Croaker Is Heating Up

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Wayne RIckrode as usual cleaning up on crabs

It has been such a nice day, cooled off and  now a lot of wind.   Great croaker action at Bowers beach around the bulkheads and jetty using fishbites bloodworm formula.  Not too bad for flounder either, many a throw back but some keepers here and there.  There have been some nice catfish caught in the Murderkill river.  Great place to look for short striped bass action, but they will be really small schoolies in the twelve-inch range.  Use ultralight gear for a really good time.

Masseys landing looked like a Saturday on a Tuesday, you have to love august.  Seriously the ditch was crowded with boats galore.  Best part was watching them fight a ripping tide with wind to get to the boat dock.  Lot of small tautog, sea bass, throw back flounder and barely legal croaker are hitting.  Minnows for the flatties and fishbites for the rest.   Small bucktails, spoons and swim shads at night for the short striped bass and occasional shad.   flounder is slooooow around the inland bays.  I know no one likes hearing that but, it is what it is, lot of throwbacks.  People  are fishing in the same spots over and over again, that is the definition of insanity, move around try different spots.


Speaking of spot if you find hard bottom around the inland bays you will clean up on spot.  That action has been good, you just have to find mussel beds.  Use a two ounce bank sinker and drift, when the bottom feels like you ran it across a cheese grater, you just  found mussel beds.  Anchor up and clean up on the spot and croaker.

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old grounds still the flounder hot spot.  Reef sites and wreck sites producing sea bass, flounder, trigger, croaker, and blues.  Lewes canal is slow but producing catches.  It is certainly easier to be a flounder than an angler this year.  The fish are having all of the luck.  short striped bass action is still good under lights at masseys landing, and around the inland bays.  Up north along the Delaware bay it is good, and in the tidal creeks around bridges for short striped bass.  Crabbing is excellent around the inland bays, tidal creeks and rivers.

Masseys landing is still bouncing between eighty two and seventy four degrees, this cooler weather may change that up by tomorrow.   Mid morning high tide at the Indian River Inlet all week, my favorite time and tide to fish,and all at the same time.  It will be high tide at noonish by Friday, still not too bad for the late morning to early afternoon fishing.

Fish On!!

Rich King

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