Philly Fun Fishing Fest 2014 Coming Up on the Schuylkill Banks!

Hello, Readers! 

September is almost here and so is the Philly Fun Fishing Fest 2014

For those who are not yet familiar with this event, I highly recommend it! Click here for more details. 

The Philly Fun Fishing Fest happens only ONCE A YEAR on the Schuylkill Banks. It's a family oriented FREE EVENT (aka friendly fishing competition) and a fishing license is NOT required during the length of the competition, not to mention that there are multiple prizes for kids and adults alike (as a matter of fact, I won last year's prize for "most number of fish caught during the event" -- a Daiwa rod/reel combo and a Dicks gift card!).

In order to participate, all you need to do is register on the link in this post. Make sure to bring as many people as you can -- your family, kids, friends, etc. Also, do not forget to print the release form, sign it, and bring it with you on the day of the competition. 

I will certainly be there during the competition; however, this year I'll not fish. I will be walking around, taking photos, and talking to people! I really really hope to see you folks down there! Think of this event as a nice gathering opportunity, not to mention that you can win some prizes as well (if you think you can win! heh). 

Long Days and Pleasant Nights, Folks! 


Leo S.

Bass Master Elite Series in the Big D. (August 7th-10th)

Hello, Folks! 

As you all know already, this Blog is officially inactive. However, I'll make an exception for the Bassmaster Elite Series in Philadelphia, PA. =)

1st Day (August 7th)

You may click on this link for the current results on the 1st day of the BASSMASTER ELITE SERIES, which is being held from August 7th-10th ON THE DELAWARE RIVER! (That's right -- our Big D.!)

As an angler from the City of Brotherly Love, I had to share this with you folks. 16-14 is the highest weight at the moment, and many anglers are showing that the Delaware River ain't that bad for Bass fishing (biggest fish right now at 4-2)! As a bonus, Pro angler Brett Hite caught a 3.5lber Northern Snakehead in the Delaware River! 

For more photos and details on this event, here's the link for the live Blog.

2nd Day (August 8th)

The second day of the Bass Master Elite Series on the Delaware River is almost over, and the results for today are quite astonishing!

Before saying anything else, it's a pleasure to see so many Bass being pulled out of the Delaware River! Boyd Duckett certainly did GREAT on the first day with a lead of 4lbs+ (according to the pros, one of the best leads in the history of the Bassmaster Series). Also, there have been catch reports of Smallmouth Bass and Northern Snakeheads from our Big D. and its tributaries...

As for the competition, the local favorite Mike Iaconelli has done great on the second day (he will be hopping from the 20s down to top 10, perhaps?). If you guys click on this Basstrakk link, you will see that he caught a total of 10 fish, finishing with 15-4 for the best 5 on the second day (however, Boyd is still leading, overall). Boyd and Shimizu have also done great!

Very surprisingly, the VanDams are still with zeroes at the end of the second day. That's quite a bummer, and I hope they do better on the remaining 2 days. After all, I have a lot of respect for them.

Live weight-in starts at 3:15, and if you folks are not able to attend it (like me), you can watch it through the following link.

Enjoy, folks! I'm pretty psyched about tomorrow already. heh.

3rd Day (August 9th)

I was finally able to get to the weight in on the third day, and it was an AWESOME event. Certainly one of the best days of my life! 

As usual, Ike did REALLY well today and secured his 1st position for the day. Not much to say today -- there are two videos on my FB profile, so you guys can watch it (I made it public).

Also, hands up for Kevin Short (a.k.a. K-Pink)! I am a big fan of Mike "Ike" Iaconelli, but K-pink made my day today. Why? Just watch this video and you will know. You gotta be pretty hardcore to take 30 minutes to cut a log just to get to a fishing spot! 

