5th Catfish Tourney on the Banks (To be held on March 23rd, 2014)

Hello, Blog Readers!

I'm bringing you guys the official post for the "5th Catfish Tourney on the Banks." All rules and regulations are below!

The 5th Catfish Tourney on the Banks will be held on the Schuylkill Banks on March 23rd, 2014 (between Locust and Walnut bridges). The rain date for it is March 30th, 2014. I expect the weather to be much warmer by then! The fish should be biting great. 

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Side note for the winners of the 1st Catfish Tourney on the Banks: since the first competition was a "test" to see how well this tourney project would go, your prizes were different than all other competitions. Thus, I've purchased a set of trophies for you guys. Linda Z., Don G., and Kevin W. -- please contact me to pick up your trophies. Since you were the winners of the original Tourney, your names are engraved in the trophies.

Side note for the winners of the 4th Catfish Tourney on the Banks: please know that your trophies are available to be picked up. Pedro R., Jose N., Lowell and Joe -- please contact me to pick up your trophies. 
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For information regarding previous competitions, you may click on the links below:


Regarding parking: since the 1st Catfish Tourney on the Banks, a lot of people have been asking me about "parking" around the Philadelphia Center City area. Therefore, here's a link for parking spots that are close to the Schuylkill Banks. As one can see, there are plenty of parking spots close to the competition site, not to mention that it's free parking on Sundays! Myself, I would recommend parking on top of the Walnut or Chestnut street bridges.

Now, let's go for the complete set of rules and additional information regarding the 5th Catfish Tourney on the Banks. Interested readers and future participants: please read it carefully -- there have been some changes since the previous competition!

1. The Event and the Rules.

A. The Event:

-- The fifth official Catfish Tourney on the Banks will happen between the Locust and Chestnut Bridges on the Schuylkill Banks. This will be the first Catfish tourney series for the year of 2014. The official date for the event is March 23rd, 2014 (a Sunday). In case of rain or extreme weather issues, the "rain date" is set to be a week after -- March 30th, 2014. Registered participants will be contacted through e-mail and/or phone call one day prior to the event, in case of bad weather and/or cancellation. Regardless, an e-mail will be sent out to all registered participants one day prior to the competition as a reminder of the same. Thus, make sure to check your e-mail on the day of the competition, before leaving your house.

-- Contestants may enter the competition "solo" or as a "team" of 2 individuals. In the second case, the team will be treated as a single unit; therefore, each team will be subjected to all the other rules stated below as one unit (i.e. 2 rods per team; same lb bag per team; etc). The entry fee for the competition is $20 for "solo" (one person), and $30 dollars for a team (2 individuals) -- cash only. The fee will be collected right before the beginning of the competition, during the check-in around the Walnut street bridge. Notice that this friendly tourney is profit-free! For more details, see the prize section (section #3). 

-- Public transportation around the area is available (i.e. Amtrak, Regional Rails, and Septa), and it's highly recommended: the distance between the site of the competition and those stations is a brief 10 minutes walk. For vehicles, there's parking along the Walnut and Chestnut bridges, as well as parking around 26th and Locust streets. Here's a link for parking spots that are close to the Schuylkill Banks. Note that parking is free on Sundays! 

-- The minimum number of participants for this competition will be 15 individuals and teams all combined. If there are not enough participants a day prior to the competition, all registered competitors will be contacted about its cancellation either via e-mail or phone (if provided). Note that a higher number of participants results in a higher amount for the cash prizes (see prize section; section #3)! Thus, you are free to invite your buddies and/or family members to come. =) 

-- Instead of the traditional tourney format of 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. (9 hours total), the 5th Catfish Tourney on the Banks will start at 9 a.m. sharp and end at 3 p.m. (6 hours total). It's highly recommended for people to show up 1 hour or half an hour prior to the beginning of the event in order to set up or pick a good spot on the banks! Late registered participants will not be disqualified; however, they will clearly have a disadvantage in terms of time and location. Therefore, plan your schedule carefully.

-- Prizes will be awarded up to half an hour after the end of the competition, in situ. The winners: 1st, 2nd, 3rd place, and "Big Fish," will immediately walk out of the event with their prizes: cash and trophies. The distribution of the cash prizes are defined in section #3. 

-- Since this is a friendly competition, participants are free to leave the site at any given moment. There's a restroom and drinking fountain between the Locust and Walnut streets (on the Schuylkill Banks). There is a Rite Aid on the intersection of 23rd and Walnut streets, in case anyone needs additional water or food. There's also a breakfast place on the intersection of 24th and Locust streets (they do take out). If there are small emergencies, participants may leave and come back as far as they come back within the range of the competition (9-3 p.m.).

-- Children that are 15 years old or below are highly encouraged to participate in a team. According to the PA Fish and Boat Commission's laws, they are not required to have a fishing license in order to fish. Note that the parent/adult is responsible for his/her child's safety in situ! See the liability waiver in the registration form for more details (this document will be sent via e-mail once you contact me about the competition).

