The Fall Trout Season in PA Finally Arrived!!! (10/10/17, Northeast Philadelphia, PA)

What's up, Blog Readers?! 

It has been quite a while since I have worked on the Blog, right?! To be more precise, about half a year! And boy...so many things have happened in six months, if you think about it. We are now above 100,000 subscribers on the YouTube Channel, and 25,000 followers on Instagram! SnapChat has been doing pretty well too, with an average of 3,000 views per snap. Folks have been helping out on Patreon as well (45 Patreonites+ thank you all for your support), and finally, although inactive, the Blog has reached more than 700,000 views, with an average of 400 views per day! :)

Thus, before getting to the post for today, I would like to dedicate this paragraph to all you folks who support Extreme Philly Fishing on social media: thank you so much for watching, reading, and following EPF!!! I may have not been working on this Blog, but you folks know that it has been busy and hectic. Heh. 

Anyways...here is my fishing report for October 10th, 11th, and 12th of 2017: fishing the Philadelphia County's Fall Rainbow Trout season at the Pennypack Creek.

Location: Pennypack Creek
Time: 3:00-6:00 p.m.; 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.; 1:00-4:00 p.m.

Fishes caught:

- 7 Rainbow Trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss)
- 3 Redbreast Sunfish (Lepomis auritus)

Video:

Below are the highlights for these fishing sessions:

My 128th and 129th outing of 2017. Fishing for stocked Rainbow Trout at the Pennypack Creek using Berkley Power Bait. Don't forget to watch it in HD Quality (1080p60)! If you enjoy watching my YouTube videos, please support the YouTube Channel by subscribing to it. More likes & more subscribes = more time to make videos! 

  
My 130th outing of 2017. Fishing for stocked Rainbow Trout at the Pennypack Creek using the Johnson Min-O-Spin in-line spinner. Don't forget to watch it in HD Quality (1080p60)! If you enjoy watching my YouTube videos, please support the YouTube Channel by subscribing to it. More likes & more subscribes = more time to make videos! 

Summary & Photos:

The 2017 "Fall Trout Opening" day in Philadelphia County was really no different than all previous years'! First and foremost, the amount of Rainbow Trout that was stocked in the Bustleton Avenue portion of the Creek was laughable compared to the Spring season's numbers. And although I wasn't there to see it, I did hear from locals that they stocked only "a few buckets of fish" in each spot around the Creek. Taking in consideration that each bucket usually contains 30-50 fish, it is plausible to say that only 200-300 Trout were stocked around there. 

On the first day of the Fall Trout season, I arrived between the Bustleton Avenue/Roosevelt Boulevard portion of the Creek around 3 p.m. EST. The first thing that I did was ask the local fishermen about the stocking, and soon I found out that they had stocked the Creek "less than a hour ago." 

Taking in consideration that those Trout need quite some time to adapt to the Creek before feeding, I immediately concluded that my best choice for catching them at the time was to use some Berkley Power Bait

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SIDENOTE
There are many different colors and flavors of Berkley Power Bait in the market nowadays, but my favorite one is definitely the yellow one. No glitter, and no additional scent. Thus, that is the one that I recommend you folks! Note that this decision comes from years of playing and experimenting with the stocked Trout (both Brown and Rainbow Trout). Heh.
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I rigged my Daiwa Spinmatic, 5' 6", Ultra-Light rod and my Shimano Sedona 500 FD reel (old model) with 4lbs KastKing Fluorokote fluorocarbon line, 3 small Water Gremlin split-shots (I call them the Wal-Mart special) and a size #12 Mustad hook. I put on just enough Power Bait to cover the hook! The primary technique for the day was sit and wait; thus, still-fishing for the Trout. 

It took me a good thirty-minutes for my first bite. Sadly, I missed the fish because I didn't give it enough time to swallow the bait. Ugh! Well...As someone wise once said: "Impatience is the root of all injuries." And raise thy hands the first angler who never gave a premature hook set, right? Heh. We all get excited from time to time.

