Striped Bass Move Into The Surf


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Allie Adams with a thirty eight inch striped bass caught at Dewey Beach … released.

Today, of course the day before the tournament.  Striped bass moved into the surf.  anglers were hooking up from Fenwick to Cape Henlopen and places between.  The fish were hitting bunker chunks, and bluefish schools are running the surf.  They are cutting lines like crazy.  Skates and dogfish are numerous.  I ran into Chad Bayless at Dan’s Tackle Box, he had a few tails hanging out of his cooler and big smile on his face.  “The striped bass just kept hitting and in forty five minutes I had my two fish and big blue.  I left them feeding. I only cast about six times.”  Meanwhile anglers at Fenwick Island were landing bass as well about the same time.  So this is either one huge school of fish or a bunch of small schools moving along the surf.  Either way if you are there when they come by you are going to catch fish.


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Striped bass Matt Adams caught int he surf today

I text Matt
Me …  “Get out there the fish are going to come right by you.

Matt …  “I can’t, I have to finish working”

Me … “Dude, you live at the beach, the fish are in your back yard, and you work at home.  Get Out There!!!”

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Twenty minute later I get a picture of a thirty eight inch striped bass.  And Matt with a big smile.  Allie helped him land it and release it, so we are posting her picture.

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George Roskos, 10lb 13oz on sting silver from the beach next to the pier … photo from Lighthouse View Bait and Tackle

Good luck tomorrow everyone.  This is just a suggestion,but if you aren’t fishing the tournament Saturday go to Beach Plum or Cape Henlopen State Park to drive on and fish.  You don’t have to, but it would be preferred by anyone fishing the tournament, and you will have more room.  Besides fish are hitting at all beaches, and it will be more crowded on the southern park beaches.  Not to mention the amount of competing lines in the water.  There were some nice blues caught at Henlopen today from the surf.

Don’t forget to follow the slot limits for striped bass.  One fish at 28 to 37 inches and one fish at 44 or over inches.  You can keep any combination they just have to be within those size limits.  By the way DNREC is aware of and looking for tail trimmers, just sayin.

‘Fish on!!

Rich King

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