B. The General Fishing Rules:

Important Note: All fishing participants will abide by all PA Boat and Commission regulations and safety guidelines (click here for more details). Thus, that includes having a valid PA fishing license for anyone who is 16 years old or above (as emphasized below)!

-- A PA fishing license is required for anyone older than the age of 15. The license must be shown at the check-in, before the competition, and placed on an outer garment during the entire period of the tourney (9:00-3:00 p.m.). Participation without a license will not be permitted. The license can be purchased online or in certain local stores (i.e. Dicks Sporting goods, Walmart, or Bait Shops -- Brinkmans bait and Tackle, Bob's bait and TackleSportsmaster; etc). 

-- Fishing spots will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis; therefore, no one has rights to complain if the same comes late! You are being advised way in advance and you should time yourself for the event. Also, for more comfort and better fishing, the spots will be divided in sections, so all anglers can stay at least 10 feet apart from each other.

-- Although the PA law states that it's legal to fish using 3 rods per session and 3 hooks per rod, the competition will work on the "2 rods per unit" and "2 hooks per rod" rule, with the purpose of preserving space for all competitors. Anyone who disrespects this rule will be given an initial warning and a penalty of 2lbs on the total weight of the bag (see weighting below). A second time will result in disqualification and no refund.

-- Weight-in: there will be a fixed weight in station under the Walnut street bridge! Instead of the traditional weight-in system in competitions, which happens at the end of it, the weight-in for this specific competition will happen just after each successfully landed fish. In other words, after properly unhooking a fish, the participant should walk towards the weight-in station. I'll eventually be on "lookout mode" as well, walking around to see if anyone is catching fish. Every Catfish will be measured and recorded in paper (this is a must). Take in consideration that even the smallest Catfish may contribute greatly for your fish bag! Therefore, make sure that you bring all of your Catfish catches. 

-- There will be a penalty for mishandling fish. Every fish should be perfectly CPRed (caught, photoed, and released). In case the fish swallows the hook badly, the line should be cut. In case a fish is heavily injured and dies, there will be a severe penalty of 5lbs per incident. Catfish are tough fish; therefore, there shouldn't be any incidents! Please follow the appropriate guidelines for safely practicing CPR - "Catch, Photo Release."

-- A net is highly recommended for landing big fish (drop net or 8-feet long net for the Schuylkill Banks). A Balzer fishing net is highly recommended. Believe me -- you do not want to take your chances by pulling a big fish by the line. That could take your winning chance away! High tide on March 23rd will be at 6:48 a.m., and low tide at 2:48 p.m.. Again, a drop net or 8-feet long net is highly recommended.

-- Only Catfish will be counted as part of this tourney's bag. That includes the following Species of fish from the tidal Schuylkill River: Channel Catfish (Ictalurus punctatus), White Catfish (Ameiurus catus), Flathead Catfish (Pylodictis olivaris), Brown Bullhead (Ameiurus nebulosus), and Yellow Bullhead (Ameiurus natalis). Note that there are no Blue Catfish in the Schuylkill River. Each participant must weight-in all of his/her Catfish catches from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.. The five biggest ones in terms of weight will determine the final bag/result for given participant. 

2. Registration

In order to register for this event, please send an e-mail to "sheng12182527@gmail.com" with "5th Catfish Tourney on the Banks" on the subject line. Also, write in the e-mail if you are registering yourself as "solo" ($20) or "team" ($30). 

Once I receive the e-mail, a proper response will be sent back. It will contain two formal Microsoft Word registration files (.docx): one with the registration form and liability waiver, and the other document with this set of rules. Once the competitor fills up the registration file and e-mails it back to me, the same will be officially registered in the tourney! In case of a team registration, please make sure to include the names of both participants in a single file.

On site registration will be available on Sunday, March 23rd, from 8:00-9:00 a.m.. I'll be under the Walnut Street Bridge with printed registration forms. However, please note: I would prefer everyone to sign in in advance since the event will not happen if there are 15 or less participants a day prior to the event!

3. Results and Prizes

The prizes will be distributed for the following positions: 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places, as well as the "Big Fish" (biggest Catfish of the day, in terms of weight).

Note that the 5th Catfish Tourney on the Banks is a non-profit competition, meaning that Extreme Philly Fishing is making no money out of such an event! 20% of the total cash amount will be donated to the SRDC non-profit organization, which focuses on maintaining a clean environment and trail for everyone. Read more about it here. In other words, $4-$6 dollars of your registration fee will go directly to a local non-profit organization. That part of your money will be focused on the well-being of the local community. 

The remaining amount will be put together for the remaining cash prizes.

Summarizing, the prizes will be distributed as it follows (in cash, at the end of the event): 

-- 20% of all proceeds gathered in the tourney will go to the Schuylkill River Development Corporation non-profit organization. Therefore, as mentioned above, the "Catfish Tourney on the Banks" series is a profit-free event.

