Thresher shark brought into Lewes

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Mike Trestka, Captain Brian Wazlavek, Mate Aahron Jost, and angler Josh Chubbs with the thresher brough in today by Delaware Family Fishing …. photo from Mike Trestka

After a bit of a cooling off earlier in the week, the temperatures jumped back to normal, and we had a beautiful weekend.  May was a fun month with some interesting weather and great fishing.
June so far has not been disappointing. The surf has been producing bluefish on cut bait and whole mullet. Puffers are hitting fishbites and bloodworms. A few keeper striped bass have been caught on bunker chunks. Flounder are close to the surf feeding on sand fleas, or a live minnow will produce. Croaker are thick in the surf now as well as kingfish on fishbites bloodworms and crab formulas. A few drum have been caught on fresh surf clam. It is rip current awareness week and NOAA has been putting out a lot of information to keep people aware of the dangers of these currents. For a surf angler it is a great place to fish, but not for swimming. Be careful if you venture into the water, keep a close eye for rip currents. This is one reason it is preferred that people swim in an area with lifeguards. Fighting a rip current is never a good idea, swim with the current and you can
break free. Fishing a rip current is a great idea, fish both sides of the rip current and in front of it if you can, that is where you will find fish feeding on the critters stirred up out of the sand from the
strong currents.

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Saad Soliman with a sea bass

Seabass action slowed down for a few days and has slowly picked back up, the boats out of Lewes have been doing well. The Delaware bay is filling up with flounder, seabass, and croaker are all over the place. Broadkill Beach has been a hot spot for croakers with bloodworms. The drum action has been great out on the coral beds and the Broadkill area. Woodland beach has seen a lot of croaker action from the pier and boats. There are still striped bass being caught
farther up the bay on bunker chunks. Not sure how long that action will continue the spring run is about to an end. The Roosevelt inlet and Lewes canal are still hot for flounder and weakfish. A lot of nice sized tiderunners are being caught mostly on soft plastics like  pink zoom on a 2 ounce jig head. Nothing like a day of lazy drifting the canal and this weekend was perfect weather. Spot and are showing up everywhere including the Inland Bays. Masseys Landing is seeing bluefish and flounder running the ditch. Bubble gum beach at the Indian River Inlet has seen bluefish, shad, flounder and short striped bass.

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Hog choker caught in a crab pot the fish at top of picture brought nto Lewes

Crabbing is definitely picking up more and more. Love Creek, Herring creek has been good and the shallower areas of the inland bays. People are filling crab pots and trot lining is starting to produce as long as you put in the time and find crabs. I have seen a few monster crabs on the pier poles at Masseys Landing and in people’s baskets. That is not a great place to crab, but the fact they are on the poles shows they are around. The Cape Henlopen pier is starting to produce crabs more frequently. We fished the pier the other night
and had a nice take out dinner of Chinese food. While I was stuffing myself with egg rolls, there were fish coming over the rail left and right. I arrived just before dusk waiting to meet Scott and Aahron  Jost. Some guys walked on to the pier with a ton of gear, and bait.
They asked me a few things about fishing the pier, it was their first time there so I gave them a quick rundown. Told them the best way to fish the structure or pier poles and how to fish the lights at night. the pier poles is where the fish feed on the smaller critters that
live on or around there. They geared up and were pulling in flounder after five minutes of fishing. Needless to say they were very excited. It was fun watching these guys hammer flounder and croaker like no tomorrow. There were some nice blues caught earlier that day.  A few guys coming off the pier told me their buddy had a nice croaker
on until a bluefish slammed it during the retrieve and bit it in half.  They said the entire pier immediately switched to cut bait and started catching some gator bluefish and smaller blues. Spot were also coming over the rail all day long with lots of croaker in the mix on bloodwoms and fishbites.

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Mason Baldwin with a puffer from the surf
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Saturday morning I took some folks to the beach for a little surf fishing. We went to Faithful Steward crossing and set up the gear. I had an array of bait and showed them how to cast and explained how to read the beach to find a good fishing spot. I also explained that finding a good spot doesn’t always mean you will catch fish, since we are fishing the Atlantic pond. That is one huge body of water to just sit on the edge of the shore and fish. We rescued a couple of horseshoe crabs while we were there and picked up some trash. I
really dislike finding trash on the beach, and watching a Mylar balloon wash up really drives me crazy. We didn’t catch anything and neither did most of the beach from the early morning into the early afternoon. I took our new friends back to their vehicles and they left with a better knowledge of what to do next time they get in the surf. A half hour after we left the beaches started seeing bluefish, puffers, kingfish, dogfish, skates and rays. The old “you have to be at the right place at the right time” scenario strikes again. It happens and that is why it is called fishing and not catching. That morning while we were drowning bait, a buddy of mine was hammering bluefish at the Indian River Inlet for about forty five minutes then the bite turned off at the south wall. Other friends were catching fish in the bays, canals, and the beaches south of our location saw some action. Still a great day in the sandbox.

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Sharks washed up on slaughter beach .. photo submitted by Karen Sekcienski

The offshore bite has been good for yellowfin, bluefin, and even a few big eye tuna. The shark action has been heating up offshore, blues, makos, and threshers but we have not seen much of that action from the surf. Please keep in mind that most of the sharks you catch from the surf are usually the prohibited species and are not to be removed from the water. Sand tiger, dusky, and sandbar sharks are prohibited species and ninety nine percent of the time these are the sharks you will produce from the surf. If you can not identify the shark, then let it go, either cut the line or get in the water and remove the hook. I have done that a few times with large sand tiger sharks and it is definitely a pucker factor off the scales. I will tell you that story another time, it was a real experience being waste deep with a ten foot sand tiger shark. Speaking of sharks, a 221.5
pound thresher was brought to the docks today (Monday) in Lewes.  Delaware Family Fishing’s captain Brian Wazlavek had a charter Sunday night. Josh Chubbs caught the 79 inch (measured to the fork) shark
about 14 miles off the Delaware coast. Mike Trestka and mate Aahron Jost assisted in landing the thresher, the first brought into Lewes,  DE this year. The fishing as always is hit or miss but still a good time when you are with friends and family.

Hope everyone had a great week and we will see you out there again soon.

Fish On!!

Rich King

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