Latest Updates and Poll Results

Hello, Blog Readers! 

As you guys may have read, I published a post about two weeks ago about the future of this fishing Blog. As mentioned previously, the Extreme Philly Fishing Blog had finally hit rock bottom! I was (and still am) pretty much 4 months behind the publishing schedule here, which was truly a heart blow. 

Think it this way -- it really really sucks when you have so much wonderful content (and knowledge) to share with folks; however, you don't have the time or availability to do so! That was pretty much what happened here. I was really ready to just give up my "Blog Project" and just focus 100% on my Facebook Page and YouTube Channel. However, I know that I have a lot of very dedicated fans who love and follow the fishing Blog. Thus, I just couldn't leave it alone! 

So, this is what I decided to do:

(1) I opened a Patreon account for support. You can check my page here. As a content creator, the Patreon Page helps me spend more time on my fishing based social media. As a matter of fact, a goal there is to revive this fishing Blog and hopefully I will be able to accomplish that one day. As you guys know, I have always been about sharing and teaching; however, let's be realistic -- a married individual with a full time job just can't be superman! Without the resources and valuable time, there is just no way that I can lead a life like that AND keep my fishing going 100%. Thus, if you value my work and you have the generosity and means for contributing, feel free to support my work! 100% of donations will go towards fishing. Results will be portrayed on my different social media platforms.

P.s. Once again, big shoutout for my friend Rob Z. and Martin K.. You guys have donated to the Blog and you have my gratitude! It means a lot, folks. Tight lines and FISH ON!

(2) I will still post reports of my fishing sessions here on the Blog! However, due to lack of resources and time, I am currently skipping some parts of the reports (i.e. Summary, Goal, and Setup). As much as I love to write about those and share the knowledge about location and techniques with everyone, I don't really have the time to do so. Once my goal is reached on Patreon (hopefully one day), I will start writing full reports again. 

(3) No didactic posts or event posts anymore. The Catfish Tourney on the Banks has been put down for now as well. Those will also come back if I ever reach my goal on Patreon or if my YouTube channel grows to a point where I can actually spend the time to write and organize those. Posts that are incomplete on the Blog will remain incomplete. Once again -- I apologize for all the mess here and there.

Here are my latest updates:

A. I am currently working on updating the fishing sessions from July of 2015. I have uploaded the following posts:

B. I have updated my "Master Species Album" on three different platforms:

I am currently at 98 Species of fish and counting! I will try to end with 100+ before the end of the year. :)

C. I have uploaded 2 new videos on YouTube:

-- Florida Trip: Part 1. Houndfish, Checkered Puffer, and Crevalle Jack:

Don't forget to watch it in HD quality (1080p50)! If you like watching my videos, please support my YouTube Channel by liking and subscribing.

-- Florida Trip: Part 2. Blue Runner, Mojarra, and Squirrelfish.

Don't forget to watch it in HD quality (1080p50)! If you like watching my videos, please support my YouTube Channel by liking and subscribing.

Additionally, a new feature of my YouTube videos is the "Fish Identification Guide" at the end of them. Fish identification is a crucial skill that every angler should have. Knowing how to differentiate different Species of fish, an angler can know the different between a native and an invasive Species of fish, a "legal to take" or "out of season" fish. Thus, I have decided to add an identification portion to my videos, so that the viewer can actually be pro-efficient as well.

Also, the name of the winners of the 3.000 subscribers Multi-Species contest/give-away have been announced:

Don't forget to watch it in HD quality (1080p50)! If you like watching my videos, please support my YouTube Channel by liking and subscribing.
Congratulations to Stephen F. and Dan L. for winning the Daiwa Spinmatic ultralight rods. The 4.000 Subscribers Contest/Give-away will be on my YouTube Channel in a couple days! 

D. The Public Album on Facebook has been updated as well:

Note that anyone can send photos for the Public Album on Facebook. Before sending your photos in, make sure to read about rules and regulations here.

E. New goals and rewards on my Patreon Page:

You can access my Patreon Page here

Many subscribers and followers have been asking me if I offer 1-on-1 fishing lessons. The answer is yes. However, I currently offer them only through Thus, if anyone wishes to learn about the sport (kids and adults alike), just make sure to contribute $25 every month and I will give away a 1 hour planned lesson on a topic of interest of the Patron (monthly). 

I offer four different teaching packages when it comes to fishing:

1. Fishing with Humanities.
2. Fishing with Sciences.
3. Fishing with Environmental Conservation.
4. Hands on fishing only.

If you want to increase the frequency of the lectures per month, e-mail me at for more details and availability. The same goes for additional questions and information requests.

P.s. for kids, rest assure -- I have all clearances in check: Child Abuse, PA Police, and FBI Check. 

