Tromping trout in the bays, beaches, rocks, and piers … bluefish abide everywhere as well

bluefish, indian river inlet, delaware seashore state park
Bluefish at Indian River Inlet yesterday on the incoming tide. White bucktails with white worms.

There are bluefish in the Indian River Inlet running the tides.  Hitting spoons and bucktails.  Rigging up 2 bucktails like a speck rig has done well also.  I was using a silver spoon, and had several hits, but didn’t hook up.  The condition of my spoons hooks aren’t exactly up to par … I have been busy.  I fished for all of 20 minutes.  The tide had just started coming in, when I arrived in the afternoon about 3 p.m.  The fish turned on soon after, would last for a while, and then die off.  Alan was down there yesterday at the bottom of the low tide, and it was the lowest he has seen.  So of course he started shopping for gear in the rocks, normally not exposed at low tide.  He knows how to walk on the rocks, but you still have to be very careful.  One wrong move, your in the drink, and possibly hitting your head on the way.  Be careful on the wall, and always watch your step.  If your fishing the end of the rocks, you will need cleats, and to be very careful.

saibot, indian river inlet, rock wall, delaware seashore state park
This sailboat has been fishing the rock wall for a straight week. The boys are watching it like a NASCAR race, they are waiting for him to put it in the wall. This is very dangerous, not only for this lone sailor, but also other boaters trying to navigate one of the most dangerous inlets on the East coast.

Speaking of hitting the rocks … there is a sailboat that has been fishing the end of the rock pile on the incoming tide.  You can’t make this stuff up.  Alan and the boys keep telling me about this boat, and I have seen the pictures.  While I was there yesterday working on a project, this small sailboat comes creeping towards the bridge.  I instantly recognize it, and patiently await the show.  Just watching him try to get out of the Indian River Inlet in a fast heavy incoming tide was going to be interesting.  An avid sailor friend defended this guy’s “move” as a great way to exit the inlet, and I agree with you Craig.  Sails up, motor in and on, and using rudder intermittently to steer, great way to exit one of the most dangerous inlets on the East coast.  However this rocket scientist is tacking to hold the spot, sitting in the center of the inlet, and trying to fish.  His response was … “that is just stupid“, again, I could not agree with you more.  This “sailor” has almost rolled this boat over the rock pile twice, according to the boys down there.  One thing you have to realize, this is a sailboat, he is to be given right-of-way at all times.  So, how do you do that, when you are trying to run the breakers in front of the inlet, at full bore, and there is a sailboat in the middle of the inlet, holding a spot, so the lone captain can fish?  Pretentious at its finest, doing it wrong!!  I guess if you want to chose the way you die, there is that.

Mike Jamgochaian of Rehoboth Beach caught this weakfish weighing 2.1 lbs and measuring 18 .5 inches at pier on strip of spot Cape Henlopen Fishing pier … photo courtesy of Bill’s Sport Shop

The other night I was talking fishing with a few folks, okay, so everyday I talk fishing, and this wasn’t any different.  The content is always changing, the conversations are the same, and I love every minute.  These boys have been hammering trout in Crisfield, MD.  That is rather far up the Chesapeake Bay, and they were slamming them in Bowers beach in the Delaware Bay, 2 days later.  The trout are everywhere … the surf, rocks, piers, and rail have produced them here in Sussex county, and they are showing up in the 18 inch, 2 pound range.  Trout have been caught on a variety of baits and soft plastics.  Mullet rigs to spot strips on a hook, when they are around you will get into them.  Coming back in larger numbers, and getting bigger.  Please practice catch and release, we will have even more next year, don’t get greedy early, and we will benefit for years to come.  The striper came back strong, the trout could as well.

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Sand tiger shark washed up on beach

A sand tiger shark washed up on 3R’s beach yesterday.  I did not witness this, and all I have is second to third hand information, via emails and discussions on DSF’s Facebook page.  We know it was gut hooked, and still had a wire attached.  It did not have any tags, or appear to have any, according to the witness that sent the pictures.  The parks people examined the shark, took pictures, and then buried it above the high tide line.  Everyone is going to assume a surf angler caught this shark.  Why?  Because it washed up on the beach, so logically it must be a surf angler.  The fact is … everything washes up on the beach.  I have found some of the weirdest things washed up on our beaches.  There are entire beams from old bulk heads, piers, and ships on our beaches.  Point is, this sand tiger shark could have easily been caught from a boat.  So please let us not assume, and blame a surf angler.  We do not like to see this happen to any creature.  This is one of the reasons we have a law that forbids the targeting of protected sharks.  You can fish for sharks, just not specifically for a protected one.  I know, I know, what a weird law, as if I can control my catch.  If you do choose to shark fish, please use circle hooks, they should be mandatory anyway.  Always release any species immediately that is protected, or that you can’t identify.

Fish On!!

Rich King

I will be at Port Dewey tonight at 5 p.m. until 9 p.m. with raffle tickets and eating the best Pad Thai in the state of Delaware!

  1. capt.frankdanner says

    Rich, you should read the Colregs (rules of the road), a sailboat does not always have the right of way. For example, when using a motor, sails up or down, they are considered a motorboat and subject to the same rules. Sails up and no motor they have limited right of way over motorboats and are still subject to all rules. Several types of vessels supercede sailboats, sailboats are actually way down the pecking order of vessels with the right of way.

    1. Rich King says

      I will look at that, Thanks Frank. Still not a smart thing to do

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