May Fishing Sessions: 05/06 - Multi-Species Fishing at the Delaware Canal (Yardley, PA)

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Here is my fishing report for May 6th:

--- May 6th, 2015 ---

Location: Delaware Canal (Yardley, PA)
Time: 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Fishes caught:

-- 1 Chain Pickerel (Esox niger)
-- 4 Largemouth Bass (Micropterus salmoides)
-- 2 Rainbow Trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss)
-- 1 Green Sunfish X Bluegill Hybrid (Lepomis cyanellus X Lepomis macrochirus)
-- 1 Green Sunfish (Lepomis cyanellus)
-- 3 Bluegill (Lepomis macrochirus)

Video:

Below are the highlights for this fishing session:

The video is twenty minutes long. A brief introduction and setup overview is given in the first three minutes of the video. Don't forget to watch it in HD (1080p50)! If you enjoy watching my videos, please support my YouTube Channel by liking and subscribing to it. :)

Goal: 

Although I went to the Delaware Canal for Multi-Species fishing, my main goal for the day was to catch a "Pennsylvania Chain Pickerel." Since this Species of fish is pretty rare in and around Philadelphia, it's always a pleasure to catch one of them in PA! 

Note that NJ, on the other hand, is filled with Chain Pickerel.

Setup:

For this fishing session, I used my 9" Cortland Spin Endurance noodle rod and a Shimano Symetre 4000LW with 12lbs Berkley Vanish Fluorocarbon line. During the course of the session, I used the following lures/baits: (1) a piece of nightcrawler on a size #6 Eagle Claw hook; (2) Green colored Berkley Power Bait on a size #6 Eagle Claw hook, with four small split-shots; (3) a Thomas Fishing Lures E.P. Series in-line Spinner, 1/8 oz., Nickel/Gold Color.

Summary: 

I started my day on the Canal at Letchworth Avenue. I baited small pieces of nightcrawler on a size #6 Eagle Claw hook, finishing there with a few Bluegill, a Green Sunfish, a Hybrid Sunfish, and a Rainbow Trout. Then, I walked over to the right and switched gears to Powerbait. I fished the outlet area without much success, ending there with a single Rainbow Trout.

For the remaining of the day, I tied on a Thomas Lures E.P. Series in-line spinner, hoping to catch some Largemouth Bass and Chain Pickerel. A landed a few miniature Largemouth Bass, as well as a decent 1lber. Considering the fact that the Canal around Yardley only holds Bass up to two pounds, a one pounder wasn't as bad. Heh.

I ended up fulfilling my goal for the day, which was pretty neat! In other words, I was able to land a Chain Pickerel at the Canal.

Overall, a very productive day of Multi-Species fishing.

Photos:

A stocked Rainbow Trout from the Delaware Canal around Yardley. This little fella bit a piece of nightcrawler on a size #6 hook.

A Great Blue Heron waiting for a meal! 

A Largemouth Bass on the Spinner! That's to show that the Thomas Lures In-Line Spinner is good friends with any Multi-Species angler. After all, you never know what you are going to catch on it! 

A prized Chain Pickerel from Southern Pennsylvania. Unfortunately, these fish are very rare in and around Philadelphia. I have only seen Chain Pickerel from the Delaware Canal and Lake Nockamixon. Thus, always happy to catch one! The fish was safely released. 

Best of luck to all of us,

Long Days and Pleasant Nights,

Sincerely,

Leo S.

Hello, Blog Readers!

Here's my super short fishing session for May 5th:

--- May 5th, 2015 ---

Location: Barnegat Bay (Seaside Heights, NJ)
Time: 2:00-4:00 p.m.

Fishes caught:

-- None

Video:

Since there were no fishes caught for this session, there is no video for it. :(

Goal: 

My family decided to go down to Seaside Heights for some "boardwalking." Thus, I decided to sneak out for a bit and fish at Barnegat Bay. Heh. Since it was a last minute trip, I decided to go for whatever hits! 

Setup:

For this trip, I decided to take two rods with me: my heavy action Daiwa Samurai Rod+Reel Combo, equipped with 20lbs Berkley Vanish Fluorocarbon line; and my 9' Cortland Spin Endurance noodle rod with a Shimano Symetre 4000FL, equipped with 12lbs Berkley Vanish Fluorocarbon line. Both of them were rigged with a regular metal high/low rig for saltwater fishing.

