Summer Heating Up!!

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Quick update of the sale of the store. We have a few different offers this past week and both are going to keep it a Bait and Tackle store. So that is some great news for the future. Again Bruce, Helen and myself will be there till the end of December.

Sorry about missing the report last week. When I’m away it takes me several days to get the store back in shape with orders, restocking and may other things. Will be good this week and next and then I will be taking another week up state.

On vacation I was able to get out on the river one day. We took our new canoe and drifted from Hankins down to Callicoon. Now this was more of a pleasure cruise but I did take a few casts with Zoom grubs. In 4 hours I picked up 15 smallies and 1 rock bass. I saw hundreds of dead buck shad all over the bottom or the river. This happens every year after they spawn. I also saw a yellow perch that was close to 2 pounds swim right under the boat. The rest of the week I hit our pond for some really slow fishing. With trout magnets I was able to pick up a bunch of really small bluegills, perch and crappies. This past week Helen and I got out with then new pup on the lower river. In 4 hours we picked up 20 catfish 2 to 4 pounds. All caught with shrimp. We were thinking of heading up the river for smallies but getting up early I found out Helen was sick all night so we passed till next week.

Now the lower river has been great the past week for mid size catfish. John was out over the weekend picking up all the smaller fish you wanted with the tournament he was in a 5 plus pound winner. Fishing with chicken livers John also picked up more 12 to 14 inch stripers than catfish. Vince was out with his wife fishing bunker and nightcrawlers. That evening they boated 42 catfish, 4 white perch and 2 small stripers. Al and his crew were up fishing Burlington Island with bunker and clams catching catfish up to 8 pounds and plenty of 12-inch stripers. It seems everyone fishing off Linden Ave dock has been catching 1 to 4 catfish with nightcrawlers and bunker. And down at Princeton Ave one fisherman did catch a 31-inch striper Monday evening on a live white perch. ]

Now if you’re looking for bigger stripers the upper river is still great from Trenton up to the Water Gap. One fisherman between Fireman’s eddy and Lambertville has been catching 10 to 15 bass each trip. These fish have been 24 to 32 inches hitting live eels the best. Another fisherman drifting live perch right below the Burlington Bristol Bridge has been catching a few bass 24 to 26 inches. Up in the bridges at Trenton several guys fishing live eels, perch, poppers and crankbaits have been catching 3 to 6 stripers up to 30 inches. At Portland at night a few stripers 26 to 30 inches have been hitting poppers, rattle traps and live eels. Kevin at the Water Gap said each heavy rain turns the stripers on to poppers and shallow jerk baits. Last week alone he caught 17 fish up to 36 inches. He talked to one fisherman that landed a 41-inch fish 2 Fridays ago caught on a live eel.

Smallmouth fishing from Washington’s Crossing all the way up the river has been great. JR has been catching 25 to 50 fish each trip out with live minnows and Zoom grubs. Chuck fishing out of Stockton picked up 14 bass, 2 walleyes and a nice pike all with live minnow. Frank at Lambertville picked up 10 bass, 2 walleyes in less than an hour just before his motor crapped out. Scott and Bryan were fishing the drift from Frenchtown to Byran catching 47 bass on Friday and 56 on Saturday all with live minnows. Kevin when not striper fishing at the Water Gap has been landing 20 to 30 fish each morning with shiners, crayfish, grubs, top water lures and spinners. Another great spot for smallies has been the Susquehanna River. All these guys have been catching 50 or better each trip. Difference here is most of the fish are 14 to 18 inches. Minnows, crayfish, hellgrammites, grubs, top water lures and spinners working best. Best spots have been from the Turnpike up to Sunbury.

