Golden tilefish in the canyons and trout in the bays

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Mike Parker of Outdoors Delmarva with his golden tilefish

Yesterday Mike Parker of Outdoors Delmarva was filming for the September 1st episode.  He went fishing out of Lewes, DE and got into some huge tilefish … “We caught 16 Golden Tilefish aboard the Quintessa, out of Lewes, Delaware. We were deep-dropping in anywhere from 500 to 1500 feet of water in Wilmington Canyon between 70 and 80 miles off. Captain Chris Thurman, mate Evan Falgowski, and owner Billy White were using clams and squid on circle hooks, and a combo of manual and electric reels. The heaviest fish was caught by Captain Ted Moulinier, who received a citation for the 35 pounder at Lewes Harbour Marina.  Other big fish were 34, 32lbs.. the rest were in between 20’s and 10lbs.  Also fishing were myself, obviously, and Hank Draper from Milton, DE. I filmed for an episode of Outdoors Delmarva to air on September 1st on WBOC.”  …  That is a big fish, good eating too, and thanks for the heads up Mike, looking forward to the show.

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Melonie Hopkins and her fist fish for her first time at Massey’s Landing, a tautog.

I was at Massey’s landing yesterday at the bottom of the soon to be slack tide.  Which is usually a good time to fish there.  I saw a tiny sea bass, a 14 inch tautog, an oyster cracker, and a blow fish caught all in a matter of 20 minutes.  Clams and bloodorms real or fishbites.  My buddy Mike was there the other night, and produced 2 out f 4 keeper flounder on minnows.  Puppy drum, sheepshead and croakers have also been caught here.  I think the coolest catch of the week at Massey’s is by Melonie Hopkins.  She sent us a picture of a tautog she caught.  I know it is not uncommon to catch a tog there, the fact it was her first time at Massey’s is the neat part.  She used our site and information to catch a fish.  Ali Erbayri wrote in … “Just wanted to say today was the 1st time ever on a Delaware beach fishing. We were at Cape Henlopen. The kids had a blast, and I was having a ball casting out in to the surf. Only caught 2 but the waves were a little higher than expected. My family and I will be back for sure! Thank You…..”  Your welcome Ali, it is great to see people are getting usable information from DSF.  We spend a lot of time keeping up with what is going on out there in the surf, rocks, rail, bays, and piers.

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Thomas Arnao’s haul from the Broadkill river this past weekend. Goot eats right thar!
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Thomas Arnao Jr. was on the broadkill this weekend … “Broadkill River on the in coming tide and high tide. 19 keeper fish (white perch, croaker and spot). Other fish caught that were not keepers were striper, puppy drum and a couple of oyster crackers. Was a good day. All were caught using blood worm fish bites on a top and bottom rig with small floats.”  There are several ways to fish the Broadkill river.  Launching from the Lewes Boat ramp and travel up the river, a kayak can be launched here as well.  There is access to fish the river from land at Beach Plum Island drive on access, and the end of Oyster Rocks rd north of Lewes off route 1.  You can also launch a Kayak or very small boat, at Oyster Rocks rd., or fish from land.  At high tide you might get your feet wet, at any of the river walk up accesses.  The Broadkill holds a diverse amount of fish all the time, and you never know what you are going to catch.  Surrounded by protected marshes, the wildlife is very diverse.  There are many little streams that feed the Broadkill, these are great areas to fish, and a kayak would be the best to explore them.  Be careful of large boats that like to run fast on the Broadkill river.  Apparently there isn’t a speed limit or wake zones, just boaters etiquette, which we all know at times is lacking.  Be wary if in a small boat or kayak.

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Dubi’s trout from the Indian River Inlet.

The Indian River inlet was hot the past few days for flounder, blues and trout.  Decent sized trout mixed in with smaller ones.  I have been catching them in the surf and back bays.  The bluefish have been 2-3 pounders on most runs.  I have seen many schools in the surf, chasing baitfish.  I keep hearing the same thing from all anglers, there is plenty of fish, but too much bait fish to compete with.  Captain Savidge was fishing last week, and they ran into a lot of  thresher sharks breaching, chasing bunker.  The school of bunker was acres and acres.   Greg said he ran into a school of mullet that was was easily an acre in size.  There is a lot of fish out there this year, just look at all of the trout being caught.  A spanish makeral was even hit at the Indian River Inlet a week ago.  That is not the first I have heard of either.  It would be nice to see trout and mackerel make a huge comeback, just like the striped bass.  I keep hearing stories from “back in the day” when the tide runners were large and plentiful.  If we keep practicing better conservation efforts, like catch and release, we will see that again.

Fish On!!

Rich King

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