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#50607 New PAC Member

Posted by Carpadelphiamike215 on 11 October 2017 - 10:33 PM

Hi guys name is mike am from the Philadelphia area and love to carp fish, it my passion and and sport to me now hope everyone’s catching and releases to recapture and see how big they get In the future

#50604 New PAC Member

Posted by GC on 29 May 2017 - 06:46 PM

Welcome Raomel... This site ain't what it used to be, but it is packed with a lot of excellent information regarding our local waters. Good luck with your angling pursuits on our urban waterways!

#50599 Shad Rebound

Posted by louis on 05 May 2017 - 12:09 PM

Hi Guys,

At work I was just sent this article, along with a note from one of our biologists that we are seeing similar great numbers in the Schuylkill fish ladder this year. Just thought I'd pass along some positive news:




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#50516 Headed to nj stripers 11/5

Posted by jirwin6985 on 02 November 2016 - 10:29 PM

Looks good for dragging the kayak down gonna be there at least Saturday and maybe Sunday depending on the fishing

#50480 What reel would you get for this rod?

Posted by louis on 26 August 2016 - 03:39 PM

You guys, I went crazy and got a sustain. Been very satisfied- unlike most tackle I started catching fish on this sucker right away and haven't stopped. Landed a few stripers at the dam and the loads of largemouth paired with the new St. Croix Tidemaster, including my biggest topwater bass in years, maybe ever. And last week I caught a new personal best grass carp- 51 lbs with it paired to my new 11' cortland noodle... on 6 lb test!  It's been an awesome summer and I'm very satisfied with the new rods and reel. 


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#50390 Lifting the Summer Doldrums

Posted by matt on 01 August 2016 - 09:33 AM

GC - nice work as always, glad to see waterways are treating you well!


jirwin - Galena is probably your best option for larger fish.   Lots of bank space and access there too.  Lots of fish in the mid teens to lower 20s - I always did pretty good there, with rarely less than 5 fish in a session, if I baited up adequately.  I've heard of 30s from there, but no personal evidence for me :(


I haven't fished there this year (because I haven't fished at all this year), but I live about 3 minutes up the road from Galena.  Good luck!

#50367 What reel would you get for this rod?

Posted by GC on 16 July 2016 - 12:23 PM


#50364 What reel would you get for this rod?

Posted by louis on 15 July 2016 - 11:12 AM

Daiwa,shimano,and penn are all easy to find parts for, or get serviced if something goes wrong. Icast is this weekend and all the new stuff will be coming out, so you might be able to get some good deals on older models in a few weeks.

That's good thinking! I went to Icast once, it was a very silly experience.

#50264 2016 Trout Season, so far

Posted by Nick with a K on 11 April 2016 - 02:41 PM

I'm sorry for your loss. ;)
Thanks for the report. If the weather holds I'm going to be taking a bunch of kids out Sunday.

#50205 Tough and Tasty

Posted by GC on 20 March 2016 - 12:11 PM

I know of a few guys that swear by the great taste of the snake head. I haven't tried it yet but then again, I kind of want to.

I've had snakehead three times and would highly recommend it.

#49956 New Stream-Based Stormdrain Markers for Philadelphia

Posted by louis on 23 July 2015 - 03:42 PM

As some of you probably know, I work for Philadelphia Water doing graphic design. I'm very lucky to have a job that combines many things I care about and like to consider myself good at. You have probably seen the "Yo Fish" stormdrain marker before; used to indicate to citizens that stormdrains lead to the natural waterways we get our drinking water from- sometimes via treatment plant, but often directly. The original "Yo Fish" came out around 1993.




I've been hoping to make better use of these markers as a public information piece for some time, since they get a lot of face time around the city. For one, there's not a clear reason why the PWD phone number is on there. And while I like cartoons, I feel like the fish comes off a little to silly in context of drinking water and estuary pollution. After some discussion and support from my coworkers, I got the go-ahead to make a new series based on the 7 actual streams/rivers/watersheds within the city. Each has a unique identity with it's own color and a representative species. 5 of the 7 are complete and just went to print, so you can expect to start seeing them as soon as this Fall. I'm pretty stoked about them :)


The last two will be a Sturgeon and a Bog Turtle. Those should be done in a few months, after I get some other projects out of the way and find time to illustrate them!


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#49927 Local Recaptures

Posted by GC on 06 July 2015 - 06:46 PM

It's especially tough on the schuylkill in the tidal area where the big fish are. I love places where you can show up and throw in some bait and start catching a few hours later, but they are hard to come by, particularly if you want big fish. The place I've been catching these mirrors is great because I typically show up on a Friday night and bait for the next day and that is easy enough.

Yes, I wish it was that easy. River fishing, especially tidal river fishing demands a concerted effort of pre-baiting and waiting. It is definitely worth it when the big fish move in.

#49910 Local Recaptures

Posted by GC on 02 July 2015 - 07:45 AM

Beautiful fish… Always cool to recapture a fish. Well done Team Cook!


This is a bit of topic, but carp related. I was almost exclusively a carp guy for about 10 years. I've gotten lazy though, since I got my kayak. I've realized the prep required to become a truly successful carper is substantial. No prep required when I fish with lures. I wish those crafty carp could be coerced into sucking in lures. It has happened to me on a few RARE occasions. I wish they were more like catfish in that regard.

