Mahi In The Surf In Jersey and Tuna On Jet Skis


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Brian Stier with his son Jake and his tuna from the jet ski

A small mahi mahi (peanut) was caught in the surf at Island Beach State Park over the weekend.  We had  tropical storm Fiona headed across the Atlantic but it turned into a depression.  Maybe it will push in some more of the warm water fish closer to shore.  I wouldn’t get your hopes up about mahi in the surf in Delaware, but anglers are catching mahi near site 9.  The water out there is very clean and clear. A barracuda was reported caught by a Ocean City boat.

Brian Stier is the first Delaware angler to catch a tuna on a jet ski.  He went out Saturday with Rob Jones, and the boys managed to get into a tuna after running around looking for a while.  Brian Stier … “We fished all day starting around old grounds I think. No drift no bites. Went on to Delaware-New Jersey reef, same no drift no bite. Started heading back and stopped at …..  Fished for some bait got one blue runner, put it in the cooler and tried for another with no luck. Said what the heck put blue runner on a steel leader and booooom the fight was on almost immediately. Fought it for probably 30 minutes or so.  We rode about eighty miles total looking for fish”        

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Jimmy Swatski with a spike trout from the surf

Surf fishing has been slow to decent, that depends on who you ask.  The weekdays, mornings and evenings are better action.  Because no one is swimming near your lines.   James Swatski and his son Jimmy got into a small blitz of weakfish, they were keeper sizes up to about fourteen inches.  “We thought they were bluefish, we cast some squid into the school and came up with weakies, they were pushing the baitfish up onto the beach. ”   They were at Herring Point beach in Cape Henlopen.  The weakies have been doing the same thing at the Henlopen pier and flats.  This is early evening into dark.  Some have been hooking up in the mornings.

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More thresher sharks are being caught in the surf around Cape Henlopen.  They are hitting cut bait and mullet rigs, one guy got a small one on a spot rig.    Few years ago about this time of year we caught a couple tiger sharks in the surf, real tiger sharks not the sand tigers.  There was a tiger caught in the surf in north Ocean City over the weekend.


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Conner Fisher caught this puppy drum in a cast net. They are all over the inland bays. Creel limit is 16 inches and 3 per day per angler

The flounder action around the inland bays is slow, but people are catching.  Minnows and gulp have been the best.  Offshore they are using shiners and having much better action in the Old Grounds.  Especially site 9.  The flounder pounder had the largest flounder to hit a scale in Delaware this year at 11.9 pounds.  That fish today is worth fifty thousand dollars.  Gonna need some high dollar crab meat to stuff that with.  We have caught flounder into December so don’t get discouraged if you aren’t catching.  If you are fishing in the same spots with no luck, move.

Summer is almost over, almost as fast as it started.  The fall is coming and everyone will have striped bass on the brain.  The point will open September first.  The beach section closed at Gordons pond is rumored to open the 27th, the plovers will fledge soon.

Fish On!

Rich King

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