As for bait, I used mainly salted clams and chopped Bunker for this fishing session.

Summary:

As mentioned previously, my family called me on a last minute notice for a trip down to Seaside Heights in NJ! At the beginning, I was very reluctant to go -- after all, my 7 year old nephew was coming with us. In other words, the trip was all about "family time" and lots of walking under the scorching sun! In the end, my sister decided to play smart: she mentioned "fishing for a couple hours..." Hahaha. Well...that was it. Sold! 

So, I packed my equipment and went down to Seaside Heights with the family. They dropped me off at the Dock Outfitters, so I decided to just fish the dock over there. I got myself some bunker and set up two rods with small hooks for Multi-Species angling.

I fished the place for two hours under very hot weather, finishing the day with a single bite (no hook up). A couple folks were fishing the dock as well and no other catches were observed. One local did tell me about the Bluefish (Polmatotus saltatrix) bite being hot around dusk. But then, unfortunately, I had to leave around 4 p.m. Heh.

Photos:

Since this was a last minute trip, I didn't have my camera or GoPro with me. :(  

Best of luck for all of us,

Long Days and Pleasant Nights,

Sincerely,

Leo S.

Hello, Blog Readers!

Here is my fishing report for May 2nd:

--- May 2nd, 2015 ---

Location: Darby Creek (@John Heinz Wildlife Refugee)
Time: 12:00-5:00 p.m.

Fishes caught: 

-- None

Video:

I didn't really catch any fish; however, my buddy Marc "The Shark" caught a nice Common Carp (Cyprinus carpio)! Therefore, here's the footage for you guys:

Here is Marc "The Shark" reeling in his 3rd ever Common Carp. As the video indicates, he is still learning on the trends of Carp fishing. A fine catch regardless! 

Goal:

The goal for the day was to catch any type of Carp at the John Heinz Wildlife Refugee. As a matter of fact, Marc's father caught a beautiful Mirror Carp at that exact same spot, a couple weeks earlier:

Reverend Ronald -- a.k.a. Jellybean -- with a partial Mirror Carp from Darby Creek. He is still learning the trends of Carp fishing; thus, he is improving day-by-day. Photo Credit: Grand Master "Fish-Shoreman" "Philly.

By the way...note that pre-chumming was not done! 

Setup:

I used three rods for this fishing session. The first setup consisted of a Cortland Endurance 9' noodle rod with a Shimano Symetre 4000FL and 12lbs Berkley Vanish Fluorocarbon line. The second setup was a heavy action Daiwa Samurai rod + reel with 20lbs Berkley Vanish Fluorocarbon line. The third set up was a Daiwa Samurai medium action rod with a Shimano Sedona 2500FD and also 12lbs Berkley Vanish Fluorocarbon line.. All setups were rigged with a 1 oz. egg sinker, a medium sized Eagle Claw golden snap-swivel, and a snelled size #6 Eagle Claw hook.

Canned kernel corn was used for bait during the entire session.

Summary:

My friend Marc "The Shark" from the Grand Master "Fish-Shoreman" "Philly" invited me for a Carp session at Tinicum (John Heinz Wildlife Refugee). I arrived there around 12 p.m., after taking the Market Frankford line EL and the Bus 37.

I setup up three rods on Darby Creek, right across the big shallow Lake at John Heinz. Chummed half a can of corn and started the waiting game! Later in the day, Marc "The Shark;" Benjamin "Line Crosser;" and Bryant "Boy Scout" joined me as well. Folks -- do not ask me where these nicknames came from! Hah. The Grand Master crew likes to baptize their members with nicknames, and my nickname in the crew just happens to be "The Chosen One." As a matter of fact, I even have a T-shirt for it:

That's right. Besides being the "owner" of the Extreme Philly Fishing Organization, I also decided to join the Grand Master crew to maximize my fishing network. Note that those guys are totally drama free! In other words, good people to hang out with. If you want to follow them, here's their Facebook page.

Anyways...I ended up missing one Channel Catfish (Ictalurus punctatus) in the range of 1.5lbs. That was my only fish for the day! I reeled the "beast" in and it unhooked itself right in front of me. Thus, I couldn't even take a photo of it. Sigh...

