Fall Weekend Fishing

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Ian Murphy with a short striped bass form the surf last weekend.

And Poof! Just like that we are into fall weather. Mother nature didn’t waste anytime reminding us what time of year it is and the weather we are supposed to experience. Last year at this time we had these temperatures and nor’easters hitting us hard. Then it would warm up for a week or so, which will happen again this year.   This weekend will be beautiful but cool at night.  It is fall summer fishing at its finest.

I know this weather reminds all of us that the fall striped bass run will start soon.  Better get that gear ready. The rockfish have been schooling up in the tidal creeks and back bays for weeks. They are fun to catch on light gear with swim shads, bucktails and even speck rigs. Small bluefish are abundant as far up as Augustine beach in the Delaware Bay, all over the inland bays and the surf. The redfish are random catches but we are seeing them in the surf, and the Oceanic Pier and Ocean City Inlet has had some decent action. Charters ares still getting into tautog, triggers and sheepshead on the wrecks and reef sites. Flounder action has been decent out there as well.  Bluefihs are all over the place in schools feeding on anything you throw at them.  They are so small they make good bait.  Mullet are still around for the castnetters, or the shops will be full of them.

False albacore are in the surf you will see them busting up on bluefish and mullet schools.  It looks like a bluefish boil that someone tossed a hand grenade into.  Use metals and reel them very fast to get the albies’ attention.  They have been seen along the beaches in the early mornings this week.  Random locations and the point is a good place to look for them also.  Especially if you have a boat.


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keeper tautog caught at the Cape Henlopen Fishing Pier
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The Cape Henlopen fishing pier is also seeing random keeper tautog.  Lots of small bluefish, and short striped bass, but croaker and spot are random catches.  Kingfish on occasion and they have been random in the surf as well.  There are plenty of skates and dogfish to go around for everyone.

Water temperatures in the inland bays is now around sixty four to sixty six degrees.  About mid week when this cold front showed up the temperatures dropped a good six degrees.  The striped bass around the bays are feeding better because of this temperature drop.  There have been resident keepers caught here and there with plenty of shorts.  The Delaware Bay is about sixty five degrees.  The outer and innner walls have had a lot of tautog action with some keepers,more throwbacks than keeper fish.  The haystacks are decent action too, with triggers and sheepshead in the mix.

Fish On!

Rich King

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