Fishing This Weekend Should Be Decent

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Sheepshead at Indian River Inlet caught by Chris Kramer on Sandfleas.

Windy, windy, windy if it isn’t windy it is raining, but at least we have had some nice days.  The weekend is looking a little nautical but the fish don’t care, they still have to eat.  The water temperatures are leveling off through the week.  Masseys Landing topped out at seventy two degrees and drops to about sixty six at the peak of high tide.  These cooler nights will drop it more it is at sixty four this morning.  I was wearing a hoodie this morning … inJune.  The buoys show the water temperatures in the seventies around Lewes, Cape May and Ocean City.  Those are surface temperatures the water below is cooler.  There was a huge school of bluefish at the point the other day, and the dolphins fed on them for a good half hour.  They entertained a group of kids on a field trip that went dolphin watching.  Drove the angler fathers on the boat nuts to watch giant blues being flipped in the air like candy and eaten.  At least the cooler water is keeping the bigger blues here, no clue for how long.

Henlopen pier is seeing schools in the evenings and mornings.  The action happens and it lasts fifteen minutes to an hour.  The winds at low tide are making fishing difficult.  Flounder action there has been slow but is happening.  The pier is seeing all the bay and ocean beach fish.  Weakies, short striped bass and even keeper bass, puffers, skates, cownose rays, and dogfish.  Fishing the end of the pier is better for all of the fish but you can get flounder close the surf line at high tide fishing along the pier poles.  They are in there looking for bait fish and crabs.

 

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Delaware Bay beaches have a lot of dogfish, small sharks, weakfish, short striped bass, and of course skates.  Fishbites are working great for the smaller fish and catching less of the scavengers.  The Inland bays have small spot you can catch for bait with a cast net.  Flounder are hitting in the broadkill river but it has been slow.  The bluefish action in there has slowed down as well.  Summer snapper blues are hitting decent at the Oceanic pier in Ocean City in the evenings.  Fishing is decent for the conditions we have to deal with.  Dirty water form heavy rains and winds.  The clarity was getting better until these winds kicked up. Assateague is looking green and clean.   Dave Moore caught a nice speckled trout from the surf down there.

All of the shops have fresh bunker and bloodworms.  Fishbites is working now too if you want to skip the mess of live baits.  Minnows are in all the shops for flounder fishing.  Sand fleas are at the Oceanic Pier or you can dig for them.  They are working good for striped bass at the inlet and sheepshead.  Black drum are hitting them in the surf occasionally.  The drum action has slowed down a bit, but is still possible in the Delaware Bay using clams.  The weather is not helping for boats getting out the last couple of days.   Have a safe weekend and slow it down.  Pay attention, there have been a ridiculous amount of accidents the last couple of days.

Fish On!!

Rich King

 

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