Coastal Storm Effects Grinding Up Beaches

Coastal Flood Warning, Gale Warnings, Great day for some surf fishing in Delaware

High tide is about an hour and a half away (11:48 AM) and we already have water to the dunes in some areas. Navy crossing is impassable you can’t get onto the beach. I don’t know how the point is looking it is wicked out here. Southside beach is covered. You can use the deldot cams to see conditions around the Indian River Inlet.

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Looking up Delaware Seashore State park form coin beach to Dewey beach .. DELdot cam

If you are going to fish this “striper weather” be careful of debris in the water and rip currents. The wash is wide. You can have your feet washed right out under you when the water carves that cliff. Which is occurring mostly in Rehoboth at the replenished beach, no surprise there. Driving on is probably not a good idea, just park and walk if the lots are open. If your fishing buddy is as crazy as you to go out go with a friend, you just never know.

surf bullet
Surf Bullet

Those surf bullets would be perfect for getting your lures out there, you need a cannon in this wind. Any metal lure is going to get your line out farther than a huge plug or swim shad. Casting along the beach at a thirty to forty-five degree angle is much better anyway to present your lure in the area holding fish. Casting straight out isn’t always the best way to “plug” Delaware beaches. The fish sit along those cuts, casting and retrieving across more than one cut is better.

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Southside is covered with water .. Deldot traffic cam screen shot

This should all calm down by Wednesday with today being the worst for waves and coastal flooding. The inland bays are getting a little wet but that hasn’t been a huge issue yet, which is kind of odd for this type of storm conditions. I would expect to see some high water after high tide this morning. Hopefully we can get the drones up today for a better look around the inland bays. The biggest issue with high water for the inland bays are heavy winds pushing it farther into land.

Indian River Inlet Tides …

2019/11/17Sun04:41 AM0.19L
2019/11/17Sun11:38 AM3.12H
2019/11/17Sun5:49 PM0.40L
2019/11/18Mon12:03 AM2.29H
2019/11/18Mon05:36 AM0.23L
2019/11/18Mon12:36 PM3.03H
2019/11/18Mon6:48 PM0.38L
2019/11/19Tue01:07 AM2.27H
2019/11/19Tue06:40 AM0.27L
2019/11/19Tue1:39 PM2.93H
2019/11/19Tue7:50 PM0.30L
2019/11/20Wed02:16 AM2.32H
2019/11/20Wed07:50 AM0.26L
2019/11/20Wed2:45 PM2.85H
2019/11/20Wed8:51 PM0.17L

Marine Forecast … NOAA

Coastal waters from Cape May NJ to Cape Henlopen DE out 20 nm-
Coastal waters from Cape Henlopen to Fenwick Island DE out 20 nm-
936 AM EST Sun Nov 17 2019

...GALE WARNING IN EFFECT THROUGH LATE TONIGHT...

.THIS AFTERNOON...NE winds 25 to 30 kt with gusts up to 40 kt.
Seas 8 to 11 ft. Swell mainly from the E with a dominant period
of 9 seconds.  A slight chance of showers early, then a chance of
rain.
.TONIGHT...NE winds 25 to 30 kt with gusts up to 40 kt, becoming
N 20 to 25 kt with gusts up to 35 kt after midnight. Seas 9 to
12 ft. Swell mainly from the E with a dominant period of
11 seconds.  A chance of rain.
.MON...N winds 20 to 25 kt with gusts up to 30 kt, becoming NW
15 to 20 kt in the afternoon. Seas 9 to 12 ft, subsiding to 6 to
8 ft. Swell mainly from the E with a dominant period of
11 seconds.  A chance of rain.
.MON NIGHT...W winds 10 to 15 kt. Gusts up to 20 kt early in the
evening. Seas 5 to 8 ft, subsiding to 4 to 6 ft after midnight.
Swell mainly from the E with a dominant period of 11 seconds.  A
chance of rain.
.TUE...W winds 10 to 15 kt, diminishing to 5 to 10 kt in the
afternoon. Seas 3 to 5 ft.
.TUE NIGHT...NW winds 10 to 15 kt. Gusts up to 20 kt after
midnight. Seas 3 to 4 ft.
.WED...NW winds 10 to 15 kt, increasing to 15 to 20 kt in the
afternoon. Gusts up to 25 kt. Seas 3 to 4 ft.
.WED NIGHT...NW winds 15 to 20 kt with gusts up to 25 kt. Seas
3 to 4 ft.
.THU...NW winds 10 to 15 kt with gusts up to 20 kt, becoming SW
in the afternoon. Seas around 3 ft in the morning, then 2 ft or
less.

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