Philly Fun Fishing Fest 2014 Coming Up on the Schuylkill Banks!

Hello, Readers! 

September is almost here and so is the Philly Fun Fishing Fest 2014

For those who are not yet familiar with this event, I highly recommend it! Click here for more details. 

The Philly Fun Fishing Fest happens only ONCE A YEAR on the Schuylkill Banks. It's a family oriented FREE EVENT (aka friendly fishing competition) and a fishing license is NOT required during the length of the competition, not to mention that there are multiple prizes for kids and adults alike (as a matter of fact, I won last year's prize for "most number of fish caught during the event" -- a Daiwa rod/reel combo and a Dicks gift card!).

In order to participate, all you need to do is register on the link in this post. Make sure to bring as many people as you can -- your family, kids, friends, etc. Also, do not forget to print the release form, sign it, and bring it with you on the day of the competition. 

I will certainly be there during the competition; however, this year I'll not fish. I will be walking around, taking photos, and talking to people! I really really hope to see you folks down there! Think of this event as a nice gathering opportunity, not to mention that you can win some prizes as well (if you think you can win! heh). 

Long Days and Pleasant Nights, Folks! 


Leo S.

Bass Master Elite Series in the Big D. (August 7th-10th)

Hello, Folks! 

Here is my short post on the current Bassmaster Elite Series at the Delaware River. As the name implies, this event is being held in Philadelphia, PA. I will update this post day by day.

1st Day (August 7th)

You may click on this link for the current results of the 1st day of the Bassmaster Elite Series, which is being held from August 7th-10th on the Delaware River (that's right -- our glamorous Big D.!)

As a proud angler from the City of Brotherly Love, I just had to share this with you folks! 16-14 (lbs-oz) is the highest weight at the moment, and many anglers are showing that the Delaware River is not so bad for Bass fishing (biggest fish right now at 4-2)! As a bonus, pro angler Brett Hite caught a 3.5lber Northern Snakehead (Channa argus) in the Delaware River!

For more photos and details on this event, here's the link for the live Blog.

2nd Day (August 8th)

The second day of the Bass Master Elite Series on the Delaware River is almost over, and the results for today are quite astonishing! Before saying anything else, it's a pleasure to see so many Largemouth Bass (Micropterus salmoides) being pulled out of the Delaware River! Boyd Duckett certainly did great on the first day with a lead of 4lbs+. Also, there have been catch reports of Smallmouth Bass (Micropterus dolomieu) and Northern Snakeheads from our Big D. and its tributaries... 

As for the competition, the local favorite Mike Iaconelli has done great on the second day. If you guys click on this Basstrakk link, you will see that he caught a total of 10 fish, finishing with 15-4 for the best 5 on the second day (however, Boyd is still leading, overall). Boyd and Shimizu have also done great! 

Very surprisingly, the VanDams are still with zeroes at the end of the second day. That's quite a bummer, since they are very likely done for this one. 

3rd Day (August 9th)

I was finally able to get to the weight in on the third day, and it was an awesome event. Certainly one of the best days of my life! As usual, Ike did really well today and secured 1st position for the day. Not much to say today -- below is a video of Ike's weight in:

A video of Michael "Ike" Iaconelli's weight-in at Penn's Landing. At the end of the video, you can see the top ranked anglers for the event (up to day 3).

Also, hands up for Kevin Short (a.k.a. K-Pink)! I am a big fan of Mike "Ike" Iaconelli, but K-pink made my day today. Why? Just watch this video and you will know. You gotta be pretty hardcore to take 30 minutes to cut a log just to get to a fishing spot! 

I'm already looking forward to tomorrow, and personally, I'm cheering for Iaconelli to win! Below are a couple photos from the Expo and event:

Like any other Expo, there are plenty of booths to see! And, of course, plenty of people as well.

Here's the weight in podium from a nice angle. The photo was taken around 1:30 p.m. and notice: there are already some folks securing their positions there (weight in starts at 3:00 p.m.)

Here's an isolated booth that caught my eye: the PA Fish and Boat Commission's booth. Hehe. As always, those fellas are always in fishing events to give away information on fishing licenses, boating, etc. Between us -- they have an awesome (and free) fish identification guide for PA. So, if you ever see their booth in an Expo, make sure to grab one.

Toyota certainly made sure to show their stuff. :)

Plenty of boats on the Expo as well -- minimum price at $30k. Emphasizing: there were some sweet Bass boats there, folks! 

4th Day (August 10th)

The 4th and last day of the Bassmaster Elite Series on the Delaware River is going very well. Today, BASSTrakk is showing not only the up-to-date scores, but also each competitor's location and catches!

Here's a little summary of the competition so far (as for 12 p.m.):

Chris Lane is doing great around the Trenton area. He already got his limit for the day with a 4-0 and 3-12 in his bag! This gives him plenty of time to do some culling. Unfortunately, he needs a lot more to win the competition (if even possible at this point!). 

Skeet Reese is with a bag of 4-0, with 3 fish so far. He decided to adventure DEEP into the Rancocas Creek (all the way to Lumberton, NJ), joining Bill Lowen (3-2 with 2 fish) and Shaw Grigsby Jr. (6-0 with 3 fish), who are also in the area. 

John Crews Jr. is currently around Bristol, on the main River. However, he caught his fish mainly in Northeast Philly (around Delaware Expressway and Academy Road). He's holding a bag of 4-12 with 3 fish. 

Chad Pipkens has been all around the River! Lol! He started his day on the other side of Chester, PA. Caught a 1-0 there. Then, moved up across the Philadelphia International Airport, where he landed a 1-4. Went way up North, pass the Tacony-Palmyra bridge, where he landed a 1-8 right next to Velvick... and now he's fishing a marina between Cottman and Rhawn Streets, holding 3 fish at 3-12. Talk about moving around! 

For some reason, Byron Velvick is nowhere to be found on the map! So far, he's with zero in his livewell (although, he did catch 2 fish at 0-8 total). 

Jason Christie decided to go down Big Timber Creek in NJ! Perhaps it was a good choice, since he's currently holding 5 fish at 8-10, all from the South Branch Big Timber Creek! He's ready for some culling. 

Our local favorite, Mike "Ike" Iaconelli, is still holding his first place with 4 fish at 8-6 (on the overall weight). He's been switching between the main River behind the FDR Park and the Woodbury Creek in NJ. For now, he's going down the main River again. So far, he's been doing a good job with a 3-6 kicker from Woodbury Creek! 

Boyd Duckett is currently holding 2 fish at 4-8, both caught in the main River, around the Red Bank Battlefield Park in NJ. He's currently trying his chances at Darby Creek, near John Heinz Wildlife Refugee. 

Scott Rook is doing poorly today. He's holding 1 fish at 2-8. He's been fishing a stretch of the Raccoon Creek, on the other side of the PPL Park (a local well-known hole, actually). 

Finally, we got Kevin Short (a.k.a. K-Pink), who's fishing the most southern portion of the River. He's in the same spot he was for the previous 2 days -- all the way back of Oldman's Creek. A very isolated area, indeed! He's holding 4 fish at 7-3. 

Now...there is still a couple hours for them to fish! Hopefully Ike will prevail in the end! NEVER GIVE UP! 

Final update: Mike "Ike" Iaconelli won the competition (oh, yeah!). Final results can be found here.

And, of course, let's give a round of applause for all these pro-anglers! After all, it's not easy being "Pro."

Best of luck for all of us,

Long Days and Pleasant Nights,

Leo S.