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SIDENOTE
As portrayed in the YouTube video above, the Berkley Power Bait is a type of dough bait that stocked Trout tend to swallow! Since the Oncorhynchus, Salmo, and Salvelinus genera of fish are very sensitive and have a high mortality rate when it comes to human handling, I don't recommend anglers who practice Catch & Release to use it on stocked Trout. If one must really use it, just make sure to:
(1) wet your hands when handling the hooked fish
(2) unhook the fish in the water
(3) clip the line as close to its mouth as possible
To avoid internal bleeding and minimize mortality ratio, C&R anglers should definitely not place the gut hooked fish outside of the water, or try to recover the hook!!!
Another alternative is to use Power Eggs and be very quick on the hook set. 
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After a few missed bites, I finally gave a stubborn Rainbow Trout enough time to chew on the bait! After setting the hook, I felt its solid weight on the other side of my line. And, as it turned out, it was a beauty indeed:

My first stocked Raibow Trout of the Fall season of 2017! 

Sadly, for the remaining of the first day, that was the only fish that I was able to land. Most of the stocked Trout were still in an adaptation stage. 

And so the first day ended.

The second day was much easier compared to the first. That is because most (if not all) of the stocked Rainbow Trout were already adapted to their surroundings -- to the Pennypack Creek. Therefore, instead of using a still-fishing approach with the Berkley Power Bait, I decided to use the wait-and-jig technique for it.

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SIDENOTE
The wait-and-jig technique is fairly simple and very effective, and yet a lot of anglers underestimate it. The technique itself consists of casting the bait in the water, and moving it every 30 seconds or so. Thus, its name: wait and jig. It is usually during one of those pauses that the bait is positioned directly or close to a feeding fish, inciting it to bite! Summarizing...the Trout bite usually comes really fast just after the pause. The con of this technique is the amount of snags that the angler will get, of course.
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Differently than the previous day, it took me only a measly forty-five minutes to get my limit of three fish for the Fall season

My limit of three Trout for October 11th, 2017. The one on top was definitely a chunky one!

Finally, for the following day -- the third day in the season -- I decided to switch from a dough bait wait-and-jig approach to a more aggressive steady-retrieve approach, with in-line spinners. To make my YouTube video a little bit more entertaining, I decided to use some of the lures that one of my subscribers sent me:

From left to right: three different patterns of the 1/8 oz. Johnson Min-O-Spin, and two different patterns of the 1/8 oz. Thomas Lures E.P. Series in-line spinner. And yes -- this photo was taken on a Septa Bus. LOL.
   
The premise of the video was to show my fellow anglers and viewers that (1) when the fish fully adapt to their new environment (a.k.a. the Creek), they are forced to drop their hatchery feeding behavior and pick up different natural food sources for their own survival; and (2) in a period of 48 hours after the stocking, most of the sample population had already adapted to the Creek.  

After a few casts here and there, more victims started to show up on the Johnson Min-O-Spin

One of the many Trout that fell victim to my Subscriber's Johnson.

Let's just say that it didn't really take me a long time to catch my limit on those lures. 

And this pretty concludes my post for today, folks! 

Those were definitely three very interesting fishing sessions for stocked Trout, and shooting those YouTube videos was definitely a lot of fun. :) Of course catching the Trout and eating them was equally fun. Hehe.

For those who have never tried this type of fishery before -- I truly recommend. After all, with all the heavy metals and PCBs that we have in our local fishes nowadays (different Species), it is never a bad idea to eat some "farm raised" samples here and there. Plus, the stocked Trout tradition in the United States of America is a great way to get kids initiated in the sport! Think about it! 

I hope you folks enjoyed the knowledge and the read! Make sure you watch the YouTube videos to complete the experience. 

Best of luck to all of us,

Long Days and Pleasant Nights!

Sincerely,

Leo S. a.k.a. Extreme Philly Fishing 

Tough Day at the Delaware Canal! (02/14/17, Yardley, PA)

What's up, Blog Readers?