After subtracting 20% from the final amount of cash gathered, the remaining will be distributed as it follows:

1st place: 40% of remaining cash + 1st place Trophy
2nd place: 30% of remaining cash + 2nd place Trophy
3rd place: 20% of remaining cash + 3rd place Trophy
Big Catfish: 10% of remaining cash + Big Fish Trophy

Therefore, the minimum prize amount for the 5th Catfish Tourney on the Banks will be (based on 15 participants and no teams):

15 participants = $300
20% of 300 will go to a non-profit organization: $60

The remaining $240 will be distributed as it follows:
1st place: 40% --> $96
2nd place: 30% --> $72
3rd place: 20% --> $48
Big Catfish: 10% --> $24

Note: if, for example, the first place is also accounted for the biggest Catfish of the day, that person will be taking $96+24, and he/she will be receiving both trophies.

Another example: if the number of participants are actually 20 instead of 15, with 8 teams: 8*30 + 12*20= $480. The same calculation is performed. Therefore, the higher the number of participants/teams, the higher the amount of money distributed.

A formal e-mail from the non-profit organization will be requested after the donation is in, so every participant will receive a gesture of gratitude.

4. Additional Information

Here's a list of "advices" for every participant in the competition. If this is the first competition of your life, you should take in consideration the sentences below:

- Bring different types of bait: I would suggest 2-3 different types of bait for the competition. If they are not biting on one of them, switch! Trying different approaches is always a good idea. For bait choices, I would recommend: chicken liver, soap, nightcrawlers, bagels, bread dough, hot dogs, etc.

- Try different types of rigs: the idea that Catfish "always bite on the bottom" is a myth! Catfish will eat suspended baits! Therefore, if your rig on the bottom is not working properly, why not try to leave your bait a couple inches suspended from the bottom? Skuke Catfish can also be caught on a float.

- Never keep slack line: unless you are fishing for the giants, slack line is never a good idea. You are basically giving the smaller fish enough time to chew on your bait and leave. The big ones can swallow the hook. And the worst thing? You don't usually notice the bite if your line is slack! Therefore, use 1-2oz weights on the Banks and keep a straight line. 

- Try different distances: Somehow, most anglers believe that casting out there brings in bigger fish! On the Banks, I've caught many 5-7lbers along the walls -- simply dropping my line straight down! Soap is a killer bait for this technique, since American Eels ignore it. If you use chicken liver or cutbait, soon you will get a snag. Why? Because the American Eels dragged your hook to their holes!

- Avoid snags: there are very few snags from Locust to Chestnut. The snag area is really around the bridges, since a lot of people tend to throw trash in those areas. The Schuylkill River does have a nice population of American Eels, and those little fellas can easily drag your hooks into their holes, resulting in a nasty snag. Therefore, be attentive to fish bites and use bigger hooks for the Catfish. Leaving your rod unattended will certainly result in a bad snag.

I'll see all participants in two months. For those who are planning to participate -- best of luck for you guys!

Long Days and Pleasant Nights,

Sincerely,

Leo S.

Hello, Fishing Afficionados!


Today I'm bringing you guys an official  post for the 2nd Angler's Get Together Dinner event, which will be held on February 16th -- a Sunday, at 6:00 p.m.. Note that the original plan was to have it at a Mexican place in South Philadelphia; however, due to accommodation issues, it will be held at a Thai Restaurant, which is also nearby (food from Thailand).

Here's the info on the restaurant:

Name: My Thai.
Address: 2200 South St, Philadelphia, PA -- 19146
Online Menu here.
Price Range: Entrees from $11-25, "À la carte."
Specials: Sunday 3-course special for $14.95; happy hour 3 course special for $10.99 (4:30-7:00 p.m.). Includes one choice of soup, salad, and appetizer (for entrees, there is tilapia and BBQ chicken for those who are shy to the Asian cuisine).
Drinks: Available (not a BYOB).
Dress Code: whatever you feel comfortable with. 

Basically, this whole "Angler's Get Together" project was made for people to socialize! I won't disagree that it's a blast when someone goes fishing with company; however, sitting on a table and getting to meet new anglers and friends over a meal is also very exciting! This is exactly what this event is about, and it's really something that I feel it was missing here in Philadelphia... 

The first Angler's Get Together Dinner was announced on the EPF Facebook Page as a test. It was held on January 16th in Northeast Philadelphia. Since it was a big success (people were pretty happy about it), now I'm making this project official! Therefore, I'll be organizing monthly dinner parties for anglers at different restaurants around the city. I'll also be changing the cuisine every month to make these meetings more exciting.

If you are willing to participate, please send an e-mail to "sheng12182527@gmail.com" with the name of this event on the subject line. Also, please let me know the number of your party (1 if it's only you). Once I receive it, I'll reply to it and add your name on the list. Anyone who fishes is welcome to join; therefore, feel free to invite your friends! 

