Big Flounder Coming To The Scales


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Joe Walker and his 26 3/4 inch, 7.39 pound flounder .. photo from Dave Walker

That will be the phrase we hear a lot this weekend at the Flounder Pounder Open 2017.  The Walker boys went out yesterday and walloped a nice sized seven plus pound flattie at twenty-six and three-quarters of an inch.  The Katydid, yesterday brought an eight plus pounder to the scales, and the Grizzly brought in a few big summer flounder.  Looks like the bigger summer flounder are finally being caught, it would be nice to see some ten plus pound doormats like back in the day.  I have seen up to thirteen pounds off of New York and New Jersey, now that is a doormat!  Last year at the time of the Flounder Pounder open, on the first day, a ten pounder was caught at the Indian River inlet, that was the first big one of the summer.  That fish was not in the tournament, but that same day and eleven pound doormat was brought to the scales and took first place.  Now it looks like we will see a repeat this year of that action.  Just in time for the tournament, the question remains what will be the biggest fish this year to take the hundred grand prize.  I have a pool going with a few friends on the largest we will see this year.  Many of us thought around eight pounds, but we may have to readdress that guess.  The Lewes boats are all doing well the last few days so if you aren’t in the Flounder Pounder Open, you might want to get down to the canal and take a charter out for some flattie action.


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Tilefish and a king mackerel brought to the docks by 3 Amigos Charters

If anyone is worried about the weather, Friday doesn’t look that great but the weekend is looking much better.  Surge from the storm offshore might be an issue, but so far it has been just fine.  One thing these offshore storms do is push fish towards the coast. So we may see some interesting catches, like mahi close to shore again this summer.  This weekend is also the Poor Girls open good luck to all of the ladies!


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photo from ‎Dennis Matarese‎ of a pompano caught in the surf at 3rs

The surf was a little heavy yesterday but holding bottom wasn’t too bad.  There are swales or tide pools at low tide so be careful how close you park.  You don’t want to get jammed up with water between you and the dunes.  There are small snapper blues in the surf and a lot of small flounder.   Pieces of mullet are working or small mullet rigs.  kingfish and sand perch are hitting fish bites, bloodworms, squid, and clam.  Some pompano have been caught recently in the surf that action has been slow but they are decent sized for this area.  Small scalloped hammerhead pups are being caught in the surf on mullet rigs and cut bait.   Hammerheads come close to the beaches to have their pups this time of year.


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Ben with a scalloped hammerhead form the surf .. photo by Suzanne Martin

The Cape Henlopen fishing pier is seeing a lot of croaker and spot, the croakers are small but at times hitting two at a time.  Some sea robins are also being caught, great for flounder bait or the table.  They are tasty to eat believe it or not.  Lot of small seabass and short flounder with the occasional keeper.  Crabbing is okay, but a lot of sponge crabs.  The Oceanic fishing pier is seeing some decent action.  From John”Bear” Thompson “ A lot of flounder, seabass, sea robins, a few trout, small rock fish, shad, blues, big rays,and sharks”   That pier always produces good catches being next to the Ocean City Inlet.


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‎Israel Messinger‎ caught this scalloped hammerhead in the surf

Charters out of Lewes and Indian River are doing well for sea bass, sheepshead, and flounder.  Triggers are still being caught and like I said I am waiting to see some of the oddballs that storms push closer to shore.  Offshore action for tuna, billfish, king mackerel, and tilefish is doing well.  I have heard some false albies are being caught in a few places, still want to whack one of them in the surf, my goal for this year.   Hit up those charter boats.  Not much time left until school starts get the kids out there fishing!

Fish On!

Rich King


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