Today I am bringing you guys my fishing report for February 14th, 2017. The statistical fishing chart was updated as well. Aren't you guys glad that we are only two months behind here now?! :)

Location: Delaware Canal
Time: 11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Fishes caught:

- 3 Bluegill (Lepomis macrochirus)

Video:

Below are the highlights for this fishing session:

My 13th outing of 2017. Don't forget to watch it in HD quality (1080p60)! If you enjoy watching my videos, please support my YouTube Channel by subscribing to it. More likes and more subscribes = more time to make videos! 

Summary & Photos:

As the name of the video implies, this fishing session was a tough one! 

The main objective for the day was to go to the Delaware Canal for some Carp fishing. I had two medium-action and one ultra-light rod with me, not to mention my huge Balzer Metallica net. After loading my bag with two cans of sweet kernel corn, I was ready for some action!!! 

All hopes were lost upon arrival, though...Heh. After I arrived at the Delaware Canal, I came to realize that albeit the weather had been softly warm for the past two days (~45F), the watershed itself still had a thin sheet of ice on it. 

An iced up Delaware Canal D:

Needless to say, a little bit of ice was definitely not enough to stop Extreme Philly Fishing. ;) Even though my prime Common Carp (Cyprinus carpio) spot was frozen, I still looked around the canal for other potential Carp spots. After thirty minutes of search, I finally found a little place to chum. I ended up setting up two rods with slip-sinker setups -- 1/2 oz. egg sinkers with a size #8 Mustad hook

Winter Carping right next to structure. To the right of this photo, a bridge.

I spent approximately three hours there, folks. And in the end, I hadn't had a single tap! So, yeah...that was definitely enough for me to give up on those Carp. Hah. That is when I thanked myself for bringing an ultra-light rod!

My secondary and last plan for the day was to catch some Black Crappie (Pomoxis nigromaculatus) and Bluegill. Thus, I tied on a Kenders 4 mm. Ice Fishing jighead, tipping it with small pieces of nightcrawler. Suspended jigging with a Comal weighted float was the main technique used. Sadly, the Crappie did not want to collaborate. Thus, at the end of the day, I was able to only land three measly Sunfish...

Fish #274 of the year. A Bluegill

On one hand, I was quite disappointed for the lack of Carp. On the other hand, I was pretty satisfied that I didn't really get skunked. Hah.

As I always like to tell my subscribers and followers -- "even one fish is better than nothing." And folks...that day was a tough day on the water! 

Best of luck to all of us,

Long Days and Pleasant Nights!

Tight lines!

Sincerely,

Leo S. a.k.a. Extreme Philly Fishing 

The Day That I Got SUPERSICK!!! (01/28/17, New Britain, PA)

What's up, Avid Anglers?

It has been a while since I posted here, huh?! You know what that means, right? Time to catch up, people!!! :) Here is my fishing report for January 28th, 2017. The statistical fishing chart was updated as well.

Location: Pine Run Dam
Time: 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

Fishes caught:

- Nothing

Video:

Below are the highlights for this fishing session:

My 12th outing of 2017. Possibly one of my worst ideas ever!!! Don't forget to watch it in HD quality (1080p60)! If you enjoy watching my videos, please support my YouTube Channel by subscribing to it. More likes and more subscribes = more time to make videos.

Summary & Photos:

Nothing much to say about this fishing session, other than the fact that this was possibly one of my worst ideas for 2017!

I went down to the Pine Run Dam in New Britain with hopes of catching at least one fish for my Mystery Tackle Box "Pro Box" Slam. However, I failed to realize that the weather conditions for the day were far away from perfect: 35F with 15 mph winds. By the end of the unboxing (approximately 15 minutes), I was already feeling very cold. Even with six layers of Under Armour, I still felt like the wind was getting to my bones. Heh.

But I was there already, right, folks? Therefore, I still fished the Reservoir for about three hours. I used some of the lures that came inside the box, including a pretty neat spoon and a cool & original soft plastic made by Catch Co itself. For the spoon, I used a steady retrieve approach. For the soft plastic, a drop-shot rig. In the end; however, they were to no avail. I ended up not catching anything. Sigh. :(

Well...I should actually fix my last sentence by saying that I did catch something that day, at least: the flu. Even better -- maybe two things: the flu and a strep throat. Hah. 

