Fishing And Weather Weekend Lookout

 

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Bluefish on DS Custom Tackle mullet rigs caught by DSCT Pro Staffer Stefan Talabisco

Well it has been as hot as Satan’s living room this week, but will be a little cooler this weekend.  Don’t let that discourage you from the beach or waters.  The flies shouldn’t be much of an issue at the beach with the wind directions and speed.  Low wind speeds will allow flies to work on the beach goers.  The south winds will not be as cool as the easterly but should give some comfort and cut down on the flies.

The other good news is the fishing has gotten better since the storms.  The water is clearing up much more especially along the southern beaches below Rehoboth.  Cape Henlopen state park has dirtier water on an outgoing tide than the incoming.  That is par for the course there, and with the most people on any drive on beach, you have to contend with that as well.  There have been some pompano caught at cape in the surf.  There are kingfish out there and have moved closer to shore thanks to cleaner water.

 

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Baby Hammerhead caught by Jason Satterfield while shark fishing at Fenwick Island

The Delaware bay is still “chocolatey” and the Delaware river is swelled up still from the storm run off.  SO expect the bay and bay beach fishing to still be affected a little.  The charters out of Lewes have been doing well on bay structure.  There are still a lot of triggers out there on the walls, breakers,and reef sites.

Heads up Fenwick Island State Park surf anglers, those folks are still monitoring your every move so keep that in mind.  Personally I think parks should put a stop to that but seen as it is a public place.  It seems there is little anyone can do to stop people from keeping tabs on you anglers.  This is where fake fishing is going to become a real problem for everyone, giving these folks fuel to complain constantly to the state.

 

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79 pound Cobia caught offshore off the Indian River inlet .. photo by Mike J

Fenwick island is done with their beach replenishment, so we no longer have to contend with that mess for fishing.  Most of us hate replenishment due to the fact it destroys surf structure for fishing, don’t get the surfers started either, they really hate replenishment.   It creates a killer shore break and I am not talking killer “cool”, but killer broken neck.

The offshore anglers will be pleased since they can get out this weekend.  Cobia has been a popular catch the past couple of weeks, and not too far out of the indian River Inlet.  Several have been caught within two miles of the inlet.  The Chesapeake bay bridge tunnel area has produced a lot as well sight fishing for them.  Getting them to chew has been tough for several anglers, and the ones catching ain’t telling what they are using.  Throw everything at them including live eels.

 

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Pompano caught by Anne Lawver .. photo courtesy of DS Custom Tackle

The surf has been producing a lot of small hammerhead sharks.  Which means the parents or at least momma is coming close to shore.  Sand tigers have been a more prevalent catch on the southern beaches. The Delaware bay beaches have seen mostly browns, duskys, and sand bar sharks.  Offshore fishing for them in front of Rehoboth beach has been great for sand tigers.  You can smell the food at the boardwalk when you are reeling in a shark.

Small snapper blues have been hitting pretty good at times in Delaware Seashore State Park on mullet rigs.  These are the little summer blues but at least they are bigger than the tiny blues all over the Roosevelt inlet and Lewes canal.

The reef sites around the Delaware Bay have been producing a variety of typical summer species.  Croaker, spot, flounder etc etc.  Get your boat out there or hit up the charters and head boats out of Lewes.  You can also hit up the Captain’s Lady out of Bowers Beach.

 

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Pompano from Cape Henlopen photo by Erin Roca

The Cape Henlopen fishing pier is seeing decent action and better at high tide. Anglers are really missing that old length of pier outfront.  It has made fishing more difficult as far a spreading out on the weekends. The kayak anglers fishing the structure of the old pier are doing rather well.

Have a great weekend and enjoy the Perseids if you get the chance.

Fish On!

Rich King

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Weather Forecast …

This Afternoon
Isolated showers. Mostly sunny, with a high near 91. South wind around 7 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.
Tonight
Mostly cloudy, with a low around 73. South wind around 6 mph.
Saturday
Scattered showers and thunderstorms, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 2pm. Some of the storms could produce heavy rain. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 85. South wind 3 to 6 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.
Saturday Night
Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 72. South wind 5 to 8 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.
Sunday
Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm. Cloudy, with a high near 86. Calm wind becoming southeast around 6 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.
Sunday Night
Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 71. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.
Monday
Showers likely, with thunderstorms also possible after 9am. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 86. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

Marine Forecast …   

Coastal waters from Cape May NJ to Cape Henlopen DE out 20 nm-
Coastal waters from Cape Henlopen to Fenwick Island DE out 20 nm-
330 PM EDT Fri Aug 10 2018

TONIGHT
S winds 5 to 10 kt. Seas 2 ft or less. Swell mainly
from the SE with a dominant period of 10 seconds. Isolated
showers and tstms after midnight.

SAT
S winds 5 to 10 kt. Seas 2 ft or less. Swell mainly from
the SE with a dominant period of 8 seconds. Scattered showers
and tstms in the morning, then showers likely with scattered
tstms in the afternoon.

SAT NIGHT
S winds 10 to 15 kt with gusts up to 20 kt,
diminishing to 5 to 10 kt after midnight. Seas 2 ft or less.
Swell mainly from the S with a dominant period of 7 seconds.
Showers likely with a chance of tstms.

SUN
SE winds around 5 kt, increasing to 5 to 10 kt in the late
morning and afternoon. Seas 2 ft or less. Swell mainly from the S
with a dominant period of 5 seconds. Showers likely with a
chance of tstms.

SUN NIGHT
S winds 5 to 10 kt. Seas 2 ft or less. A chance of
tstms in the evening. Showers likely.

MON
S winds 5 to 10 kt. Seas 2 ft or less, then around 3 ft in
the afternoon. Showers likely with a chance of tstms.

MON NIGHT
SW winds 5 to 10 kt. Seas 3 to 4 ft. Showers likely
with a chance of tstms in the evening, then a chance of showers
after midnight.

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