The action is picking up! Store staffer Jordan reports, “Some bass and winter flounder in the back bay are chewing on bloodworms.” The early season spots are best however things are beginning to spread out.
As most know live bloodworms are hands down the best early season bait. Fish warming up from their long winter hibernation demand an easy to digest meal. Bloodworms are easy for fish to find and slurp. Key in and match the hatch. Right now we have some beautiful baits left from our recent delivery. If you stopped by and got some you scored some MONSTAS! Some of the biggest bloodworms we’ve seen in years. We are expecting more in a couple days.
Those anglers choosing to fish artificial are catching too. Reports are becoming more common with striped bass taking artificial baits. Small lures in the 3-5″ range are best with choices like little Yo-zuri and Rapala X-Rap plugs being the way to go. In the soft bait category the best baits are the Kettle Creek paddle tails rigged on a jighead. Also a Magictail bucktail tipped off with your choice trailer (jig strip, curly tail, Ron-Z) is a sure bet. Another stand out is the DartSpin (Patrick Sebile’s new bait from his company A Band Of Anglers) which is proving to be a hot new product that is catching fish. If looking for great versatile soft plastic check these out in store, soon we’ll have them listed online.
The best time to wet a line is 1-2 hours before low, fishing all the way out and then some. This will be the warmest water and help fish get a little more active.
Word from the Delaware River has been good. Before the rain things were getting good. It sounds like on Sunday things were starting to settle but a little more time is needed to fix up and settle after the storm. The majority are smaller bass but some classy ones were caught and more are moving in. Steve Polidore has been into consistent fishing working the banks with bloodworms. One recent day he caught over 15 bass. Reports of some classy fish moving into the rivers. We saw a photo from another angler who caught a 20 plus pound bass.
Store staffers Kelley and Frezza hit a lake Saturday evening and reported their local fresh water honey hole is producing, “The water is still cold so we are fishing the shallow waters and using a slow motion approach. We each caught a few small bass on plastic worms.”
White Perch fishing in improving. It will only get better.