Summarizing...Because of that fishing session, I got extremely sick! Thus, the title of my YouTube video. After having a 103.1F fever for a few days, I finally decided to go to the Doctor. He put me on Tamiflu and Amoxicillin for ten days. And even after I was "healed," I still had post-viral cough syndrome for about five weeks. So, as you guys can see, because of that illness that lasted me 20-40 days, I was unable to fish for most of February (bummer), and I was slowed down on my social media platforms as well...

Yes, folks...certainly one of my worst ideas for this year! And this is to show that one should never underestimate Mother Nature, of course.

Best of luck to all of us,

Long Days and Pleasant Nights!

Tight lines!

Sincerely,

Leo S. a.k.a. Extreme Philly Fishing


Last Day of Fishing in Florida!!! (01/25/17, Lauderdale-by-the-Sea, FL)

What's up, Blog Readers?

Here is my fishing report for January 25th (day and evening), 2017. The statistical fishing chart was updated as well.

Location: Anglin's Pier
Time: 8:00-10:00 a.m.; 9:00 p.m.- 11:00 p.m.

Fishes caught:

- 7 Slippery Dick (Halichoeres bivittatus)
- 1 Grey Triggerfish (Balistes capriscus)
- 1 Doctorfish Tang (Acanthurus chirurgus)
- 1 Blackear Wrasse (Halichoeres poeyi)
- 1 Inshore Lizardfish (Synodus foetens)
- 1 Grass Porgy (Calamus arctifrons)
- 2 Houndfish (Tylosurus crocodilus)
- 5 White Grunt (Haemulon plumierii)
- 1 Spottail Pinfish (Diplodus holbrookii)
- 3 Smallmouth Grunt (Haemulon chrysargyreum
- 4 French Grunt (Haemulon flavolineatum)
- 1 Sailor's Grunt (Haemulon parra)
- 1 Blue Striped Grunt (Haemulon sciurus)
- 1 Tomtate (Haemulon aurolineatum)

Video:

Below are the highlights for this fishing session:

Morning session:

My 11th outing of 2017. Morning fishing session. Don't forget to watch it in HD quality (1080p60)! If you enjoy watching my videos, please support my YouTube Channel by subscribing to it. More likes and more subscribes = more time to make videos!

My 10th outing of 2017. Evening fishing session.

Summary & Photos:

For my last day of fishing in Florida, I decided to take a good part of my day to hang out with my Mother. Thus, I was only able to fish a little bit during the morning, and a little bit during the night! For both fishing sessions, I decided to hit the Anglin's Pier in Lauderdale-by-the-Sea -- a convenient fishing spot for me, since it was only a few blocks away from my hotel. :)

To spice up the YouTube Channel a little bit, in the morning, I filmed a "2 hours Multi-Species fishing challenge" on the pier. My setup consisted of a 2-pieces Penn Pursuit II, medium action rod, paired with a Shimano Sedona 4000 FD. For line, I used 12lbs test KastKing Fluorokote. The plan for the day was to vertical jig the pier with a high-low rig, consisting of 2 size #8 Mustad J-hooks and a 2 oz. River Coin Sinker. I also did some hand trolling at the end of the pier, and some cast and retrieve with small jigs.

On the vertical jigging technique, my first victim of the day was everyone's favorite -- the Slippery Dick:

Fish #244.  The Slippery Dick.

I followed up with a very strong fish on the other side of my line! After battling the beast for a few seconds, I came to realize that it was a Grey Triggerfish:

Fish #246. The Grey Triggerfish

It was indeed a beautiful sample! Perfect eating size as well. Yes, folks...Not only they are amazing fighters, but they are also great as table fare. Regardless, I ended up releasing the fella, since that was my last day down in Florida.

I continued my quest for the two hours Multi-Species fishing challenge, slowly jigging the pillars of the pier. And soon enough, another Species fell victim to my strategy:

Fish #247. The Doctorfish Tang.

