Beautiful Weekend Back Into The Rain For the Week

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Bluefish caught by Christopher Skelton on a Diamond State Custom Mullet rig.

Finally a break from rain and wind.  The weather over the weekend was perfect for fishing and just being outdoors.  Not too hot and not too chilly, now we have a week of rain ahead at least until Thursday.  We had some killer sunsets to enjoy while we ended our days of fishing over the weekend.  The water temperatures held pretty well despite the rise in temperature.  Masseys Landing is fluctuating between tides from sixty eight to seventy two degrees.  Lewes water temperature in the Delaware bay is sixty five degrees.   So, the bluefish are still here, and so are the summer blues.  The big gators are still around, not as thick as last week or the week before but people are still catching.  Diamond State Custom Tackle Green mullet rigs have been the best rigs using whole mullet.  The large hooks that come with the rigs will hold onto those big blues and not snap off.  Bunker chunks are working okay, and so are lures.  Spoons, and poppers have seen the best action.

 

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Corey Joseph holding a flounder caught at the inshore flounder grounds

Flounder action has been great in the Lewes canal, not so great around the inland bays.  Some have been caught in the surf.  Drifting minnows or chartreuse gulp on founder rigs has produced the best catches.  The surf has been producing catches either jigging in the cuts, or when they hit a mullet rig on the retrieve close to shore.  They are in close to the beach feeding on sand fleas and bait fish along the ledge of the surf break. Farther up the Delaware bay have been some decent flattie catches.  Inshore fishing for flounder is starting to pick up, the 3 amigos had some nice action over the weekend.

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Bluefish taco … Christopher Skelton

Some anglers are still catching weakfish when they are drifting for flounder around the canal area and Broadkill River.

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Approx 80 lb black drum caught and released by Nathan Moy at coral beds off broadkill beach on clams on Monday 5/29/17 on the Miss Kathi
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Large black drum action is still hot in the Delaware Bay at the coral beds.  The charters are doing well loading up on large drum.  Some are still being caught from the surf as far up as slaughter beach.  Clam is the bait of choice for  these behemoths some of them topping out at seventy pounds.  I am waiting for the puppy drum to show up in large numbers they are the best to eat in my opinion.

Lot of shark action is occurring offshore and along the surf.  Sandtigers and small sandbar sharks are hitting in the surf.  Mako and thresher are hitting offshore.  Bluefish are good bait for sharks, and coincidentally we have a lot in our waters.  Always a blast catching your bait to go catch bigger fish.  You can always use tuna heads if you can find them at a bait cleaning station.

Kingfish and spike trout (small weakfish) are being caught readily from the surf at Broadkill Beach and Beach Plum Island state park. Bloodworms is the bait of choice, and few white perch have been landed as well. Short striped bass action has been good in the surf when the bluefish are not around.  The kingfish seem to be up the bay more than the ocean beaches avoiding the bluefish as much as possible most likely.  Burr fish are being caught along the beaches.

 

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Sea Bass … it’s what’s for dinner … Michael Lewis

Black seabass action has been hot offshore on the wreck sites,  Boats are filling the coolers fast with a lot of citation sized bass.  The Tamaroa which was sunk a few weeks ago at the Del Jersey Land reef site already is holding lots of fish.  Doesn’t take long for fish to occupy structure.

Fish On!

Rich King

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