Now...for the results of the poll:

The question asked was: "If you were to choose, what is your favorite type of fishing environment?"
We had a total of 34 votes. The results follow:

Spillways: 2 votes (5%)
Dams: 6 votes (17%)
Eddies: 5 votes (14%)
Deep Pools: 21 votes (61%)

The results were quite shocking to me; however, I guess it was expected. Hah. Personally, I voted on spillways -- that is the place where I am mostly comfortable fishing at. My second choice in the list would be dams. Then deep pools. Then eddies.

By the way...I chose those four environments because all four of them tend to hold fish! :)

New poll is up! Enjoy!

More updates will come in the future (they will be posted here as well). 
Expect plenty of incomplete fishing session posts in the next couple days.

Best of luck to all of us,

Long Days and Pleasant Nights,


Leo S.

Support me on Patreon for a better Fishing Blog

Hello, Blog Readers! 

Today I'm here to talk about something extremely important. The truth is that the Extreme Philly Fishing Blog has finally hit rock bottom! As you guys are aware of, the Blog has been pretty much 4 months behind its regular schedule for the past year or so. This is truly a blow to my heart, since I have all the necessary contents and photos to do Blog posts; however, I lack the time to do so. 

My marriage back in June didn't help with the time either. With a married life and more responsibilities and goals, my time with fishing became even more limited. However, I am as stubborn as ever! Therefore, I am not giving up on all the fishing yet. 

Extreme situations lead to extreme measures. I monetized my YouTube Channel a couple months ago, which brought me a limited amount of income. Definitely not enough to throw my job away and have more time to focus on the sport. Thus, I have finally decided to create a Patreon Page. I am hoping that those who value my work will be there to support it.

The fact is that it takes a humongous amount of time to do what I do! It takes time to research (i.e. search for places, Species, etc). It takes time to get footage (i.e. field trips -- fishing). It takes time to edit, write, compile, and post all that information (i.e. Blog, FB Page, YouTube). And let's not forget that I am doing all of that single-handed, all while being a full time private instructor and having a wife. Definitely not an easy feat. Definitely very time consuming. 

Thus, I can't say much about the future of this fishing Blog. As mentioned previously, I have the contents and determination to work on it; however, I lack the time due to financial constraints. Of course the blog will be open for all the information that is here; however, future posts and fishing reports will definitely depend on how my YouTube Channel and Patreon Page fare.

The cool thing about the Patreon Page is that by contributing to my work, you will be receiving some rewards as well! Here is a list of rewards that I have compiled for the Patreon Page:

-- a cumulative of $5.00 for a YouTube shout-out, including a photo of your selected catch in one of my upcoming videos.
-- a cumulative of $50.00 for a two hours fishing lecture + Q&A session, either face-to-face or via webcam (i.e. Skype). 
-- a cumulative of $80.00 for an exclusive Under Armour T-Shirt with the Extreme Philly Fishing logo on it. These T-shirts are limited and are not for sale! 
-- a cumulative of $200.00 for a 8 hour guided trip in Philadelphia.

Please notice that these rewards are all bypass products of the Patreon Page. In other words, I am not "selling" those. The rewards above is my way of thanking my donors with my personal knowledge and experience. 

The page also has a "goals" section. My goals for now are the following:

-- a cumulative donation ratio of $420 for a new GoPro: the GoPro Hero 4. With this, the quality in my videos will drastically increase.
-- a cumulative donation ratio of $1000 for this Blog to be super active again. 
-- a cumulative donation ratio of $2000 for a Multi-Species fishing trip to Brazil. With this, you folks will be able to see some awesome multi-species fishing down in Brazil. help out with regular costs and create more time for me to work on my fishing contents, the Patreon Page is up.  

And sincerely, folks...I really don't know when the next post on this Blog will be coming up! Hopefully soon.

Best of luck to all of us!

Long Days and Pleasant Nights,


Leo S.

Hello, Blog Readers!

It's been a long time since I have written something informative here on my fishing Blog; thus, today I'm bringing you another post of my "Truth or Myth" series. The last "Truth or Myth" post that I have written was on fish hibernation, which you can access here.

So, what exactly drove me to write about this topic?! The truth is that just recently, I've received some constructive criticism on my YouTube Channel regarding my CPR methods (Catch-Photo-Release) -- mainly how I "throw fish" back into the water instead of "placing them" and "letting them swim away." The whole conversation is seen below:

A heated discussion on my YouTube Channel. Heh. However, please keep in mind that I always accept constructive criticism there.

According to the person who wrote the comment, I was "treating fish like garbage and harming the fish by throwing them back." Also, I was "showing people that it's okay to throw fish," concluding that the same was "not proper catch and release." In the end, the person stated that I was "not setting a good example.

