Fishing Report And Beach Conditions


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The past week’s temperatures at Masseys Ditch

The water temperatures are slowly climbing back up thanks to the warm days and cool nights.  Nothing like we had a couple of weeks ago, that was some unusually cool weather.   Masseys Ditch is topping out at seventy degrees and dropping to sixty-eight degrees.  Mid week the water was only hitting sixty-eight and dropping as low as sixty-five degrees.  Lewes has been averaging  seventy degrees this afternoon and up from sixty-seven degrees.  The beaches have been the same and a little warmer in the surf in the late afternoon.  We will see the temps jump up a few more degrees maximum into the weekend.  The beaches look good and the surf is a little wider on Delaware Seashore State Park north of Indian River inlet.  The full moon will push the tides a little higher and lower but we shouldn’t have any issues.


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Red drum caught by Jon Siddons near Lewes this afternoon.

There is some decent fishing around you just have to be patient and as usual put in the time.  Depending on what you want to catch will govern where you fish.  If you want bull red drum go to Assateague Island to target them, you can try in Delaware but that is tough to never happening and if I were to try it would be below Fenwick Island.  There are some puppy red drum around and the Cape Henlopen pier to Lewes Beach area has seen some random catches.  So have the inland bays and Indian River Inlet as well as the Ocean City Inlet.  Targeting them can be tough but they are mostly hitting on cut mullet.  Near the inlet you will do well on sand fleas for them as well as striped bass.  The shorty striped bass action has been fun in all of Delaware’s waterways.


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Adam Prettyman with a short striped bass at Masseys Landing pier

Flounder has been tough around the inland bays for keepers, but they exist.  Offshore has been the best.  The Ocean City inlet saw a few nice keepers produced the last few days.  The Cape Henlopen pier is producing the occasional keeper with a lot of throwbacks.  The flats and bayside surf at the point is loaded with short flounder.  The offshore fishing near the wrecks and reef sites is doing well for flounder with a lot of sheepshead and trigger for by catch as well as a few black drum.  The sheepshead action is good at the walls for the tautog anglers too.  Lot of bergals and throwback tog but some keepers are being caught.  Masseys Landing is loaded with small tautog.  All the tog are hitting sandfleas, which seems to be the most popular bait since you can load  a bucket up at the beach.


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White Perch caught in the Indian River this afternoon on bloodworms.

Masseys Landing fishing the ditch has been good for short striped bass, small tautog, some white perch and lots of small sea bass.   Those little bluefish are all over the inland bays and as far up as Cupola park.  Seriously if you can’t catch one of these you are doing something wrong.   They are in the surf at the point and all the beaches.  We reduced the size limit to twelve inches for the Chillaware Surf Fishing tournament just so someone can hopefully score a few.  It would be nice to see some more of the monster gator blues next weekend.


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27 3/4inch flounder caught by Anatoli at the sea wall in Ocean City … photo from John Thompson

This weekend will be great weather for fishing so get out there and tear them up.  Mullet are all over the flats at the pier, Lewes beach, and around the inland bay flats  Charters going offshore are doing well on tilefish.  The Cape Henlopen pier is seeing decent short flounder action, spot are hitting at the end of the pier in the deeper water at high tide.    Low tide at the pier is all but draining the flats, so try to keep the tides in mind when you fish the next few days.  The harvest moon is pulling a lot of water at low tide.

Fish On!

Rich king



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