Labor Day Weekend Outlook
Well, the point is open, the Cape Henlopen State Park Fishing pier reopens tomorrow and it is labor Day Weekend. A trifecta if you will of things to do, visit, or avoid until Tuesday. I’m kidding, but it is going to be crazy crowded this weekend it always is this holiday weekend. Be careful and take your time getting places, it is not going anywhere. So what can you expect besides crowded beaches and roads? The weather, whether you like it or not, is going to be nice but a bit windy, okay more like very windy. Heavy winds and seas will make for an interesting time at the beach. Today the water was beautiful and clear, flies were a little annoying on the southern beaches and really annoying at the point. The weather outlook from the marine forecast paints a better picture with Monday having the best conditions during the day for boating and the beach. Saturday will be the worse conditions as far as heavy winds and waves. There is a small craft advisory For Friday evening until Saturday afternoon.
From the Marine Forecast …
COASTAL WATERS FROM CAPE MAY NJ TO CAPE HENLOPEN DE OUT 20 NM- COASTAL WATERS FROM CAPE HENLOPEN TO FENWICK ISLAND DE OUT 20 NM- 357 PM EDT THU SEP 3 2015 ...SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM FRIDAY EVENING THROUGH SATURDAY AFTERNOON... TONIGHT SE WINDS 5 TO 10 KT...BECOMING E LATE. SEAS AROUND 2 FT UNTIL EARLY MORNING...THEN 1 FOOT. MAINLY IN SE SWELL WITH A DOMINANT PERIOD OF 12 SECONDS. FRI NE WINDS 5 TO 10 KT...INCREASING TO 10 TO 15 KT WITH GUSTS UP TO 20 KT IN THE AFTERNOON. SEAS 1 FOOT OR LESS...THEN 2 TO 4 FT IN THE LATE MORNING AND AFTERNOON. MAINLY IN E SWELL WITH A DOMINANT PERIOD OF 9 SECONDS. FRI NIGHT NE WINDS 15 TO 20 KT WITH GUSTS UP TO 25 KT. SEAS 4 TO 6 FT. MAINLY IN NE SWELL WITH A DOMINANT PERIOD OF 8 SECONDS. SAT NE WINDS 15 TO 20 KT WITH GUSTS UP TO 25 KT. SEAS 4 TO 6 FT. MAINLY IN NE SWELL WITH A DOMINANT PERIOD OF 7 SECONDS. SAT NIGHT NE WINDS 15 TO 20 KT...DIMINISHING TO 10 TO 15 KT AFTER MIDNIGHT. SEAS 4 TO 6 FT. SUN NE WINDS 10 TO 15 KT WITH GUSTS UP TO 20 KT. SEAS 3 TO 5 FT. SUN NIGHT E WINDS 5 TO 10 KT. SEAS 3 TO 4 FT. MON E WINDS 5 TO 10 KT. SEAS 3 TO 4 FT. MON NIGHT SE WINDS 5 TO 10 KT. SEAS 3 TO 4 FT.
The fishing has been decent as usual for this time of year. The point is producing bluefish, kingfish, flounder, short striped bass, croaker, and the usual dogs, skates and rays. Mullet chunks are the best baits for the blues and king fish. Squid is working well for the croakers and fishbites bloodworms formula. Clam fishbites formula is starting to work better if you want to go that route or you can use regular clam. Top and bottom rigs with small hooks, we use Diamond State Custom Tackle rigs with 1/0 owner hooks. I talked to Dan today at Dan’s Tackle Box and some of the anglers at Broadkill are using number 8 hooks with live bloodworms, to catch the smaller fish we were catching last week in the seine nets. One guy said he caught seven different species in about an hour. The southern beaches are seeing their fair share of all the summer species including some redfish that have been random catches on mullet chunks. People are not targeting reds they are fishing for kingfish and happening to catch them. Old Inlet reported that a cobia was caught in the surf today at 3rs on bunker chunks. Lot of small black tip sharks are showing up in the surf. The water temperature at the beach has been around seventy-seven degrees. Some of the offshore boys said the green water is most of the way to the canyons. They are finding knots of blue water holding White Marlins but you have to find them, but once you do the fishing is a frenzy. They are hammering mahi mahi like crazy offshore. A few Spanish mackerel are being caught closer to shore. The cedar creek marina area fishing pier is producing a lot of decent puppy drum (black drum) caught on squid and bloodworms.
Flounder pounding is still pretty heavy offshore and the inland bays are seeing a decent amount but mostly if not all catches are undersized. Some anglers prefer jigging and others prefer to use minnows. What you use really depends on what you are comfortable with for bait. Fish the way you like and you will probably have better luck instead of trying to use baits you don’t usually fish. The weather this weekend is going to make it tough to go out front to fish for flounder, but larger boats will fair batter in the heavy seas. The beach will get pummeled with waves, keep it in mind you will need heavy weight to hold bottom. The heavy surf might carve the beach up a bit as well, I don’t think you will have to worry about beaches flooding this weekend like last weekend. However these will be North East winds so that remains a possibility. Just a good idea to be wary of the conditions as the day passes. Tide will be incoming (starting at 7 AM at IRI) with the high around 2 PM at Indian River Inlet on Friday, each day will be an hour later. The tides will be perfect for fishing the tide change, but the wind will create rough conditions. Maybe Murphy’s Law will slam this report and it will be calm and beautiful. One can always hope.
The inland bay temperatures have been averaging from seventy-five to almost eighty degrees a day. The temperature in Masseys Ditch has bumped up a half degree a day the last week with the high air temperatures each day and warm nights. The Delaware River has been averaging eighty degrees and the lower bay has been around seventy-five degrees near Lewes. Lot of bluefish schools are moving around the bay. The warm temperatures are still showing us the weird fish from the Gulf Stream. Pinfish, pigfish, pompano, lizard fish, groupers, and a cubera snapper was caught in Jersey recently, that is a very rare catch. Despite the not so ample conditions this weekend it will still be a nice day to hang at the beach and do a little fishing or whatever you choose to get into. Saturday will be the roughest day and conditions will calm down by Monday. The point being open and now the Cape Henlopen Fishing pier, certainly adds to the options. By the way the pelican numbers seem to be up this year I have seen a ton of them around the area. Have a nice weekend, safe travels and be careful out there.