Well...it didn't come as a surprise that I had to take a little bit of time to identify the Doctorfish Tang. Those Tang always confuse me! Thus, I took a good look at my Smugmug Fish Photo Database, just to make sure that I wouldn't misidentify it as an Ocean Surgeonfish (Acanthurus bahianus). The shape of its tail, body markings, and the coloration around its eye gave it up. In the end, it was a Doctorfish Tang indeed.

A few minutes more of jigging, and a few more Slippery Dick later, I got to add another Species to my list:

Fish #249. The Blackear Wrasse. Species number 158 on my list!

Initially, I just thought that the fish was a weird colored Slippery Dick. After consulting with my good Multi-Species friend Patrick Kerwin, we both came to the conclusion that I had caught its cousin -- the Blackear Wrasse.

After the Wrasse, I decided to shift focus for a little bit. I put down the high-low rig and setup a small 1/16 oz. jighead with a Berkley 2.5" Gulp! Alive Minnow, chartreuse color. And for my surprise, I had a bite on my first cast!!! It turned out to be an Inshore Lizardfish, another new Species for me:

Fish #253. The Inshore Lizardfish. Species number 159 on my list!

I was quite happy to have landed that guy! I always wanted to land a Lizardfish, and my closest attempt to it was a Sand Diver (Synodus intermedius) that I had caught at the Pompano Beach Fishing Pier, a while back.

I continued to work the jig for another 20 minutes, without any additional bites. That is when I went back to my regular setup: hook and sinker! Just this time, instead of vertical jigging, I decided to do some hand trolling. I went all the way to the back of the pier, cast as far as I could, and just did a steady retrieve -- so that my bait (a whole shrimp) would stay just above the top of the coral reefs.

Less than a dozen casts in, I got an extremely powerful hit!!! And guess what?! It turned out to be one of the most gorgeous fishes that I have ever caught in my life:

Fish #254. The Grass Porgy. Species number 160 on my list!

Note the Y shaped mark close to the caudal peduncle of the fish. That is one of the key characteristics in identifying the Grass Porgy from other similar Porgy Species. Needless to say, and also to emphasize, it was surely a magnificent catch! 

As soon as I landed that fish, my alarm rang. The two hours Multi-Species fishing challenge was over. :)

For the evening, nothing really excited happened! My plan was to catch new Species of fish; however, nothing new really showed up. Instead, I ended up landing the whole Grunt family one more time. Hehe. 

Here are the photos for my night time fishing session. Highlights are entirely in the YouTube video:

Fish #257. A White Grunt.

Fish #258. A Spottail Pinfish.

Fish #259. A Smallmouth Grunt.

Fish #260. A French Grunt.

Fish #262. A Sailor's Grunt.

Fish #264. A Blue Striped Grunt.

Fish #265. A Houndfish.

Fish #267. A Tomtate.

And this finally concludes my January fishing adventure in Lauderdale-by-the-Sea, featuring my one and only Mother. :) I know that it took a little while for me to write it all, considering my busy schedule with work and social media; however, I am quite glad that it is over!!! 

Hope you guys enjoyed the knowledge and the read. 

Best of luck to all of us,

Long Days and Pleasant Nights!

Tight lines!

Sincerely,

Leo S. a.k.a. Extreme Philly Fishing

A Full Day of Fishing in Lauderdale-By-The-Sea (01/24/17, Lauderdale-by-the-Sea, FL)

What's up, Fellow Anglers?

Here is my fishing report for January 24th (day, afternoon, and evening), 2017. The statistical fishing chart was updated as well.

Time: 7:00-9:00 a.m.; 3:00-6:30 p.m.; 9:00 p.m.-12:00 a.m.

