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Still at the mercy of the State of Pennsylvania for the fishing license machine. The warden has been in for the interview and was going to send what information in to expedite the process. Well here we are Friday a week later still in limbo. Will be recalling on Monday to see if we can get a date so we can let our customers know when to come in.

The weather the past couple weeks has kept the fishing reports light coming in. Penn Warner guys have been doing fair with perch, crappies and pickerel fishing live minnows, twister tails and Silver Buddies. One fisherman picked up a 32-inch northern pike with jerk bait early in the week. One fisherman doing well on crappies fishing Tullytown cove with wax worms and jigs. Another fisherman picked up a few yellow perch in the Neshaminy Marina with smaller minnows along the docks. The spillway at Core Creek a few white perch with live minnows, wax worms and trout magnets.

Some of the best fishing is coming from south Jersey. At Batso spillway some decent numbers of pickerel with spinners, twister tails and live minnows. Further down the road past the boat ramp one fisherman picked up a bunch of pickerel under a small bridge with live minnows. Fishing out of Crowley’s Landing several guys have been catching decent numbers of pickerel, crappies and largemouth bass fishing live minnows, twister tails and Rapala minnows. Richie had a couple days on Lake Lenape only catching smaller pickerel on Shad Raps. John took his first trip down to Union but found it too windy to even launch his boat. So he fished off the shoreline only to catch a few bluegills with small jigs. A couple of his friends have been doing great on yellow perch and crappies around the dam with minnows, shiners and marabou jigs. Tom out several times on Lake Hapatcong catching some pickerel with jerk baits, spinners and Rapala shallow runners.

There still is some good ice fishing from the Pocono’s north but I have not talked to one fisherman this past week.

Saltwater fishing has been tough with all the windy days. But the few guys we have talked to the fishing have been quite slow. Several trips out for blackfish, ling, cod and tilefish with only a few fish caught. Only good report I have is from a fisherman down in Marathon Key catching good numbers of snook and mangrove snappers with shrimp and pinfish.

Well I hope I have better news next week for fishing reports and for fishing licenses. I will post ASAP when the state does get out and sets up the machine. Bill

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Fisherman Magazine Update

In our Tuesday email alert to start this week, The Fisherman helped answer the question, “what’s up with fluke?” As ASMFC meets this week in Arlington, VA and the Mid-Atlantic Council gets set to meet next week in Raleigh, NC, now we address the question “where are the fluke?” At this point in the winter, the summer flounder we’ll see in a few more months are anywhere from 30 to 70 miles offshore right now and essentially “hanging out front” according to one insider’s report. “We haven’t had too many major storms this winter, I think that makes a difference,” is how one offshore commercial fishermen working through the winter months put it this week, while adding “when we get the big storms the fish move further north up the Hudson and Block Canyons, out of reach and less chance for them to settle back inshore to New Jersey.” A good sign for 2018? We’ll know more about recreational quotas and potential regulations next week before being finalized in March; but for now it’s all about perch, flea markets, championship parades and the countdown to back bay stripers in New Jersey as we prepare to enter the second half of February – there are boats still sailing though with light winds and fair seas predicted for Saturday (see Jamaica II in Central Jersey below).

Some wind in the forecast for Friday is expected to lay down on Saturday and Sunday along the coast; with temps in the 30’s and 40’s through the weekend and some precipitation (read: snow and/or rain) predicted on Sunday, looks to a tight winter window for hardcore anglers looking to score. It’s been a stubborn pick on the blackfish grounds of late, while boats gunning for cod are heading well east to score. Mackerel have been reported thick at the Mud Hole, and good numbers of perch have kept savvy anglers well-stocked with flaky, white meals this season. As ice fishing opportunities in the NW portion of the Garden State continue, many hardcore anglers are looking to the first of February to score big on the fishing tackle and charter market. It’s a “big game” weekend ahead – but before laying out the chips & salsa, hook up with a fish or two first on the New Jersey, Delaware fishing grounds