Above is a video of my fishing at Gropp Lake and Crosswicks Creek in NJ, where I actually throw back lots and lots of small fishes. Is it good or bad to throw them back like that?

In response, I decided to google some credible sources that showed that it was absolutely fine to throw fish back into the water from reasonable heights, all without damaging the fish. As you guys know, I am a scientist -- thus, I need my facts before saying something. And, for my surprise, I wasn't able to find anything on it. What I found were multiple websites that enforced the fact that fish should not be thrown back into the water, but placed instead. However, those websites never gave the science behind it or any credible information behind their ideas! All that was mentioned was "to prevent the fish to get into a state of shock, they should be placed instead of throw." Very shady, seriously. After all, I have thrown thousands of fish back into the water and only on rare occasions I have seen them achieve a state of shock, mainly because they hit something on their way down.

In the end, even after googling, I was unable to find out if throwing them back into the water was harmful or not. Thankfully, I am a Physicist and Angler; thus, I don't necessarily need other sources. I can just write my own! Therefore, the main question here is: does fish get hurt when you throw them in the water? Myth or Truth? What do you guys think? Heh. Well...don't think too hard -- the truth is below.

So, let's get cracking! Let's talk a little bit about Physics today (it was my major, after all).

A. About human beings and free fall...

Before talking about fishes, let's just think about us -- human beings. What exactly would happen if a person fell from a very high place into the water? Would that person survive? For example: what would happen if someone fell from a helicopter or an airplane into the sea? What do you guys think?

According to science, the truth is that the person would very likely be flat dead. There is something in the field of Physics called "Terminal Velocity." By definition, that would be the maximum velocity that something can achieve during a free-fall. When reaching terminal velocity, chances are that the human being who fell in the water is dead. As a matter of fact, there have been only a few recorded incidents in history where persons achieved terminal velocity and actually survived when crashing on the surface of the water.

(1) How long does it take for a person to achieve terminal velocity?

That's a very complicated question because terminal velocity actually depends on many different variables, such as the weight and the height of the person (i.e. the shape), the posture of the person during the fall, the atmospheric pressure, etc. One should note that different objects/organisms have different terminal velocities. 

However, it's estimated that it takes about 10-14 seconds of free-fall for a person to achieve 99% of its terminal velocity, which would be in the range of 117 to 125 mph. That would be equivalent to a fall of about 1800-1900 feet!

(2) Why does the person die upon impact?

One would think that the height doesn't really matter. In other words, a person falling into the water from any height would be able to break the surface of the water and swim away just fine! Well...That's not the case!

The problem itself is not the water, but actually the falling person! When organisms at high-velocities have an impact with something, believe it or not, they behave like fluids! Thus, one can say that higher the energy the person has during the fall, less important is its "binding energy." By definition, binding energy is basically the amount of energy that is required to "keep things together" or "pull things apart." So, in the Physics language, if the kinetic energy of a body is higher than its binding energy, the same behaves like a fluid (like you are breaking apart).

So, as a Physicist said one day: "So, when you fall from a great height and land in water there’s a bunch of kinetic energy going every which way. The water continues to behave like water, but since the kinetic energy in different parts of your body are greater than the binding energy keeping them connected, then the body as a whole will act more like a fluid. That is; it’ll “splash.”"

So, as you can see, at high-velocities you have a crash between a "liquid" (the person) and a "liquid" (the water), which would be the same as a crash between a solid and a solid. That's why people tend to say that falling into the sea from high distances is the same as crashing into plain concrete!

B. About fishes and free fall...

Now that you know what happens to a human being, let's talk about fish. Do they get hurt when you throw them back into the water? Do they get into shock because they actually "hit concrete" upon landing?

Bell and DeLacey did a research in 1972, where they actually found the terminal velocities of different sized fish by throwing them in the water from a helicopter. They actually found out the following:

(1) Fishes 4-5 inches had a terminal velocity of ~36 mph after a drop of 100 feet. 
(2) Fishes in the range of 23 inches had terminal velocities of ~130 mph. 
(3) The survival of fish in the range of 6-7 inches was in the 98% range for drops of 100-300 feet.

This data may look confusing, but it shows us something very important. For a fact, it shows us that smaller fish (4-5 inches) have a much lower terminal velocity than larger fish (23 inches); thus, if the distance of the fall is the same for a small and big fish, the smaller fish has a much much higher chance of surviving the fall without any damage. In the Physics language, lower velocity = lower kinetic energy; thus, binding energy of the fish is higher than its kinetic energy and its body behaves like a proper solid. A solid crashing on a liquid = survival. :)

And, as indicated in (3), the survival rate for fish in the range of 6-7 inches, which have a slighter bigger terminal velocity, is a whooping 98% for drops of 100-300 feet! Now...notice that the data mentions survival rate for impact only. In other words, the fish may still be injured after getting dropped from such height; however, it doesn't die from the impact of hitting the water. According to research, one should say that fish remain uninjured from drops in the range of <50 feet. 