Penn Warner still quite slow over all. Just some perch and crappies hitting minnows, jigs and spoons along the shoreline. A few of the better bass fisherman said it has been dead since the real hot weather. Core Creek also quite slow with only a few perch hitting mealworms and trout magnets. The shopping center lake late Saturday evening the landscaper picked up 7 bass with a small jitterbug. He said all these fish were 6 to 10 inches. Several guys fishing Magnolia Lake said plenty of small bass hitting spinner baits, small crankbaits and plastic worms. Most of these fish are 10 to 12 inches. John up at Nockamixon also said the fishing slowed up. He is still catching 10 or better bass with weedless frogs, Snag Proof weedless lures, 3 inch Senko worms and Mann’s minus 1 crankbaits. But most of these fish have been a pound or less. His buddies down in Galena quite fishing due to how bad it has been. The only report he had from this lake is one fisherman catching to 6 catfish a night with live bluegills, chunked herring and chicken livers. These fish have been 3 to 8 pounds. Tom took a trip out to Blue Marsh to find it quite slow. Fishing lures all up and down the lake for the entire day on Sunday he boated 2 largemouth bass, 1 pickerel and 15 bluegills. The hatcheries down the street have been pretty good for bluegills and catfish for the kids. Helen and I put a dozen cats in the second pond from Linden Avenue. These fish have been hitting earthworms, mealworms and bread balls the best. A couple guys fishing Given’s Pond picked up some nice crappies fishing live shiners and small jigs. Numbers of 12 to 15 fish up to 13 inches were what they caught.

Now some of the streams have been a good place to head. Here you can beat the heat by wading around. The upper Pennypack from Pine Road north has been great for smallies, largemouth bass, bluegills and rock bass. Minnows, nightcrawlers, 3 inch Senko’s, Rebel crayfish and crick hoppers, small top water lures and spinners are the best lures. Charlie has been fishing the lower part of the Tohickon catching some monster bluegills with Yozuri Pin’s minnows, 3-inch Senko’s and spinners. He said some of these fish are close to a ½ pound. The Perkiomen is another great creek to fish. Some of the better spots are behind the prison, Collegeville and from Route 73 down to the Skippack. A few guys fishing the Neshaminy Creek said plenty of rock bass and bluegills hitting anything small in the water. These guys are out looking for smallies but only the panfish are biting.

Saltwater action has been quite a mixed bag. Anthony fished the Duke of Fluke last week coming in 5th place with 15 pounds of fish. Winner was 25 pounds for a 5 fish limit. Big fish here was only 6 plus pounds. Now Antony said bigger fish and more fish were hitting on Friday. They had over 25 pounds for 5 fish that day. Some of the better fishing has been the Cape May Reef and the Old Grounds in the Cape May area. Further north some good fish are being picked up out of Barnegat and Brielle. It seems all up and down the bigger bucktails with a 4 to 6 inch Gulp mullet or grub as a teaser is catching the most and biggest fish. In the Wildwood, Atlantic City and Margate sections of Jersey the king fishing has been on fire. Dick has been catching 30 to 50 fish each trip out with bloodworms and Fish Bites. Most everyone else is doing as well. Now in these same waters some great brown shark fishing at night with fish 4 to 7 foot caught on kingfish heads, mackerel and bunker chunks. And still a few decent stripers reports coming out of the Raritan with these fish hitting Mojo Rigs and umbrella rigs with shad bodies. Nothing monster but plenty of 20 to 30 pound fish with a mix of 6 to 12 pound bluefish. Seeing plenty of pictures of Benn Scholl and his father doing great on tuna. Not sure where they are at or what they are using but it seems plenty of fish 30 to 80 pounds. Also had one fisherman out on a two-day trip out of North Carolina crushing big grouper with a big mix of other bottom fish. Up in Massachusetts they are still crushing big porgies and sea bass off shore. These guys have been coming home with coolers of fish. And down south in the Chesapeake big perch, spots and smaller stripers hitting well on bloodworms, Fish Bites and even a few guys have been doing well with small bucktails and Gotha lures.

