Bassmaster Elite’s pick the Delaware River
Big news for the Delaware River, The Bassmaster Elite tournament trail will be visiting the Delaware in August of 2014. I’m really looking forward to see how the Bassmaster Elite pros handle the extreme tides and heavy current out on the River.
The fishing on the Delaware has been great all year long and the river is at it peak. I have been fishing the river for 25+ years and it has never been better. I think it has something to do with the addition of hydrilla to the river system a few years back. September on the River was amazing. Attached are some pictures from the last couple of weeks.
Pictured are catches from On-Water Training sessions on the Delaware River. Phil Clark is on the left and Bruce Saunders on the right.
Weather patterns – We are experiencing a very mild fall through September and early October with summer like temperatures.
Water Conditions – A very mild fall has water temps are hovering around upper 60 to low 70-degree temps. Water clarity is very good with 2-3 feet of visibility in most places and much clearer around the grass beds.
Best Depth – Most bass are being caught between 2-10 feet.
Lures and techniques – 3/16 oz. Shakey head – Yamamoto cut tail worm, Bagley DKBII – Chartreuse Craw, ¼ oz. Death Shimmer single silver Colorado blade-white skirt, Pete’s Quiet Killer-Pete’s Magic.
Patterns – Bass continue to be caught on both the main river and up in the creeks through the early fall. Most strikes have been coming from man-made structure and from the massive eel grass flats that are found all over the river.
Delaware River trips have produced 15-40 bass a day depending on conditions. Most fish range in size from 1.5-3.5 pounds with the largest fish this year being 4#10oz. The really great thing about Delaware River bass is how hard they fight. They spend all of their lives fighting the heavy tide and strong current on the river and this makes them very strong fighters. They also have a knack for getting an angler into trouble buy heading for the most complicated structure as soon as you set the hook.
In upcoming editions of this news letter, look for details on fall fishing patterns and techniques for the Delaware River, Chesapeake Bay and the Hudson River.
Guide Trip and On-Water Training Available Dates:
October – 12, 13, 14, 18, 19, 20, 23-28, 30, 31 – November – 1-15
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