SUMMARY: My Third Outing of 2019! (01/03/19)

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Hello, Blog Readers!

Today I am bringing you folks a summary of my 3rd outing of 2019.

Main Objective: 

The main objectives for this fishing trip were to scout fishing spots in the state of Delaware, and to search for the Rosyside Dace (Clinostomus funduloides)

Locations: 

- Bogy Run
- White Clay Creek
P.s. hyperlinks for the Smugmug folders of these locations are only accessible to Patreon/YT Members.

Species Caught:

- 9x Bluegill (Lepomis macrochirus)
- 13x Common Shiner (Luxilus cornutus)
- 11x Creek Chub (Semotilus atromaculatus)
- 5x Pumpkinseed (Lepomis gibbosus)
- 2x Rainbow Trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss)
- 5x Redbreast Sunfish (Lepomis auritus)
P.s. hyperlinks for the Smugmug folders of these locations are only accessible to Patreon/YT Members.

Video:

Below are the highlights for this fishing trip:

Exploring and fishing the Bogy Run

Exploring and fishing the White Clay Creek

Summary & Photos:

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Best of luck to all of us!

Long Days and Pleasant Nights!

Sincerely,

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

SUMMARY: My Second Outing of 2019! (01/02/19)

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Hello, Blog Readers!

Today I am bringing you folks a "summary" of my second outing of 2019.

Main Objective: 

To conduct a Species Assessment at the upper Cobbs-Darby watershed.

Locations: 

- East Branch Indian Creek
- West Branch Indian Creek
P.s. hyperlinks for the Smugmug folders of these locations are only accessible to Patreon/YT Members.

Species Caught:

- 16x Creek Chub (Semotilus atromaculatus)
- 11x Eastern Blacknose Dace (Rhinichthys atratulus)
P.s. hyperlinks for the Smugmug folders of these locations are only accessible to Patreon/YT Members.

Video:

Below are the highlights for this fishing trip:

Exploring 3 Creeks for the Waterfall Fish.

Summary & Photos:

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Best of luck to all of us!

Long Days and Pleasant Nights!

Sincerely,

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

SUMMARY: My First Outing of 2019! (01/01/19)

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Hello, Blog Readers!

Today I am bringing you folks a "summary" of my first outing of 2019.

Main Objective: 

To conduct a Species Assessment at the Nameless Pond.

Locations: 

- Nameless Pond
P.s. hyperlinks for the Smugmug folders of these locations are only accessible to Patreon/YT Members.

Species Caught:

- 29x Brown Bullhead (Ameiurus nebulosus)
P.s. hyperlinks for the Smugmug folders of these locations are only accessible to Patreon/YT Members.

Videos:

Below are the highlights for this fishing trip:

Phenomenal Winter Catfishing?!

Summary & Photos:

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Best of luck to all of us!

Long Days and Pleasant Nights!

Sincerely,

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

My Fall Florida Trip Summary (October 12th-16th, 2018)

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Today I am bringing you folks a "summary" of my amazing 5-days Multi-Species fishing trip down in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. I am also linking all the YouTube videos below, in case you folks haven't checked it out yet!


Main Objective: 

To catch as many different Species of fish as possible, in a period of five days. 

Locations: 

- Intracoastal Waterway
- Hillsboro Inlet
- C-14 Canal
- G-15 Canal
- Boca Raton Inlet
- Royal Palm Ponds
P.s. hyperlinks for the Smugmug folders of these locations are only accessible to Patreon/YT Members.

Species Caught:

