The Blues have hit the road
For the most part the bluefish run of 2015 is over. I know you don’t want to hear that, but the fishing has certainly slowed down. There are still some showing up near the pier in Cape Henlopen and the Broadkill River has seen its fair share. For the most part, the blitzing runs are north as far up as New York. It was fun while it lasted and for many it was their first experience seeing fish like that in the surf. This will be remembered for years to come, it was reminiscent of the striped bass spring run years ago at the Indian River Inlet. The only creatures that are happy the blues have headed north are the bait fish and other life out there. Jim Haug found a sea gull in the gullet of one of the fish he cleaned. Not much is safe when the gator blues are on a feeding frenzy. So now that things have calmed down, the fishing should get back on track to a normal spring, or so we hope. The bluefish were fun and it was a frenzy. We received so many pictures of fish I think I missed a few for the Facebook albums. I have eaten baked, broiled, smoked, and fried fish for days now. What else is out there now is the question, the only fish people have been targeting is bluefish and in some cases you didn’t have a choice.
Flounder action has not been bad for the inland bays, Lewes canal, broadkill river, and Delaware Bay. They are still moving into the area hitting on minnows and chartreuse gulp. Osprey have been catching their fair share of flounder near Long Neck. Puffer fish made an appearance on Sunday while we were surf fishing after the beach clean up at Conquest in Delaware Seashore State Park. Caught on bloodworms and some were picked up on Fishbites bloodworm formula. The water has just gotten warm enough for Fishbites to start working decent. The surf has averaged fifty three degrees for the most part the past week. A 32 inch redfish, puppy drum, channel bass, or red drum depending on your choice of names was caught at the Indian River inlet over the weekend on mullet chunks. Black drum are as far up as the back bays of Atlantic City and as far south as Chincoteague, so we may see a run of them yet. Clam is the best baits to try for drum and since everyone has been using bunker chunks or mullet it is possible they are here, but have yet to be caught. One was caught at Port Mahon a week ago. Up north they are still seeing some nice keeper bass, and for the most part they have spawned out. I am also seeing less pictures of kept fish and more reports of released striped bass, kudos to everyone for that.
There are still bunker schools the size of football fields in the inland bays, and some blues are still chasing them around, a few blues were caught at Masseys on the outgoing tides with spoons. There is still a seal hanging out down there and can be seen on occasion but is not keeping to a set schedule. Usually they show up like clockwork with the tide, but this little guy is just making random stops to feed and sun itself. The Noseeums (tiny gnats) are back for the season. Shaun Smith was at Masseys Landing during a dead calm wind and said he got eaten alive last night. Not so happy to see them back but that is the nature of living by the coast. Several seahorses have been caught in the surf. Well not really caught they will grasp onto a line for support and structure while they travel the currents and feed. They do not swim but follow the currents, just place them gently back in the surf and they will be fine. Tautog have finally made an appearance at the outer and inner walls as well as the haystacks. Not in heavy numbers, and the wreck sites are producing as well. Check out or Charter boat section in the Business Directory for available boats.
What can you expect this coming weekend. A skate and dogfish fest is one guarantee, they were thick last weekend. The skate and dog run of 2015 is hot and heavy. Still a good tug on the line and the kids have a blast catching “sharks”. Blue crabs are getting easier to catch in the shallower waters of the inland bays, sloughs, and tidal creeks. The weather this weekend is not going to be great until Sunday, as a friend of mine described it yesterday,”Come Friday it is going to be right snotty out there” That is the truth, we are going to see a front move in and can expect upwards of ten foot waves on Friday, the storm will start on Thursday. It will be a surfers delight as well as beach combers. Big striped bass love that kind of surf so maybe we will see some of the spawned out fish from the Chesapeake make an appearance soon. One can hope they are on the move now so we will see, no one was expecting these bluefish to show up either. Keep in mind the summer blues will show up and we will have them for most of the season.
This is the Marine Forecast …
FRI NE WINDS 20 TO 25 KT WITH GUSTS UP TO 30 KT. SEAS 6 TO 9 FT. SHOWERS LIKELY. FRI NIGHT NE WINDS 20 TO 25 KT...BECOMING N 15 TO 20 KT AFTER MIDNIGHT. SEAS 6 TO 9 FT. SAT N WINDS 15 TO 20 KT...BECOMING NE 5 TO 10 KT IN THE AFTERNOON...THEN BECOMING S IN THE EVENING... BECOMING W AFTER MIDNIGHT. SEAS 4 TO 7 FT. SUN NW WINDS 5 TO 10 KT...BECOMING SW 10 TO 15 KT. SEAS 3 TO 5 FT.
Hope everyone has a good work week and we will see you in the sand box this weekend. We are roughly 3 weeks away form Military Appreciation Surf Fishing Day, we will get a list together next week for volunteers ans anglers. We are looking for help taking people onto the beach and extra gear for them to use. Old Inlet surf fishing tournament is in 2 weeks on May 9th. Should be a good time for everyone. If you need an area bait shop check the Business Directory bait shop section.