I'm already looking forward to tomorrow, and personally, I'm cheering for Iaconelli to win! Below are a couple photos from the Expo and event:

And here are a couple photos of some Pros on stage. See how many you can recognize! For some reason, I wasn't able to rotate some of the photos. Heh. Time for some neck twisting:

4th Day (August 10th)

The 4th and last day of the Bassmaster Elite Series on the Delaware River is going very well. Today, BASSTrakk is showing not only the up-to-date scores, but also each competitor's location and catches!

Here's a little summary of the competition so far (as for 12 p.m.):

Chris Lane is doing great around the Trenton area. He already got his limit for the day with a 4-0 and 3-12 in his bag! This gives him plenty of time to do some culling. Unfortunately, he needs a lot more to win the competition (if even possible at this point!).

Skeet Reese is with a bag of 4-0, with 3 fish so far. He decided to adventure DEEP into the Rancocas Creek (all the way to Lumberton, NJ), joining Bill Lowen (3-2 with 2 fish) and Shaw Grigsby Jr. (6-0 with 3 fish), who are also in the area. 

John Crews Jr. is currently around Bristol, on the main River. However, he caught his fish mainly in Northeast Philly (around Delaware Expressway and Academy Road). He's holding a bag of 4-12 with 3 fish. 

Chad Pipkens has been all around the River! Lol! He started his day on the other side of Chester, PA. Caught a 1-0 there. Then, moved up across the Philadelphia International Airport, where he landed a 1-4. Went way up North, pass the Tacony-Palmyra bridge, where he landed a 1-8 right next to Velvick... and now he's fishing a marina between Cottman and Rhawn Streets, holding 3 fish at 3-12. Talk about moving around! 

For some reason, Byron Velvick is nowhere to be found on the map! So far, he's with zero in his livewell (although, he did catch 2 fish at 0-8 total).

Jason Christie decided to go down Big Timber Creek in NJ! Perhaps it was a good choice, since he's currently holding 5 fish at 8-10, all from the South Branch Big Timber Creek! He's ready for some culling. 

Our local favorite, Mike "Ike" Iaconelli, is still holding his first place with 4 fish at 8-6 (on the overall weight). He's been switching between the main River behind the FDR Park and the Woodbury Creek in NJ. For now, he's going down the main River again. So far, he's been doing a good job with a 3-6 kicker from Woodbury Creek! 

Boyd Duckett is currently holding 2 fish at 4-8, both caught in the main River, around the Red Bank Battlefield Park in NJ. He's currently trying his chances at Darby Creek, near John Heinz Wildlife Refugee.

Scott Rook is doing poorly today. He's holding 1 fish at 2-8. He's been fishing a stretch of the Raccoon Creek, on the other side of the PPL Park (a local well-known hole, actually). 

Finally, we got Kevin Short (a.k.a. K-Pink), who's fishing the most southern portion of the River. He's in the same spot he was for the previous 2 days -- all the way back of Oldman's Creek. A very isolated area, indeed! He's holding 4 fish at 7-3. 

Now...there is still a couple hours for them to fish! Hopefully Ike will prevail in the end! NEVER GIVE UP!

Enjoy! Hopefully we will see a 5lber getting pulled from the Big D.!


Leo S.

This Blog is Officially INACTIVE

Hello again, Blog readers!

This Blog is officially INACTIVE, as of 07/06/14. For more details, you may read about it here.

Due to a huge number of e-mail requests, I will continue to pay the monthly fee for data storage for this Blog. However, as mentioned previously in my EPF FB Page, this Blog is officially inactive!

I appreciate all the support during these past 3 years! 

Fish on, readers! 


Leo S.  

May Fishing Sessions (Last Update: COMPLETE)

Hello, Readers!

With a little bit of delay (okay...maybe more than "a little bit"), I'm finally bringing you guys some of my May Fishing Sessions! My time is very limited at the moment; however, I'll try my best to bring you readers my up-to-date reports and photos. 