The Schuylkill River has been another pretty good spot all up and down the river. Felix has been crushing carp 20 and 30 pounds with boilies and all different kinds of his home made carp baits. Sam and his crew have been fishing down below center city catching catfish, carp, perch and plenty of smaller stripers with bloodworms, nightcrawlers, chicken livers and different carp baits. Joe said plenty of catfish, perch and small stripers hitting in the Grey’s Ferry section of the river. Nightcrawlers, chicken livers and bagels working best. Ron up above Norristown has been doing well with smallies, bluegills and rock bass with live minnows, spinners and different jigs. The Gladwyne crew catching 10 to 30 catfish each night with chunked bunker, chicken livers and shrimp. They also landed 4 flatheads this past week 23 to 27 pounds with bluegills and live eels. And up at Reading a Penn State student dropped me a line on how good the bass fishing has been with Rooster Tails, floating plastic worms and zoom grubs.

My Jersey guys have been slow with reports. Jerry still doing very good on Elmer fishing live minnows catching pickerel, bass and crappies. Richie said Lake Lenape really dropped off with only smaller bass and pickerel hitting late in the day on Slug-O’s, jerk shad and smaller Rapala lures. Manasquan Reservoir for one group of fisherman was pretty good for bass fishing rubber skirted jigs tipped with all kinds of rubber products. And one fisherman in Stone Tavern had a great evening on largemouth bass late Tuesday evening. Fishing black Jitterbugs, Zara Spooks and buzz baits he landed 7 bass and 11 pickerel. Bass ranged from 14 to 17 inches.

Well that is all I have for you this week. Weather has been hot but it looks like there will be a break in the weather for next week. Don’t forget to get those reports to me. Bill

Love your report!!! My son and I fished Neshaminy Creek yesterday near Brownsville Bridge. Caught over 50 sunnies, blue gills and a few rock bass!! Sunnies Very aggressive on trout magnets as most guarding nests Saw some bass and carp but not interested. Had 2 Vizslas!! Great dogs!! Cheers Gene

Fisherman Magazine Update

Our staff is on the road again this week, this time for a Congressional Saltwater Recreational Fisheries Policy event on Capitol Hill. More on this to follow in The Fisherman and at TheFisherman.com. Summer variety is expanding along the Delaware and Jersey shore beaches, with a mix of triggers, sheepshead, brown and sandtiger sharks, butterfly and cow-nosed rays, and of course summer flounder. Cobia are beginning to pop up in off-the-cuff reports in the South/Central region, while the porgy action of late off North Jersey is definitely worth a look for those angling for the dinner table. There’s a $25,000 bounty for top doormat fluke of the weekend ahead, while tournament crews are actively gearing up now for the White Marlin Invitational starting next week out of Beach Haven. Offshore forecast from the Hudson to the Baltimore Canyon calls for 3 to 5’s and Friday, and 2 to 4’s and variable winds for Saturday, making a quick shot to the mid-range bluefin grounds or a day of trolling up yellowfin and bigeye on top of the “to do” list to kick this fourth weekend of July into gear.

While most of The Fisherman Magazine‘s staff is on the hunt for new product news to report back from the annual “ICAST” tackle convention in Orlando, FL, action along the New Jersey and Delaware coast is on the verge of “tackle busting” as the phenomenal bluefin bite continues. Mid-range locations like the Hot Dog and Hambone to the south, on up to the Triple Wrecks and Chicken Canyon farther north are yielding good numbers of bluefin, some surpassing the 200-pound mark. While NOAA’s offshore forecast shows 3 to 6’s through Friday night, swells subside into Saturday and Sunday with a good 2- to 3-foot window appearing all the way through Monday. The bays and rivers continue giving up some good fluke catches from the Navesink down to Paddy’s Hole, while some folks are looking to the artificial reef sites now in the hunt for doormats. Big news on the summer flounder front of course is news from the U.S. Department of Commerce that New Jersey’s regulations are fine as they are. Summer surf variety is increasing, with more kingfish reported, plenty of opportunities to stick a flounder dinner in the wash, while night sharking is on the uptick as well.