So, what should you expect from this event?

-- Make new fishing friends. It's very likely that every monthly dinner will have different people; mostly local anglers. So, expect to make new friends during each event! Socializing within the angling community is great: new friends often result in more knowledge about the sport and more opportunities for group fishing sessions. If fishing isn't enough, there are plenty of other topics to talk about! Be happy! =)

-- Brag about your fishing expertise. Expect to share (and receive) a lot of fishing photos, stories, funny experiences, or anything that is related to fishing! Bring your stuff and brag about it! Albums and electronically stored photos are highly encouraged. On the last meeting, someone shared photos of Largemouth Bass, Trout, Sunnies, etc.

-- Get better at fishing. If you need help locating a certain Species or you are lacking a specific technique for a certain type of fish, don't be shy to talk about it! If you are new to the area, use this opportunity to get familiar with Philadelphia and its watersheds. I'm pretty sure that most anglers will be willing to share their techniques or even their spots! For those who are more secretive, please keep in mind: respect is good and everyone deserves it. 

-- Learn something new. Apart from the endless talking during the dinner, every meeting will have a topic "open for discussion." This will be the serious portion of the event, where I'll introduce an up-to-date problem that concerns fishing and anglers will express their opinions towards it (if they wish). Let's not forget that a fishing community can also result in a strong sociopolitical entity within the state! Everyone's opinions matter, and they can often result in future solutions.

For those who are participating in this event, I'll see you guys on February 16th! Please, do not forget to send me an e-mail in advance: I need to make a reservation at least 3 days ahead of time.

Best of luck for all of us,

Long Days and Pleasant Nights,

Sincerely,

Leo S.

Hello, Blog Readers! 

First, I apologize for my lack of local fishing reports for the month of January. For the following reasons, I haven't been able to fish a lot:

1. My mother is visiting from Brazil and leaving in February. Therefore, I got to spend a little bit more of family time.

2. Temple Spring Semester starts tomorrow. This semester is going to be utterly brutal: I'm taking 4 Physics classes -- Classical Electromagnetism, Introduction to Quantum Physics, Solid State Physics, and Experimental Physics. Thus, I've been reviewing and preparing for the battle!

3. The weather has been really really awkward this season, as you guys may have noticed. Extreme cold temperatures kept most bodies of water frozen for a little while, followed by one or two warm days (in Winter!). And now we have another snowstorm warning for tomorrow (Tuesday -- January 21st). 6-9 inches. So, the weather hasn't been helping a lot...

Despite all of that, here's your photo of the month:


January 3rd, 2014 -- The Schuylkill River on a Winter Morning

And also a little homemade video of the frozen Schuylkill River (01/25):


Note that the Schuylkill River is a tidal River, meaning that the tides change every 6 hours (5-7 feet variation). Therefore, tidal Rivers are much harder to get frozen than regular Rivers, which are much harder to get frozen than Lakes and Ponds. 

And now, for the fishing sessions...

--- January 13th, 2014 -- 

Location: Schuylkill River
Time: 12:00-3:00 p.m.

Fishes caught: 

- none

After many chilly mornings, the Schuylkill River finally melted! If you guys recall, this was after the recent rain, when temperatures were in their 50's. This was my first outings of 2014, unfortunately (quite late compared to the previous years), and I ended up skunked! The River's current was very fast, carrying all types of trash downstream. Thus, my lines were getting caught with trash every couple minutes or so.

I fished for 3 hours without a single bite, so I decided to give up. I took a photo of the scenery (below).

The Schuylkill River, after the rain. Notice the muddiness and saturation of the water.

--- January 29th, 2014 -- 

Location: Upper Cooper River/Wallworth Lake/Evans Lake
Time: 1:00-2:30 p.m.

Fishes caught: 

- none

After multiple snowstorms and horrible freezing days, I went to a few unfrozen bodies of water in Haddonfield, New Jersey. Hopkins, Driscoll, and Evan Ponds were totally frozen. Wallworth and the Upper Cooper River were partially frozen. 

Due to the extreme weather (below 32F and lots of wind), I fished only for 90 minutes and ended up getting skunked. Below are a couple scenery photos, though. =)


Muddy Wallworth Lake, Haddonfield, NJ. This small spillway rarely freezes due to its all year round high saturation levels! In the past years, I've gotten multiple different Species of fish from there: Black Crappie, Green Sunfish, Pumpkinseed, Bluegill, Yellow Perch, Common Carp, and Brown Bullheads. 

Same location, another view! In this photo, you can see the frozen upper portion of it.

A photo of a spillway at Driscoll Pond. Nature does some beautiful shapes, isn't it? =)

The stretch of the Upper Cooper River that connects to the Driscoll Pond. Lots of snow around.

Finally, a photo of the Hopkins Pond (entirely frozen...)