- Mangrove Snapper (Lutjanus griseus)
- Crevalle Jack (Caranx hippos)
- Checkered Puffer (Sphoeroides testudineus)
- Spottail Pinfish (Diplodus holbrookii) or South-American Silver Porgy (Diplodus argenteus)
- Black Margate (Anisotremus surinamensis)
- Atlantic Needlefish (Strongylura marina)*
- Scrawled Cowfish (Acanthostracion quadricornis)
- Sand Drum (Umbrina coroides)*
- Sergeant Major (Abudefduf saxatilis)
- Tomtate (Haemulon aurolineatum)
- Smallmouth Grunt (Haemulon chrysargyreum)
- Houndfish (Tylosurus crocodilus)
- Blue Runner (Caranx crysos)
- Dusky Damselfish (Stegastes adustus)
- Crested Goby (Lophogobius cyprinoides)
- Frillfin Goby (Bathygobius soporator)
- Inland Silverside (Menidia beryllina) or Tidewater Silverside (Menidia peninsulae)
- Spotted Sunfish (Lepomis punctatus)
- Bluegill (Lepomis macrochirus)
- Mayan Cichlid (Mayaheros urophthalmus)***
- Hardhead Catfish (Ariopsis felis)*
- Spotfin Mojarra (Eucinostomus argenteus) or Bigeye Mojarra (Eucinostomus havana)
- Large-Scaled Spinycheek Sleeper (Eleotris amblyopsis)*
- Florida Largemouth Bass (Micropterus floridanus)**
- Slippery Dick (Halichoeres bivittatus)
- French Grunt (Haemulon flavolineatum)
- Lane Snapper (Lutnajus synagris)
- Hairy Blenny (Labrisomus nuchipinnis)
- Bermuda Chub (Kyphosus sectatrix)
- Sailor's Grunt (Haemulon parra)
- Ladyfish (Elops saurus)*
- Ballyhoo (Hemiramphus brasiliensis)
- Porkfish (Anisotremus virginicus)
- High-Hat (Pareques acuminatus)
- Spotted Scorpionfish (Scorpaena plumieri)
- Permit (Trachinotus falcatus)
- False Pilchard (Harengula clupeola) or Scaled Sardine (Harengula jaguana)
- Bluehead Wrasse (Thalassoma bifasciatum)
- Schoolmaster Snapper (Lutjanus apodus)
- Redfin Parrotfish (Sparisoma rubripinne)***
- Flamefish (Apogon maculatus)
- Florida Gar (Lepisosteus platyrhinchus)
- Butterfly Peacock Bass (Cichla ocellaris)
- African Jewelfish (Hemichromis letournexi)***
- Yellow Belly Cichlid (Cichlasoma salvini)
- Eastern Mosquitofish (Gambusia holbrooki)
- Spotted Tilapia (Pelmatolapia mariae)***
- White Grunt (Haemulon plumierii)
- Long-Spined Porcupinefish (Diodon holocanthus)

*Lifers. In other words, new species for my list! See my Master Species Album right here
**The Florida Largemouth Bass has been classified as a separate Species; however, the community is still skeptical about it. Thus, I do not count the Micropterus floridanus as a new Species yet.
***Changes in classification or Species identification. All changes were made on the Smugmug Fish Photo Database

Videos:

Below are the highlights for this fishing trip:

Day 1, morning -- Hillsboro Inlet:

The Sand Drum shows up!

Day 1, afternoon -- Hillsboro Inlet:

An unexpected guest makes an appearance...Sigh.

Day 2, morning -- C-14 Canal:

A new Species shows up!

Day 2, afternoon -- C-14 Canal wrap up + Royal Palm Ponds:

A rare Species of fish appears!

Day 3, morning -- Boca Raton Inlet
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Sabiki fishing for different Species!

Day 3, afternoon -- Boca Raton Inlet*:

Punching rocks for different reef Species!

*My fellow lifelister Rocky Bangor makes an appearance in these video. Check out his Instagram here

Day 4 -- Hillsboro Inlet:

Revisiting the spot for more Species!

Day 5, morning -- G-15 Canal:

Live-Lining Shiners for bigger fish!

Day 5, afternoon -- G-15 Canal:

Micro-Fishing the freshwater Canal!

Summary & Photos:

This section will only be available for Patreon & YouTube Members, in the near future.

Best of luck to all of us!
Long Days and Pleasant Nights!

Sincerely,

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

A Failed Day at the Delaware Canal! (01/24/18, Yardley, PA)

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As always, this Winter has been quite busy! However, I finally have some time to work on the Blog. Since I am still in January (and a few fishing sessions behind), let's work hard on these posts! Heh. And on a positive note, the Florida fishing trip reports will be coming up soon. ;) 

Here is my fishing report for January 24th, 2018. The 2018 Statistical Fishing Chart was updated as well.

Location: Delaware Canal
Time: 9:00 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

Fishes caught:

- None

Video:

There is no video for this fishing session. :)

Summary & Photos: 

The Delaware Canal is a great Winter fishing spot, since it is one of the only bodies of water in southeast Pennsylvania with the Chain Pickerel (Esox niger) in it. And as it is known, the different species of fish in the Esox genus are very tolerant to low water temperatures -- making it a great target during the colder months of the year.  

