Overcast Weekend Could Be Good Fishing

Mother nature never ceases to amaze, it is now April in June.  What is up with this crazy weather?  I have no idea, but the water temperatures are holding at great levels.  The cooling off is keeping the water temperatures below seventy degrees.  The afternoon bite is much better than normal.  Usually this time of year the morning and evening bites are the best.  Then he afternoon bite all but dies of and gets worse as the summer progresses to even warmer water temperatures.  Evening and mornings are always the best, but the afternoon has been  worth sticking around to fish.  My usual  schedule is fish morning go run errands etc., then fish the evening.  Now you can just fish all day with some decent luck, and not get a damn thing done.  On the weekdays you can bounce beaches, banks, jetties, canals, docks, or piers really quick.  Greg etts got that bass in the picture in the afternoon.

The overcast skies and rainy conditions this weekend could be good fishing for surf, bank, and pier anglers.  Last over cast days we had was some great morning fishing into the afternoon.  You will have a lot of space ot fish on the beach, compared to beautiful sunny day.  If you can venture out on the night shift and walk and plug the beaches you could hook up a nice bass.  Night shift is around zero dark thirty to dawn.  It is a long night of fishing, but can be very productive.  Besides sleep is overrated.

The cooler weather has kept the inland bays from topping eighty degrees which has certainly helped the flounder fishing in the Lewes canal.  The striped bass fishing has been fun around the inland bays, mostly shorts but still a blast to catch.  There has been the occasional keeper at the Indian River Inlet.  The surf is even cooler, and the Delaware bay.  Fewer people swimming at the beach also helps make surf fishing productive.

An early arrival was caught at the Oceanic Fishing pier according to John Thompson, a trigger was caught.  The flounder action has been okay at the Oceanic Pier.  People are catching fish and having a good time.   You don’t need a Maryland fishing license to use the Oceanic Pier, just pay the daily fee to use the pier and the license is included. You can also get a yearly pass for the pier itself.  The staff at the shop there are very knowledgeable about the action on their boards.

Speaking of new catches, the spot bite is on at the Cape Henlopen fishing pier.  Anglers have been catching decent amounts of spot.  They are the smaller, early spot, but once they get bigger they are great to eat.  The small ones are good this time of year for bait for catching large striped bass and weakfish.  Catching spot is easy, a good top and bottom rig with sharp hooks is your best bet, using bloodworms, squid, or Bona Fide Baits works very well.  The Cape Henlopen fishing pier has Diamond State Custom Tackle rigs with the owner hooks and rods for rent if you need to outfit someone for the day.  The flounder bite at the pier has been decent, people are catching some nice sized keeper flounder.  I wouldn’t say it is on fire, but some people are catching fish.  Fishing, because if it was called catching, everyone would.

Offshore fishing for tuna has started for the season for boats out of Ocean City Maryland, and Delaware.  The fish are up farther so boats don’t have to head out a hundred plus miles to find fish.

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The drum bite is still great.  Lot of big fish stacked up on cleaning tables.  The Delaware bay is producing well at the coral beds, or just follow the other guy out there.  Clam is the bait of choice for sure.

The spring big bluefish bite is still on, but not like this time last year.  That could be the reason spot turned on much earlier this year than the last couple of years.  It is still early to tell might just a be a school that got through the gauntlet of yellow eyed devils.  Those big blues will eat a fishery up in no time.  Just hav eot have a large school of bluefish run into a school of anything else and the feeding frenzy is on.
Mullet rig in the surf are working, and Diamond State Custom Tackle has come up with a genius modification to their mullet rig design.  That will be out in shops sometime next week.  A new twist on an old idea.

Sea bass action out of Ocean City on the Morning Star has been excellent with Captain Monty.  Many boats are doing well.  Get a trip booked on a charter on the weekdays, I keep saying, those are the best days to get out, less competition on the water.   Weekends are still good but you could be surrounded by an armada of boats.  The same goes for the surf fishing beaches, but at least the armada of boats are all actually fishing.

The surf has northern puffer, burrfish, flounder, kingfish, short striped bass, keeper striped bass, big bluefish and small bluefish.  The ever present skates, rays, dogfish, and sharks.  Fish chunks catchmore of the latter, just sayin, but those chunks are also catching keeper striped bass.   Spot should be in the surf soon enough at this rate, the small ones at the pier make good bait if you live line them for a striped bass.  Back in the day that was the best way to catch a big weakfish.  When weakies were the dominant predator. .

Fish On!

Rich King

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