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Red Hot Delaware River Striper bite

posted Apr 19, 2019, 6:43 AM by Karl Hoelper   [ updated Apr 19, 2019, 6:45 AM ]

This week we had a major rain blow out and more rain to come.

The lower river south of Delaware to Bristol has been red hot despite the mud. Fishermen using cut bait and bloodworms have had the most success. The full moon has turn on the fish even with the river temperature dropping to 51 degrees. This is why if the river gets blown out I change my location to fish where the fish are or can be caught. The advantages of being in a trailer.

This big hog of a Delaware River Striper was caught by a client and friend not with me. It it a well deserved pig that Phil put his time in and woke up early morning 3:300 am to get where needed to be to capture this hog!

Delaware River Striper Phil

Delaware River Striper Phil with kids

Delaware River striped bass and American shad

posted Apr 13, 2019, 6:24 PM by Karl Hoelper

Two trips today, lots of big shad. Second trip banged out a 39 inch 25 lbs striper. 

Delaware River striped bas April 13th

Shad and striper bite

posted Apr 8, 2019, 4:13 PM by Karl Hoelper

Fishing has started slow because of the cold weather as you could read in previous post. Shad fishing has picked up over the weekend and now as of today a big school has moved in putting up great numbers. Hopefully another school moves in with no gap in time. 

Striper fishing has also started. 18 pounder 35 inches on Sunday. 

April 6 Delaware River striped bass striper

Fish when the bites hot

posted Mar 29, 2019, 2:40 PM by Karl Hoelper

2 hour Weekday nights trips are open on the Delawareriver. Target bass specifically when they ready to bite! $25 off with code April19 on trips booked before April 15th.

Fishing is now

posted Mar 27, 2019, 6:25 PM by Karl Hoelper

Been laying low, enjoying some personal time fishing. Things have been up and down, I caught Shad three weeks ago and then it shut down.Now Shad are consistently in the river and after the last few cold nights it’s going to get explosive. 

I have a few Shad weekend dates still open 

7th, 13, 21

All can be split trips for stripers and shad.

$50 off 6 hour trip, $25 off 4 hour trip with the code spring19 at time of booking. 

Few Weekdays are open for Stripers in May.

Summer smallmouth is booking now weekdays and weekends. 

Spring is HERE! Are you ready?

posted Mar 9, 2019, 2:56 PM by Karl Hoelper   [ updated Mar 9, 2019, 4:29 PM ]

For weeks we have heard the birds, I have been making tackle spending way too much money on fishing gear. That all leads me to the conclusion that spring is here. Today's weather and the forecast being in the 60's with a day at 68 degrees confirms my thoughts.

If this spring shapes up the way it looks like it will, the this is going be an early start or rather back to the normal starting dates. Fish will come into the river school after school and hang out instead for a while instead of one big school coming in late and going quick. I'm hoping we have a mild spring, not too cold not too hot. Those mild spring years always bring in the pigs and they stay for weeks. 

Today was the first day working on the boat since she went into winter hibernation, she fired right up. Well after I had to put $200 of simple parts. Had been a car  it would have been $40, but since its a boat well you know, they got ya. I plan on running it this week and do some preliminary fishing. Some new upgrades, 7 inch Side Scan and Down Imaging unit will be going on, last year we upgraded HP on the motor, new casting deck in the back, 25-gallon fuel tank went in, and thinking about paint job but damn its a fishing boat And it will be covered blood anyways.

I put the bigger tank for a few reasons. 1, on longer trips I can run from Yardley to New Hope and back and still have fuel to spare. 2, I always hate hitting the gas station 3-5 times a weekend, normal lengths trips I should be able to get 4 done and still have fuel under the deck. 3, the weight in the back helps the boat running but not the  floating, Ill end up getting float pods so I go back to my skinny water drifting on the Delaware River. 

I'm thinking about putting together a few Instructional prep videos for clients, intended for them to be watched prior to getting on the boat. The topics would be, how to read the rocks, where to cast, how to cast and how not to cast on the boat, etc. Basically everything I go through every trip with clients before we actually get to fishing. . 

