The Daily Fishing Report
It was so hot yesterday you could have rolled a hot dog across a parking lot and turned it into jerky. Stay hydrated gang it is rough on the water with little wind, and even then it is like a hot blow dryer in your face. Fish don’t care they are wet and cool. The mornings are decent and late evenings especially after that crazy storm last night.
Below is the radio report I do daily for WGMD. I will start putting these up daily on the website, but with more details, or the extended version. You can say a lot in a minute but not everything. Between that and three newspapers, I do a lot of writing, and I don’t want any of you to miss out on any information. Some of these reports may sound like broken records, it is summer time.
The water clarity in the surf and the inlet is that nice green color from phytoplankton. You can see six feet into the water at the inlet. Cape Henlopen is hit or miss for clear water. Rehoboth bay was clear to six feet just a couple of days ago. Indian River bay not as much but still decent clarity same with Assawoman bay. The water temperatures are bathtub hot, but the fish are still hitting.
Indian river inlet is producing some nice ten pound range bluefish. They are hitting bucktails, spoons, or plugs, but of course they are bluefish, they will hit anything. Meanwhile there are the summer snapper blues in the surf hitting mullet rigs and the real small ones are hitting top and bottom rigs with fishbites. Again these are bluefish, and they will eat anything. The schools are mostly on the southern beaches from Dewey to Fenwick Island. Lot of bunker schools moving up and down the beaches as well.
The tuna bite is off the chain chunking butterfish mostly as Masseys canyon. Boats are doing well in no time and spend more time getting there and back than fishing. It has been some great action for most of the fleet. Some great Mahi catches and billfish in the mix.
croaker at the Cape Henlopen fishing pier are getting bigger and so are the spot. There is decent croaker action at Masseys landing on fishbites or bloodworms. A few keeper flounder with a lot of throwbacks around the inland bays, which haven’t produced a keeper over 4 pounds this season. The canal is picking up, but that depends where you are fishing, you will have to move around. White gulp seems to be the best,some are using nuclear chicken and as always there are minnows. Some are doubling up and using bot at the same time. Decent flounder being caught in the surf on mullet rigs. The flounder will hit the rigs on the retrieve sometimes, or they are just hitting the rigs where they sit. Look for them close to shore feeding on the sand fleas and bait fish.
Short striped bass action is great at the inlet on sand fleas and there are some keepers mixed in with the big bluefish.
shad action is still good with darts and small spoons. Decent sheepshead action at Indian River Inlet (IRI) and at the outer and inner walls. Mostly being caught by people tautog fishing.
Bowers beach has some decent flounder action at the jetty. The Delaware bay is full of small croakers which are getting bigger to keeper size. Lots of small weakfish around.
Stay hydrated out there, this will be a hot week.