The Catch Of A Lifetime

Mark Bowman Caught A Huge Resident Striped Bass At The Indian River Inlet

Labor Day weekend fishing has been great for many an angler. Good to see the fish finally got the word the point opened. Maybe they didn’t get the memo on the early opening. The first couple of days fishing the point was slow, Sunday the action was much better. Our resident fish are always feeding, striped bass being one of those at the Indian river inlet. We have rather large resident rockfish in Delaware waters.

A couple anglers were catching fish of a lifetime. Bailing Spanish mackerel from the surf and the Indian River Inlet. The biggest catch was a forty-two inch striped bass caught by Mark Bowman. They were fishing for shad and bluefish, then caught this beast. “ Just caught the biggest striper of my life! 42 inches let my 2 kids reel in what I thought was shads and blues then I asked my 13 year old Daughter Grace wanna reel this fish in. She got it close and I seen it looked like a Cobia, soon as it got close took Drag! I grabbed the rod! Catch and release.”

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The shad spoon that caught this beast of a striped bass

Lucky to pull that size of a fish on that little spoon. That is how it happens, you catch something spectacular when you least expect it. Using sand fleas for striped bass has been great at the inlet especially at night. There have been some bonus catches of triggers and sheepshead while “fleaing” for bass. Slot season for striped bass is over in the Delaware Bay, it ended August 31st.

Don’t get too excited and gear up for big striped bass, this is not a migratory striped bass it is a resident. We have plenty of large bass that live here year round. Feeding in the deeper waters of the inlet and inland bays. They wander the Lewes canal looking for food and will move into the surf. Catching them is not an easy task, the long liners have the best chances at the inlet.

Fish On!
Rich King

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