Dead Low Tide Looks Like High Tide Right Now

The Storm Surge From Hurricane Humberto Is Pushing A Lot Of Wave Action Onto The Beaches

Despite the fact there is no wind and it is calm and man that temperature! Who else is excited it was 49 degrees this morning? It is just past dead low tide and the water is up this far on the beaches of the inlet and Rehoboth beach. Pictured in these screen shots about ten minutes ago. High tide today is at 1:15 PM at the Indian River Inlet, charts are below.

The surfers are pumped for today. They are hoping for some clean waves, which are looking good on the web cams. This cool weather also has the anglers pumped, the striped bass are schooling up even more and the feed bag is on! Surf fishing, back bay fishing, you name a location the fish are feeding heavy.

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Bethany beach at dead low tide Friday September 20th

I have been smacking short bass in the back bays schooled up for the past week. Fish after fish, every single cast, until your arm feels like Jello. Small fish but fun on ultralight gear and there will be keepers in the mix of these schools. These are resident fish and we have some big resident fish.

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Looking towards the Life Saving Station in Delaware Seashore State Park

Swim shads, and bucktails are my preferred lure for the schooling fish. Mainly for the single hooks, they will hit anything anyway. It is easier to get a fish off a single hook on a bucktail than two trebles on a plug, or bomber. That is also better for the fish. If you want to double down and catch two at a time. Tie up two one to two ounce bucktails in tandem like a speck rig. Sand fleas are killing it at the Indian River Inlet on four to six aught hooks.

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Rehoboth beach at low tide Friday the 20th of September

The waves will push water up onto the beaches, no idea how far, but watch yourselves if you drive out to surf fish. Be careful wading with debris in the water. A board with nails to the ankle is not a pleasant feeling and can sweep your legs out from under. Mullet has been the best bait for striped bass in the wash of the surf. Fish close, you don’t have to cast far.
Boat fishing off shore isn’t happening with a small craft advisory into tomorrow, but the inland bays will be navigable. Look for striped bass along the marsh grass banks feeding on bait fish during the outgoing tide.

Fish On!
Rich King

Indian River Inlet tide chart

2019/09/20Fri12:43 AM2.60H
2019/09/20Fri06:26 AM0.59L
2019/09/20Fri1:15 PM3.02H
2019/09/20Fri7:24 PM0.86L
2019/09/21Sat01:32 AM2.50H
2019/09/21Sat07:17 AM0.63L
2019/09/21Sat2:12 PM3.02H
2019/09/21Sat8:27 PM0.91L

Marine Forecast NOAA National Weather Service 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- 553 AM EDT Fri Sep 20 2019

…SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY IN EFFECT THROUGH SATURDAY MORNING…

.TODAY…SW winds around 10 kt. Seas 4 to 6 ft. Swell mainly from
the E with a dominant period of 12 seconds.
.TONIGHT…SW winds 5 to 10 kt. Gusts up to 20 kt after midnight.
Seas 4 to 6 ft. Swell mainly from the E with a dominant period of
13 seconds.
.SAT…SW winds 5 to 10 kt. Seas 3 to 5 ft. Swell mainly from the
E with a dominant period of 13 seconds.
.SAT NIGHT…SW winds 5 to 10 kt. Seas 3 to 4 ft. Swell mainly
from the E with a dominant period of 11 seconds.
.SUN…SW winds 5 to 10 kt, becoming S 10 to 15 kt with gusts up
to 20 kt in the afternoon. Seas around 3 ft.
.SUN NIGHT…S winds 15 to 20 kt with gusts up to 25 kt. Seas
3 to 4 ft.
.MON…SW winds 15 to 20 kt with gusts up to 25 kt. Seas 3 to
5 ft.
.MON NIGHT…SW winds 10 to 15 kt with gusts up to 25 kt,
becoming W after midnight. Seas 3 to 5 ft.
.TUE…NW winds 10 to 15 kt. Seas 3 to 4 ft.
.TUE NIGHT…N winds 5 to 10 kt. Seas around 3 ft.

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