Marc "The Shark" ended the day with one Common Carp -- his 3rd Carp ever! So, I'm very happy for him. He's new in Carp angling; however, he's picking up the techniques and I'm sure that soon he will become a very conscientious Carp angler! His handling skills are getting better as we speak. 

Benjamin (a.k.a. "Bulldog," but I call him the Line Crosser because he crosses my line all the time) ended his day with a nice Channel Catfish. Bryant "Boy Scout" finished the day with a White Perch (Morone americana) and a Brown Bullhead (Ameiurus nebulosus).

Photos:

A nice view of the tidal Darby Creek in the John Heinz Wildlife Refugee. An awesome spot for Catfish and Carp! Family trips are highly encouraged.

A Duck swimming in the Creek. All hail wildlife! 

Benjamin "Bulldog" "Line Crosser" with his nice Channel Catfish. Definitely a good catch! Between you and me: he does some magic with his lines, man. He uses heavy sinkers, but somehow, his lines end up drifting right on top of yours! Thus, "The Line Crosser." 

Marc "The Shark" with a Common Carp. The same one you saw in the video.

After my fishing session at the John Heinz, I decided to join local angler Louis A. C. at the Fairmount Dam. Louis is the owner of the Philadelphia Anglers Club fishing forum, and our local pro Carp angler. As a matter of fact, Louis is the one who wrote the Carp page for the PA Fish and Boat Commission.

Louis with a neat Gizzard Shad (Dorosoma cepedianum) from the Schuylkill River.

Best of luck for all of us,

Long Days and Pleasant Nights,

Sincerely,

Leo S.

May Fishing Sessions: 05/01 - Fishing at the Fairmount Dam and the Schuylkill Banks (Philadelphia, PA)

Hello, Blog Readers!

As always, I'm late on my fishing reports. Heh. Life has been super busy! Even so, I should be done with the "May Fishing Sessions" within a week or so. Thus, keep an eye open for the Blog! :)

Here is a list of other recent updates:

-- Meanwhile, I have been uploading videos on YouTube on a weekly basis. Here are my newest videos there:


-- The 6th Catfish Tourney on the Banks is scheduled for this next Sunday (the 31st). The good news is that I already have 15 participants/teams; and therefore, this event is definitely happening! The bad news is that there will be a lot of rain this week, including Sunday. So far, the weather for Sunday between 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. seems fair. However, competitors -- keep an eye open for any updates! I'll send an e-mail out to all competitors one day prior to the competition: either with a gentle reminder of the date of the event or with news of event delay due to weather conditions.

And, of course, I am still accepting new competitors for this event. If you are interested in participating, make sure to read the rules and regulations in the hyperlink above! For registration, send an e-mail to sheng12182527@gmail.com for the registration form.

-- The Facebook Public Album has been on fire recently! I've been receiving lots of photos and I promise everyone that I will update them when I can! Once again -- I would like to thank the folks who contributed their fishing photos to the album! Thanks, thanks, thanks! And, if you are interested in submitting photos, you may click here for more details.

Now, here's my fishing report for May 1st:

--- May 1st, 2015 ---

Location: Schuylkill River (Philadelphia, PA)
Time: 2:00-7:00 p.m.; 8:00-10:00 p.m.

Fishes caught:

-- None

Video:

Since there were no fishes caught for this session, there is no video for it. :(

Goal: 

The goal for the day was to hit the Fairmount Dam for American/Hickory Shad (Alosa sapidissima/Alosa mediocris) and Striped Bass (Morone saxatilis). Since my friend Marc "The Shark" called me to join him for some night time fishing, I switched my goal later in the day for Channel Catfish (Ictalurus punctatus).

Setup:

I used only one rod for this fishing session: my Cortland Endurance 9' noodle rod with a Shimano Symetre 4000FL and 12lbs Berkley Vanish Fluorocarbon line. The following lures were used at the Fairmount Dam: (1) Shad darts; (2) Rat-L-Trap Rattletrap; (3) Zoom Fluke on a 3/8 oz. Jighead; and a Thomas Fishing Lures E.P. Series in-line Spinner, 1/8 oz., Nickel/Gold. The following setup was used for Channel Catfish at night time: a high-low rig with two three-way swivels, size #4 eagle claw hooks, and a 2 oz. river sinker all the way down.

