August Is Here So Are The Fish

Today we got a sun shower, the rain is just sucking the life out of many people. Fortunately for us surf anglers this is perfect weather to fish the beaches. There are no crowds, no one in the way in the water, and the fish will stay closer to shore on overcast days. Can you believe it is August already! Fall is coming, but first, it is time for locals summer right after September first, when the point opens!

Fishing has been anywhere from easy to a challenge, well catching that is, fishing is easy. The usual summer spots are producing fish just depends on the weather, tide, bait, and timing.

The Cape Henlopen fishing pier is seeing a decent variety of summer fish and the triggers are back around the pylons. They have been hard to hook up,but they are there. Usually a small piece of clam anda small hook does the trick. The fact the front of the pier has been removed has made it more crowded and harder to catch. Anglers are doing pretty well despite that fact. As usual weekdays are the least crowded days and that goes for anywhere here this time of year.

flounder, indian river bay, inlet, delaware, sussex county
Flounder caught by Wendy Musgrove in the Indian River bay last weekend.

Triggers have been plentiful for the boats hitting the walls and offshore structure. seems to be a lot more of them this year, which is good for the charter companies. It adds another fish they can catch, especially for folks who have never caught or even seen one.

The flounder action has picked up offshore and inshore. Lewes canal has been producing some nice keepers. Inland bays are doing okay but could be better. The offshore action has definitely picked up the charter boats out of Lewes are doing well when they can get out in this crazy weather. That is one factor that is keeping the catching down, it is hard to a no go to fish in rough weather and seas.

There are ton of tiny bluefish in the Lewes canal and Roosevelt inlet.  I am talking about those six-inch bait snippers destroying gulp the founder anglers are using.  Live lining one f those would be a good bait to try for a big flounder.

Surf fishing has been producing small bluefish, spot, kingfish, croaker, sand perch, and some flounder. Even some small weakfish are being caught especially on the Delaware Bay beaches. Mullet rigs are working for the bluefish and cut bait. Top and bottom rigs for the smaller fish, we use DS Custom Tackle rigs, locally made and with quality gear.

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We have been product testing the new Bona Fide baits made by the Fortescue Bait company and it has been doing well, there are several “flavors” and we like all of them. If your bait shop isn’t carrying them ask them to start, you will be pleased with the results. It is working in the surf, piers, boats and everywhere in between.

Beach clean ups hosted by DSF have been doing well, you can join us every Tuesday at 9 AM at a different Delaware State park beach. The schedule is on the website as well. We do these to help the beaches from all the trash that washes up onshore, even this time of year most of your beach trash comes from the ocean.  We had to cancel this weeks due to rain.  Next week we will be at Fenwick Island State Park.

The Chesapeake bay despite the sediment laden flood waters has been producing a lot of good rockfish catches. The charters have been doing well. Hopefully the debris fields on the water will dissipate soon, but with all this weather we keep having it is hard to tell. Our own waters a really stirred up due to swollen streams and rivers from run off.

Offshore has been decent for the boats when they can get out, seems like I have had to say that a lot this year. That weather though. Deep dropping for tilefish has produced decent catches. Tuna, mahi, and billfishing has been good, you just have to be able to get out there. Much better again on the weekdays with less company and competition. Some cobia have been caught sight fishing for them around buoys. Reef and wreck sites are producing a variety of summer catches.

I would say have a nice weekend but I have no idea what the weather will be like it changes way too much.

Fish On!

Rich King

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