August Fishing Sessions: 08/12 - Fishing For Largemouth Bass Using Wacky-Rigged Senkos (Hammonton, NJ)

Hello, Blog Readers! 

Here is my fishing report for August 12th:

--- August 12th, 2015 ---

Location: Hammonton Lake (Hammonton, NJ)
Time: 1:00-5:00 p.m.

Fishes caught:

-- 7 Largemouth Bass (Micropterus salmoides)
-- 5 Bluegill (Lepomis macrochirus)
-- 3 Pumpkinseed (Lepomis gibbosus)


Below are the highlights for this fishing session:

Fishing starts at 5:10. Don't forget to watch it in HD quality (1080p50)! If you enjoy watching my videos, please support my YouTube Channel by liking and subscribing. More likes and more subscribes = more videos in the future. :)


The main goal for the day was to explore the Hammonton Lake a little bit further. In other words, see if I could catch a few extra Species of fish there.


My setup for this fishing session consisted of a St. Croix Avid Pearl spinning rod with a Shimano Symetre 4000FL and 12lbs Berkley Vanish Fluorocarbon line. Throughout the course of the day, I used the following types of rigs/baits/lures: (1) a Thomas E.P. series in-line spinner, 1/8 oz., nickel/gold color; (2) a 5" Gary Yamamoto Senko on a 5/0 Gamakatsu Worm hook; (3) a 1" Gulp! Alive minnow on a 1/64 oz. Trout Magnet jighead; (4) a size #10 Eagle claw hook with a Trout Magnet; and (5) a small creature bait on a 5/0 Gamakatsu Worm hook.


I decided to explore Hammonton Lake one more time to see if I could catch a new Species or anything decent out of it! My first time there was on July 12th (video available here). I landed a couple Chain Pickerel (Esox niger), Bluegill, and Pumpkinseed. As a matter of fact, the Pumpkinseed were still nesting at that time! 

I arrived there around 1:00 p.m.. After setting up my stuff, I immediately knew which spots to hit! However, even after hitting the overall good spots with plenty of cover and structure, I was still unable to catch anything new. I did see what looked like a Redfin Pickerel (Esox americanus), but I was unable to catch it. There were also plenty of small Chain Pickerel around the Lake.

In the end, I played around with wacky-rigged senkos, finishing with a couple Largemouth Bass. I used smaller baits for the sunfish, such as the 1" Gulp! Alive Minnow and the Trout Magnet. Ultimately, I ended the day with a couple Bluegill, Pumpkinseed, and 7 Largemouth Bass -- none bigger than 2lbs. 

I don't think I will be going back to Hammonton for a while; though, it's a great environment for family outings and kids! I highly encourage folks to go there and enjoy the outdoors! :)


Below are the photos for this fishing session:

Of course I had to have a photo of a Bluegill from Hammonton Lake. :) The wonder of recording different Species from different bodies of water is part of Multi-Species fishing. 

My smallest Largemouth Bass of the day! Greedy little fella, seriously! 

A mighty Pumpkinseed. The ones from Hammonton Lake are extremely gorgeous. Very vivid and colorful! 

A Largemouth Bass with hyperpigmented melanosis. One local did tell me that the water quality at Hammonton was extremely bad back in the days. Thus, I guess it's not very uncommon to see this illness in the Bass there. 

A nice scenic view of the place. As mentioned previously, definitely an awesome place for family outings and children! Highly recommended.

Best of luck to all of us,

Long Days and Pleasant Nights,


Leo S.


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