Pulling Triggers And Trout


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354 pound Thresher caught at A Buoy out of Indian river inlet July 3rd.
Justin Ches (angler) Cameron ches (little boy), Steve Samluk Jr (captain) Brynn Samluk ( little girl), Steve Samluk( mate) aboard the Marilyn Rose … photo by Samantha Ches

The weather is crazy with all the storms, lot of flash flooding which will dirty up the water for a day or so, and at least a couple of tides.  The water temperatures despite the heat are holding nicely.  Inland bays at Masseys landing is bouncing between sixty-eight and seventy-nine degrees between tides.   The Delaware Bay is in the low seventies in Lewes and Cape May.  In the upper bay the mid seventies and near Delaware city it is in the lower eighties.  So the surf temperatures are in the lower seventies.

Triggerfish are all over the place.  The Indian River Inlet, Masseys Landing, the walls and wreck sites, the surf in Fenwick Island State park and the Cape Henlopen Fishing pier.  Dave Bebee said they are seeing a lot of trigger being caught and one was even put in the aquarium at the nature center in the park.  “We see a few triggers every year, but nothing like we have seen recently.  They are around the pier poles and the old structure left from the old pier.”   The croaker and spot catches at the pier are random and slow.  Seems that fishing has been getting worse and worse each year.  Many think it has to do with the gator bluefish we are seeing each year now.   We haven’t seen any decent croaker action in a couple of years and the same goes for spot.  Triggers are hitting small hooks with clam, or bloodworms.

The surf is seeing mostly kingfish and small weakfish.  Some really small flounder here and there and an occasional keeper flattie.  Of course there are skates, rays and dogfish.  Lot of sharks being caught and taken out of the water.  Keep the prohibited species in the water, that is a good way to harm the shark and get in trouble.


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Susan Krepshaw’s weakfish catch at the Indian River Inlet

Weakfish or trout are being caught around the Indian River inlet, nice sized trout not just the little spikes.  There are a lot of spikes in the surf, but the inlet and Broadkill river have produced some nice sized trout.   Speckled trout are being caught near the outer wall on occasion as well.  Pink zooms on two ounce jig heads work great for trout.  Many have caught them on minnows drifting for flounder in the Lewes canal and Broadkill river.   Good to see some nice sized trout coming back to the area, hopefully that will continue.

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Flounder fishing has been hit or miss for many anglers.  The inland bays are not producing very well.  The offshore action is decent and the Delaware Bay structure.  The Cape Henlopen fishing pier is seeing more and more action but mostly small flounder.  The Lewes canal still has some decent action.  The largest flounder we have seen was around eight pounds.


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Trigger caught at the Cape Henlopen Fishing Pier

Slot striped bass fishing around the Cape Henlopen pier has been decent and the Lewes Canal and Broadkill river.  Keep in mind you can’t keep them past the bridge in the canal.  You can use bloodworms, sand fleas, or minnows.  Top water action is fun around structure or grass banks.  Schooling striped bass will sit along a grass bank on an outgoing tide and feed on the baitfish that are coming out of the grass from the lower water.   small swim shads or bucktails are great to use along these areas as well as top water.

Decent yellowfin bite offshore, and some have gotten into the big eyes.  There have been a few good shark catches as close as A buoy.

Fish On!

Rich King


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