Redfish Are Showing Up All Over And Skate For Your Plate
I ran into some of the fish and wildlife officers yesterday at Representative Steve Smyk’s coffeehouse meeting and chatted them up for a bit. Those folks have a tough job this time of year. In the summer it is all fishing and boating, but now they have to add hunting to the mix. So if you see some of these folks, also known as Mr Green Jeans out there, show them the respect they deserve. They have a tough job and we are grateful they are there. I do not envy that job one bit and am always respectful and as helpful as possible. We all should be.
Fishing is fun in the surf if you like bailing lots of small blues. Either on mullet rigs or top and bottom rigs with just about any bait. Bluefish will eat anything and even hit empty hooks when they are in a feeding frenzy. Even freshwater gear like small mepps spinners will hammer these little guys. If it is moving, shiny and looks like food a bluefish will crush it. Panther martins are fun to use they add that noise factor to the lure and that drives the blues crazy. Flounder will hit them readily in the surf as well. I like using my ultralight spinning gear for these small bluefish it makes for a much more fun fight.
There are a lot of small puppy drum in the surf the baby striped black drum. Hitting fishbites, clam, bloodworms, and squid. Some anglers are pulling them in two at a time. They have to be sixteen inches or greater to keep and are great for the table. There are red drum around as well, as far up as Jersey in the surf and near the jetties. There have been some nice ones caught in Jersey, much to the surprise of many anglers. I haven’t seen any caught in Delaware, yet, but the Oceanic Fishing pier in Ocean City and the bridges have been producing reds in the keeper slot size. Clam is always a good bait for any drum, but sand fleas and green crabs will work as well. We should have them in the surf, Delaware bay, and the inland bays. Just have to start targeting them. The big bull reds like kingfish heads for some reason. Haven’t seen many kingfish these last few weeks either. coincidence? We shall see. Lot of croaker and spot action at the Cape Henlopen fishing pier.
Short striped bass action has been good around the inland bays, Delaware Bay, Indian River Inlet, tidal rivers and creeks, and the lewes canal. The fish are schooled up on structure and feeding along mud and grass banks. Swim shads and small bucktails are the best lures. Anything that mimics a mullet will get slammed. Sandfleas work well along the jetties. We have seen them in the surf hitting mullet rigs. Mostly the mullet being caught are small but there are some “cob” mullet out there as well.
Flounder are best offshore still and will continue that way until they head to the wintering grounds. We have seen less and less keepers each year around the inland bays,and the Delaware Bay action has been decent but tough. The offshore action has been great for charters putting in the time. Triggers are still out there and on structure around the Delaware bay. Small hooks and clam is the best way to catch triggers, cleaning them is a chore but they are tasty.
Beach cleanups are going great, we did 3Rs and southside yesterday. Next week we are doing Fenwick Island and then we will start doing these on Saturdays. Now that summer has wound down we can get out on the weekend and still have enough room to do some cleaning. Next week’s clean up will be on Wednesday so when we are done we can go to Big Chill Beach Club for a little appreciation party for our volunteers. Thank you everyone who has come out and helped so far this year.