Over all, this January was definitely not a productive month for me! The weather didn't help at all: we had lots of snowstorms and freezing days. Also, my mother was visiting from Brazil and I was busy with the beginning of my classes at Temple University.

With all of that, I barely had time to get out! =/

Tight lines, readers!

Long Days and Pleasant Nights,

Sincerely,

Leo S. 

A Winter Update and a Couple Upcoming Events for the Beginning of Spring

Hello, Blog Readers!

As always, it's been quite a while, isn't it? 

I usually fish quite a bit during the Winter time; however, the weather hasn't been helping a lot recently. Last week we had our coldest day in decades and most watersheds were frozen solid! Even the Schuylkill River -- a tidal body of water -- was entirely frozen for a couple days. The weather was so intense that some of my friends went ice-fishing for a day or two at Marsh Creek, meaning that the ice depth was safe enough for that (4 inches+). Then, after a couple days, we had a day up to 60F. Weird...huh? Regardless, the weather is a little bit better now and all the ice and the snow are gone! Let's hope it stays that way.

I also finished my petition for my new visa recently, which is another reason why I haven't been fishing a lot. After 6 months of extensive evidence gathering, I finally mailed it to the immigration office yesterday. For those who contributed for it with letters of recommendation (for more details, click here), please be aware that I couldn't have done it without all of you, and each piece of individual evidence added a lot to my petition! Thus, I want to thank you once again for your kind heart towards my work and I! 

Basically, if I do get accepted, my chances of remaining in this country in the future will increase dramatically. If that happens, one of my biggest burdens as an immigrant will go away and I will be able to better focus on my college work and my fishing stuff! I don't know yet if I will get accepted or not, but I'll definitely keep everyone updated for it. After all, the whole future of "Extreme Philly Fishing" lies on this process alone.

Despite future results for this process, I was already very happy while gathering all the evidence that I needed for it. For instance, I found out that a couple of my articles/posts are in the first links of the google website! My "fishing hibernation" post, for example, is one of the first writings on the net to scientifically explain the different between hibernation and torpor. I thought that that was very neat! Also, my photos of Satinfin Shiner, Fully Scaled Mirror Carp and Swallowtail Shiner are within the three first rows of google images. 

As you -- readers -- are aware of, one of the main objectives upon the creation of this fishing Blog was to share "free of charge" information about different topics concerning fishing to the open public. After all, before the creation of my fishing Blog, just as other anglers and friends, it didn't take me long to realize that information regarding fishing was extremely scarce on the Internet. Sure: I found a lot of fishing forums with people sharing the photos of their catches, plenty of bragging rights, but minimal pieces of important information (where to go for the weekend angler, how to fish properly, how to handle fish properly, etc). Generalizing, soon I realized that the fishing community was all divided into small groups of "trusted people," and newcomers were often ignored or put aside (as a matter of fact, that's one of the cons in any fishing forum, and perhaps society itself). That's when the whole "secrecy" thing within local fishing communities came to me. So, at that point, I had decided to create a source of information that would be available for everyone to see! And now, I'm very happy that little pieces of information from my Blog are running here and there, helping others to learn more about this wonderful sport! It's free, and it's here for anyone that wishes to learn. I truly believe that this is how it should be!   

Apart from that, I also confirmed recently that my fishing Blog is within the three first links on Google when "Fishing Philadelphia" is typed in! I'm certainly very proud of myself for my Blog being on top of the list on a local level, and I know that this Blog is "living proof" that efforts do pay off in the end! As I like to emphasize to friends and family, there's no "quick fix" when it comes to many aspects of life. Nowadays, somehow, a lot of people look for an "easier way" to change or fix things up; however, most of the times progress comes from hard labor and a lot of sweat. In other words, it takes a long time to improve oneself or something. In my case, during these past 3 years, I've been pouring a lot of time into my writings (Blog) and field trips (Fishing). I ain't complaining, of course. I love all of that and I would be pleased to continue doing so. Heh. But this ranking example is certainly to show that anyone can "do it" with proper amounts of time, dedication and determination.  

Now, let's talk about upcoming events (Note: if you are willing to participate in ANY of them, please send an e-mail to sheng12182527@gmail.com with the name of the event in the subject line):

1. 2nd Anglers Get Together Dinner of 2014, on February 16th.

The first Anglers Get Together Dinner was a big success! It was held on January 12th at Franklin Mills Mall (Grand China Buffet). The party was small -- 7 people total; however, we talked until we couldn't do it anymore. I came to know 4 of those people during the event, who all turned out to be wonderful local anglers. We shared plenty of fishing photos, knowledge about local spots and fishing techniques; and we even planned a couple Flathead and Carp fishing sessions for March. So, everything was good! 

