Stripers are moving, bluefish are out there, redfish and ling cod abide as well

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Tyler Bankowski with a nice striped bass he caught in the Indian River Inlet on live spot.

There have been keeper striped bass in the surf, inlets, piers, rocks, rails, and inland bays.  I know boys that are already hitting them down south as far as the Chesapeake and Bay Bridge Tunnel.  They are getting hit on the troll near Bethany Beach.  Tyler Bankowski has been hammering them in the Indian River Inlet on live spot.  Live eels has also been a choice bait, and Rick’s Bait & Tackle on Long Neck rd. is loaded with them this weekend.  Like RB&T’s Facebook page for a special offered on Facebook only this weekend.  I have been fishing Broadkill beach with limited success on shorty striped bass, and a few ling cod.  The boys in NY have all but stopped fishing, since the bass have pretty much left the area.  NJ is still blowing up in the surf, and we feel the run will be over very soon.  The water is cooling off fast, but this warm Indian summer weekend could help keep them around longer.  With the predicted colder winter this year, I would not expect the striped bass to stick around like they did last year.  The bigger bluefish are mostly showing up out front on the troll, and in the Delaware Bay.  I have not seen, or heard of any from the surf in many days.

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Jason Wilcox and his boys were out on the troll this week near overfalls and the brown shoals, catching striped bass for dinner.

Last week Jerry Hirst, whom I visited recently, and documented him winterizing his oysters for the Delaware Center of the Inland Bays Oyster Restoration program.  Jerry has been surf fishing off and on, mostly on the better weather days.  One day they hammer tons of undersized redfish, or puppy drum.  Other days it is a few keeper redfish, but only a few in number.  Otherwise it is dogfish and skates galore.  A few keeper striper have been hit off 3R’s beach this past week.  One last week with a NY tag, that was called in, qualifying for a contest to win a prize.  The striped bass were blitzing the beaches here and there, you just had to be there.  Bunker has been the bait of choice, and this past spring I told folks to try a few green crabs out there.  That will be my bait of choice tomorrow, since really fresh bunker are hard to find, and I know the crabs work in the surf.  Cut mullet is okay as well, but you will not find fresh mullet, and are lucky if it is not last years frozen.  Live spot has been the ticket, and Rattle and Reel on Long Neck road is loaded with them.  Ling cod have been all over the point and herring point beach in Cape Henlopen State Park.  Even the pier has been producing ling cod also known as spotted hake.  Be safe out there this weekend, the weather is going to be beautiful, and I expect the beaches, bays, piers, rocks, and rails will be rather busy.  I just bought a new set of Calcutta waders for Christmas, and will be sporting them this weekend … Thanks Mom!!

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