Captain Les Clemmer of the Martha Marie charter services was out the other day and one of his anglers hit a nice Spanish Mackerel. Jeffrey Nichols was visiting the area after a long couple months in the coal mines when he slammed this Spanish mackerel. The fish measured thirty-one inches with a girth of twelve inches. When they got back to the docks, they weighed it in at 6.39 pounds and filled out the citation paperwork. Once they realized it was a possible state record, it had already been filleted. No worries, DNREC came back out and certified the catch as a pending new Delaware State Sportfish Tournament record. According to Bruce Cole, Fisheries Biologist for DNREC and the Sportfish Tournament Director, this is a pending state record and will be made official in due time. The current Delaware record for Spanish mackerel is held by Eric Ludwig set in the year 2000 at six pounds, four ounces (6.25 pounds). Nice catch Jeffrey and congratulations on your soon to be state record spanish mackerel.
When I talked to Captain Les Clemmer I asked, roughly where did you boys catch that one. “We were trolling towards those yellow dots on the screen, where we had good luck last year this time of year.” perfect answer, Thanks captain! If you know Captain Clemmer he is quite the character and also the owner of Icehouse Bait and Tackle in Lewes on New road. Nice work boys, congrats!