New Surf Structure And Northern Kingfish
The surf has new structure that will not last long
After every heavy wave event the surf area gets carved up and that new structure lasts for a short time, but produces fish.
. The surf was wide today, we found some nice cuts on Cape. Ones that we usually fish, but today they were really pronounced.
The constantly shifting structure (sand or bottom profile) under the water was stirring up the food. There is a small trough in front of the surf wash at the moment, but that will fill in after the next couple tides. The carved areas on top of the beaches where the swales drained is where the cuts are under the water. You can actually see the same shape of the cut in the sand in the water’s plume (white foam).
The one cut we fished was slowly turning into a rip current. This one was draining so fast it was creating a larger weak spot in the waves. The fish were just sitting at the end feeding.
Throwing out Fishbites sand flea short bass hit one of the top and bottom rigs. The bunker chunks weren’t catching, but the crabs were feasting. The fog felt like a magnifying glass a few times. Doesn’t feel hot, but you are frying.
While we were north in Cape Henlopen, Lowell Salzman and Kellie Morris were in Delaware Seashore State Park and caught a northern kingfish on bloodworms and some short striped bass. That is really early for the northern kings.
Signs of a good year to come?
We shall see.
One thing that could indicate is less of a coastal gator blue run. Small fish early, that are usually the gators food. But it is fishing, so who knows.
Black drum are showing up in some of the commercial nets north of Broadkill Beach. I would start surf fishing for drum now, they showed up in Virginia two weeks ago. That time is going to be here sooner (now) than later. From Fenwick Island to Broadkill Beach, I would be trying for black drum.
Virginia side of Assateague has been hot the past week and half.