Summary:

Since its known that the Shad fishing in Philadelphia picks up around the end of April and beginning of May, I decided to give it one more time around the Fairmount Dam! I arrived on the west side of the tidal Schuylkill River around 2 p.m.. There were a couple other anglers fishing for American/Hickory Shad; however, no catches were observed. I attempted a different selection of lures -- first for the Shad, and then for the Striped Bass. Unfortunately, I finished the day there without any luck!

After five hours of fishing without seeing a single fish, I decided to let go of the frustration by exploring the west side drive of the Schuylkill Trail, up to the Girard Avenue Bridge. I found some very interesting spots for Flathead Catfish!   

Then, around 8 p.m. or so, I decided to join my friend Marc "The Shark" for some Catfishing around the Market Street Bridge. A little bit later, our friend Bryan KL joined us as well. We fished for about two hours or so, finishing our session without a single fish!

Overall, a very tiring day! Heh.

Photos:

A very nice view of the Fairmount Dam from the West side of the tidal Schuylkill River. The Boathouse Row is at the back.

Look what we have here...The Right Anglers' sticker.

A nice and shallow sandy flat on the West side of the Schuylkill River. Perfect spot for Common Carp! 

"Things that you don't see when you stay at home:" A dead bird. That's right -- one more organism to my "dead" collection. One of these days I'll be doing a full post on all the dead things that I've ever seen during my fishing sessions in and around Philadelphia. You would be surprised...

My buddy Marc "The Shark" fishing for Channel Catfish around the Market Street bridge. Notice his "Jedi" Rod on the left (the glowing stick). Heh 

More reports will be coming soon. :)

Best of luck for all of us,

Long Days and Pleasant Nights,

Sincerely,

Leo S.

April Fishing Sessions: 04/30 - Multi-Species Fishing at Newton Lake (Collingswood, NJ)

Hello, Blog Readers! 

Here's my fishing report for April 30th:

--- April 30th, 2015 ---

Location: Newton Lake (Collingswood, NJ)
Time: 12:30-4:30 p.m.

Fishes caught:

-- 7 Pumpkinseed (Lepomis gibbosus)
-- 32 Bluegill (Lepomis macrochirus)
-- 4 Largemouth Bass (Micropterus salmoides)
-- 3 White Perch (Morone americana)
-- 1 Goldfish X Common Carp Hybrid (Carassius auratus X Cyprinus carpio)

Video:

Below are the highlights for this fishing session:

The video is approximately twenty-one minutes long. Don't forget to watch it in HD (1080p50)! If you enjoy watching my videos, please support the YouTube Channel by liking and subscribing. 

Goal:

The original goal for the day was to catch any type of invasive Species of fish in NJ: either a Northern Snakehead (Channa argus), a Green Sunfish (Lepomis cyanellus), or a Warmouth (Lepomis gulosus). Since I wasn't able to catch any of those, I ended up focusing only on the Multi-Species aspect of the trip. 

Setup:

I used only one fishing rod for this fishing session. My setup consisted of a Cortland Endurance 9' noodle rod with a Shimano Symetre 4000FL and 12lbs Berkley Vanish Fluorocarbon line. Throughout the course of the day, I used mainly two types of rigs: (1) a weightless size #6 Eagle Claw hook with nightcrawlers, or (2) a 1/64 oz. Trout Magnet jighead with either a Trout Magnet or a 1" Gulp! Alive Minnow

Summary: 

I started fishing Newton Lake around 12:30 p.m.. Right after I got to the spot, I ended up spooking a Northern Snakehead and a couple Common Carp in shallow water. That was the hint I needed to turn on my "ninja mode." Heh. I tied on a size #6 Eagle Claw hook with a piece of nightcrawler.

I fished for a little bit at the Beetlewood Avenue bridge, finishing with a couple Bluegill, one miniature Largemouth Bass, and a White Perch. There were a couple big Carp in the shallows, flipping through the aquatic vegetation. I also saw plenty of Sunfish swimming around! 

