Surf Fish The Hurricane Dorian Storm Surge But Watch Your Six

People keep asking should I fish this storm, and they absolutely should. We always fish nor’easter conditions in the fall for striped bass. Bait fish will be pushed into pockets and against structure. Striped bass love to feed in these conditions. The food is disoriented from trying to avoid heavy currents and rough water, as well as amped up predators. You will probably have to walk in to fish most beaches today, parks will close a few beaches for high tide concerns. Watch for rip currents which are the best areas to fish.

Striped bass are in the wash of the surf feeding on sand fleas and bait fish. Mullet are starting to move into the surf zone and flats at Cape Henlopen State Park. The sudden water temperature drop triggered the resident short striped bass to school up around the inland bays and feed heavier. The fall run is coming, the bass need to feed.

Debris washed up on beach during storm surge on Thursday

Watch your back if you are wading the surf wash. Which is the only way to get a line out there in this wind and heavy surf. Boards and debris are washing up and can take your legs out from under you. A large piece of wood moving through a wave’s backwash will have some serious force. A board with nails will be even more dangerous. Just watch your six, especially with water washing behind where you are standing. Waves will get bigger as the day progresses.

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Short Striped bass caught in the surf Thursday in the storm surge.

Indian River inlet anglers, the bait fish will be hugging the rock’s surface. Predators will be feeding on those bait fish. You will lose more gear in rough water than calm water. Jigging works but pay attention. Small swim shads to mimic mullet should produce. It is wet and windy as hell out there, gear up for the weather. Watch your back at high tide if you drive onto the beach. The water will most likely hit the dune lines at high tide. Parks are closing some of the drive on beaches, but you can walk out and surf fish.

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Indian River Inlet Tide Chart

2019/09/06Fri02:48 AM2.51H
2019/09/06Fri08:30 AM0.37L
2019/09/06Fri3:41 PM3.08H
2019/09/06Fri9:43 PM0.61L
2019/09/07Sat03:54 AM2.40H
2019/09/07Sat09:34 AM0.51L
2019/09/07Sat4:47 PM3.07H
2019/09/07Sat10:50 PM0.66L

Marine Forecast Coastal waters from Cape May NJ to Cape Henlopen DE out 20 nm- Coastal waters from Cape Henlopen to Fenwick Island DE out 20 nm- 621 AM EDT Fri Sep 6 2019


.TODAY…NE winds 20 to 25 kt with gusts up to 30 kt, increasing
to 30 to 35 kt with gusts up to 45 kt. Seas 4 to 7 ft dominant
period 12 seconds, building to 8 to 11 ft dominant period
16 seconds. Periods of rain with isolated tstms. Vsby 1 to 3 NM.

.TONIGHT…N winds 25 to 30 kt with gusts up to 45 kt, becoming
NW 15 to 20 kt with gusts up to 30 kt. Seas 9 to 14 ft, subsiding
to 7 to 10 ft. Swell mainly from the E with a dominant period of
12 seconds. Periods of rain early in the evening, then scattered
showers late in the evening. Vsby 1 to 3 NM early in the evening.

.SAT…NW winds 15 to 20 kt with gusts up to 30 kt, diminishing
to 10 to 15 kt in the afternoon. Seas 5 to 8 ft, subsiding to
4 to 6 ft early in the afternoon. Swell mainly from the E with a
dominant period of 10 seconds.

.SAT NIGHT…NW winds around 10 kt. Seas 4 to 6 ft, subsiding to
3 to 4 ft late. Swell mainly from the E with a dominant period of
10 seconds.
.SUN…NW winds 5 to 10 kt. Seas 3 to 4 ft.
.SUN NIGHT…S winds around 5 kt, becoming E around 5 kt after
midnight. Seas around 3 ft.
.MON…E winds 5 to 10 kt. Seas 3 to 4 ft.
.MON NIGHT…E winds around 10 kt. Seas 3 to 5 ft.
.TUE…E winds 10 to 15 kt. Seas 3 to 5 ft.
.TUE NIGHT…SE winds 10 to 15 kt, becoming S after midnight.
Seas 3 to 4 ft.

Winds and seas higher in and near tstms.

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