Spring is about to be sprung.

posted Mar 7, 2019, 7:51 AM by Karl Hoelper   [ updated Mar 7, 2019, 7:55 AM ]

Hopefully this is the last weather channel post but it looks like it will be a normal spring. First shad will be caught by Friday the 22nd.

Fishing reports from my guys in Delaware will be my first indication of bass moving up. I know schools have been spotted heading north along the MD coast for 2 weeks now. What I don’t know is who’s fish they are, Hudson, Delaware or Chesapeake? Fish following bunker can lead them out of the way sometimes. For instances the Stripers I have tagged have been caught two weeks later south at Indian River. It seems when our run is over IR lights up for a week or two then the fish head north sometimes stopping off in the Hudson River where at least 10 freshly tagged fish have been reported. 

In any case I think we can stop thinking about winter in the next two days.

Late spring again?

posted Mar 3, 2019, 7:47 AM by Karl Hoelper

Everything is lining up to be another later spring, this would make number 4. What does this mean for you, everything will be a week to 3 weeks later. 

I would be focusing on April
For Shad, mid April for Shad and Stripers, and stripers in May. 

Capt Karl

Spring Season is Just Ahead.

posted Jan 28, 2019, 2:23 PM by Karl Hoelper   [ updated Feb 2, 2019, 2:54 PM ]

The spring season on the Delaware River is just ahead. Book before march 1st and save $25 book, book a smallmouth trip as a second trip from June 15th on and save $50 on the smallmouth trip.

What to expect?

This means crazy American shad action and big few striped bass bites per day. Shad fishing is one the best activities for all ages and skill level. They fight hard, jump and when you get wolf packed the action is absolutely insane! Stripers will follow shortly after the shad have entered the river providing great action early season doing split trips. Whats a split trip? Fishing half the time for shad then going after stripers!

Once the water warms up and the bass become active enough to chase plugs the pigs are the first on the scene. Normal years this would happen in March, but with the cold pattern the last two years we have seen it later into the first week of April. For the Delaware River the name of the game is always water temperature, it dictates 80% of the fishing activity. Late year, cold water, early year warm water. Not sure what's going to happen. Then the herring move in, which is good and bad. Too many herring makes it tough to trick fish, not enough herring and the bass will not hold still, they will continue north in their search for food and spawning. April use to be the month to end all months. This is when the fish would be in full force and typically bigger fish in the 20-45 lb range. 

What to say about May, boy record days were had in May the last three years leading to a week of over 50 fish per trip to a recording breaking 76 fish in a six hour trip, we left them snapping! If we spent all day on them it would have been a 150 fish day easily. 

June is a great time! Fish move up the river into some wild places, numbers are generally strong but smaller fish up to 33 inches. Striper fishing starts too taper out by Fathers day. Early mornings become mandatory because they shut down once the heat is on. 

July some bass are around but you have to fish late nights and early morning, no consistency but some pigs still hiding. 

Early trips like 5:30 am when the weather is hot helps, evening trips turn on when the sun drops. Cold weather is the opposite, if its cold and water is cold when the sun comes up it helps. Rain is one of the best times to fish, not down pours or lighting. but a nice light rain can do wonders! The tides play a factor but you can never associate one tide as the negative or bad tide. Simply put sometimes its a high tide bite for weeks on hand and sometimes a low tide bite and sometimes they always bite no matter the tide. 

Delaware River Stripers

posted May 12, 2018, 3:22 PM by Karl Hoelper

Please if you fish with me do not post you catch all over the fishing forums, it attracts way too many other boats and it makes it that much harder to catch. 

Having said that after a customer posted on every forum and sent it the editors of several publications my typically area ways flooded with people blowing up the spot and pushing the fish out. The next trip I went up the river and floated a long section from New Hope down and caught 26 fish. Fished up there again during the week and did a few more fish. 

So without giving too much away, the fish are here you have to work hard for them but you will be rewarded. This year we have 8 fish over 30 lbs and about 16 fish int he 20 lbs range and a bunch of 27 inches.

So to some up the striped bass fishing in the Delaware river its exactly how I thought it would be in an email sent to my customers in March. 


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