Good Weekend Fishing

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Jen with a almost keeper bass from the Delaware River near Augustine Beach

This time last year we were rat wrangling in the surf.  Which is catching small short bass one after another in the surf, it is fun and we coined the term one afternoon.  Because when we all start joking in the surf you never know what is going to come out of our mouth.

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You can use surf rods down to small bass rods for catching shorts.  The smaller the rod the more fun, especially with ultralight gear.   When the rats are in thick, it is a good time to learn fly fishing in the surf.  Using clouser minnows are the best for the long wand.

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Steven Bailey caught this short striped bass at 3Rs over the weekend.

This past weekend a few shorts were caught in the surf on the ocean beaches.  That action will pick up as the days get warmer, as well as the nights.  The best catches were close to structure, not surf structure such as sand bars, but real structure like the jetties.  Roosevelt Inlet, Indian River Inlet, and naval jetty are always good places to fish near. 

There are exposed jettys in Bethany beach now and the storm drains in Rehoboth are also good structure.  The jetties at Gordons pond are exposed a little more and are good places to try.  All of the newly exposed structure is devoid of “reef” like life, but it is still structure that will hold food for predators.  During the beach cleanup on Sunday I saw a few diving birds on bait near naval jetty.

    The inland bays are seeing more action under lights, and around structure.  In the shallow mud flats at low tide you can find mummichog minnows.  I have seen a few crabs moving around in these areas too, but no one has done much in crab pots.  Spring is here as far as the critters are concerned, but we could just use some warmer water to really get things moving.  

Pond hopping has been fun around the state.  Still some trout here and there in the ponds at Newton and Tidbury.    

Fish On!

Rich King


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