Some wind in the forecast for Friday is expected to lay down on Saturday and Sunday along the coast; with temps in the 30’s and 40’s through the weekend and some precipitation (read: snow and/or rain) predicted on Sunday, looks to a tight winter window for hardcore anglers looking to score. It’s been a stubborn pick on the blackfish grounds of late, while boats gunning for cod are heading well east to score. Mackerel have been reported thick at the Mud Hole, and good numbers of perch have kept savvy anglers well-stocked with flaky, white meals this season. As ice fishing opportunities in the NW portion of the Garden State continue, many hardcore anglers are looking to the first of February to score big on the fishing tackle and charter market. It’s a “big game” weekend ahead – but before laying out the chips & salsa, hook up with a fish or two first on the New Jersey, Delaware fishing grounds.

The run towards March 1 heads into the homestretch after this weekend, which by all accounts should be a highly fishable one all the way around with high temperatures into the 40’s and 50’s on Friday and Saturday with light winds. Boats along the coast from Shark River in North Jersey to Indian River in Delaware continue sailing for blackfish as weather allows, though it’s been a pickier bite this winter than most (perhaps attributed to the recent thawing snot and ice.) As our staff heads out to Manhattan for the New York Boat Show this week we learn that a few boats out of Sheepshead Bay in Brooklyn have been finding good mackerel action by heading south (putting them of course right off the Jersey Coast). Offshore cod, pollock and ling catches keeping rail-huggers happy on some of the deep offshore trips, while ice aficionados are still finding open ice in the northwest portion of the region. Some open water in South Jersey has a few creekside anglers thinking perch in the days ahead as well.

New Owners First Week

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Well finally we were able to finalize the sale of Brinkman’s Bait and Tackle and the new owner is up and running. With the long delay we are still waiting to hear the date of the license machine. So if you don’t need a license for the next couple weeks please hold out and we would appreciate your business. If you’re heading out right away we are recommending Johnson’s up on State Road in Croydon.

Another thing Mike has not gotten hooked up yet is the credit card machine. We are hoping by next Wednesday that will be taking care of. Never thought such simple things would be so difficult. So if you are coming in please bring cash.

Now for the fishing report. With the warm weather the ice in south Jersey and the local lakes has gotten soft. There are a few guys still getting out early in the week but I would really check it out close to shore before heading out.

I had three different reports from the Pennypack with all three guys catching fish. The first was at Rhawn Street with the customer picking up a decent rainbow with a nightcrawler. Second was a fisherman above Pine Road with mealworms and wax worms catching bluegills and rock bass. Third was at the Boulevard with this fisherman catching one carp 11 pounds on corn.

Core Creek I had a couple reports with crappies and perch hitting small jigs, small minnows and wax worms. One fisherman drilled holes off the dock and jigged through the holes off the dock. The ice here was only 3 inches. The second fished the spillway catching plenty of perch.

Penn Warner last weekend was still great on the ice but I have not heard a word since. The guys over the weekend were catching perch, crappies, pickerel and pike. Minnows, spoons and Rapala ice jigs were working best.

Nockamixon has been another good spot but I again don’t know how thick the ice is. But here last weekend they picked up plenty of crappies and bluegills with smaller minnows and jigs tipped with mealworms and wax worms.

The best ice fishing is still from the Pocono’s north. Shohola has been great for pickerel, yellow perch and bluegills with live minnows, shiners, Rapala ice jigs and different small ice jigs tipped with bait. Belmont has still been very good for pickerel and pike fishing live minnows and Rapala ice jigs. One fisherman on Duck Harbor picked up a few rainbows with Swedish Pimples and Kastmasters.   Brady’s Lake Frank had a good weekend picking up over 100 panfish all with wax worms and jigs.

The only reports from South Jersey have been guys fishing the rivers and spillways. One fisherman at the Sweetwater Casino picked up a bunch of pickerel last weekend with spinners and minnows. At Batso they did well with smaller pickerel with minnows, spinners and twister tails. Below Lake Lenape one fisherman did very good with white perch and 12 to 14 inch stripers with minnows, grass shrimp and small bucktails.