#49906 Cincinnati?

Posted by matt on 01 July 2015 - 06:55 PM

don't forget to not eat their rotten version of pasta and chili.

#49899 Impending Forum Upgrade

Posted by louis on 01 July 2015 - 09:28 AM

Hi everybody,

Yesterday I bought IPB 4.0, the Lamborghini of pre-facebook internet communication vehicles.  Upgrade should go down in the next few days. Thanks for your continued membership support we don't have to wait until a spam attack, hacker or wicked glitch forces us to update. :)


There will be some changes, one worth noting-


Some of you have a different login name than your screen name. These will be merged- your sceen name will replace your login name.


Let me know if anything else freaky happens on your end.



#49866 Mulberry Carping 2015

Posted by GC on 23 June 2015 - 09:35 AM

I use 6 pound fluorocarbon as my main line with a size 8 owner mosquito hook tied directly to the mainline. I use a small Splitshot about 6 inches from the hook. Finally, I use a Thill stealth slip float as my bite teller.

#49828 Dirty Fisherman

Posted by jirwin6985 on 11 June 2015 - 10:20 AM

Some people have no respect for anything...I hit up a spot yesterday local unamed pond was there 2 hrs...you can pretty much cast the entire pond from one side...guy comes down and sets up about 25 ft away...I hooked 2 or 3 small bass and every single time he would wait for me to cast then cast either next to or over my line. After I hooked another one and he got squat he put down his rod and started throwing rocks into the water were I was casting...never said a word to me even though he was 25ft away..I would have gladly helped him out even let him fish net me but with that I just packed up and left...don't need aggravation I go fishing to be calm..

#49759 Shad fishing help

Posted by WG on 11 May 2015 - 09:14 AM

They are in the Delaware, but definitely in their spawning areas....fish from the EAston Pa areas and north in the evening to catch them this time of year....April is migration month, May is spawning month...

#49657 Why We Keep Casting...

Posted by GC on 17 April 2015 - 08:43 PM

Had an unbelievable experience this afternoon. I started my day early in search of shad on the Skuke at first light. I was able to catch nine hickory shad before noon. A slow pick. The Shock Boat was present most of the morning sampling the fish population. The presence of the Shock Boat is never conducive to good fishing. I did witness the stunning and capture of a large musky… pretty cool.


I decided to try a different venue for the afternoon. Headed south to my favorite section of the Delaware Estuary in search of snakeheads or bowfin. I started fishing at the peak of the flood tide. I started with lures that proved successful last season. First a Mepps spinner with a Chartreuse  Power Bait trailer… NOTHING… Then a Chatterbait… NOTHING… Bass Jig… NOTHING… SpinnerBait… NOTHING.


After over two hours of NOTHING I decided to go to Old Faithful… A 1/4 Ounce Joe's Fly.


Third cast with the Joe's Fly and I have a fish on. A spunky high spirited channel cat. I caught quite a few channels on lures last year, but what happened next was two hours of the most intense catching I've ever experienced. TWENTY FOUR channel cats came to my hand. The average size was 3-4 pounds. About 5 of them were in the 5-7 pound class. The Joe's Fly was battered and twisted with bent and broken hooks, but it kept right on catching… ALL 24!


I'm sure I could have gotten more, but I was more than satisfied with the blitz the catfish had provided. They were attacking the lure at every level of the water column. A half dozen of them took it as it hit the surface. They were erupting from the water, tail walking and slapping the surface. Every catfish with the exception of one was the picture of health. Most had rotund bellies. This was the spark that my spring fishing needed!

#49579 Bad-Ass Beaver

Posted by GC on 03 April 2015 - 08:57 AM

Arrived at the river dark and early trying to catch my first targeted walleye. I've captured walleye before, but never when I was purposely targeting them. My targeted walleye drought continues. In fact my spring drought continues… 0 for 5 so far this season.


I started jigging zooms… tried that for about an hour. The only thing I accomplished was losing a couple of jigs. I then decided to try throwing a blurple bomber. I shifted down river a bit and got comfortable in shin deep water.  As I was in the act of casting the bomber into the dark, there was an explosion in the water just to my left. Startled the crap out of me. Looked down to see a large branch cruise directly in front of me almost brushing my shins. I retrieved my bomber only to have it get hung on the drifting branch.


A tug of war ensued. I knew there must be a beaver at the other end of the branch. I've had encounters with this beaver before. I wanted my bomber back so I kept tugging. It was a stalemate for a bit, but then the beaver relented and I reeled in the branch and untangled my bomber.


The beaver was pissed. He wanted that branch back. I guess he was planning on having it for breakfast or adding it to his lodge. Violent tail slap after violent tail slap ensued. I set the branch at the edge of the water and decided to see just how bold this beaver was. I got my phone out and prepared to take some video. The beaver swam directly at me as I stood on the bank behind the branch. He exited the water grabbed his branch and dragged it back into the water. He swam away with branch in tow.


After the sun came up I threw for shad for about an hour. NOTHING. My drought continues.