Delaware Surf Fishing Report
The Delaware State unicorns are getting bigger
The weather finally broke, but we are looking at a wet weekend. The fish don’t care, but be careful of pop up storms. If you are on a crowded beach, it is really best to stay put in your vehicle. You are going to be in line trying to get off and air up your vehicle. By the time you manage that the storm usually passes by then. Also keep in mind many fishing rods become lightening rods at that point.
Inshore sea bass has been great action, again need that good weather day to get out. Fish don’t care, but taking a boat ride in serous nautical weather will turn even a seasoned captain green.
Offshore action for Tuna has been fire. The boats out of Ocean City Maryland slayed the tuna last weekend and once the weather cleared up yesterday. If you can get a day to fish good weather get on a boat. You will not be disappointed. Some big eyes coming to the scales in OCMD and Delaware. Great to see that action once the charters could really get out there and operate.
The Indian River Inlet has produced some nice keeper striped bass on occasion this week. Bluefish have been hitting on the incoming tides. Some flounder action along the back jetty walls in the sandy bottoms. The beauty of the inlet is you never know what you will catch. Same goes for ocean city inlet. The route 50 bridge has great bluefish and short bass action.
The inland bays have seen some decent flounder action, and some sloppy conditions. On the good days crabbing and clamming are excellent. Crab pots are much easier in the rough water conditions. A lot of the smaller summer fish have moved into the inland bays and are all around. Finding a mussel bed makes for some great fishing. We have been catching a lot of croaker and spot just sitting on the piers dropping lines by the pylons. That structure attracts all kinds of fish.
The best news for the Chesapeake bay is the number of speckled trout being caught as well as the size. Anglers are loading up on speckled trout with some of the best fishing they have seen in years. Bailing fish one after another once they get into them. Mixed in with striped bass schools the action is on point.
Speaking of great catches, cobia are around the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel area. That action should move up into Delaware waters soon enough.
Weakfish, the Delaware State Fish (unicorn) are making a nice come back in the Delaware bay it seems. Chicken is on the menu for bait again. Friend of mine on the Jersey side of the Delaware Bay near Cape May called me Tuesday … “These guys next to us on a jetty are hammering weakfish with chicken, never seen anything like it.”
Back in the day of the tide runners it was discovered that fresh chicken breast, would catch weakfish. The debate as to why is still talked about today. Some soak the chicken in shedder oil, but mostly it works on its own. Will the days of the giant tide runners return? We hope so they are some of the best eating fish. Every year they seem to get a little bigger and numerous. Broadkill beach saw some serious action a week ago.
The surf fishing has been good for many anglers, the conditions this past week not so much. Weekend looks much better and the water is calming down. Water was fast and pushing nearly to the dunes at high tide. The wash is fast and wide, but is holding fish. Letting a sand flea on surf rig from DS Custom Tackle roll around in that wash, will produce striped bass and blues. Mullet rigs for bluefish are doing well, those modified mullet rigs work best in those rough conditions.
Top and bottom rigs for the little fish. Fishbites is working well; sand flea, bloodworm, or sand worm formula. Cut squid is always a go to bait, fresh bloodworms, little sand fleas, and cut bait.
Fresh water fishing is picking up since many of us are not willing to deal with the rough conditions. Lots of snakehead action around Delaware and Maryland. Great fish to eat and in my book all need to be killed since they are an invasive species. I know all the arguments, don’t care, they are not supposed to be here. Then again bass are an invasive introduced species.
The Cape Henlopen fishing pier has seen some decent action even in this weather. Now that we are looking at a nice weekend the catches should increase. A seven pound weakfish was landed yesterday on a live spot.
Spot action is great, and they are small perfect for bait. Decent flounder from the pier and the kayak anglers. A nice mixed bag can be caught daily at the pier if you put in the time. Also check out the Ocean City piers they have a bay pier and an ocean pier.