Fishes caught:

- 8 Frillfin Goby (Bathygobius soporator)
- 1 Checkered Puffer (Sphoeroides testudineus)
- 3 Crested Goby (Lophogobius cyprinoides)
- 1 Bluehead Wrasse (Thalassoma bifasciatum)
- 4 White Grunt (Haemulon plumierii)
- 2 Slippery Dick (Halichoeres bivittatus)
- 3 Scrawled Cowfish (Acanthostracion quadricornis)
- 1 Porkfish (Anisotremus virginicus)
- 1 Spotted Trunkfish (Lactophrys bicaudalis)
- 1 Bandtail Puffer (Sphoeroides spengleri)
- 2 Spotfin Mojarra (Eucinostomus argenteus)
- 22 Tomtate (Haemulon aurolineatum)
- 1 Lane Snapper (Lutjanus synagris)
- 1 High-Hat (Pareques acuminatus)
- 5 French Grunt (Haemulon flavolineatum)
- 1 Sailor's Grunt (Haemulon parra)
- 2 Smallmouth Grunt (Haemulon chrysargyreum)

Video:

Below are the highlights for this fishing session:

Morning:

My 10th outing of 2017.  Morning fishing session. Don't forget to watch it in HD quality (1080p60)! If you enjoy watching my videos, please support my YouTube Channel by subscribing to it. More likes and more subscribes = more time to make videos!

My 10th outing of 2017. Afternoon fishing session. :)

My 10th outing of 2017. Evening fishing session. :)

Summary & Photos:

For my third day of fishing in Florida, my Mother finally gave up and let me fish the entire day! Heh. As a matter of fact, she even joined me for a fishing session at the Anglin's Pier in the afternoon. That was quite unexpected, folks. After all, my Mother had never fished in her entire life.

Before that, though, I went to the Intracoastal Waterway at Lauderdale-by-the-Sea. I arrived there around 7 a.m., ready to catch some different Species of fish. I set up one rod -- my Penn Pursuit II medium-heavy rod -- with a high-low rig, and a size #2 Mustad J-hook with a whole shrimp on it. That was going to be my still-fishing rod. My second rod was a St. Croix Avid Pearl, medium-light, which I decided to use for free-lining small pieces of frozen squid and/or shrimp.

A view of the Intracoastal Waterway -- one of the major watersheds that crosses many states in the United States of America.

After fishing for a few minutes, I realized that there were some extremely small Species munching on my squid. However, they were so small that they were unable to reach the tip of my hook or swallow the bait. Thus, I changed my hook from a size #2 to a size #12 Mustad J-hook. After my first cast with the new hook, I hooked into a new Species for me -- the Frillfin Goby:

Fish #185. The Frillfin Goby. Species #153 on my list!

And after the first Frillfin Goby, three more fell victim to my yummy piece of calamari. :) Suffering from the monotony of the Gobies, I decided to switch focus from the shallow side of the canal to the pillars of the bridge. During my second cast, I felt a pretty strong pull! I ended up landing a Checkered Puffer:

Fish #188. A Checkered Puffer.
 
I spent about thirty minutes free-lining pieces of squid and shrimp between the pillars of the bridge, finishing up with no additional bites. It was then that my good friend Patrick K. messaged me that there were possibilities of Crested Goby being in the middle of the Frillfin Goby. Since I had never heard of such a Species of fish, meaning that I had never caught it before, I went back to my initial spot for some more Goby hunting! 

After landing a few more Frillfin Goby, I realized that there was a very dark Goby hiding under a rock. That one definitely looked different!!! Needless to say, I placed my squid right in front of that rock and boom -- a Created Goby came right up:

Fish #191. The Crested Goby. Species #154 on my list!

And that wasn't the only Crested Goby of the day:

Fish #194. The Crested Goby. Their coloration can greatly vary.

I ended my morning fishing session around 9:00 a.m., since I had to take my Mother out for some breakfast. I was very satisfied with three different Species of fish for a two hours fishing session. :) 

After eating a hearty meal, and chilling a bit back at the hotel, I was ready for some more fishing! My Mother saw me gathering my fishing gear for Anglin's Pier, and suddenly decided to go with me. I was utterly surprised, folks...after all, in 63 years, she never even held a fishing rod in her hands!!! I will not cover her catches here on this post; however, you can see all the different Species that she caught in the YouTube video

My main game for the afternoon was to do some vertical jigging on the pier with my infamous high-low rig: two small size #12 Mustad J-hooks, tied with a 2 oz. river sinker.

