Post nor’easter news from Delaware Surf Fishing

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Water breaking over the jetty cap on the South wall of the Indian River Inlet.

We had a nor’easter come in right after hurricane Sandy, there has been minimal flooding.  All areas that normally experience tidal flooding are, and will flood.  The bays are full of water, and were still draining from Hurricane Sandy.  Prime Hook road is closed, you can access as a resident only through Broadkill Beach.  Route 1 was covered in sand at one of the breaches, yesterday early in the morning.  When the rains started, the wetter sand slowed down the accumulation on the coastal highway.  DelDot quickly cleaned the problem areas up, and monitored the bridge and breach areas all day.  The bridge never closed, and they did a great job staying on top of a possible bad situation.  The waves were pushing some “wash” over the dunes during the storm.  Nothing that can not be fixed.  Delaware just needs a lot of sand from somewhere, all of the breached dunes washed into the marshes.  Broadkill beach and Beach plum Island are fine, and the storm actually pushed more sand up to the dunes. The Delaware Seashore State Park accesses to drive on were closed yesterday for obvious reasons.  They will open when the parks people have evaluated the situations with the beaches, and tides.  Cape Henlopen State park’s drive on accesses are open including the point.  The pier unfortunately will be closed for a while.  Minimal damage does not always mean minimal work.

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Helping lift a large pylon piece that washed onto the beach in Cape Henlopen State Park.

A clean up is scheduled for Delaware Seashore State Park (DSSP), and Holt’s Landing tomorrow and Saturday, please come out if you are able, and visit their page for Sandy volunteer details.  Many groups have been organizing drives around the area for people to donate to NJ, NY, and Crisfield, MD.  I have had a hard time keeping up with all of them.   Sandy Clean-up Across Delmarva is collecting for people in the Crisfield, MD area.  Stuff it Sandy! Stuff the Van With Hurricane Sandy Donations is collecting donations for NJ and NY.  Both of these pages are updated constantly with local collection stations.  It is great to see the people of Sussex county come together to help our neighbors in a serious time of need.  If you can help or donate in anyway, please do, even the smallest gestures are appreciated.

Parks clean up schedule :

Scheduled Projects

  • Friday, November 9th:

o   Where: Delaware Seashore State Park – Campground

o   When: 8:00AM – 12:00PM

o   What: Cleanup, Raking, Shoveling

o   Please meet @ DSSP Campground.


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  • Saturday, November 10th:

o   Where: Delaware Seashore State Park – Holt’s Landing

o   When: 8:30AM – 12:00PM

o   What: Cleanup, Raking, Shoveling 

What to Bring:

  • Work Gloves (if you have them)
  • Bottled Water
  • Close-toed shoes
  • Weather appropriate attire
  • Portable restrooms with be available


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Fenwick Island State park during the nor’easter at low tide. You can see where the water was pushed to the edge of the dunes. This “pushing” filled the bays back up and caused area tidal flooding. The beaches will recover just fine.

This weekend will be beautiful outside, so come on down, and enjoy the beaches.  If you have the time to help out, that would be appreciated.  There were blue fish, puppy drum (black), and redfish in the surf on mullet chunks before, and after the hurricane, and before the nor’easter.  We are hoping the heavy winds and surge pushed large striped bass our direction with the tidal flood waters.  Rick’s Bait and Tackle has live Eels, Black Salty’s, green crabs, and all frozen baits.  They weathered this storm just fine.   Massey’s Landing should be back to normal, aside from all the extra water in the bays.  Clarity is low right now, Broadkill Beach and Beach Plum Island are fine with dirty surf.  This should clear up in a few days.  The temperatures are perfect for fall fishing.  The Indian River Inlet has been hot to not, for shorty rockfish action and bluefish.  Roosevelt Inlet and the Lewes canal are producing shorty stripers with an occasional keeper.  We would like to thank everyone for all the compliments over the past week for the storm(s) coverage.  We hope to go back to just fishing soon.  Keep our friends in the North in your thoughts, people are without power, cold, displaced from homes, have lost everything, and are now blanketed in snow.  Remember how lucky we are right now, and see what you can do to help.

Fish On!!

Rich King

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