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1 hour ago, oysterk said:

Jeez I've had an eventful couple of trips.

 

Marsh Creek- Yesterday, caught a 2.3lb and another a little over 1.5lb and my friend caught one that measured out at 3.08lb! Super shallow on a Zoom fluke and a big lizard. Today, went out for two hours caught another at 1.3lb

 

Now for the sad part. Went to Ontelaunee for the first time ever, took my waders, caught a little bass then near the end of the day, hooked into what felt like a heavy heavy fish that broke me off. That wouldn't be so bad, if it didn't flip up near the surface trying to shake my hook after I broke it off, and it definitely looked heavier then my PB, a 4.5lb.

 

Super happy that my season's started to pick up, but that big fish... ?

Same thing happened to me man, I had my pb hooked 4 miles deep in state game land. I snagged my lure and bit off the prior cast. picked up my friends rod who wasnt fishing at the time, and hooked the fish on his rod. Of course the line breaks at the knot lesson learned don’t be lazy and retie lol

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im at a loss at blue marsh. they at the spawn funk. the bass are just cruising the bank. which usually means they just want to settle down and spawn. especially the sizable ones. i only really got the morning bite on topwater or shallow crank. 

got this one on a popper. ?she just sucked it under.

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Have the worst bass thumb ever after the last two days...and I'm not complaining lol those were some fun fish.

 

Also @YoTone I want to get on some stripers sooo bad, love fishing for 'em when I'm down in jersey on a beach day with the fam. Any chance you could give me some pointers on where in the Delaware river to launch from/fish for? A park, a location I could launch out of? Been living in Philly area 12 years and still have never tried for them here haha

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2 minutes ago, oysterk said:

Have the worst bass thumb ever after the last two days...and I'm not complaining lol those were some fun fish.

 

Also @YoTone I want to get on some stripers sooo bad, love fishing for 'em when I'm down in jersey on a beach day with the fam. Any chance you could give me some pointers on where in the Delaware river to launch from/fish for? A park, a location I could launch out of? Been living in Philly area 12 years and still have never tried for them here haha

bro, i hate to be one of those guys that wont give spots out by my buddy, the one that told me where and when (outgoing tide) to fish for these stripers asked me multiple times not to share this information. he would even cringe at some of my posts here. I have catches from that day that i wont post because  people will recognize the area. He's the one with that big bass that i posted early in the year. He guards his spots very tightly and im very lucky for him to share it with me. If it was my spot and found on my own Id gladly give out the info but I cannot give out any of his personal spots. all i can say that there are plenty of creeks that empty out into the delaware river in our area that will have stripers  that feed when the tide goes out and their food gets flushed out at the outgoing tide.

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Hit nockamixon late in the afternoon. Launched at the three mile ramp with big time winds. I went straight across from the ramp and started casting and ran into a tiny cove that had emerging pads and casted my jack hammer into a shade pocket and got smashed with a 3.5. Felt good to get bit early and that amped up my concentration. I fought the wind and went on casting but was getting hung up on pads and stuff so I switched to a swim jig. Came across some man made structure posts and pitched it in there, swam it back and it gets tackled by a 3.2. Missed and spooked a few more before the thunder drove me off. 

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So for the last three years I’ve been looking to break my pb of 5.5.  After that catch I’ve decided that to break that I needed to make some choices.

 

First step was to get myself off the bank and decided to get myself a kayak. Once I got that I bought myself rods and reels to prepare myself for any situation while on the water. First few years were awkward for me, fumbling with all my gear and not sure of what to throw but this year I really got in the groove where I feel I could be efficient. My next step was to locate myself the biggest fish I could and Philly would not be the place. I’ve caught a few 5’s at my local pond but to expect anything much bigger was a stretch.  I was watching a fishing video and it had Takahiro Omori. He said he moved to Texas because that’s where the biggest fish are. You have to fish where the biggest fish are In order to catch the biggest fish you can. Once I heard that I decided to make the trips to the biggest lakes near me.

 

It takes me over an hour to reach either Marsh creek and lake  nockamixon. At first I dedicated myself to marsh creek and I've gone when I could which was only on the weekend. Very tough place as  I went over and over again and the biggest bass I caught was probably a 4.  This year with this covid thing going on I've been working from home and home schooling my daughter. I get usually get done by 1 pm and my wife gets home soon after. As you can tell by my recent posts I've been fishing like crazy and I decided to try and get my pb out of nockamixon and today was the day.

 

Started off very slow even though it was windy like the last time. A few hours in I was thinking I might get skunked. Nothing was working but I didn't let that stop me from fishing as cleanly as possible. Every cast I made was with full focus. Went along the bank throwing a variety of lures when I picked up my popping perch and started fishing it in semi open water when I get a strike. I set the hook and when my drag started to slip I knew I had a biggin. Luckily I got her in my net. As soon as netted her and looked I knew she was the one. 6.4 lbs and now I start my  new journey in a quest to beat that.