As portrayed in the video, I started walking upwards towards Colford Avenue. Midway, I decided to drop the nightcralwer by the small bridge to see if anything would hit. That's where a caught my first ever Goldfish X Common Carp Hybrid -- number 65 on my Species list. Curiously enough, this little chunky fella behaved very differently than a regular Carp! Normal Common Carp may look at a naturally sinking bait when the same is put right in front of its face. This hybrid ran towards my bait, sucking it in at a first glance! Pretty wild behavior. Hah.

After landing a couple other smaller Species of fish, including the Pumpkinseed, I started to walk the other way around -- towards Oaklawn Avenue. That's when I started to notice that some very very dark colored fishes were swimming in very shallow water. Those actually turned out to be Black Crappie in "spawning mode." In other words, the Black Crappie were swimming in very shallow areas for their spawning season. As a side note, fishes tend to become more colorful in their spawning seasons to attract their mates (i.e. Bowfin tends to become Green, Green Sunfish tends to have yellow fins, Black Crappie get darker, etc).   

I kept walking around the Lake without any more success in finding new Species of fish. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to spot a single Warmouth or Green Sunfish at Newton Lake! However, overall, it was still a very productive day. :)

The new Species on my list was definitely a plus! 

Photos:

First Largemouth Bass of the day -- a miniature one! As mentioned in the video, small Largemouth Bass are always a good sign: good numbers of small fish show anglers that the natural reproduction in certain body of water is going well. 

A neat White Perch from Newton Lake! As a reminder, Newton Lake is not a closed body of water -- it starts as a tributary of the Delaware River. For that reason, there is always a winter kill for Gizzard Shad (Dorosoma cepedianum) at Newton Lake during early Spring, not to mention that new Northern Snakehead and White Perch get into the Lake year after year.

A nice sample Bluegill from Newton Lake. Clearer the water, stronger the color. Albeit, the strongest and most beautiful colors come from acidic pond in NJ. 

"Things that you don't see when you stay at home:" Doves around the Lake! Heh.

Another miniature Largemouth Bass. Getting bigger, though...

My first ever Goldfish X Common Carp Hybrid! The chunky little fella is apparently very rare in PA and NJ, being more common around Washington D.C.

A gorgeous Black Crappie in spawning colors. 

Another sample of a spawning Black Crappie

A Pumpkinseed in spawning mode. 

Another Largemouth Bass from Newton Lake. Again -- no monsters, but getting bigger. Haha.

Best of luck for all of us,

Long Days and Pleasant Nights,

Sincerely,

Leo S.

Hello, FB Readers! 

I'm pretty sure that you guys have noticed the new tab on the right of the page already. Heh. I've added a new photo gadget entitled "Latest Public Album Entry on FB." Therefore, from now onward, the latest photo update on the FB Public Album will be presented here as well. If you are interested in submitting your photos to the Public Album, please click here for more details. Keep 'em coming, readers... :)

Here is my report for April 28th:

--- April 28th, 2015 ---

Location: Tidal Schuylkill River (@Spring Garden, Philadelphia, PA)
Time: 11:30 a.m.-6:00 p.m.

Fishes caught:

-- 1 Striped Bass (Morone saxatilis)
-- 1 White Perch (Morone americana)
-- 5 Channel Catfish (Ictalurus punctatus)

Video:

Below are the highlights for this fishing session:

The video is about twenty-six minutes long. A brief introduction and setup overview is given in the first six minutes of the video. At the end of the video, there are two extra short clips for "Things that you don't see when you stay at home." Don't forget to watch it in HD (1080p50)! If you enjoy watching my videos, please support the YouTube Channel by liking and subscribing. :) 

Goal:

After failing miserably at the Delaware River for Striped Bass, I shifted my goals to the Schuylkill River in Center City. My goal for the day was to try catching some Striped Bass at a spot that I had never been to before -- a sandy flat by the Spring Garden Bridge. 

Setup:

I used three rods for this fishing session. The first setup consisted of a Cortland Endurance 9' noodle rod with a Shimano Symetre 4000FL and 12lbs Berkley Vanish Fluorocarbon line. The second setup was a heavy action Daiwa Samurai rod + reel with 20lbs Berkley Vanish Fluorocarbon line. Both setups were rigged with a 2 oz. egg sinker, a medium sized Eagle Claw golden snap-swivel, and a snelled 7/0 Gamakatsu octopus hook.