Beach Fishing Heats Up!

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With the holiday I only had one day off this week and it was more of a training day for the dog to see how she was going to be in the boat. Well in 2 hours she slept through at least half so it is looking pretty good. As for fishing I hit a couple of my better spots to land 6 catfish 1 to 6 pounds all with shrimp. Coming in at the ramp a fisherman was landing a decent 21-inch striper that he caught with a chunk of clam. Over the entire lower river has been all catfish. Lots of white perch and eels mixed in but the stripers have really dropped off. With 80-degree water temps only the smaller fish are hanging around.

Now the upper river has been a different story. From the Trenton ramp up to Stockton the striper fishing has been great. Most guys fishing in bridges with live eels, white perch and plugs have been catching 20 to 34 inch stripers in decent numbers. Washington’s Crossing up to Lambertville guys has been doing well with live eels, 6-inch twister tails and shad bodies and poppers. And if you’re not into the stripers the smallmouth bass fishing has been great all up and down the river. Kevin has been doing great up at the Water Gap fishing live minnows, grubs, spinners and Senko worms. He said most days you could land 25 to 40 fish. JR down in the Lambertville section of the river has been boating 30 to 50 fish each trip out. Minnows and grubs have been working best for him. Larry fishing below the New Hope wing dam picked up 15 decent bass wading the rocks. Further up river one customer fishing around Hankins’s one fisherman caught 9 smallmouth bass, 2 walleyes and 16 river chubs. He was fishing Rebel crayfish, Rooster Tails and 3 inch pumpkinseed power grubs.

Schuylkill River has also been very good. Several guys fishing below the dam have been doing great on flathead catfish. These guys the past couple week have caught fish up to 26 pound with eels, bluegills and white perch. The rest of the fisherman has been doing great with channels fishing nightcrawlers, shrimp and chicken livers. Now above the dam the fisherman at Gladwyne have been catching plenty of 3 to 10 pound catfish but the flatheads have been far and few between. But a few 15 to 30 pound carp have been hitting boilies and different carp baits. Ron fishing up at Norristown has been doing well with 12 to 15 inch smallies mixed in with lots of rock bass, bluegills and catfish. Minnows, grubs and spinners working best. And one fisherman up at Reading had a great weekend with smallmouth bass fishing poppers and woven body nymphs. He picked up over 100 fish with 15 being bass.

Penn Warner really slowed up this past couple weeks. Chuck and Jay are still catching fish but the numbers have been low. Another fisherman is still picking up a few pike and pickerel fishing bigger spinners, Whooper Ploppers and 6-inch crankbaits. Core Creek had a few fishing out looking for the bass in the upper end doing nothing. And in the spillway a few fisherman are catching smaller fish with minnows, mealworms and trout magnets. John up at Nockamixon passed up last weekend with all the holiday traffic. Instead he headed to the shore flounder fishing catching all throwbacks. Chris and his buddies took this first trip out to Blue Marsh. Looking for bass or pickerel they did nothing. Fishing smaller lures in the shallows they were able to catch a few perch, crappies and bluegills with spinners and jigs. Smaller bass up in Magnolia Lake with buzz baits and smaller Zara Spooks. Same guys also fished the shopping center lake catching a few bluegills and catfish with nightcrawlers and mealworms. FDR Park several people fished over the holiday weekend catching plenty of bluegills and I heard of one 2-pound largemouth bass. This fish was caught on a 3-inch slug-o.

