Fishing The Heat Wave

Been hot as the pantry in the ninth level of hell the past few days.  It isn’t stopping us from fishing, but man o man we could use a break from the heat.  The surf temperatures are topping eighty degrees.  We cut the beach clean up short on Tuesday so no one would pass out, it was unbearable hot by 10 AM.  Rafael came down and helped on his birthday and then he went fishing.  “I was banging up blues on a rattletrap at Massey’s landing in the afternoon.”   


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Mark King was getting several 15 inch blues in the surf at Fenwick Island

The “cocktail” blues are more abundant in the surf now.  Anglers are hitting them on mullet rigs and top and bottom rigs with cut bait.  Fresh mullet are showing up in shops so you have a better chance with fresh than frozen.  There are plenty of the little snipper blues as well call them in the surf as well.  The inland bays are starting to get schools of blues all over the place.  I have seen them in the past as far up as Cupola park on bait.

Dave Beebe at the Cape Henlopen Fishing pier says the spot action has been the hottest on the incoming tide. Anglers are doing well on bloodworms.  The heat has been affecting the fishing in the flats. He recommends fishing the early morning and late evening high tides.  Decent flounder action for some keepers and the blues are around the pier.  Even people who don’t fish normally are catching fish, so that is always a good sign.


Kerry wolf , David wolf, and Dustin Wolf from Reading PA caught this 252 pound thresher… photo from David Wolf

Kerry wolf , David wolf, and Dustin Wolf from Reading PA  caught a 252 pound thresher at A buoy on a whole blue fish. “It took a little over 3 hours to get in the boat. Also snapped one of our shark rods in half. We had to tie the lines together and use another rod to continue the fight.  We weighed it at hook’em and cook’em at the Indian River marina.”     

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The surf is alive with the little puppy drum we see each year.  Hitting sand fleas, bona fide bait, fishbites,and squid.  These are the small black drum we see every year about this time.  There are still random pompano catches.

Trigger action on the wreck and reef sites has been excellent.

FIsh On!

Rich King



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