The Fish Finders Are Coming Back To Town

Another sign of spring is showing up around Delmarva, ospreys.  There have been a few sightings around the Chesapeake bay and Sussex county has reported a few.  They are mostly near the inland bay back bay areas or the marshes along the beaches.  They usually arrive with the shad every year, right around our favorite drinking holiday.  I have seen one so far near Massey’s Landing, they are my favorite fish finders. 

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Osprey feeding near the Indian River Inlet

Migratory birds, like migratory fish are not going to move unless they know there is a food source. When the food starts moving the predators do as well. There are plenty of ponds, creeks and rivers loaded with fish for the osprey to catch, but they usually arrive with the shad run. We shall see how well that coincides this year. The Delaware river is warming up and the shad anglers are itching to get a line wet.

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    They make the best fish finders, when osprey are hunting the surf or any waters, you can tell where the fish are by paying attention to the bird.      If the osprey is high in the air the fish are deeper, if the osprey is low, the fish are shallow.  A few years back we were on the skunk in the surf hard.  We watched an osprey fly into the back of the last breaking wave and pull out a fish.  We adjusted our lines and started catching.  They know where the fish are all the time.  Always pay attention to nature’s fish finders.  The osprey cams are empty and the Lewes one isn’t on but that will change up soon. Keep an eye on the sky.

Fish On!
Rich King

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(2018) Osprey at the osprey cam in Lewes near Cape Henlopen State park

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