rainbows over 20 inches. Your minnows are the trick fished with a spinner rig. Talk to you again this weekend. Hank


Fisherman Magazine Update

Another strange weather weekend ahead as meteorologists are watching several systems moving across the U.S. – depending on the track and strength of an area of low pressure off the Northeast coast, forecasters believe another snow or rain-and-snow could spread out across the shore on Saturday bringing 1 to 3 inches of accumulation from Lewes, DE to Sea Bright, NJ. It’s not the first time we’ve seen snow on New Jersey’s trout season opener (set for Saturday, April 7), and it certainly won’t be the last! Despite lower than normal temperatures, the striper bite continues to improve from south to north, with more fish being caught in local rivers, creeks and along the bayshore region. The return of the tautog fishery in New Jersey was met with mostly windy conditions this week, but captains are keeping an eye on the forecast and looking forward to hitting the local wrecks again in the coming days. Bunker, laughing gulls, ospreys – the table has been set, it’s only a matter of time before the migratory bass, blues and weakies settle in for their spring feed.

The Delaware River worming crowd became the first to hit the 20-pound mark in the weekly reports in 2018; the big 38-inch male weighed in at 21 pounds at Shag’s in Pennsville, and provides a good indication that spring action has finally sprung. In between a little bit of rain to end the work week, temperatures finally hitting the 60’s with warmer weather forecast through the weekend, it should only help improve the worming bite on all local rivers where stripers become more active; winter flounder pounders could use the improved conditions too! Shad and bunker are on the move, and in South Jersey the season’s first ospreys have been spotted along the bays and marshes, a good sign that bluefish and weakfish can’t be far behind either. Tautog reopens in New Jersey on Sunday, April 1, with boats breaking free of the winter wrap and heading east to hit the wrecks and snags; for-hire fleet optimism from Indian River Inlet in Delaware north to the Raritan is running high for a good start to the spring season.

Trout Season Opens Saturday!!


Here are the raffle winners drawn from the meet and greet on Sunday. Thank you again to all that attended, hope you enjoyed some food and drinks and congratulations to the following winners. Please stop in to pick up your prizes. ……………………………… Winners will also be notified by phone. Frank Iovannone- Bass X St. Croix fishing rod, Skip Rosati- Penn Slammer fishing rod and Penn reel, Xavier Juarez- $25 Brinkman’s Gift certificate, Kathy Kelly- Quantum Black Hoodie, Lorey Howard- Quantum Hat, Molly Pawlowski- Gamagatsu soft side tackle bag, Sean Brown -Blue Sunbandit, Paul Schmidt- Teal Sunbandit, Joey Juarez- Tsunami Tuff Tip rod, Dave Fowler- Penn Hoodie, Steve Kuehng Tshirt and Hat, Jules Banyer- Five Star Fishing rod, Will Leder- Shore Master boat rod.

Well got the boat in for the first trip of the season. I fished about 4 hours on Tuesday hitting 4 of my better spots. Well I finished the day with 2 catfish bites but no fish. But was still good to get out on the water and make sure the boat was ready and to make sure the new puppy would stay in the boat. While putting in my boat one fisherman off the dock was pulling in a 4 pound catfish and when taking out the boat he was telling me about the 20 pound carp he lost due to line breaking.

Mike’s meet and greet weekend turned out to be a good time. I hope this is a sign of all the customers sticking with Brinkman’s Bait & Tackle. Plenty of winners all listed above picked up some nice prizes and there were plenty of hot dogs, pretzels, popcorn and soda for all. Again thanks to everyone for coming out.

Well some better weather has helped out the striper run but it seems to be all happening down river. From the airport south there have been plenty of 12 to 20 inch fish being caught with bloodworms. I have only known of a couple fish so far picked up with bunker and clams. I was up to Bristol early in the week to watch a fisherman land two 15 inch fish and then I sent a friend up the next day for him to catch two 12 and 17 inch bass. Again all caught with bloodworms. At the art museum they started to catch a few smaller stripers on shad bodies mixed in with some nice walleyes. Paul has been doing well on smaller stripers in the Delaware section of the river. Several guys back from Salem catching 10 to 20 fish with a mix of small stripers, white perch and channel catfish. The next best thing on the river should be the shad fishing at Trenton but since the last snowstorm I have not talked to anyone with a good report. But up at Lumberville I know one fisherman landing 17 walleyes this past week in several trips out. He has been doing everything with live minnows.

The youth trout day was quite a success this past Saturday. I had seen plenty of nice fish taken from Levittown Lake and a few monster fish taken from a few different streams. Most of these guys did best with mealworms, wax worms, spinners and power baits. The Pennypack is to be stocked this coming Friday.

Lots of different reports for carp on the Schuylkill River from the art museum all the way up to Gladwyne. One fisherman posting on Face book had several different styles of carp 10 to 15 pounds all caught with boilies and different homemade carp baits. I have been hearing of some big flatheads taken on the river also but I don’t know of sizes and where they were caught.

Penn Warner has still been very good for perch, crappies, pickerel and bass. Most of these guys have been fishing minnows, plastic worms, spinner baits, chatter baits and jigging metal. I again was up to Fall’s Township talking to fisherman all not doing a thing. Here the water is still in the low 40’s and only a few walleyes have been caught from the boats with live baits. Jerry on Marsh Creek had a couple good days catching one pound and better yellow perch with live minnows, nightcrawlers and spinner harness tipped with baits. He is also catching some pickerel mixed in. Nockamixon off the dam a few decent largemouth and smallmouth bass were taken with live minnows, deep and suspended crankbaits. Several kids fishing the hatchery down the street said the fishing has been dead so far. Only a couple bluegills with live worms.

