Big Striped Bass in the Delaware Bay


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Photo and caption from Lewes Harbor Marina … Rick McCoy managed this hefty 32.7 pound linesider while eeling at Overfalls aboard the Quintessa.

Fishing is picking up in the Delaware bay.  Nice striped bass are showing up instead of just swimming past the state in the thirty to forty pound range.  Live lining eels has been the best but stretches are working for a few as well.  Hopefully we will see some move into the surf.  Last Sunday a nice seventeen pound blue was hit at Cape Henlopen from the surf on a live minnow.  Sea bass has been good on the wrecks going out with the Lewes fleet.  Toggin is still decent as well.  Boats are limiting out or just barely filling the box.  The winds we had have been rough on fishing the past few days.  Ling cod are in the surf, and bit of cut bait or bloodworms on top and bottom rigs with 2/0 hooks will do the trick for them.  They are tasty fish.  You hear little of them being caught because everyone is going for the big bass and blue fish.  Striped bass are also in the Delaware River near the yellow can and Dobbinsville.  Bowers beach has seen it’s share of shorts or schoolies.  Not much in the keeper range.  The Inland bays are loaded with shorts,and Massey’s Landing has seen a few keepers, but you have to be there at the right time.  By time, I mean late at night into the wee hours of the morning.  Lewes canal is doing the same and most places seem to be doing the best on the bottom of the low tides.  Even a few channel cats have been caught in Lewes Canal near the boat ramps into the Broadkill River.   A few small summer flounder have made an appearance in the surf on mullet rigs.  Sorry for the late report, I have been working long days, and it has been cold and windy.   Construction can really suck the energy out of you at the end of the day.  I have had some luck in the back bays pluggin for shorts, and some on spoons just after dark.

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Fish On!!

Rich King

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