I started by jigging the coral reefs, mid-way on the pier. A little bit over three minutes, my mother got snagged already. Hah. I mean...it was her first time fishing in her entire life! So...I took her rod and tried to unsnag her rig. After doing so, I ended up reeling in something quite unexpected: 

Fish #197. A Bluehead Wrasse. Species #155 on my list!

It was a really really cool looking Wrasse, folks! And a new Species for me as well. Since I was the one who took care of the snag and reeled the fish in, I counted this one for my Species list. :) A few minutes after the Bluehead Wrasse, its cousin made its appearance as well. Everyone's favorite -- the Slippery Dick:

Fish #199. The Slippery Dick.

And that one was indeed very slippery, alright? It poked me two times with its sharp fins before I properly released it! 

The rest of the fishing session consisted of me helping my Mom untangle her mess (Haha), baiting her hooks, and walking and fishing around the pier. While doing the vertical jigging with the squid, I ended up landing the following Species of fish:

Fish #200. The Scrawled Cowfish.

Fish #203. The Porkfish.

Fish #204. The Spotted Trunkfish.

Fish #206. The Bandtail Puffer.

Fish #207. The Spotfin Mojarra
  
Note that the Scrawled Cowfish and Spotted Trunkfish were among a huge school of exotic reef Species that usually circle the pier! I tried really really hard to catch a Scrawled Filefish (Aluterus scriptus), and I failed miserably. Heh. I did hook into one that was about 3lbs; however, the fish ran into a pilling, taking my rig with it. :(

The Bandtail Puffer was a lucky by-catch. I have caught them a lot on the Intracoastal Waterway, but never at the Anglin's Pier. As for the Porkfish and the Spotfin Mojarra...they are always around the area. :)
 
I finished my afternoon fishing session around 6:00 p.m.. Since both my Mom and I were extremely hungry, I took her over to Aruba for some dinner. 

A hearty meal at one of my favorite restaurants down there. :)

After eating dinner, my Mother went back to the hotel to relax. She was actually pretty tired! Meanwhile, I considered going fishing for the evening...It seriously didn't take me a long time to be back at the pier. Haha.

For the evening, I used the exact same techniques that I used for the afternoon. However, instead of using only squid, I decided to bring out my frozen shrimp as well. I expected nothing fancy -- just the usual group of Grunts and Snappers. And that is actually exactly what I ended up catching:

Fish #209. The Tomtate.

Fish #218. The Lane Snapper.

Fish #222. The White Grunt.

Fish #227. The French Grunt.

Fish #238. The Smallmouth Grunt.

And then, a little bit before I was ready to call it a night -- around 11:30 p.m., a little unexpected fella decided to show up on my cut shrimp:

Fish #225. The High-Hat.

It was certainly a very cute Species -- one that I had never seen before. After doing a little bit of googling, and consulting with my friend Pat, I came to the conclusion that it was a High-Hat: a very small Species of Drum! Needless to say, I was super happy that I was able to add this Species to my list. Hah.

Overall, a beautiful day, folks. 58 fishes caught. 17 different Species. 5 new Species for my list. Doesn't really get better than that, does it? :)

Best of luck to all of us!

Long Days and Pleasant Nights!

Tight lines!

Sincerely,

Leo S. a.k.a. Extreme Philly Fishing

2nd Day Night Time Fishing in Florida (01/24/17, Lauderdale-by-the-Sea, FL)

What's up, fellow Blog readers?

Here is my fishing report for January 24th, 2017. The statistical fishing chart was updated as well.

Location: Anglin's Pier
Time: 10:00 p.m. - 2:00 a.m.