I believe that everyone who was there with me will agree that one of the funniest topics of the night was Uncle Steve (his Youtube Channel can be found here). In summary, he's a humorous angler that fishes different small streams for bream (Sunfish) and other smaller Species of fish (his catches rarely pass 6 inches). His videos are very entertaining and I definitely recommend them! He offers his spots, his techniques, etc. As an example, a video of his is below: 


Since the first Anglers Get Together Dinner was held in Northeast Philadelphia, the second one will be held in South Philadelphia. This time is Mexican food! The second event is scheduled for 6:00 p.m., February 16th, at:


My Thai

Address: 2200 South Street, Philadelphia, PA 19146.


The menu is available here. The prices are outdated, though. Anyways...we are talking about authentic Thai food, cooked by authentic Thai people. That includes original Phad Thai, Drunken Noodles, different types of Curries, etc. The price range for Entrees is less than $20. Myself, I would probably spend $25-$30 per meal, tips included. They also have a "happy-hour" 3-courses special for $10.99, featuring Thai dishes (including a Thai BBQ chicken for those who are shy to the Asian cuisine). Parking on the street.

If you are interested in participating, please e-mail me at "sheng12182527@gmail.com." Note that I need to make a reservation at least 3 days in advance; therefore, do not wait until the last minute. Otherwise, there may be no accommodations. 

Keep in mind that the Anglers Get Together Dinner is a good event to share your fishing stories with other local angler fanatics, learn a little bit more about the sport, make friends, etc. Therefore, be encouraged to bring photos and other small fishing things (last time someone brought and shared some knowledge on Senkos). Basically, it's a really good event to socialize. The crew and location for each event is different; therefore, you will be constantly meeting new people.

I hope you see you there! I'm sure that it's going to be a blast.

2. 5th Catfish Tourney on the Banks, on March 23rd.

Soon I'll be creating a full post for the 5th Catfish Tourney on the Banks. For now, I'm just announcing the date for it. Just like the previous Catfish Tourneys, it will be held on the Schuylkill Banks, between Locust and Chestnut bridges, from 9-3 p.m. 

The entry fee for individuals is $20; teams is $30.

20% of all proceedings are going to a local non-profit organization that emphasizes aquatic sustainability. The rest of the cash amount will be divided among 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and Big Fish places (40%, 30%, 20%, and 10% respectively). Also, notice that trophies are available for those positions as well.

Since the rules for each competition are almost identical, here's a set of rules from a previous Catfish Tourney (so you can have an idea of it).

For those who are willing to participate, please send an e-mail to "sheng12182527@gmail.com" with the event's name in the subject line. You will be receiving the application form for it in return. 

3. 1st Carp Tourney on Kelly Drive, on April 13th. 

This year I'll be holding Carp competitions for the local fishing community, apart from the "Catfish Tourney on the Banks" series. The 1st Carp Tourney is scheduled for April 13th, 2014. The event will take place on Kelly Drive, right after the Girard Ave. Bridge, from 9-3 p.m.. There's a small parking lot around the area, as well as a big parking lot around the Boathouse Row area. 

A full post on it will be coming shortly! The rules for this competition will be slightly different:

-- 3 Rods per team (individual players are allowed, but teams are HIGHLY recommended)
-- Long nets are a must have item and one net will be available for rent at a rate of 1lb per use. 

-- Individuals/Teams MUST BE at least 25 feet apart from each other (or from chummed area)
-- There will be a penalty of 5lbs per bag for mishandling fish in any ways (i.e. fish death).
-- Prizes will be awarded only for 1st, 2nd, and Big Fish. There will be no 3rd place award.
-- Prizes will be distributed as it follows: 40% for 1st, 35% for 2nd, 25% for Big Fish.
-- Final bag will consist of only the 3 biggest fish for each individual/team.

Also, please note: PA fish and Boat Commission's Angler Award forms will be available during the Tourney. Apart from the competition prizes, anyone who catches a Carp exceeding 28 inches in length and 14lbs in weight will also receive a certificate of excellence from the PA Fish and Boat Commission for his/her Trophy Catch! =)  

And, as always:

-- Everyone must follow the PA Fish and Boat Commission laws while fishing. That includes having a valid PA fishing license for the year of 2014 (for each individual)!
-- The competition is strictly CPR -- Catch, Photo, and Release. 
-- Entry fee for individuals/teams are $20. 
-- Anglers must weight in any caught Carp during the length of the competition.
-- Trophies will be available for 1st, 2nd, and Biggest fish positions.
-- 20% of all proceeds will go to the National Recycled Fish non-profit organization. 

As mentioned above, a full post on it will be coming shortly! If you are interested in participating, please send an e-mail to "sheng12182527@gmail.com" with the event's name in the subject line. You will be receiving the application form for it in return.

A lot of fun coming up, right? Heh.

For now, that's pretty much it! I hope to see you guys around.

Best of luck for all of us,

Long Days and Pleasant Nights,

Sincerely,

Leo S. 

Statistical Fishing Chart for 2014 (COMPLETE)

This will be my Statistical Fishing Chart for 2014. Every catch that I perform will be registered in terms of length and estimated weight. This will help me create a little "fishing diary" and keep scores and data along the year. This post will be updated regularly.