Shore reports are down to the few guys that got out for blackfish, cod, pollock and tilefish. These guys are doing best with clams, squid, strip mackerel and diamond jigs.

Well that is all I have for you this week. Mike is in the store everyday now so please stop in say hello. I’m still doing rod repair so this is a good time to check out your rods for bent, broken or grooved guides and tips. It takes a couple weeks to do guide work and better find now than the day you need it.

Bill

Letter From The New Owner

Hello to everyone! I’m proud and excited to begin the next chapter of my life as the new owner of Brinkman’s Bait and Tackle. I have spoken to so many of the regular customers who have shared years of great experiences with the Brinkman family, many of you since you were small kids. My intentions are to carry on this legacy, providing you with the great customer service, selection of products and bait that you are accustomed to.

A little background on me; I grew up in the Western NY area. As a kid I had a small bait shop, which I guess is the foundation for where I am today. I spent many days fishing the lakes, rivers and streams for freshwater species. I moved to PA and continued my freshwater ventures but then found a passion for the saltwater angling. I fish in many of the tournaments along the Jersey coast annually. For the past 6 years, I have run a small business known as www.Sharkbite-Bucktails.com, making jigs for Fluke and Blackfish as well as teasers for fluke and sea bass and stinger rigs.

I look forward to continuing building great relationships with the many sportsmen and women who frequent the store. I am open to any suggestions to continue to meet your needs and grow the business. Look for an expansion on the internet with an on-line store soon to be established.  MIKE

May Be Last Weekend on the Ice

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Again no settlement as of today but it is not looking like it is going to happen on Monday late afternoon. So we will be open for the weekend and Monday morning. Mike should be starting his new career starting Tuesday next week. So we still don’t have fishing licenses and are only accepting cash. Mike hopes to have his credit card machine up and running in the week but we are not sure what date his license machine will be in. But I will post as soon as I know. It has been a long process but I’m hoping everyone can hold out till mid February for his or her licenses.

Fishing report has been down to a few reports. Penn Warner has been on fire for perch, crappies, pickerel and pike through the ice. Bigger minnows, was worms; mealworms and Rapala ice minnows have been working best. You should have good ice for the start of the weekend but I’m not sure how long with warmer weather coming in. Levittown Lake one fisherman has been picking up a few trout and crappies fishing smaller jigs, Swedish pimples and smaller Rapala ice jigs. Nockamixon several guys have been picking up good numbers of perch and crappies fishing small minnows and jigs through the ice. One fisherman even picked up a 20 inch pickerel with a live minnow.

Other ice fishing reports have been coming from up state. One fisherman on Belmont has been catching some nice pike and pickerel fishing live minnows and Rapala ice jigs. One other fisherman in Wayne County did very well on yellow perch and pickerel on Duck Harbor Pond. In the Pocono’s one fisherman did well on bluegills and perch on White Deer Lake fishing wax worms and smaller minnows. Shohola has been another great spot to head for panfish and pickerel fishing live minnow, smaller metal and Rapala ice jigs.

The other reports came from south Jersey with guys doing well on Union Lake, Dennisville Lake, Batso Lake and Hammond Lake. All these places have been good for pickerel, yellow perch and bluegills fishing minnows, small jigs, twister tails and Rapala ice jigs. Below the mill at Batso guys did great with pickerel fishing live minnows and spinners in the fast water. Same below the dam at Lake Lenape with plenty of white perch and pickerel hitting minnows, spinner and twister tails.

The only saltwater fishing has been up North Jersey with boats running out for bigger blackfish, cod, ling, pollock and monster porgies. Most of these fish are being caught with clams, strip mackerel and diamond jigs.

Well that is all I have for you this week. I hope this process goes through on Monday and it would be great to stop in and see the new guy next week. Bill

Fisherman Magazine Update

Arctic blasts and bomb cyclones give way to warmer coastal weather for the January 11-14 weekend; while blackfish lead the charge for most of the New Jersey and Delaware coastal fleet still fishing, many boats are also heading offshore for cod, pollock and jumbo porgies this week. Local ice fishing opportunities have improved significantly since the cold spell, and many freshwater anglers are hoping the late week warming trend doesn’t negatively affect conditions too much. While fishing participation has been light, show season is underway as well for 2018 with the Garden State Outdoor Sports Show in Edison, NJ through Sunday, as well as the Lacey Township High School Fishing Club’s annual fisherman’s flea market on Saturday. The New Jersey Marine Fisheries Council also convenes to discuss sea bass in Stafford Township on Thursday the 11th, and The Fisherman will be there to report on the outcome.