If throwing fish back in the water was harmful, why would certain states actually stock small fish in lakes by airplane?

Considering that most of the fish that I catch and throw back are in the range of 4-7 inches, and the fact that I am throwing them from anywhere between 5-25 feet, that means that I am definitely not hurting these fish! When they hit the water at these distances and velocities, their kinetic energy is much lower than their binding energy; in other words, they don't hit the water like it's concrete. They safely land in the water and swim away. No harm done!

As for bigger fish, the Physics itself says that it would take at least a drop of 50 feet to bring them any harm (depending on the Species, of course).

So, there you go you, fellas -- one without knowledge may think that I treat fish like garbage when I throw them in the water; however, as a Physicist and Angler, I can tell you that there is absolutely no harm to the fish in giving them some short range free fall. Of course that is taking in consideration that the fish doesn't hit anything in-between and the same doesn't hit the bottom of the water after the splash! Hah. That's one argument that folks who release fish in the water can certainly use.

Thus, the notion that "throwing fish into the water instead of placing them brings them harm" is actually a myth.

C. FAQ (Frequent Asked Questions) and additional comments...

I. From what I have just read, should I throw every fish in the water then?

The answer is no. As you read above, bigger fish have more chances of getting injured when they are thrown into the water. Also, any fish that is thrown into the water has a chance of getting injured if the same hits anything in-between or hits the bottom. In other words, make sure to throw selectively! If conditions allow, make sure to wet your hands before handling the fish and place them in the water for a proper "swim away." 

According to different researches, it's fine to throw small fishes in the range of 3-15 inches; however, bigger fishes should be released in the water and after proper revival. Also, one needs to take into account that different Species have different responses to injury. Let's not forget that the Trout and Walleye are more sensitive than the Catfish and Carp. Therefore, sensitive Species of fish should be handled with more care to maximize their survival rates.

II. Can I just throw them anywhere in the water?

Once again, the answer is no. If the fish exceeds 15 inches, make sure to throw them in calm waters without currents, so that they can recover properly from the fight and go back to their natural habitat. If necessary, make sure to always revive the fish properly!

Also, never throw fish in shallow places, where they can possibly get injured after the water impact. Give your location at least a 2 feet depth for a proper throw.

III. What is the best possible way of handling and releasing a fish?

The practice of CPR starts way before landing the fish! The best way of properly maximizing a fish's survival rate is to actually ensure the following (in the order of most important to least important):

1. Keep the fish outside of the water for as little as possible to prevent anoxia. Every second outside of the water counts! More time outside = less chances of long term survival. Depending on the Species, some fish will go belly up even if they are handled for short amounts of time outside of the water (i.e. Trout, Walleye).

2. Use barbless hooks or set the hook as fast as possible to avoid internal injuries. If your fish swallowed the hook, that's already a bad sign! Just imagine someone pulling you far away while having a hook on your stomach. Even if you reach there alive, you will have some internal bleeding. That's exactly what happens with the fish. Thus, if the hook got into its stomach or gills, practice selective harvest: take the fish home for consumption or use it as bait (if legal in your state), You may cut the line and release it; however, its chances of survival will be very limited.

3. Make sure to always revive the fish properly, specially if the same is a trophy fish or a sensitive Species of fish!!! Depending on the Species targeted, there is absolutely nothing wrong in playing it with light tackle, as far as proper revival is performed. For more sensitive Species of fish, the angler should play it for as short as possible. Click here to read my post on angling duration. Remember, folks: fish do die from exhaustion!

4. If conditions allow, handle the fish with wet hands. Handling them with dry hands remove their slime coats. If you don't have the time or conditions to wet your hands, make sure to touch them for as little as possible. If you are as gross as I am, make sure to build a "slimy hand" when fishing -- in other words, don't wipe your hand every time you land a fish. Let the slime stay in your hand, so it stays moist when handling the next fish. 

If all of these are followed, you can rest assured as a CPR angler. :)    

Best of luck to all of us,

Long Days and Pleasant Nights,


Leo S.

August Fishing Sessions: 08/24 - Exploring and Fishing the Runnemede Lake & Surroundings (Runnemede, NJ)

What's up, Blog Readers?!

It's been quite a while since the last update, hasn't it? Well...the good news is that the excuse hasn't changed yet -- I am still unable to get up to date with all the social media due to lack of time (time is such a commodity nowadays). The bad news is that I am still 1 month behind the schedule on the fishing Blog! In other is September 28th; however, I'm bringing you my fishing session post for August 24th. I will try my best to complete my August fishing posts in the next 2 days or so.