Before you read any further, here are a couple notes that you will want to take in consideration:

-- Most small fishes are measured by length and have their weights estimated by a "growth chart." Some of the charts that I use can be found on the PA Fish and Boat Commission website; other charts were made by myself, after collecting many samples of the same Species.

-- Some Species of fish here are identified using special methods. Those include microscope analysis for micro-fishes and special analysis of their physiology (i.e. anal fin count). The microscope that I use is a Biological M500 series from AmScope.

If you want specific data on a certain Species, location, bait, or time of the catch, shoot me an e-mail: sheng12182527@gmail.com. I have everything recorded in my fishing logs. Enjoy! 

Click here for my Statistical Fishing Chart for 2013.
Click here for my Statistical Fishing Chart for 2012.

Last update/fishing session: 12/01/14

Days fished this year: 85
Maximum number of fish caught in a day: 51 (Upper Cooper River/Wallworth Lake - 09/27/14)
Maximum pounds of fish caught in a day: 57.70 lbs (Schuylkill River - 06/16/14) 
Number of different species caught this year: 38
TOTAL # of Fish caught in 2014: 702
TOTAL # of Pounds caught in 2014: 575.92 lbs. (approximation) 
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Results for last year: 

Days fished in 2013: 137 
Maximum number of fish caught in a day: 206 (Hilliards/Linden/Kirkwood - 04/24/13)
Maximum pounds of fish caught in a day: 39.40 lbs (Schuylkill River - 02/17/13)
Number of different species caught this year: 49
TOTAL # of Fish caught in 2013: 2352
TOTAL # of Pounds caught in 2013: 1002.74 lbs. (approximation) 
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Note: Size is in inches; weight is in pounds.
1 Inch = 2.54 Centimeters
1 Pound = 0.45359237 Kilograms

# = Number of fish of certain Species caught in 2014
Max. Size = Longest fish of certain Species caught in 2014 (In Inches)

Max. Weight = Heaviest fish of certain Species caught in 2014 (In lbs)
Total Weight = Total amount of weight of certain Species caught in 2014 (per Species)
Location caught = Where the biggest fish of certain Species was caught
Date = When the biggest fish of certain Species was caught

Format:

-- Name (Species) -- #/ Max. Size/ Max. Weight/ Total Weight
Location caught (Biggest, in terms of lbs) - Date caught

Photo


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-- American Eel (Anguilla rostrata) -- 6/ 14.0 (in)/ 0.18 (lbs)/ 0.93 (lbs)
Meadow Lake, PA - 04/20/14



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-- Bergall (Tautogolabrus adspersus) -- 43/ 6.5 (in)/ 0.28 (lbs)/ 6.58 (lbs)
Absecon Bay Inlet, NJ - 05/20/14




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-- Black Crappie (Pomoxis nigromaculatus) -- 35/ 11.5 (in)/ 0.78 (lbs)/ 15.06 (lbs)
Wallworth Lake, NJ - 10/08/14



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-- Blue Catfish (Ictalurus furcatus) -- 7/ 26.8 (in)/ 7.20 (lbs)/ 29.20 (lbs)
Potomac River, DC - 11/01/14



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-- Bluegill (Lepomis macrochirus) -- 163/ 7.3 (in)/ 0.41 (lbs)/ 37.49 (lbs)
Linden Lake, NJ - 05/14/14



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-- Bluntnose Stingray (Dasyatis say) -- 1/ --- (in)/ 5.65 (lbs)/ 5.65 (lbs)
Absecon Bay Inlet, NJ - 06/10/14



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-- Brook Trout (Salvelinus fontinalis) -- 1/ 12.0 (in)/ 0.55 (lbs)/ 0.55 (lbs)
Mills Creek, PA - 10/12/14




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-- Brown Bullhead (Ameiurus nebulosus) -- 8/ 12.6 (in)/ 0.83 (lbs)/ 5.52 (lbs)
Linden Lake, NJ - 05/14/14



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-- Brown Trout (Salmo trutta) -- 9/ 16.5 (in)/ 2.11 (lbs)/ 6.43 (lbs)
Pennypack Creek, PA - 04/04/14



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-- Chain Pickerel (Esox niger) -- 3/ 17.0 (in)/ 1.15 (lbs)/ 2.69 (lbs)
Delaware Canal, PA - 06/18/14




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-- Channel Catfish (Ictalurus punctatus) -- 41/ 24.0 (in)/ 5.57 (lbs)/ 101.68 (lbs)
Schuylkill River, PA - 03/08/14


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-- Common Carp (Cyprinus carpio) -- 19/ 24.0 (in)/ 14.5 (lbs)/ 144.12 (lbs)
Meadow Lake, PA - 11/24/14


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-- Creek Chub (Semotilus atromaculatus) -- 16/ 6.0 (in)/ 0.08 (lbs)/ 0.68 (lbs)
Mills Creek, PA - 05/20/14