Fishes caught:

-- 5 White Grunt (Haemulon plumierii)
-- 6 French Grunt (Haemulon flavolineatum)
-- 1 Lane Snapper (Lutjanus synagris)
-- 2 Blue Striped Grunt (Haemulon sciurus)
-- 1 Smallmouth Grunt (Haemulon chrysargyreum)
-- 7 Tomtate (Haemulon aurolineatum)
-- 1 Sailor's Grunt (Haemulon parra)
-- 1 Porkfish (Anisotremus virginicus)
-- 1 Houndfish (Tylosurus crocodilus)
-- 3 Striped Croaker (Corvula sanctaeluciae)

Video:

Below are the highlights for this fishing session:

My 9th outing of 2017. Don't forget to watch it in HD quality (1080p60)! If you enjoy watching my videos, please support my YouTube Channel by subscribing to it. More likes and more subscribes = more time to make videos!

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After spending my entire day with my mother at the mall and down the shore, I sneaked out at night for some more Florida pier fishing.

I arrived at the Anglin's Pier around 10:00 p.m.. I was ready for some fishing, 1Rod1ReelFishing style. I setup a Shimano Sedona 4000 FD, tied with 20lbs KastKing Fluorokote, with a Penn Pursuit II medium-heavy rod; high-low rig with two size #10 Mustad hooks, with a 2 oz. river sinker on the bottom. The additional hook was due to the fact that the wind had calmed down considerably since last evening -- staying in the range of 15-20 mph. Recall, folks: less wind = more "feel." The technique for the night remained unchanged as well: vertical jigging along the pier, right on top of the coral reefs, with small pieces of squid. :)

Within two hours of my fishing session, I already had caught all the Species of the previous evening:

Fish #157. A Tomtate

Fish #161. A French Grunt.

Fish #162. A Lane Snapper

Fish #163. A Sailor's Grunt

Fish #164. A Smallmouth Grunt

Fish #171. A White Grunt

Fish #175. A Blue Striped Grunt

Thankfully, that was not everything! One small lost Porkfish decided to join me as well:

Fish #165. The Porkfish

The cool thing about Porkfish is that they are not only gorgeous fish, but also amazing fighters. Thus, even the smallest ones give you an amazing fight on light gear! Reeling them in is always a lot of fun.

Then, around 1:00 a.m., I actually noticed a huge school of Needlefish around the pier. I was almost positive that those were Houndfish; therefore, I had to double check! I put away my high-low rig and tied on a weightless steel leader with a size 2 octopus Gamakatsu hook. I connected the leader to my line with a regular Eagle Claw swivel. For bait, I used small pieces of chopped Grunt (which is entirely legal in Florida). 

The trick in catching Houndfish or any type of Needlefish is really to keep your bait as close to the surface as possible. Sinking a little bit is no problem whatsoever; however, this type of fish will lose interest in the bait pretty fast if it sinks too fast or too deep. After my first cast, I just did a steady and slow retrieve to keep my bait as close to the top as possible. And not too surprisingly, the Houndfish started to catch up on the scent really quickly. 

In the end, it took me only two casts to catch one of them:

Fish #169. A Houndfish! :)

Finally, among all the smaller Species from the reef, there was one that stood out for sure. It was definitely the highlight of the day:

Fish #170. The Striped Croaker. Species #152 on my list!

When I first caught it, I immediately thought that the fish looked awfully a lot like an American Silver Perch (Bairdiella chrysoura). However, the fish had these patterned stripes in its body that just don't belong to the American Silver Perch Species. Through the lack of canines on top of its mouth, I excluded the Sand Seatrout as well (Cynoscion arenarius). So, in the end, I really had no idea what it could be.

I ended up taking a few photos of the fish under the LED light, and sending them to my friend Patrick Kerwin, who is an expert in identifying all kinds of weird and unusual fish Species. Heh. Meanwhile, I did a little bit of reading on my own and narrowed it down to Reef Croaker (Odontoscion dentex), Striped Croaker, and Blue Croaker (Bairdiella batabana). 

After some discussions and a closer analysis of the fish, it turned out to be a Striped Croaker! Species #152 for me. :)

Two new Species in two evenings? Not too shabby, folks! Around 2 a.m., I was too tired to continue fishing. So, I decided to call it a night!

Best of luck to all of us!

Long Days and Pleasant Nights!

Tight lines!

Sincerely,

Leo S. a.k.a. Extreme Philly Fishing