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36 minutes ago, oysterk said:

@YoTone Congrats man! That's a killer new PB!!!

 

I hope to beat my 4.5lb PB this summer too man been two years now

Thanks buddy. Marsh has bigger ones so you never know what that next cast can bring up. Go get it!

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Went back to Ontelaunee for some revenge, 6 hours and only a one pounder to show for it unfortunately. Still gotta figure that lake out a little more!

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Went back to nockamixon. Caught my share of male bass on the pad crasher. Fun but no biggins. What was interesting I saw a guy fishing for crappie with shiners and asked how the bite was. He was like I caught a nice 2-3 lbs crappie. I was like bull, let me see. He pulls it out and my jaw dropped.

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Fishing shallow at marsh today with a buddy (both wearing waders), missed a bite or two, caught a 2.5lb and a 1.5lb fish. All the guys we talked to said they had a great day on the water fishing shallow!

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Biggest fish of the year so far, 3.4lb caught at the Marsh! It was long enough that I thought it HAD to be over 4, but it was all spawned out and fairly skinny unfortunately. Check out that spawned-out tail though! 

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Last week at Marsh Creek totals between me and my friend's three fishing outings:

 

Saturday: Two fish, 2.5lb and 1.5lb

Monday: Six fish, five of which were between 1.5 and 2, with one at 3.4.lb

Thursday: Six fish, all between 1.5 and 2

 

Killer bite right now up shallow post-spawn

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On May 27, 2020 at 7:48 AM, Adam Markley said:

Fished my cabin in promised land state park. Caught 7, missed like 4. My Hook set game was weak this morning. Biggest was around 2.5. Nothing huge, but pretty consistent action. 

I fished there 3 weeks ago. 7 bass 7 pickerel....and one was the biggest pickerel I've ever caught! It was huge!!! Wish I would have gotten a pic. 

On May 27, 2020 at 1:47 PM, JediAmoeba said:

6 hours at Beltzville today and all I have to show for it is a lot of lost jigheads, almost sunk the boat with a bad plug, lost 3 bass and only landed 1 bass.  But it was a beautiful morning!

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I live about 15min from Beltzville and rarely go there... Has to be the hardest body of water in the Northeast to catch anything! 

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On 6/15/2020 at 7:13 AM, Landis Carrier said:

I fished there 3 weeks ago. 7 bass 7 pickerel....and one was the biggest pickerel I've ever caught! It was huge!!! Wish I would have gotten a pic. 

I live about 15min from Beltzville and rarely go there... Has to be the hardest body of water in the Northeast to catch anything! 

my buddy caught a 5.5lb pocono tank this past weekend there. biggest fish i've seen out of there yet. before that it was a 4.5 i caught last summer. we've been killing it there in promised land

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Caught a 2 pounder from marsh, buddy caught a 1.8 and a few fish missed targeting cover from boat

 

@YoTone dang gotta get out there at night sometime, just bought a jackhammer, we'll see if it lives up to the hype or if I'm about to have a $17 snag lol

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9 hours ago, oysterk said:

 

 

@YoTone dang gotta get out there at night sometime, just bought a jackhammer, we'll see if it lives up to the hype or if I'm about to have a $17 snag lol

I hope you're going to use it only on the water and not from the bank. That's a scarey risk to Use on a lure that gets hung up easily.

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2 hours ago, YoTone said:

I hope you're going to use it only on the water and not from the bank. That's a scarey risk to Use on a lure that gets hung up easily.

I'm going to try using it only on the water, around weed lines and similar type stuff, but I still feel like I could get hung up on something ?

 

It'll be fun while it lasts, though

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19 hours ago, YoTone said:

The night bite has been pretty sweet for me these last few weeks. the chatterbait and the buzzbait is what i throw. the chatterbait  has been dominating so far. 

How are you working the chatter at night, steady retrieve? And a dark color I assume? Can never figure out if I should work it like a jig or steady retrieve 

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4 hours ago, Adam Markley said:

How are you working the chatter at night, steady retrieve? And a dark color I assume? Can never figure out if I should work it like a jig or steady retrieve 

just a steady retrieve buddy.  my chatterbait is usually the same for day or night which is with a bluegill/green pumpkin skirt. 

 

but there are times where i do aim for the weeds and rip/pop it out. ive had some of my most violent strikes from the biggest bass ive caught using that technique. 

 

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I was planning to stay in and not bike out to my pond but after I wrote My response it gave me the itch to go for a few minutes. Good move for me and not so good news for these guys. Just as i said before I aimed for the weeds and as soon as i popped it out they hammered it.

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