Saltwater action was quite a mixed bag. Heavy winds this week kept most of the boats close to home. Anthony was down fishing the Cape May reefs catching 4 keeper fish on the boat. Frank out fishing the old grounds with a 6 pack boated 11 keepers all with bucktails and Gulp grubs. Beach fishing Cape May up to Margate has been awesome for kingfish. Dick out of Brigantine picked up 50 keeper kingfish all with bloodworms and Fish Bites. In this same water the brown shark fishing has been great with kingfish heads, chunk bunker, mackerel and live eels. One customer with a dozen eels fishing North Wildwood picked up a 4, 4, 6 and one bigger brown shark. The bigger fish they lost in the wash. Now when you get up to Brielle and further north the flounder fishing has been great but here there have been lots of throwbacks. Some guys I talked to were catching 12 to 1. Again bucktails and gulp mullet and grubs working best. Still some great numbers of giant porgies and sea bass being caught in Massachusetts and Connecticut. Clams, strip mackerel and bloodworms working best. And the Chesapeake has been hot for spots and bigger white perch fishing bloodworms and Fish Bites.

Several different guys fishing Newton Lake and the Cooper River attached doing well with snakeheads and even one big bowfin. These fish have been hitting weedless frogs and Weedless mice. Up in the Mercer County Park a few fishermen did well over the weekend with smaller bass, pickerel and perch. These guys did best with live minnows, Rapala minnows and spinners. John also passed up fishing Union due to the holiday weekend. Tom fished Lake Hapatcong for the first time in a while, throwing musky lures with little success. So after a morning of nothing he geared up with plastic worms to land some 3 to 5 pound smallies. Dark colored Senko were the hot baits.

Well again that is all I have for you this week. Will be up state next week so will be taking a week off. Hope to have some good reports from up there. Bill

NO FISHING REPORTS THIS WEEK

Fisherman Magazine Update

After a heated week of Jersey Shore politics, state parks are once again open throughout the Garden State, with surfcasters back on the two fluke at 16-inch limit at Island Beach State Park. A few stripers still in the mix, kingfish are mixed with fluke inshore, while sharks are taking up a position in the night surf. Meanwhile boats hitting some of the deeper reefs and wrecks are finding gangbuster action with jumbo ling and giant winter flounder, while also picking away at the cod and enjoying the two-fish sea bass pickups along the way. A few bigger fluke are coming by way of the Old Grounds and inshore reef sites, while Raritan Bay doormat action is on the uptick as well. Offshore, reports have more yellowfin moving into the Lindenkohl now, along with bigeye, though what’s being called a “mid-range bluefin bonanza” has big game hunters looking to the Chicken Canyon and Triple Wrecks for quick limits. For your chance to fish with a BASS PRO, the IKE Foundation will be holding their annual pro-am contest this weekend in Camden in an effort to get more kids into fishing. Advance weather forecast for the weekend ahead shows mostly sunny skies and lower humidity, with plenty of options from the coast to the canyon to keep you in the thick of things in this second weekend of July.

HAPPY 4th Of JULY

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Only had one day to fish having to work and make time for picking up the new store puppy. I was out on Tuesday early hitting the river from Tacony Bridge up to the Burlington Bristol Bridge. Fishing shad strips, bunker and bloodworms Joe and I boated 20 to 30 catfish, 1 striper and 2 white perch. Fishing was steady all morning long with one of the nicest days I have fished in many years. For those interested the puppy is 8 weeks old, name of Shea and will be in the store all weekend.

The only great striper reports I’m getting are coming out of Trenton. These few guys fishing up in the bridges and down to the Route 29 bypass have been catching 12 to 25 stripers a trip fishing smaller eels and live white perch. The ones that stay through the night are catching fish with poppers, crankbaits and shad bodies. Most of these fish have been 22 to 34 inches.

Further up the river the smallmouth bass fishing has been really good. Fishing from Washington’s Crossing up to the Water Gap most guys have been catching 10 to 40 fish each trip out. Minnows have been the hot bait but grubs, spinners and top water lures are also working well. Kevin at the Water Gap has been doing very well but said the river has been going up and down and that has affected the numbers. But most days he has been catching 15 to 25 fish with minnows and Zoom grubs. Tom was up to New Hope catching a few bass but crushed the big catfish with chunked baits and minnows. Off the New Hope wing dam one fisherman picked up several 13 to 15 inch smaller but was happy landing 3 stripers 26 to 31 inches with large minnows and Rebel minnows. He also had one small walleye. A few of the drift guys picked up 20 to 30 fish from Upper Black Eddy down to Bryan. Again minnows were their hot bait.

