Rats In The Surf And Blues On The Way

26 inch striped bass I hit in the surf yesterday on a spoon

One day it’snot andthe next day it’s hot, yesterday was hot.  The water temperatures in the surf are around forty-six degrees.  It is going to be windy this weekend, but you should tough it out and hit the water.  Small craft advisory into Saturday.  This warm up is helping that creep up slowly.  Masseys Landing is fluctuating between forty-seven and fifty-two degrees.  The latter happening at low tide.  Despite the cooler temperatures along the beach more short striped bass or rats as we like to call them are in the suds.  You will find more around structure like the southside of the Indian River inlet and other jetties.  Fenwick Island to Delaware Seashore State Park has the best action, but that doesn’t mean you won’t see action on the other beaches.  That just happens to be where we have been mostly fishing.

They are hitting spoons, Storm’s white swim shads, and we are using two ounce bucktails with or without BKD soft plastics.  Two bucktails tied in tandem like a speck rig will really help increase your chances.  When the feed bag is on the fish will hit just about anything in these conditions.

There is a lot of bait in the waters.  Richard King at Port Penn Bait and Tackle has been filling his nets daily with bunker.  Fenwick Bait and Tackle, Icehouse bait and Tackle, and Dan’s Bait and Tackle are all loaded with bunker.   You can get a DSF discount for members only at Fenwick and Icehouse.


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Spring time Bluefish caught in the surf.

Bluefish are finally hitting above Hatteras in the surf.  That usually means they are a week away from showing up in Delaware full force.  Only if things hold true from the past three years.  There are some blues being caught around the area, but it has been very random.  I have seen oneforty inch bluefish and heard about another.  We will keep you posted on that, we are going back out today to get some salt in the lungs, wet the lines , and slime up the gear.

John at the Oceanic pier said yesterday the netters are seeing really big bass, weakfish and some blues in the nets in the back bays of Ocean City.  The route 50 bridge has been hot for a couple of weeks now for short striped bass action.  There was one flounder caught at Chincoteague, and that is where that action usually starts.  I doubt we have any here yet, but you never know.  There are reports of flounder here now, I wouldn’t believe the hype.


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Striped bass in the surf yesterday at Conquest beach

Some decent sized weakfish were caught in the nets around Ocean City as well.  Nice sized weakies.  The Delaware state fish that is pretty much a unicorn these days.  Would be nice to see them come back in force but these days they are food for all of the predators and cat food for the fishing industry.

Black drum should be on the move soon as well.

FIsh On!

Rich King

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Marine Forecast …  

A warm front north of our region will become stationary today
through Saturday, then settle southward through the area as a
backdoor cold front on Saturday night. Low pressure will traverse
this front from the Great Plains today into the Middle Atlantic
on Monday, when it’s accompanying cold front will sweep through
our region. This will be followed by several weak troughs of
low pressure, until a more substantial cold frontal passage by

Coastal waters from Cape May NJ to Cape Henlopen DE out 20 nm-
Coastal waters from Cape Henlopen to Fenwick Island DE out 20 nm-
549 AM EDT Fri Apr 13 2018


SW winds 15 to 20 kt with gusts up to 25 kt. Seas 4 to
6 ft. Swell mainly from the S with a dominant period of
7 seconds.

SW winds 15 to 20 kt with gusts up to 30 kt. Seas 4 to
6 ft. Swell mainly from the S with a dominant period of
7 seconds.

S winds 15 to 20 kt with gusts up to 25 kt. Seas 3 to
5 ft. Swell mainly from the SE with a dominant period of
10 seconds.

S winds 15 to 20 kt, diminishing to 10 to 15 kt
after midnight. Gusts up to 25 kt. Seas 3 to 5 ft. Swell mainly
from the SE with a dominant period of 11 seconds. A chance of
drizzle after midnight.

E winds 5 to 10 kt, increasing to 10 to 15 kt with gusts
up to 20 kt in the afternoon. Seas 3 to 4 ft. Showers likely with
a chance of drizzle in the morning, then showers likely in the

SE winds 15 to 20 kt with gusts up to 25 kt,
becoming S 20 to 25 kt with gusts up to 35 kt after midnight.
Seas 4 to 6 ft, building to 5 to 8 ft after midnight. Rain.

S winds 20 to 25 kt, becoming SW 15 to 20 kt in the
afternoon. Seas 7 to 10 ft. Rain in the morning, then a chance of
showers in the afternoon.

W winds 15 to 20 kt. Seas 6 to 9 ft, subsiding to
4 to 7 ft after midnight. A chance of showers in the evening.


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