Gettin That Christmas Bass


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Small keeper caught at Cape Henlopen on Wednesday.

The surf yesterday was alive with bait fish and birds.  It was crazy looking not far off the beach and the boys threw everything they had, but could not hook up.  Mitch King said it was the most bait he has seen in the water in a long time.  This was near Delaware Seashore State Park.  We have been using white swim shads with decent luck when we find fish.  Meanwhile in Cape Henlopen a buddy caught a twenty eight and a half inch keeper rockfish on bluefish chunks.  He was near the point when he hooked into this fish on a top and bottom rig.  He also had one hard core knock down but it snapped the line.  I would tell you who it is but then his wife would have to kill him.  One of the greatest dangers of fishing is blowing off your responsibilities to chase some tail.  Skates and dogs have been the dominant catch this week, and random short striped bass.  Yesterday’s keeper was most likely a Delaware Bay recruit headed to join the migration or just a resident hunting for food.  Boats are still doing good near the eighths and towards Ocean City.  The jersey boys are still seeing some bass and blues in the surf up north, but that has slowed down immensely.  Unfortunately for us Delaware surf anglers the migration doesn’t look like it will ever come close to shore, there are schools of bass twenty five miles off the coast.  Fortunately there are some residents we can hook into and there are always the dogs.  At least it is a tug on the line.  White perch action is good in the tidal creeks and rivers using blood worms.


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Tidal creeks up north are still producing rockfish … photo by Rafael Vazquez
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Sea bass fishing has been good when the boats get out there and they are still working on the tautog.  Sea bass season ends on the thirty first of December.  Some triggers are still being produced from the reef sites while seabass fishing.  The shad action at the inlet has been fun on ultralight gear when you get into them.  Everyone has bass fever and unfortunately the only cure for us land anglers is to grow some sea legs and hit the boats.  The inland bays are still hot for short bass action you just have to find them, and at night under the lights is still good action.  The water temperatures are averaging fifty one degrees for the inland bays, The lower Delaware Bay is averaging fifty degrees, and the upper bay and river are averaging forty eight degrees. Off shore temperatures at buoy 44009 is fifty five degrees on this rainy balmy December morn.  The surf is measuring at fifty degrees in the mornings.  The fact it is going to be seventy degrees on Christmas makes for a nice day at the beach, and the water the perfect temperature for rockfish, we are just short that latter ingredient … fish.  The Cape Henlopen Fishing pier is still open until the end of December.  High tide at the Indian River Inlet is 7:30 AM Thursday.  We have a full moon for Christmas, the water has been very low this week due to the moon.  Maybe Santa will bring some rockfish to the surf, I am going to be out there first thing Christmas morning to check under the waves.

Fish On!!

Rich King


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