Core Creek a couple different reports and none are good. One fisherman worked the lake up and down from shallow to deep water without a single hit. One other fisherman off the bank fished crankbait and spinner baits in the back end where I hear they have been doing well without a single hit. The last in the spillway fishing smaller minnows not able to keep the snapping turtles off his line and only picked up a couple smaller white perch. Penn Warner slowed up for the bass, pike and pickerel yet the perch and crappies have been hitting well on minnows, twister tails and spinners. Fall’s Township Jim picked up several smaller bass with 4-inch power worms in 12 to 25 feet of water. He had seen several crappies and bluegills hitting worms and mealworms. The ponds down the street have been pretty good for bluegills and catfish fishing with nightcrawlers and mealworms. One fisherman up above Pine Road had a couple good days with bigger bluegills, rock bass and smallies fishing live minnows, spinners and Rebel crayfish. Several guys are starting to hit the Perkiomen Creek doing fair with smallmouth bass but find tons of rock bass and bluegills hitting smaller minnows, spinners, small crankbaits and smaller top water lures. Charlie worked his way up the Tohickon one afternoon doing pretty good with rock bass, bluegills and even picked up a small pike all with Rapala’s and spinners. Three different reports back from Nockamixon and only one were good. This was the local fisherman catching smaller bass with buzz baits, jitterbugs, 3 inch Senko worms and Chatter Baits. The other two guys were up in kayaks on both ends of the lake doing nothing.

Saltwater fishing has been really good. Off the beaches from Atlantic City up to LBI they have been doing great with kingfish and brown sharks. Mixed in have been a few keeper size stripers. Bloodworms and Fish Bites have been the main bait for the kingfish and stripers and the sharks hitting kingfish heads, cut and chunked mackerel and bunker. From LBI up to Island State Park there have been a few decent stripers caught with a mix of different size bluefish. Sharks here have been hitting pretty good. Up in the Raritan Bay the flounder and striper fishing has still been great. Stripers hitting chunked and live bunker, Mojo Rigs and Umbrella Rigs. Mixed in here have been some 8 to 12 pound bluefish. Flounder have been hitting Spro bucktails with a Gulp mullet or grub as a teaser. Some of these flounder have been 18 to 26 inches. The next best flounder fishing has been on the Cape May Reef and the Old Grounds. Here again Spro bucktails with the Gulp teaser has been working best. Here I know of fish up to 13 pounds caught the past week. Giant porgies hitting in New York up to Massachusetts. These fish have been hitting clams, bloodworms, squid and mackerel strips. Mixed in have been some 3 to 6 pound sea bass and even a few smaller cod. And the spot and perch fishing in the Chesapeake Bay crushing bloodworms and Fish Bites. Here there have been plenty of stripers caught but all smaller fish. Salem Canal one fisherman down on Monday picked up over 50 stripers with bloodworm tipped on Sabiki Rigs. All these fish were 12 to 17 inches. He also caught 11 ocean size white perch. Still a few drumfish in the Delaware Bay but this has been dropping off the past month. There are some smaller stripers hitting in the rigs on bucktails, shad bodies and Gator spoons. These fish have been 20 to 26 inches.

Tom was the only Jersey freshwater report that I received this past week. Tom fished the weekend up at Round Valley Reservoir catching 2 brown trout with deep-water crankbaits and trolling spinner rigs tipped with nightcrawlers. Tuesday he was on Spruce Run catching plenty of perch and crappies with shiners, twister tails and small rattle traps. I don’t have any locations but everybody has been talking up how good the crabbing has been up and down the coast. Sold tons of traps, hand lines, nets and bunker this past week.