I am constantly working on minimizing this delay on the fishing Blog; however, my best recommendation for all readers here is to catch up on my Facebook Page and YouTube Channel. Since my YouTube Channel is my main source of income from the fishing side nowadays, I am constantly updating it with new fishing contents. So, make sure to stop by and check out where have I been to recently. :)

Also, I would like to give a gigantic shout out to Rob Z., David M., and Zachary H. -- these folks have recently donated to Extreme Philly Fishing through the PayPal button on the right tab of the page. Thank you VERY MUCH for supporting my work, and please notice that every single cent of your donations will go towards fishing! For now, my main goal is to save and purchase a GoPro Hero 4, so that I can start making videos in the range of 1080p60 HD quality. Of course the donations also help with my google storage fees and overall fishing tackle. Thus, once again -- many thanks to you guys!  

Finally and sadly, I have to announce that the 7th Catfish Tourney on the Banks is officially cancelled. You may read more about it here. As an event organizer, I have learned my lesson and next time I am sending my event permit out through certified mail. Sigh... is my fishing report for August 24th:

---  August 24th, 2015 ---

Location: Runnemede Lake/Big Timber Creek
Time: 11:30 a.m. -- 3:00 p.m.

Fishes caught:

-- 8 Bluegill (Lepomis macrochirus)
-- 18 Green Sunfish X Bluegill Hybrid (Lepomis cyanellus X Lepomis macrochirus)
-- 1 Pumpkinseed (Lepomis gibbosus)
-- 1 Redbreast Sunfish (Lepomis auritus)
-- 3 Largemouth Bass (Micropterus salmoides)
-- 1 Green Sunfish (Lepomis cyanellus)


Below are the highlights for this fishing session:

Fishing at the Runnemede Lake starts at 5:35. 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 to it. More likes and more subscribes = more videos in the future. :)


The main goal for the day was to explore the Runnemede Lake for different Species of fish, as well as the Big Timber Creek (right across the street).


(1) a Gamakatsu Octopus Hook with a 3" Gary Yamamoto Senko and sometimes a Berkley Power Worm.
(3) a size #10 Eagle claw hook with a Trout Magnet.


Subscribers on YouTube had been asking me to explore and fish some other waters in southern New Jersey. Thus, I dropped my well known fishing locations for some exploration! One of my subscribers -- Nino -- recommended me the Runnemede Lake in Runnemede, NJ. I google mapped it and hopped on the NJ Transit 400 Bus the next day! 

Upon arrival, I was quite perplexed. At first glance, shoreline access of the Runnemede Lake was very limited. Across the street from it was the Big Timber Creek; however, access to it was also very limited! Thankfully, I was able to find much more shore access after looking a little bit harder. Heh.

I started the day with a beautiful Largemouth Bass in the range of 1.5lbs, caught on a 3" Gary Yamamoto Senko. Landing the fish was a little bit of a challenge (as seen in the video), since there was a lot of vegetation between the fish and I. Thus, it was very rewarding for me after I had it in my hands. Hah.

After catching my first Species of fish, I decided to downsize my bait for smaller Species of fish. I switched the Senko to a 1" Gulp! Minnow on a 1/64 oz. Trout Magnet jighead, all under a weighted float, finishing the Runnemede Lake with a bunch of Bluegill and stocked Bluegill X Green Sunfish Hybrid. Meanwhile, I also hopped to the Big Timber Creek across the street for a couple casts, where I landed a variety of sunfish: a Pumpkinseed, a Redbreast Sunfish, and a pure breed Green Sunfish. 

With the remaining of my time, I decided to fish the Runnemede Lake on the bottom. However, I ended up not having a single bite all the way down! Little I knew that the same Runnemede Lake actually had a fish kill back in the days. I also had no idea that the Runnemede Lake used to be referred to as "Hirsch Lake." The fish kill was certainly a bummer! No wonder I didn't see any Carp swimming around.

I finished my fishing session around 3:00 p.m. with 5 different Species of fish -- a successful day for Multi-Species fishing in South New Jersey.


Below are the photos for this fishing session:

A scenic view of the Big Timber Creek in Runnemede, NJ.

First Largemouth Bass of the day! Senkos never disappoint. Heh. :)

A gorgeous sample of a hybrid between a Bluegill and a Green Sunfish

A pure breed Bluegill from the Runnemede Lake.

A Pumpkinseed from the Big Timber Creek.

A Redbreast Sunfish from the Runnemede Creek. Noticed the 1" Gulp! Minnow hanging from its mouth? Those things work really well for micro-species. 

And, of course, a pure breed Green Sunfish from the Big Timber Creek. My first one ever from there. :)

Best of luck to all of us,

Long Days and Pleasant Nights,


Leo S.

7th Catfish Tourney on the Banks: CANCELLED

Hello, Blog Readers! 