A Chain Pickerel from the Delaware Canal. Winter of 2016.

Taking all of that in consideration, I woke up early, prepared my fishing gear, and headed out in hopes of catching some chunky Pickerel down at the Canal. My main plan for the day was to cast a 3/8 oz. Z-Man white/chartreuse Chatterbait all around structure.

Sadly, as soon as I saw the "current situation" of the Canal, my plans immediately got crushed. Not only the water levels were extremely low in comparison to the other Winters that I had fished there, but the canal was also still frozen due to the cold air (26 - 35F/-3 - 2ºC).

The Delaware Canal. January 24th, 2018.
  
To not waste the day, I decided to walk and cast where I could -- in-between the chunks of ice. But my efforts produced no results! After fishing for a total of 4 hours or so, I finally gave up and went home. Not a single bite; not a single fish. Heh. This is exactly when that old wise fishing cliche comes into play: "There is a reason it is called fishing, and not catching." And getting skunked is definitely a part of the sport! 

Well...in the end, the experience still counts, doesn't it? :) 

Best of luck to all of us,

Long Days and Pleasant Nights!

Sincerely,

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

Winter Carp Fishing at the Upper Cooper River! (01/22/18, Haddonfield, NJ)

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I just came back from my New York trip with Tim Galati Outdoors and First State Fishing! It is time to catch up on the Blog, as always. ;) 

Here is my fishing report for January 22nd, 2018. The 2018 Statistical Fishing Chart was updated as well.

Time: 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Fish caught:

- 2 Common Carp (Cyprinus carpio)

Video:

Below are the highlights for this fishing session:

My 6th outing of 2018: fishing the Upper Cooper River for Common Carp! 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:

My carping friends used to tell me that when it comes to winter Common Carp (Cyprinus carpio) fishing, "preparation is key." And within that process, they always emphasized that the technique of chumming was crucial to attract those big beasts to bite your hooks during the colder months of the year. Thus, after finishing my previous fishing session at the Upper Cooper River in Haddonfield, NJ (last post), I walked a few steps upstream and chummed a whole can of corn in preparation for my next fishing session.  

I arrived at the same place the next day, around noon. With my Oakley polarized sunglasses, I quickly took a glance at the river. Immediately, I was able to see patches of mud around the area where I chummed. In other words, I knew at that point that there were some fish on my chum. 

The Upper portion of the Cooper River is always saturated. However, with a nice pair of polarized glasses, one can still see the bottom in its shallower spots.

I set up two Baitrunner reels for my carp session: a KastKing Pontus 4000 and a Sharky III 5000. For both reels, I used the Perigee II, 7'0", 2 pieces, medium-heavy with 20lbs Fortis braided line. Since this Species of fish is quite finicky, I used 8lbs Fluorokote (Fluorocarbon) leader on a slip-sinker setup -- a 1 oz. egg sinker with a size 1/0 Riptail rolling barrel swivel and a size #8 Gamakatsu octopus hook. I baited each hook with two-three pieces of canned corn. 

After casting both setups around the chummed area, it really didn't take me long to get my first bite of the day! Although, it wasn't quite the type of bite that I was expecting. Instead of bending the rod and peeling the drag on the baitrunner, the bite was very subtle. And after it, the line just went slack! Therefore, I slowly held the rod (without moving the sinker), flipped the drag switch, and finally set the hook after the slack on my line disappeared. 

After a short fight, the first Carp of the day finally surrendered: 

First Common Carp (Cyprinus carpio) of the day: a ~4lbs fish. After a few shots, the fish swam away strongly.

The rest of the day was actually pretty slow. I ended up catching one other small Carp (same bite pattern), and that was pretty much it. 

On one hand, I was quite disappointed. After all, the biggest Carp that I ever landed in that particular spot was a 10lbs+ fish. In other words, I ended up catching only the small stuff for the day. On the other hand, I was quite pleased that I didn't end up getting skunked. I mean...fishing during the winter months of the year around PA & NJ is never an easy thing to do. 

Overall, it was definitely a productive day and a positive experience. 

Even so...I hope I land some giants next time!

Best of luck to all of us,

Long Days and Pleasant Nights!