Wish I had more to report. I hope everyone has a great holiday weekend and don’t forget to get those reports e-mailed to me to attach to this post.

We had a real nice article written up on the store last week in the Northeast Times. This has really put allot of interests

Bill

Wanted to let you know how good we did up river last weekend. We took your advice and dropped in at Frenchtown and run the river all the way down to Firemans Eddy. Tip that was way too far to do in one day. We had to put the peddle to the metal the last couple hours not wetting a line to get in before dark. We bought 6 dozen minnows and used everyone up before out late shore lunch. First fish was a 24 inch walleye which was a big part of our lunch. After that we fished the Zoom Grubs, Zoom Tubes and the Blue Fox spinners you sold us. All worked. 4 guys all day long guess 50 smallmouth bass, 2 walleyes, 8 catfish, 1 little striper and even boated a 18 inch bowfin. Great day and will be see you several days over this holiday weekend. Gary, Bob, Ray and Paul

Fisherman Magazine Update

The offshore tuna bite continues to spread from the Baltimore, Wilmington and Poorman’s canyons up into the Spencer, with a “Hodge Podge” of yellowfin brought to scales this week in the Avalon Invitational tournament in South Jersey. Bluefin are already well within range for the Jersey Shore fleet, while an onslaught of bigeye and yellowfin closing down on the western edge of the southern canyons is welcome news for Delaware and South Jersey anglers, it bodes well for the July offshore action heading into the Lindy and Hudson, and it sure makes for a celebratory kickoff of the Fourth of July holiday weekend. As of Thursday morning, the offshore weather forecast from the Hudson to Baltimore shows 3- to 6-foot seas and S/SW winds Friday, giving way to 3 to 4’s on Saturday, 3 to 5’s on Sunday and just 2 to 4’s by Monday morning. Remember to bring in those Dream Boat yellowfin of 50 pounds or more; there have been a few Dream Boat fish inshore this season too with doormat fluke reported recently off the Navy Pier on the Raritan, inside Barnegat Bay, as wells as down along the Old Grounds off Delaware and South Jersey. New Jersey’s porgy action returns as of July 1 as well, a welcome return for our Independence Day Weekend celebration!

Summers Here!

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Had a real nice week up state last weekend cutting the grass and weedwacking for the entire time. The little bit of fishing I did was on our pond trying out my new canoe. After loosing all our fish a couple years ago due to the thick ice it was good to drift around catching smaller bluegills, crappies, yellow perch and golden shiners. Most all the fish I caught was on trout magnets and beetle spins. I did have a couple smaller bass come up and take swipes at buzz baits but nothing hooked up. This past week with the high winds I only got out on the river one day. But it turned out to be very good catching 4 stripers and over 20 catfish. The stripers were 26, 24, 22 and 5 inches. Catfish ranged from 1 to 9 pounds. Bunker was the hot bait but I also caught fish with bloodworms and shrimp.

Over all the lower river reports have been far and few between. I seems that most guys have given up on the stripers other than the few guys fishing up at Trenton. These guys are still doing very well on fish 22 to 34 inches with live white perch and eels. Most guys are drifting from the bridges down to where Route 29 comes to the river. Up at Yardley on fisherman with smaller live eels along the islands has been catching 5 to 8 stripers each morning. These fish have been 21 to 26 inches. And up in the wing dam at New Hope a few guys have been fishing live eels in the flew catching 20 to 31 inch stripers. Smallmouth bass fishing really picked up before all this rain. JR has been catching 30 to 50 bass with live minnows and Zoom grubs. Charlie wading at Point Pleasant has been catching 8 to 12 fish with a walleye here and there. Kevin up at the Water Gap told me the shad bite is dead but smallmouth fishing in the fast water has been awesome. He has been catching 25 to 40 fish each trip out with grubs, tubes, spinners and top water lures. One fisherman at Narrowsburg has been doing great with smallies with a few walleyes mixed in. But this past week he picked up a 37-inch striper with a live shiner.