Unfortunately, I must announce that the 7th Catfish Tourney on the Banks is officially cancelled.

As you folks may or may not be aware of, any organized competition/tournament/derby in Pennsylvania requires a PA Fish and Boat Commission event permit. For fishing derbies, the law states that the organizer must submit the permit application 60 days prior to the date of the proposed event. 

It just so happens that I mailed my permit application back in July; however, I have never received my permit back! After waiting for almost two months, I finally called the Boat and Commission. For my surprise, I was informed by them that they never really got my permit in the first place. Sadly, the local post office doesn't know anything about it neither. 

So, in the end, only God knows about what happened to my permit application! And, of course, I can't really run the event without it. Thus, the event is cancelled. 

I apologize for any inconveniences,

Tight lines!

Long Days and Pleasant Nights,


Leo S.


Hello, Blog Readers!

It's been quite a while since I have worked on the Blog and I apologize for that! As always, life and work are still hectic; however, I promised that I will fill in the empty spaces here little by little.

Before giving you folks my fishing session for August 23rd, let me point it out a few updates and announcements:

(1) The 2015 Philly Fun Fishing Fest is tomorrow (September 12th) from 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. on the Schuylkill Banks. I have been advertising this event through my YouTube Channel and Facebook Page. I will be competing in it and I am looking forward to meeting you folks, in case you decide to show up. :) For more information on this event, you may access their website here.

(2) My first official Q&A live stream on YouTube is scheduled for September 21st, 9:00 p.m. Eastern Time. The scheduled video is already posted, and I will be answering questions non-stop for about an hour or so! Google+ users and YouTube users will be able to use the chatbox during the live stream for questions. If by any chance you are not able to post comments or questions in the chatbox, you also have the opportunity of e-mailing them to me! My e-mail is Make sure to include "Livestream questions" as your subject line! Also, please make sure to include either your name or your YouTube Channel in the e-mail, so I know who to refer to. If you send me your questions through e-mail, rest assured -- they will be answered during the live stream.

(3) As you guys may have noticed, I have posted a poll on the Blog: "Do you often take your catch home to eat?" This poll will be used for an upcoming post that I am planning on writing; thus, please participate and voice your opinion on it! Your thoughts are always appreciated here at EPF.

(4) I have finally started to use the "label" system on Blogger. If you guys noticed, there is a new tab on the right side of the page entitled "Tags." After I tag all my post blogs, it will be easier for readers to look up what they want to read according to their tags of interest. Don't forget to use the command "Ctrl+F" to find what you need on the posts (it will save you a lot of time).

(5) I have added one more requirement for the Public Fishing Album on Facebook: photos of fishes from any private body of water without a name will no longer be accepted! After all, nobody really benefits from seeing fish from private waters. It cannot be forgotten that the Public Fishing Album was created to advertise the public waters of Philadelphia and its surroundings.

(6) Some Blog readers have been telling me that my "setup section" is quite confusing to read at times. Thus, the new "setup section" format is below. Cleaner and easier to read, not to mention that all items still have hyperlinks for easy access shopping. that all the announcements and updates are out, it's time for my report for August 23rd:

--- August 23rd, 2015 ---

Location: Unnamed Pond/Pine Run Creek/Pine Run Reservoir
Time: 12:30-4:30 p.m.

Fishes caught:

--78 Bluegill (Lepomis macrochirus)
-- 11 Green Sunfish X Bluegill Hybrid (Lepomis cyanellus X Lepomis macrochirus)
-- 3 Redbreast Sunfish (Lepomis auritus)
-- 4 Green Sunfish (Lepomis cyanellus)
-- 9 Largemouth Bass (Micropterus salmoides)
-- 1 American Eel (Anguilla rostrata)
-- 1 Black Crappie (Pomoxis nigromaculatus)
-- 1 White Crappie (Pomoxis annularis)


Below are the highlights for this fishing session:

Fishing at the unnamed Pond starts at 6:45. Fishing at the Creek starts at 12:25. Fishing at the spillway starts at 29:00. Fishing at the Reservoir starts at 36:00. Don't forget to watch it in HD (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. :)


After years of fishing in and around Philadelphia, I finally decided to explore fishing areas around New Britain, Chalfont, and Doylestown. Thus, the goal for the day was to explore the Pine Run Reservoir and its surrounding bodies of water. 


Rigs/Baits/Lures used: 

(1) a Thomas E.P. series in-line spinner, 1/8 oz., nickel/gold color.
(3) a size #10 Eagle claw hook with a Trout Magnet and sometimes a nightcrawler.


As I always tell everyone in the fishing community, the novelty of exploration is certainly part of the sport of fishing! It doesn't matter how many folks have fished that certain spot in the past -- when you go there for a first time, everything is magical! Your sense of curiosity is enhanced and "your imagination is under there," as Robert Altman used to say. In other words, you don't know what to expect and what you will catch! That's exactly how I feel when I go exploring and that's exactly how I felt when I explored the Pine Run Reservoir and its surroundings.

