Striped Bass Are On The Move

Over the last few days striped bass have been moving up the Delaware Bay into the Delaware River.  These are most likely resident fish, but they are females full of eggs, and big.  No one has seen any sea lice on them which is a good sign to identify ocean striped bass. The Nanticoke river is seeing the same activity, with spawning females heading up river from the Chesapeake bay.

The bass in the Chesapeake bay are moving into areas to spawn.   The fun yet annoying part of migratory fish is figuring out when they are going to show up and if they will come close to the coast line.  Right now fish are moving into the Delaware bay and I would start looking under those schools of bunker in front of the beaches that the gannets keep diving on.  A nice overcast sky like today is perfect.


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Striped bass caught by Richard King of Port Penn Bait and Tackle
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Richard King owner of Port Penn Bait and Tackle has been seeing some decent sized fish.  “I have caught a bunch of thirty pounders and this last one has to be at least fifty pounds.  It took everything I had and my mate to pull this fish.  We are getting a lot of rock in our nets going for bunker.” 

     The spring run is underway and we do have spawning areas that are off-limits to fish without the proper gear restrictions.  Check your local area for restrictions.

Fish On!
Rich King

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