Saltwater fishing has been great all up and down the coast. Now this past week good numbers of kingfish showed up from Wildwood up past Atlantic City. These fish are hitting bloodworms and fish bites. And in these same water fishing kingfish heads or whole smaller kingfish are catching some 5 to 7 feet brown sharks. Flounder fishing has been very good and the bigger fish are being caught from Shark River up and into the Raritan bay. Bucktails have been working the best. Another good spot for bigger flounder has been the old grounds and the Cape May reef. These guys are using bigger bucktails with 6 inch gulp grubs to catching flounder 3 to 8 pounds. Now everywhere else the flounder fishing has been good but most of the fish have been throwbacks. Back in Grassy Sounds one fisherman picked up 35 fish without a keeper. But he did catch 5 nice weakfish 19 to 24 inches. There are some great stripers still being caught up in north Jersey. These guys have been fishing Mojo Rigs, umbrella rigs and bunker spoons. Mixed in have been some 6 to 12 pound bluefish. The porgy and sea bass fishing off New York and Massachusetts has still been very good fishing top and bottom rigs with clams and strip mackerel. I talked to one fisherman flounder fishing in the bays of Connecticut catching plenty of fish with very few keepers. He has been doing best with small bucktails and Gulp mullet or spearing. The few guys heading to the Chesapeake Bay have been perch fishing hoping for the spot run to start soon. The perch have been hitting bloodworms, Fish Bites and strip squid the best.

The spillway of Core Creek has been pretty good for perch and smaller crappies. There are also a few big snapper turtles driving the fisherman nuts. The fish have been hitting smaller twister tails, trout magnets and small minnows the best. The upper end which has been pretty good for bass has been quite the past couple weeks. John up at Nockamixon said the bass bedded up and just shut down this past week. But the pan fishing has still been very good with crappies and yellow perch hitting tubes, grubs and minnows. His buddies up at Galena said fishing here died the whole month of June. The only fishing has been at night for channel catfish with chunked and live bluegills and chicken livers. I was out to Struble Lake looking for puppies seeing guys catching panfish right off the ramp. They seemed to all using worms. The fish hatchery got a stocking of bluegills and bass this past week for the different kids programs. But any kids can fish here at any time. One fisherman at Silver Lake picked up a few catfish and bluegills fishing worms. The shopping center lake same thing with bluegills and perch hitting minnows and worms. Fall’s Township slowed up for crappies but smaller bass have been hitting Senko worms, spinner baits and bright colored deep diving crankbaits. Jim picked up 11 fish this past week with these three lures. Jim also has still been hitting Levittown Lake in the evening with dry flies catching bluegills, smaller crappies and a trout here and there. Light colored Levittown Lake, White Millers and Light Cahill’s working the best.

Jersey guys have also been doing great. One fisherman at Spruce Run catching good size crappies, smallmouth bass and pickerel with minnows, mealworms, jigs and buzz baits. Couple guys out trolling Round Valley Reservoir picking up a few rainbows with spinner rigs. Jerry had another good week for pickerel, crappies and perch fishing his few south Jersey lakes. He is doing best on Elmer but also fished Magnolia and Rainbow. Terry fishing Manasquan Reservoir doing great with largemouth bass and pickerel. Spinner baits, buzz baits, rubber skirted jigs tipped with beaver tails or brush hog and live shiners did best. Did not hear back from my Union Lake crew but the bass, crappies, perch and pickerel should still be hitting well. Mercer County Park was real good for one fisherman catching 11 pickerel Wednesday afternoon. He caught all the fish with minnows.

Well that is all I have for you this week. For those who have been asking we will be picking up our new Vizsla pup on Tuesday and it will be in the store n Wednesday. Can’t wait. Bill