Time For Some Fishing

Well it looks like mother nature kicked old man winter to the curb.  The water temperatures are finally holding over fifty degrees and we have fish!   It has been a long slow spring and the majority of fish are about three weeks late.  There have been random catches but nothing like it was this time last year.

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Clams collected by Dave Beebe at the flats at the Cape Henlopen pier

Flounder started showing up a week ago in the back bays and canals.  Now we are seeing them at the Cape Henlopen fishing pier.  I saw two caught this morning before I went to Liquid to distribute Chillaware Island Spring Surf Fishing Tournament packets.   There has been a few caught in the surf.   Lot of sand fleas in the surf and that is attracting the big black drum.  Gulp on a jig head has been the best for flounder and minnows are working as well.

    The drum are as far up as Slaughter beach on the coral beds and off the beaches.  Hoping to see a few caught in the Chillaware Island Spring Surf Fishing Tournament we have 289 anglers entered.  A few black drum were caught in the surf last weekend and this week.  It has been slow out there but put in the time and you might get some action.  After it is called fishing not catching.

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Shad at the Indian RIver Inlet

   Striped bass have really started hitting on the Delaware bay near Port Penn, Augustine Beach and over on the Jersey side in Elsinboro.  Big migratory striped bass, not the residential keepers.  Tons of short bass are all over Delaware tidal waterways.  Hearing of a few  in the surf but not seeing any pictures.  Always check your sources, there are lots of rumors floating around to help shops sell bait.

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     White perch are still a good catch in the tidal creeks and rivers on bloodworms.  Short striped bass are mixed in with them.  Big catfish are hitting bunker chunks readily.

      Bluefish, everyone wants to know where the bluefish are and they are slowly showing up.  Several schools came through the flats at Cape Henlopen near the fishing pier the last couple of days.  There have been some in the surf o the ocean beaches.  This warm up during the week should get them more active, the water is still in the low fifties.  Lot of bluefish are still in Hatteras.  Gordons Pond saw a few schools go by this afternoon.  Fish with big heads and skinny bodies.  Thirty plus inches weighing less than ten pounds.  Five schools came through the flats at the pier Tuesday and we saw one this morning.  The blues are hitting slow, the water is still cold so the freight train hit has not been that common.

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Short striped bass at Cape Henlopen surf fishing beach

Shad action in the Delaware River and the Indian RIver Inlet has really amped up.  That run has been sporadic thanks to rain and fluctuating temperatures.  Night fishing the inlet on the incoming tide is producing two shad at a time on shad dart rigs.

   Still some decent trout fishing in the rivers.  You have to do some looking but you can hit your limit if you put in the time.

   Crabbing has been slow but doable in the inland bays.  That will pick up as the water gets warmer.  Not much competition down here since the seasonals are out here in full force, yet.  Clamming has been great for those braving the colder water.

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