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-- Dusky Smooth-Hound (Mustelus canis) -- 2/ 12.0 (in)/ 0.13 (lbs)/ 0.25 (lbs)
Absecon Bay Inlet, NJ - 06/10/14


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-- Fallfish (Semotilus corporalis) -- 9/ 10.5 (in)/ 0.35 (lbs)/ 1.89 (lbs)
Swatara Creek, PA - 05/26/14


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-- Flathead Catfish (Pylodictis olivaris) -- 11/ 24.5 (in)/ 6.30 (lbs)/ 62.7 (lbs)
Schuylkill River, PA - 06/16/14


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-- Gizzard Shad (Dorosoma cepedianum) -- 11/ 4.0 (in)/ 0.05 (lbs)/ 0.51 (lbs)
Wallworth Lake, NJ - 09/27/14


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-- Green Sunfish (Lepomis cyanellus) -- 12/ 6.0 (in)/ 0.33 (lbs)/ 2.31 (lbs)
Newton Creek, NJ - 07/14/14


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-- Largemouth Bass (Micropterus salmoides) -- 76/ 18.2 (in)/ 3.42 (lbs)/ 68.48 (lbs)
Newton Lake, NJ - 04/25/14


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-- Northern Kingfish (Menticirrhus saxatilis) -- 2/ 8.5 (in)/ 0.37 (lbs)/ 0.70 (lbs)
Absecon Bay Inlet, NJ - 06/10/14


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-- Northern Snakehead (Channa argus) -- 5/ 17.5 (in)/ 2.62 (lbs)/ 9.66 (lbs)
Newton Lake, NJ - 07/14/14


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-- Pumpkinseed (Lepomis gibbosus) -- 7/ 4.0 (in)/ 0.13 (lbs)/ 0.67 (lbs)
Delaware Canal, PA - 05/21/14


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-- Rainbow Trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss) -- 46/ 12.5 (in)/ 0.77 (lbs)/ 26.68 (lbs)
Pennypack Creek, PA - 03/29/14


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-- Redbreast Sunfish (Lepomis auritus) -- 69/ 6.0 (in)/ 0.25 (lbs)/ 8.41 (lbs)
Buck Creek, PA - 07/10/14


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-- Rock Bass (Ambloplites rupestris) -- 10/ 6.5 (in)/ 0.15 (lbs)/ 1.23 (lbs)
East Branch Brandywine Creek, PA - 10/24/14


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-- Smallmouth Bass (Micropterus dolomieu) -- 33/ 17.2 (in)/ 2.60 (lbs)/ 13.48 (lbs)
Swatara Creek, PA - 05/26/14


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-- Spotfin Shiner (Cyprinella spiloptera) -- 1/ 3.0 (in)/ 0.02 (lbs)/ 0.02 (lbs)
Tacony Creek, PA - 06/22/14


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-- Spottail Shiner (Notropis hudsonius) -- 10/ 3.7 (in)/ 0.04 (lbs)/ 0.26 (lbs)
Poquessing Creek, PA - 10/31/14


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-- Striped Bass (Morone saxatilis) -- 5/ 19.5 (in)/ 4.15 (lbs)/ 5.05 (lbs)
James River, VA - 04/19/14


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-- Summer Flounder (Paralichthys dentatus) -- 1/ 13.0 (in)/ 1.05 (lbs)/ 1.05 (lbs)
Absecon Bay Inlet, NJ - 06/10/14


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-- Swallowtail Shiner (Notropis procne) -- 2/ 2.0 (in)/ 0.01 (lbs)/ 0.02 (lbs)
Poquessing Creek, PA - 10/31/14


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-- Tautog (Tautoga onitis) -- 15/ 17.0 (in)/ 1.90 (lbs)/ 9.88 (lbs)
Absecon Bay Inlet, NJ - 05/20/14


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-- Warmouth (Lepomis gulosus) -- 1/ 5.5 (in)/ 0.24 (lbs)/ 0.24 (lbs)
Newton Lake, NJ - 04/25/14


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-- White Perch (Morone americana) -- 9/ 5.0 (in)/ 0.15 (lbs)/ 1.03 (lbs)
Schuylkill River, PA - 05/15/14


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-- White Sucker (Catostomus commersoni) -- 2/ 17.0 (in)/ 2.02 (lbs)/ 2.59 (lbs)
Pennypack Creek, PA - 04/04/14


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-- Yellow Perch (Perca flavescens) -- 2/ 5.8 (in)/ 0.13 (lbs)/ 0.23 (lbs)
Upper Cooper River, NJ - 09/27/14


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-- Hybrid Sunfish (---) -- 14/ --- (in)/ --- (lbs)/ --- (lbs)
--- - --/--/14

Redbreast Sunfish X Pumpkinseed -- East Branch Brandywine Creek

Bluegill X Green Sunfish -- Wallworth Lake