Summer Blues On The Blitz
Big schools of bluefish moving up and down the beaches today at Fenwick Island. This morning they were moving north during the out going tide towards Bethany Beach all averaging about a foot long and some longer. On the incoming tide later this afternoon there were tons of little seven inch bluefish destroying bait on top and bottom rigs at Bethany Beach. The Summer snipper blues. When they come by just toss a spoon in the dark spot or cloud in the water and one will hit. It doesn’t take long. It is also best to cast to the beach side of the school, not over the school. The blues can get jammed up in your line during the retrieve and one swipe with that mouth and the line will cut. The will also gift for the spoon and possibly cut the line. Use metal to avoid that, skip the soft plastics. Deadly disck will cast like bullets better than spoons, but the hopkins and crocodile spoons cast far. The thinner casting spoons are okay but will veer off when you are trying to hit a certain spot. You can use the same spoons at the Indian River Inlet when the blues move into there. Another set up is a two ounce drag sinker with a two foot leader for a 2 ounce spoon. The sinker will get the spoon deeper and keep it there longer.
Lot of kingfish at Cape Henlopen for those that were “actually” fishing. There was also a nice big raft flotilla that seats a hundred floating around on top of people’s lines. People fishing were not too happy about that, the raft people didn’t like the lines in their way either apparently. Can’t we all just get along … #fishlivesmatter.
Bowers Beach was producing a lot of nice flounder this weekend. Seems the fish are moving in around the bulkheads and jetty looking for food coming out of the Murderkill River. Jigging with gulp is working well, and that would be a good thing to try in any of the stream and slough outlets during an outgoing tide. Flounder will sit there waiting for bait fish to come out with the tide. The reef sits up there have been some decent fishing for the Captains Lady.
First day of tautog season and I haven’t heard or seen much. Lewes harbor marina reported. “It’s a 14.6 lb citation Sheepshead that Capt Joseph Crowley caught this morning at the outer wall on sand fleas from his boat Why Knot. Paul Skreenkock and Drake Crowley joined in on the excitement of the large sheepshead. ” A few more sheepshead were caught in the surf on random baits, but sand fleas would be the best for targeting them. Put some large ones on a hook and send it out. Figure the sand fleas are close to shore or on the sand bars, so the sheepshead will be too.
Speaking of sand bars, around Masseys Landing today they were packed with crowds of boaters. This is the busiest part of the summer we just entered. Summer hibernation is in full effect.