May was certainly a wonderful month for fishing. As Ernest Hemingway once indicated in his book -- The Old Man and the Sea: "Anyone can be a fisherman in May." It may not be as easy to fish during the other seasons of the year; however, May is usually the month when most fishes are swimming around and looking for food!   

Here's your photo of the month:

A Downy Woodpecker at the Pennypack Creek. Let's not forget that nature can also be part of fishing.

--- May 5th, 2014 ---

Location: Pennypack Creek
Time: 3:30-6:00 p.m.

Fishes caught:

-- 1 Brown Trout
-- 6 Rainbow Trout
-- 10 Redbreast Sunfish

Quick fishing session at Pennypack Creek. Thankfully, there were still some left over Trout from the Spring stockings! With my polarized glasses, I saw about 8 swimming between the Bustleton and Old Bustleton portion of the Creek. I caught 7 of them on Thomas Nickel/Gold in-line Spinners (6 Rainbows, 1 Brown. Kept 5 Rainbows). I tried corn and power bait at the beginning of my fishing session; however, those Trout had already "adapted" to the stream. In other words, the most effective baits/lures were nightcrawlers, mealworms, and in-line spinners.

Photos are below:

Smallest Redbreast Sunfish of the day.

Biggest Redbreast Sunfish of the day. All of them were caught on a 1/64 oz. jighead with a small "Gulp! Alive" minnow plastic lure.

First Rainbow Trout of the day.

Beautiful Rainbow Trout on a Thomas Nickel/Gold In-line Spinner.

And, to finish the day, a Brown Trout, also caught on a Thomas Nickel/Gold In-line Spinner.

--- May 10th, 2014 ---

Location: Pennypack Creek
Time: 3:00-5:00 p.m.

Fishes caught:

-- 1 Rainbow Trout

Another quick session at the Pennypack Creek. My dad and I finished with 1 Rainbow Trout only, since the Creek flooded with the thunderstorms around the area.

Photo is below:

A very small Rainbow Trout! Only one of the day. It was caught on a Nickel/Gold Thomas In-line spinner.

--- May 14th, 2014 ---

Location: Linden Lake/Kirkwood Lake
Time: 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Fishes caught:

-- 1 Green Sunfish
-- 2 Largemouth Bass
-- 7 Black Crappie
-- 6 Bluegill
-- 1 Brown Bullhead

I did a little bit of Multi-Species fishing with my father in New Jersey. We decided to hit Linden Lake and Kirkwood Lake in Lindenwold, ending the day with a bunch of Black Crappie, Bluegill, Brown Bullhead, Green Sunfish, and Largemouth Bass.

Photos are below:

My father casting his float at Linden Lake, Lindenwold, NJ.

A healthy Black Crappie from Linden Lake.

Small Largemouth Bass, caught on a jig and a float.

Beautiful Bluegill in spawning colors.

My father with his biggest Black Crappie of the day.

As a multi-species angler, I had to pull in a Brown Bullhead! 

My smallest Largemouth Bass of the day! 

A Green Sunfish from Kirkwood Lake.

--- May 15th, 2014 ---

Location: Schuylkill River
Time: 1:00-4:00 p.m.

Fishes caught:

-- 10 Channel Catfish
-- 7 White Perch
-- 4 American Eel

Even at his age, my old man is still showing who's the Boss! Apart from all the Channel Cat, White Perch, and Eel that we both caught on the Schuylkill River, my dad finished with a nice 2.57lbs Walleye on a live Eel! It was a beautiful fish, and it was safely released after a quick photo and measurement.

Photos are below:

We caught plenty of Channel Catfish on nightcrawlers and cut American Eel. Above is my father with a small Channel Catfish.

One of the smallest Channel Cats of the day.

White Perch, caught on a piece of nightcrawler.

My father's 2.57lbs Walleye, caught between Walnut and Chestnut streets! That was certainly a great surprise.

--- May 18th, 2014 ---

Location: Newton Lake
Time: 1:00-6:00 p.m.