Talked to a few guys catching catfish in the Neshaminy Creek in the Haunted Lane section. These guys have been doing best with nightcrawlers and chunked eels. Up at Hulmeville Road a few guys have been catching 3 to 8 pound carp with corn, cornmeal and different boilies. I talked to one fisherman on the Perkiomen catching a bunch of bluegills fishing smaller twister tails and crankbaits. He has been out looking for some bass with no luck.

Jersey reports have been slow coming in. Jerry fishing his different lakes along Routes 55 and 47 has been crushing pickerel, bass, crappies, perch and bluegills with live minnows, twister tails, plastic worms and spinners. Nothing big but plenty of action. Tom fishing Lake Hopatcong has been doing great with pickerel, bass and a musky here and there. Throwing Suick jerk baits, Whopper Ploppers and spinners has brought him the best success. One bank fisherman on Spruce Run has been doing well with perch and bass throwing 3 and 4-inch Senko worms along the shoreline. A couple different bass fishing on Manasquan Reservoir have been doing good fishing spinner baits, umbrella rigs and plastic worms. Here they are picking up some 3 to 5 pound fish.

Saltwater action with all the wind has been slow. I know of a few off shore trips planned but no reports from any resent trips. They are catching plenty of smaller stripers in all the inlets, rivers and bays fishing bloodworms and shad bodies. Here I have not heard of one bigger fish as of yet.

Well that is all I have for you. Trout season opens this coming Saturday so I hope to see everyone this week to stock up on bait and all your supplies. Bill

Talked to Mike this evening and he was talking about different tournaments coming up for catfish and stripers. He has posted them on the Face book page. He talked to people fishing Station Avenue and Salem catching some smaller stripers. He also talked about some cod being caught out of Belmar NJ.

Fisherman Magazine Update

Despite how it looks out the window, spring has officially arrived! While St. Patrick’s Day weekend had anglers finding a few willing stripers on the Raritan Bayshore, Toms River, Barnegat Bay, Great Egg Harbor River and up the tidal Delaware, our fourth consecutive weekly nor’easter is a kick in the gut for most who’d hope to wet a line this week. A colder than normal March has given the winter flounder lockjaw, and very few white perch reports have been registered either; shad reports have begun to surface in the lower tidal Delaware, and it’s only a matter of time before the first good shot of striped bass along that stretch of bayshore begins. Really, all we need now is a little sun to warm things up a bit (of course now with all that snow, a little warm will lead to a lot of cold runoff and a quick drop in water temps for a short time). There’s a fishy grand opening in New Egypt this Saturday, while the NJBBA gang will be out at Holgate for a beach cleanup – don’t let another nor’easter get you down, check in with this week’s video forecast.

The Saltwater Fishing Expo kicks off on Friday at noon, and runs through Sunday at the New Jersey Convention and Expo Center just off Route 287 and Exit 10 of the New Jersey Turnpike. Formerly held in Somerset, the new show location is 97 Sunfield Avenue in Edison, NJ with show hours Friday until 8 p.m., from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on St. Patrick’s Day Saturday, and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday the 18th. Be sure to stop by The Fisherman booth (#462) for your Star Rod dry bag or pliers with new or renewing subscription, while supplies last! The local gale warning ends by midday on Thursday, with winds expected to lay down nicely this weekend for those looking to hit the cod, pollock and ling grounds (of course tautog action continues along the DELMARVA Peninsula!) The striped bass bite is expected to improve greatly in the next few days, with catches reported along the Raritan Bayshore, Barnegat Bay and along the Delaware in this week’s full video forecast for the region; while he may be credited with driving the snakes out of Ireland, St. Patrick may soon be celebrated for ushering in a few more keeper-size stripers on beaches, banks and boats throughout the New Jersey, Delaware Bay region to kick off the 2018 run!

Winners of Meet & Greet Raffle Prizes

Here are the raffle winners drawn from the meet and greet on Sunday. Thank you again to all that attended, hope you enjoyed some food and drinks and congratulations to the following winners. Please stop in to pick up your prizes. ……………………………… Winners will also be notified by phone.

Frank Iovannone- Bass X St. Croix fishing rod,

Skip Rosati- Penn Slammer fishing rod and Penn reel,

Xavier Juarez- $25 Brinkman’s Gift certificate,

Kathy Kelly- Quantum Black Hoodie,

Lorey Howard- Quantum Hat,

Molly Pawlowski- Gamagatsu soft side tackle bag,

Sean Brown -Blue Sunbandit,

Paul Schmidt- Teal Sunbandit,

Joey Juarez- Tsunami Tuff Tip rod,

Dave Fowler- Penn Hoodie,

Steve Kuehng Tshirt and Hat,

Jules Banyer- Five Star Fishing rod,

Will Leder- Shore Master boat rod

Meet & Greet this coming Sunday!!

Looking forward to meeting more of the Brinkman’s Customers this Sunday for our meet and greet between 10 A and 2 P. We will be having hot dogs, pretzels, popcorn and drinks between 11-1. Have some nice raffle and door prizes to provide for some lucky customers. Stop by and say hello. There will also be some in house specials during the event.

Fishing has been somewhat slow this week with the weather. Some nice bass caught in Penn Warner lake, Perch and bass also caught in some of the Levittown lakes. Shad was reported to have been caught above Trenton/Morrisville. Ocean reports have been very minimal due to weather.  Mike

Striper Bite Picking Up!



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