As portrayed in the video, I started my day at the "Unnamed Pond" in the Covered Bridge Park. The pond was covered in vegetation; thus, I really didn't know what to expect! Being very positive, I tied on small pieces of nightcrawler on small hooks, wishing for anything at all to bite. Thankfully, I ended there with plenty of Bluegill and Green Sunfish X Bluegill Hybrids. Gotta tell you, folks -- nothing too special came out of that little pond; however, that is one spot for kids that I would definitely recommend. If you have young kids, make sure to take them there for some Sunfish action! 

After exploring the Pond, I walked across the Park to take a look at the Pine Run Creek. Upon arrival, I noticed right away that the Creek was overall shallow and muddy. There was a little dam to my left, which was also very shallow and unproductive. What surprised me the most was the spot after the dam -- a little deeper pool with three eddies and two current flows. After seeing that "by the book" location, I knew that I had to give it a try! 

After a few casts, I soon realized that I had hit jackpot. Heh. All the fishes in the Pine Run Creek were actually concentrated in that small area. I ended up catching plenty of different types of Sunfish there, not to mention that I was even able to pull some Largemouth Bass, an American Eel, and even a very little Black Crappie. As a Multi-Species angler, that Crappie made my day! Hah.

With the remaining time that I had left, I decided to walk up to the Pine Run Reservoir for some exploration (about a ten minutes walk from the Creek). I had done some research on the location earlier; thus, I was expecting to land a few nice Crappie and a few nice Bullheads from there. For my surprise, the place turned out to be overall shallow and very hard to be fished from shore! I ended my day there with a small White Crappie (so far, it's believed to be so) and one small Sunfish. Nothing else. 

Being hungry, dehydrated, and tired, I decided to end my fishing session right there. :)   


Below are the photos for this fishing session:

First fish of the day -- a chunky Bluegill from the Unnamed Pond in the Covered Bridge Park, New Britain Borough. I would like to use this opportunity to thank the community crew who keeps the place clean! Many thanks for the beautiful fishing environment there! 

A Green Sunfish X Bluegill Hybrid. As mentioned in the YouTube video, these fellas were very likely stocked there at a certain point, There were absolutely no signs of pure Green Sunfish in that Pond.

A nice scenery view of the Pond. Thankfully, the green layer on top was very thin; therefore, it wasn't that hard to catch Sunfish there. :)

My first ever Pine Run Creek Redbreast Sunfish. This one was foul hooked on its operculum, though. Heh. 

What a surprise! To think that there was a decent population of Largemouth Bass in the Pine Run Creek. This one was caught on a small piece of nightcrawler.

An authentic Green Sunfish from the Pine Run Creek.

Beautiful Bluegill sample from the Creek.

A gorgeous Bluegill X Green Sunfish Hybrid from the Pine Run Creek.

A "not so cool" catch from the Creek: an American Eel. Hah. They are slimy and they tend to give you nasty knots on the house... Make sure to handle them carefully!

A beautiful scenery view of the Pine Run Reservoir spillway. The place was loaded with good sized Bluegills! Maybe next time I will take a couple home to eat.

A small White Crappie sample. I sent this photo out to five Species specialists and I got 3/5 for White Crappie. The other 2/5 came back as "undetermined," mentioning that the sample would have to be analyzed under a microscope or have its fins counted for identification. Indeed, the PA Fish and Boat Commission has only ever found Black Crappie from the Pine Run Reservoir; however, that doesn't necessarily mean that there are no White Crappie in there! For more conclusive results, future research will have to be done. 

An overall view of the Pine Run Reservoir. The place was shallow and deprived of life! Kayak or boat fishing would fair much much better in that type of environment.

My first ever Pine Run Reservoir Bluegill. Haha. One of the only fishes that I caught there.

After a full day of walking, hiking, and fishing, I decided to go to Doylestown for a meal! Folks -- the Shrimp Tempura at the To-Yo Japanese Restaurant and Bar in Doylestown is a killer! Highly recommended. Yum.

Best of luck to all of us! 

Long Days and Pleasant Nights


Leo S.

Meeting Professional Bass Anglers at the Chesapeake Bay Elite Series (Cecil County, MD)

Hello, Blog Readers! 

Today I'm bringing you guys my report for August 16th:

--- August 16th, 2015 ---

Location: Cecil County, MD
Time: 1:00-4:00 p.m.