The third setup consisted of a high-low rig: two snelled #4-#6 Eagle Claw j-hooks on a three way swivel (about 1 foot apart from each other) and a 2 oz. river sinker on the bottom.  

Throughout my fishing session, I used the following types of bait: bloodworms, bunker, and salted clam.

Summary:

Taking the spring run in consideration, I decided to pick a narrower spot on the Schuylkill River with the logic that the fish must pass there in order to spawn. After looking through Google Maps and Google Earth, I reached the conclusion that the sandy flat at Spring Garden was my best option. 

I arrived there around 11:30 a.m., catching the high-to-low tide. I setup my rods with bunker and left-over blooworms. Just in case, I had salted clams as well. Soon after, the first hit came: my first Striped Bass of the day! Unfortunately, that was also the last one of the day. Heh. For the rest of the day, I had multiple Channel Catfish bites -- my biggest one being a 23 incher, 5.5lber. I also ended up landing a big female White Perch full of eggs, which I decided to release (recall -- gotta preserve fish fitness in the sport). 

Even though I landed only one small Striper, overall, it was a very productive day on the River! 

Photos:

A nice scenic view of the River. On the backgroud: the Spring Garden Bridge.

First fish of the day: a juvenile Striped Bass (~2 years old). Despite its size, a beautiful fish! 

A "big mama" full of eggs! I hope this White Perch finished its job. Heh. 

3.5lber Channel Catfish on a piece of Bunker.

A nice view of my three rods during low tide. 

"Things that you don't see when you stay at home:" A Groundhog eating some greenery on the banks of the Schuylkill River! Gorgeous creature.

"Things that you don't see when you stay at home:" Radioactive stuff on the River? After digging through the sand, I still had absolutely no idea what was that! In the end, it was just a heavy silver container with no lid whatsoever. Very very suspicious...It had a number "5" and a recycle symbol on it.

A view of the same object. It was buried pretty deep in the sands of the Schuylkill River. Hopefully one of you folks can tell me what this is...

Best of luck for all of us,

Long Days and Pleasant Nights,

Sincerely,

Leo S.

Hello, Blog Readers! 

Before anything else, I am happy to announce that the 6th Catfish Tourney on the Banks is definitely happening! As for now, I already have more than 15 participants/teams all together and I am expecting many more to show up on the day of the event! So, I have hopes that this will be big. For those who are not yet familiar with the event, rules and registration information can be found here

I hope to see everyone down there, and may the best win! 

Now, here is my short fishing report for April 25th:

--- April 25th, 2015 ---

Location: Frankford Creek (Port Richmond, PA)
Time: 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Fishes caught: 

-- None

Video:

Since there were no fishes caught for this session, there is no video for it. :(

Goal:

The goal for the day was to land some Common Carp (Cyprinus carpio) at the Frankford Creek in Port Richmond. Note that my friend and I did not pre-chum the location; in other words, the fishing trip was a last minute decision.

Setup:

I used two rods for this fishing session. The first setup consisted of a Cortland Endurance 9' noodle rod with a Shimano Symetre 4000FL and 12lbs Berkley Vanish Fluorocarbon line. The second setup was a heavy action Daiwa Samurai rod + reel with 20lbs Berkley Vanish Fluorocarbon line. Both setups were rigged with a 1 oz. egg sinker, a medium sized Eagle Claw golden snap-swivel, and a size #6 Eagle Claw snelled j-hook.

Summary:

On a short notice, my friend Peter S. and I went to the Frankford Creek in Port Richmond for some Common Carp. We arrived at the location around 9 a.m., catching the high-to-low tide. We chummed the location on the spot and setup four rods with kernel corn. Unfortunately, we ended the day without a single bite! 

While we were fishing, local Carp expert Phil S. paid us a visit. He actually told us that he hadn't had success there for his past four fishing session, all over a period of two weeks. He was still pre-chumming his regular spots along the Creek, though.

Photos:

A nice view of my two fishing rods at Frankford Creek. As mentioned previously, not a single tap in three hours of fishing! Not even a Channel Catfish (Ictalurus punctatus)! 

A scenery view of the Frankford Creek by the industrial zone in Port Richmond. The highest tide is just below the road bridge.
  
Best of luck for all of us,

Long Days and Pleasant Nights,

Sincerely,

Leo S.