Delaware Fishing Report June 20
Despite the wacky weather fishing has been decent some days and not so much others. The weekends have seen the worst fishing, most likely due to the crowds, because the weekdays have been better, especially at the beach. Same could be said for the inland bay and canal fishing, better weekday action due to less traffic.
Offshore anglers are doing well, especially on the tuna bite. The offshore bite for yellow fin has been on fire, and for the most part the boats are loading up with fish faster than they can get out and back. That is good news for anyone who wants to take a charter and is worried about the skunk, I haven’t seen too many boats get that skunk, yet.
Flounder fishing is still producing a lot of small fish in the surf, the fishing piers, and the bays. You have to pick through many an undersized fish to get that keeper. White or chartreuse gulp has been the best baits to use and minnows. The bigger the bait presentation the better chances at a larger flounder. Big bait equals big fish. The charter boats are getting it done offshore for larger flounder and they have to pick through less throw backs.
The spot bite has been off and on at the Cape Henlopen fishing pier. Today it is spot on all day so far until this storm comes in and wallops us. Speaking of big bait these small spot are perfect for larger flounder. Just live line one when you catch it and see what tries to eat it. We go to a place and catch spot in one area, then move to another section and throw the spot out for bait and hammer flounder.
Triggers are here and offshore anglers are catching them on the wrecks and reefs. Hoping to see them in at the inlets and walls soon if they are not already there. Small hooks on top and bottom rigs with clam or shrimp works well for trigger.
The weakfish bite has been getting better and better. Mostly smaller fish that are keepers but there are still some four to five pounders. It has been a better year for weakfish and that is great to see, now we just want many a ten plus pounder. Maybe we will see those days again.
The surf has been random action depending on where you are fishing. The southern beaches seem to have more action than the beaches at Cape Henlopen State Park. Lot of small snapper blues running the surf in schools around the inlet beaches and 3Rs. Pompano are more and more abundant and are rather early this year. Not only are they early but some are a lot bigger than we usually catch, but mostly it is a lot of small ones. Top and bottom rigs with fishbites bloodworms or sand flea formula. You can dig up sand fleas and use the smaller ones whole, or cut up the larger ones to fit the smaller hooks on your rigs. In this case smaller bait helps stay on smaller hooks for the smaller fish.
kingfish, weakfish, blues, short bass, northern puffers, burrfish, pompano, and sand perch have been the cathces for the smaller fish.
Skates, dogfish, rays and sharks are plentiful. If you aren’t catching them then you need to move and try another spot. Weekends that is nearly impossible unless you are fishing before 7 AM or after 5 PM. The weekdays the beaches are practically vacant.
There are still big bluefish lurking in our waters. They are in the Lewes canal, canary creek and Broadkill river area. Probably following white perch and small bass schools around as well as bunker and everything else. Mostly it has been snapper bluefish random action in the surf and mostly around the Indian River Inlet and lower beaches.
The short striped bass action has been fun in the creeks and tidal rivers. Along the grass banks of the inland bays as well. They are biting in the surf on occasion as they move up and down the beaches in schools. Fishbites for bait or bloodworms. You can use small swim shads, bucktails and spec rigs for casting.
Crabbing has been good for trot lines, pots, and baskets or rings. Anglers setting lines or rings will fish for a bit then start the process of checking for crabs. It makes for a fun day of fishing and crabbing.
Hitting up rivers and creeks for white perch and big catfish has been fun for many anglers. Snakeheads are being found in ponds they weren’t in before. Great fish to eat. They are invasive and despite they may not be bad in large water systems in small ponds they are devastating to the natural life. I think in larger systems they can be kept more in check by other species. In a small system they can decimate the population pretty fast and take over. There have been some bowfins caught as well.
Pond hopping is excellent action. Top water action is picking up more and more. We are seeing a lot of the big bugs the fish like to eat. I don’t think I have had this many dragonflies on my property ever. They are everywhere this year and so are many other things, like giant beetles. Frogs are everywhere in huge numbers. It is very loud at night near the field puddles and tax ditches. All of this rain is keeping my mud from drying up.
Tides Indian River Inlet …
This AfternoonA slight chance of showers, then showers and thunderstorms likely after 3pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 88. Southwest wind 11 to 13 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.
TonightShowers and thunderstorms likely, mainly before 2am. Some of the storms could produce gusty winds, heavy rain, and frequent lightning. Patchy fog. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a low around 69. Southwest wind 10 to 13 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.
FridayA slight chance of showers and thunderstorms before 8am, then a slight chance of showers between 8am and 2pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 82. Breezy, with a northwest wind 16 to 22 mph, with gusts as high as 34 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.
Friday NightMostly clear, with a low around 62. Northwest wind around 16 mph.
SaturdaySunny, with a high near 81. Northwest wind 13 to 16 mph.
Saturday NightMostly clear, with a low around 63.
SundayMostly sunny, with a high near 82.
Sunday NightA chance of showers before 2am. Partly cloudy, with a low around 69. Chance of precipitation is 30%.
MondayA chance of showers and thunderstorms between 8am and 2pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 86. Chance of precipitation is 30%.