Great Day Surf Fishing With Friends
Fun day in the surf the air temperatures are nice and cool. Despite that wind today the catching was decent. Lots of little blues at the point today and farther south at Conquest and the Indian River Inlet. Short striped bass down there as well. We were tearing up blues on mullet, squid, fishbites, and spoons. Nothing like the ultralight gear to have fun with those little bluefish. Top and bottom rigs with those pretty pink pill floats were on point today, coincidentally at the point. Squid and cut bait did better than fishbites. Good time seeing Suzanne, Scott, and the crew, also everyone I was meeting out there. It was like a reunion today, lot of people out there that were all fishing and knew each other, good times.
The little puppy drum are hitting in the surf two at a time, not keeper size but fun to catch regardless. We were hitting small flounder when the blues slowed down. Not keepers and so small they were pop tarts, meaning if you whacked the head and tail off you could cook them in a toaster. They were hitting cut bait and mullet rigs, last week they were hitting our spoons. The water was nice today but with fast waves even for the point. The lower beaches had some serious wave action that is pushing water over the slope on the beach.
I ran into Dan Iancangelo today on my way onto the beach and he had that twenty-three foot surf rod with him. We put it together in the parking lot by the air pumps and I got to give it a few dry casts. Talk about a beast of a rod! That thing is huge, but workable in the surf. Not sure I would want to surf cast with it but I could see tossing some bait a mile or two. We will see how it does this week in the surf. It will be some effort to bring in any large fish the butt of the rod is at least an inch wide. I see a new DSF tournament casting rod in our future. This rod definitely turns some heads. I just had to watch the power lines behind me or I would have gotten fried. The best part was the looks and comments from people passing by, yeah there were some jokes to say the least. No I was not overcompensating. I’m going to need a six foot surf rod holder for this beast.
Spoke with Dave Bebee today at the Cape Henlopen fishing pier. He said the action has been good for the little fish and there have been a lot of burr fish catches. One guy today caught a burrfish that could have topped two pounds and when Dave went back to check the fish with a scale they had let it go. He said it could have busted the current IGFA record at one pound six ounces. So if you catch a beast of a burrfish may want to check the weight before you toss it back.
We had a fun day fishing and eating at the point, back at it tomorrow. The F16 fly by was epic today too!!! Nice meeting everyone!
You will be able to sign up for the Chillaware Surf Fishing tournament on Monday. Everyone is really excited for this event, especially us!