Sincerely,

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

Winter Multi-Species Fishing at the Upper Cooper River! (01/21/18, Haddonfield, NJ)

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Folks -- Winter is finally coming to an end!!! Next week we have some good weather (40-55F)! I think it is time for us to catch up on this Blog as well. :)

Here is my fishing report for January 21st, 2018. The 2018 Statistical Fishing Chart was updated as well.

Time: 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

Fishes caught:

- 2 Pumpkinseed (Lepomis gibbosus)
- 5 Spottail Shiner (Notropis hudsonius)
- 3 Golden Shiner (Notemigonus crysoleucas)
- 4 Yellow Perch (Perca flavescens)
- 4 Bluegill (Lepomis macrochirus)
- 1 Largemouth Bass (Micropterus salmoides)
- 1 Bluegill X Pumpkinseed Hybrid (L. macrochirus X L. gibbosus)

Video:

Below are the highlights for this fishing session:

My 5th outing of 2018: still-fishing the Upper Cooper River, below Driscoll Pond. 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:

Every winter of every year, I tend to keep one of my fishing traditions alive: to go micro-fishing for some shiners at the Upper Cooper River in Haddonfield, NJ. The fact is: shiners are just so underappreciated in the fishing community nowadays! After all, they are sold in tackle shops as bait; thus, they have a "baitfish" reputation. But let me tell you something, my fellow friends...when it comes to their sizes, even a chunky Golden Shiner (Notemigonus crysoleucas) can give you a nice bend on an ultra-light setup! Even better -- many Species of Shiners are very resilient when it comes to cold weather. Therefore, they will always be there for your bait -- even when other Species are not willing to bite. 

Taking that in consideration, I went to the Upper Cooper River with my ultra-light setup for some "shiner still-fishing" action. I arrived at my usual spot -- the bridge, under the Driscoll Pond, around 11:30 a.m.. I equipped my Daiwa Spinmatic Ultra-Light Rod with my Shimano Sedona 500FD and 4lbs KastKing Fluorokote Fluorocarbon line. For my rig, I tied a dropper-loop rig with a size #10 Mustad Hook and a Water Gremlin Dipsey Swivel sinker. My main choice of bait was small pieces of big red worms.

After my first cast, it didn't really take long for the first Species of the day to show up. And to top it off, it wasn't a Shiner:

First Species of the day: a Pumpkinseed (Lepomis gibbosus).  

Second cast in, I got my first Shiner Species of the day:

Second Species of the day: a Spottail Shiner (Notropis hudsonius).

And I have to say, folks: I was delighted! Heh. Not only I was happy at the fact that my objective of the day was accomplished, but also because the Spottail Shiner is not easily found in the state of New Jersey. 

In Pennsylvania, this Species can be found pretty much in every little Creek here and there. That includes places like the Pennypack Creek, or the TTF Watershed (Tacony, Tookany, and Frankford Creeks). Even the Poquessing and Byberry Creeks have a healthy population of Spottail Shiner. New Jersey; however, is a whole different story! Per se, NJ already doesn't have a lot of "clear water creeks" in the southern portion of its state -- which by the way, is the prime habitat for this specific Species of fish. Thus, catching one of those in NJ waters is always an accomplishment for a micro-fishing angler!

Continuing my fishing session for the day, the following Species showed up soon after:

Not quite a Species, but a Hybrid: a Bluegill X Pumpkinseed (L. macrochirus X L. gibbosus)

Third Species and second Species of Shiner of the day: a Golden Shiner (Notemigonus crysoleucas).

Fourth Species of the day: a Bluegill (Lepomis macrochirus).

Fifth Species of the day: a Yellow Perch (Perca flavescens)

The Golden Shiner were definitely putting a great fight on the ultra-light setup! And among the Bluegill that showed up, there were a few "jumbos" here and there. In quotes, since a jumbo panfish in the Upper Cooper River only ranges from 5-6 inches. :(

And to end the day, a neat little Bass decided to bite on the red worms as well:

Sixth and final Species of the day: a Largemouth Bass (Micropterus salmoides).
For a winter fishing session, the Upper Cooper River did not disappoint! To be able to land six different Species of fish in open water, in the harsh month of January, that is quite an accomplishment for any PA/NJ multi-species angler. :D   

And therefore, I left the spot without any regrets. Another annual tradition was fulfilled. 

Hope you folks have been doing good recently! 

Best of luck to all of us,

Long Days and Pleasant Nights! ,

Sincerely,

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