NOAA’s marine forecast shows winds and seas begin to subside a bit through Monday, January 22, and whenever weather allows there are party and charter boats sailing out of New Jersey ports for blackfish, cod, ling and some jumbo porgies offshore. Show season is officially underway with a couple of options in the Delaware Valley and Staten Island area this Saturday, January 20; there are also upcoming shows and workshops to consider (the February edition of The Fisherman is out next week with a comprehensive calendar listing through March 1.) If you’re chomping at the bit for that back bay striper opening, make sure you’re geared up; local shops are starting to get busy with winter rod and reel servicing, so be sure to drop your stuff now to have it ready in time for the March 1 opener.

Ice Fishing Time Of Year

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Well we expected settlement on Thursday and here is it Friday still held up with the bank. Nothing like the day of closing that the bank is asking for signatures on forms they have been holding for 5 months, surveys that were suppose to be done by the bank or title company and several other problems. So we will be open all weekend but still no licenses and cash only.

With this weather ice fishing has been all the rage this past week. All the lakes in the Pocono’s have 8 to 10 inches of ice, lakes in the Philadelphia area with 4 to 6 inches of ice and most all the south Jersey lakes 3 to 6 inches of ice. Penn Warner has been great with tons of yellow and white perch, pickerel and pike hitting live minnows, spoons and Rapala ice jigs. One customer had a 37-inch pike that weighed 19 pounds. Core Creek some perch and crappies hitting mealworms, twister tails and smaller ice jigs tipped gulp maggots. Levittown Lake I only had one report with this customer picking up a couple trout with Kastmasters. Nockamixon one fisherman picked up a bunch of crappies, perch and bluegills jigging metal and ice jigs tipped with baits and rubber trailers.

Jersey Lakes have been on fire. One fisherman picking up 25 to 50 big yellow perch each trip on Stone Tavern. He also said guys have been doing good with pickerel fishing Rapala ice jigs, Kastmasters, Cleo spoons and live minnows. Newton Lake a few guys have been doing pretty well with bass fishing live minnows, spoon and Rapala ice jigs. Batso Lake has been very good for pickerel and bluegills fishing twister tails, minnows, spoons and Rapala ice jigs. One bad report with one fisherman on Round Valley jigging for lake trout for several days without a single fish. He said there are a few guys picking up perch with smaller jigs tipped with live bait.

Up state on Brady’s Lake one fisherman has been limiting out on brown trout fishing power baits, Kastmasters and smaller Rapala ice jigs. They are also doing well with pickerel on this lake. Duck Harbor Pond has been another great spot for trout, yellow perch, crappies, pickerel and golden shiners. These guys have been fishing mealworms, power baits, spoons and Rapala ice jigs. Shohola has been great for pickerel fishing live minnows and Rapala ice jigs.

Now the upper Delaware River and Susquehanna Rivers are full of ice and no one has been out for the past 10 days. I had a couple reports of carp being caught on the Schuylkill River Grey’s Ferry with pop up and regular boilies. One customer picked up 6 in a couple hours. And below the dam some good numbers of walleyes being picked up on 2 and 3-inch power shads. Here you have to be real careful of the ice-covered rocks as the tides drop down.

Saltwater fishing has been down to the guys heading north off Block Island up into Massachusetts for cod and tilefish. And these guys have been crushing it bringing home limits each trip the weather allows them out. There were a few smaller stripers still being picked up in the back bays but as of the other day most of these waters are ice covered.

Well that is all I have this week. I hope the next report I will be an employee of Brinkman’s and not the owner. This time will tell. Hope everyone had a great holiday season. Bill