Fishes caught:

-- 4 Bluegill
-- 1 Largemouth Bass

My father and I did a quick fishing session at Newton Lake for Northern Snakeheads and Largemouth Bass. It was a tough day; thus, we finished all together with a total of 3 Largemouth Bass and a couple Sunnies.

Photo is below:

My father with a decent sized Largemouth Bass from Newton Lake.

--- May 19th, 2014 ---

Location: Schuylkill River
Time: 11:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.

Fishes caught:

-- 1 Common Carp
-- 1 Channel Catfish
-- 2 Flathead Catfish
-- 1 American Eel

Caught a couple Common Carp and Flatheads on the non-tidal Schuylkill River. I decided to keep some small Flathead for dissection! 

I was very excited, since I never dissected Flatheads before. As a matter of fact, I found a very interesting collection of minnows in their bellies (one type is on a photo below)! The heavy metal test also came out better than I expected: a very weak mixture of heavy metals.

Also, I lost a full rod/reel  set to a Flathead Catfish! By the time I saw the bite, the rod just flew into the water. Hah. That's what I get for not using an extra rod holder. Thankfully, that was a cheap Daiwa combo. =) 

Photos are below:

First Carp of the day: a 12lber on kernel corn.

At a certain point, they were biting really well. In the photo above: my father with a 10.2lbs and me with a 6.45lbs Common Carp.

There's always one or two Channel Catfish mixed up with the Common Carp.

"Things that you don't see when you stay at home:" A Swan swimming in the Schuylkill River...

A 4lbs Flathead Catfish, caught on a piece of American Eel.

One of the many different types of minnows found in the Flathead's belly! 

Same minnow, another angle.

--- May 20th, 2014 ---

Location: Absecon Bay Inlet
Time: 12:00-6:00 p.m.

Fishes caught:

-- 5 Tautog
-- 28 Bergall

I went to Atlantic City with my brother-in-law and my father. We fished the Absecon Bay Inlet for the whole day, finishing with a bunch of Tautog and Clearnose Skate. Myself, I also got a bunch of Bergall on the side! (When fishing gets boring at the jetty, I always go for smaller fish! For a Multi-Species angler, size doesn't matter anyways and every cast is an opportunity for a new Species). I finished the day with tons and tons of Bergall.

Also, "togging" is such an interesting fishing style! It's SO MUCH FUN finding deep holes among the rocks. Heh.

Anyways, we kept the Skates and released everything else. 

Photos are below:

A Bergall, caught on a piece of clam. They are often despised by anglers for being "bait-robbers;" however, they actually taste very good when deep-fried.

My brother-in-law with a Tautog. Notice his happy face? That's because he hardly catches anything. Congratulations, bro! 

A small Clearnose Skate, also caught on a piece of clam.

My biggest Tautog of the day.

My biggest Bergall of the day.

--- May 21st, 2014 ---

Location: Delaware Canal/Buck Creek
Time: 9:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m.

Fishes caught:

-- 15 Bluegill
-- 1 Pumpkinseed
-- 3 Largemouth Bass
-- 4 Rainbow Trout
-- 2 Chain Pickerel

After 3 years of fishing in and around Philadelphia, I finally caught my FIRST Pennsylvania Chain Pickerel! It was a blast to see that they are residing in the Delaware Canal. The one on the photo below was 17 inches.

My father and I explored different portions of the Delaware Canal in Yardley. My dad caught a couple Black Crappies (a few slabs) and big Bluegills. I finished the day with a couple left-over stocked Rainbow Trout from the Delaware Canal, as well as some Largemouth Bass and plenty of sunnies!

Photos are below:

First fish of the day: a Bluegill, caught on a Thomas Gold/Nickel in-line spinner.

A very very nice place to fish for the Largemouth Bass in the Delaware Canal.

I saw a couple Trout swimming in these rapids; however, I couldn't entice them to bite my spinner.