Professional Bass Anglers caught:

-- Takahiro Omori
-- Dean Rojas
-- Chad Pipkens
-- Russ Lane
-- Bill Lowen
-- Aaron Martens
-- Carl Jocumsen
-- Dave Mercer (MC)


Below are the highlights of the last weight-in day of the 2015 Bassmaster Elite Series at the Chesapeake Bay:

Note that there is no fishing in this video! Unless you count stalking Pro-Anglers "Fishing." Hah. Don't forget to watch it in HD (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. :)

I decided to go down to the weight-in of the 2015 Bassmaster Elite Series at the Chesapeake Bay with my friend Mike H. from the 1Rod1ReelFishing YouTube Channel. The main goal was for us to watch the weight in and stalk a couple Professional Bass Anglers around. Hah.

Although I am a Multi-Species angler at heart, I am also a big fan of the Bass competitions in the USA (Micropterus salmoides, dolomieu, & punctulatus are part of Multi-Species, though)! I follow most of the Pro-anglers closely and I have my favorites among all of them. I subscribe to the Bassmaster magazine, as well as other fishing magazines (i.e. Bassin, In-line Fisherman, Field & Stream, etc). Anyways...I highly encourage everyone to watch the Elite Series and the Classic, and to give support to those Pro-anglers! It's not an easy "job," and the same requires lots of sweat and sacrifices...! If you are willing to follow up on the Bassmaster events, make sure to check out their website. It's a lot of fun, fellas.

Unfortunately, Mike and I went to the event on the last day of the weight in (top 12). Thus, most of the Pros were already gone. Thankfully, we were still able to meet some of them! Photos are below.


A nice shot with Takahiro Omori. For those who are not familiar with him, he made a legendary comeback on the 2004 Bassmaster Classic! You can watch that video here. Watch him catch a "five pownda!"

My friend Mike with Takahiro Omori.

A shot with Dean "The Machine" Rojas! There is just something about this guy that makes me like him a lot. He is actually one of my favorites in the pro league. His frog is the deal, folks! As Mike H. also points out -- his frog is one of the best ones in the market to walk the dog.

My friend Mike with Dean Rojas.

Justin Lucas (2nd place in AOY points for 2015, as for 08/29/15) talks to Dave Mercer about his plan on defeating Aaron Martens (1st place in AOY points) when it comes to the "Angler of the Year" points. The AOY guarantees anglers a spot at the AOY tourney, as well as a possibility of going to the Bassmaster Classic event. Notice that Dean Rojas was 3rd on the AOY standings last time I checked! Heh. Justin Lucas is also one of my favorites in the league due to his very social personality -- even with all the busy life, he replies to his fans with lots of charisma.

Aaron Martens with his two biggest Largemouth Bass.

As you guys may or may not be aware of, Aaron Martens was the winner of the 2015 Bassmaster Elite Series at the Chesapeake Bay. The results' table is here.

A nice group shot with Carl Jocumsen -- the only Australian Pro Angler in the league. Many props to this dude for coming here all the way from Australia to compete with the best in world in foreign lands. Also, he has a wild accent, man! Hah.

My friend Mike H. with Pro angler Chad Pipkens.

Chad Pipkens is actually one of the only anglers in the league with a hair company sponsorship! I knew very little about Chad before I met him at this Elite Series, and I am very glad to have done so. Super nice fella with a golden personality. 

My friend Mike H. with Pro-angler Bill Lowen.

Bill Lowen got 2nd place in the competition. He got super sentimental on the stage, which made me get sentimental! Just imagine, folks -- years and years waiting for that win; hard work and lots of sweat poured in; only to be crushed by another angler! Bill Lowen really deserved it! But then, who am I to say that Aaron Martens didn't deserve it also, right? After all, he lost the 2004 Classic to Takahiro Omori and a couple other events to KVD -- all finishing in second place. Dreadful feeling... 

Mike H. with the MC Dave Mercer.

Dave Mercer is a Canadian Pro angler and also the MC of the Elite and Classic event. Dude does a great job in narrating and pumping the crowd up! Many props to that. Also, his YouTube Channel Facts of Fishing is amazing. I highly recommend it!  

Mike H. with Pro Angler Russ Lane

To tell all of you the truth, I know very little about Russ Lane. But the fact that he won an Elite Series in 2010 and participated in the Classic 5 times is no joke! I'm keeping an eye on him. Hah

Mike H. with the winner of the event -- Aaron Martens. This dude is a beast! That's all I gotta say. If you guys don't believe me, check out his record.

Overall, it was an amazing event! Too bad that I wasn't able to meet more Pros down there. I really wanted to meet Rick Clunn to talk to him about his knot mistake back in the days, or Zell Rowland to ask him why his nickname is "Mr. Disaster" (although, I already know why. Heh), or Mike Iaconelli -- our local idol. Thus, you folks can expect me to go down to future events to meet more of them. :)

Best of luck to all of us,

Long Days and Pleasant Nights,


Leo S.