April Fishing Sessions: 04/03 - Catfishing the Tidal Schuylkill River

Hello, Readers! 

Today I'm bringing you guys my short fishing report for April 3rd:

--- April 3rd, 2015 ---

Location: Schuylkill River
Time: 11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Fishes caught:

-- 1 Channel Catfish (Ictalurus punctatus)

Below are the highlights of this fishing session, in video form: 

Readers -- nothing too exciting happens in this video. Heh. There's actually only one fish in it. Thus, if you want to jump directly to the catching part, go to 7:50. 

Even with all the rain, I decided to do some Multi-Species fishing on the tidal Schuylkill River (around the South Street Bridge). As portrayed in the video, I set up one rod with cut American Eel (Anguilla rostrata) and two rods with nightcrawlers. Setup number one consisted of 20lbs Berkley Vanish Fluorocarbon line, a 2oz. egg sinker, Eagle Claw snap-swivel, nylawire, and a Gamakatsu 5/0 circle hook. Setup number two consisted of a high-low rig with Spiderwire Invisibraid, three way swivels, different sized Eagle Claw snelled hooks and a 2oz. river sinker.

Here is a nice view of my setup: the rod on the left was hooked with American Eel. The photo portrays the tidal Schuylkill River right next to the South Street Bridge in Center City.

My original plan was to do some Multi-Species fishing around the Promenade stretch of the Schuylkill River. Unfortunately, the plan didn't go as expected: after 5 hours of fishing, I was only able to land a 1.5lber Channel Catfish! The photo of the sacred beast is below. Heh.

The only fish of the day: a 1.5lber Channel Catfish. On the positive side, I avoided the skunk. Hehe.

In reality, I had many bites throughout the day (about 6 total). Therefore, it wasn't exactly the fishes' fault. Heh. Anyways...here are a couple bonus photos that I took after my session, during the low tide:

"Things that you don't see when you stay at home:" A Northern Mockingbird was picking small pieces of wood for its closeby nest. Beautiful little creature! 

A scenery view of the outlet close to the South Street Bridge. The same is portrayed in the video around 8:10. When the tide is low, one can actually see some Channel Catfish and Common Carp (Cyprinus carpio) swimming in and out of that outlet. Very neat. 

A scenery view of some trees right by Locust Street. The pipe on the right and the hole on the left are awesome structures for smaller Species of fish when the tide is high enough. 

A closer view of the hole on the left side of the photo above.

Best of luck for all of us,

Long Days and Pleasant Nights,


Leo S.


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