A small Largemouth Bass. It was caught around the lily-pads on a 1/64 oz. jighead with a minnow imitation.

My father with his biggest Black Crappie of the day (~1lb)! What a beast! 

My 17 inches Chain Pickerel from the Delaware Canal, and also my FIRST PA Chain Pickerel.

My father with his biggest Bluegill of the day (~0.7lbs).

A gorgeous Pumpkinseed from the Delaware Canal.

After lunch, we decided to scout the mighty Delaware River for a little bit. Unfortunately, the current was too fast due to the recent number of thunderstorms around the area.

My biggest Largemouth Bass out of the Delaware Canal. 5-inch Gary Yamamoto Senkos certainly do magic! 

Same fish, another angle.

A little post about the Delaware Canal. You may click on the photo for a bigger resolution.

A left-over Rainbow Trout from the Canal.

In the end, we released all fish expect these four. My father smoked them, and they turned out to be DELICIOUS.

--- May 26th, 2014 ---

Location: Swatara Creek
Time: 7:00-10:00 a.m.

Fishes caught:

-- 4 Smallmouth Bass
-- 9 Fallfish

I went to Hershey Park with my entire family, so I took the opportunity to fish the Swatara Creek. Using a Thomas nickel/gold in-line spinner, I caught a bunch of Smallies and Fallfish! The high speed currents and my 4lbs test line certainly made fishing much more enjoyable there -- the Smallmouth Bass fought crazily!

Photos are below (a nice contrast of smallest Vs biggest of the day):

Smallest Fallfish of the day.

Smallest Smallmouth Bass of the day.

Biggest Smallmouth Bass of the day (~2.5lbs)

Biggest Fallfish of the day (~0.9lbs).

--- May 29th, 2014 ---

Location: D&R Canal/Brock Creek
Time: 7:00 a.m.-6:30 p.m.

Fishes caught:

-- 3 Redbreast Sunfish
-- 7 Bluegill
-- 2 Largemouth Bass

Did some exploring with my dad at the D&R Canal in West Trenton, NJ. Unfortunately, the place was REALLY DEAD. We caught a single Bluegill, a single Pumpkinseed, a couple Redbreast Sunfish, and a lonely Channel Catfish!

After the D&R Canal in West Trenton, we explored a little Creek in Yardley (Brock Creek). Surprisingly, there were some nice fish in it! We caught some huge Bluegill (~0.4-0.5lbs each), a couple wild Brown Trout, and a couple Largemouth Bass! Although it was a challenge to explore it (huge amounts of poison ivy and whatever makes you itch), we will definitely go back for more!

Photos are below:

We started our trip by exploring the Gold Run. Unfortunately, there were only small fish in it and I didn't have my gear for microfishing! That was a big bummer...

The little dam at Gold Run. Shallow and lifeless! 

We followed the Gold Run until it hit the D&R Canal.

Here is probably the deepest spot at the D&R Canal in West Trenton. 

The rules for the D&R Canal Park. Fishing is certainly allowed! =)

First fish of the day: a healthy Bluegill! (They are seriously everywhere)

My father with his first catch of the day: a healthy and colorful Redbreast Sunfish.

If it wasn't enough, he also caught a nice colored Pumpkinseed for his Sunny spp. collection.

This was probably our biggest catch of the day! My father was using nightcrawlers on the bottom, when his ultralight suddenly bent like crazy! We were SO EXCITED at the moment, waiting to see the fish. When the Catfish surfaced, all the excitement went away. Hehe.

In my opinion, the most colorful Redbreast Sunfish of the day.

"Things that you don't see when you stay at home:" a pair of Drake Wood Ducks swimming in the D&R Canal. Even though I'm not a bird fanatic, I have a very nice collection of bird photos! Heh.

Nice Largemouth Bass on a 5-inch Senko! 

My father with his Brown Trout; probably the most elusive fish of the day. Beautiful red dots on its body!