Weekend 1 Summer Fishing

Everywhere is packed, the beaches will be packed and that is nothing new for the beginning of the official summer season. Welcome to Memorial Day weekend at the beach, if the crowds bother you , then you have not been paying attention.
We have fish to catch and now you just need the room to do it. The good news is there are fish of all kinds to catch in several different places so you can spread out. The bad news is the action is random and only for a few to a couple of hours, which is typical. That is the nature of the game of fishing. Today was bait and wait, the water was low and dirty around 3 PM at Cape Henlopen. I got to make good use of honing my camera skills thanks to several pods of dolphins. They all but shut down the fishing anyway, so may as well take advantage of live subjects.
There were some skates and kingfish caught, but all in all it was a slow day. In that spot, a buddy of mine at the inlet hammered bluefish and shad and had a really fun day of fishing. About the same time we were on the beach.

Kingfish Suzanne caught this afternoon

The other night the bluefish were out of control at the pier beaches in Cape henlopen and along the ocean side. A couple of the Saltwater Fly anglers of Delaware were hooking up rather well, for an evening of some of the best fly fishing they have ever experienced. SOme days the fish are here in massive numbers, and then …
there is the all night all day bait and wait, or run around with lures and find nothing. The bluefish action turns on for a couple of hours and then subsides in different areas on different beaches. Fortunately if you are in Cape Henlopen at the time, the pier has other fish action to occupy your time until the blues show back up or you want to go looking for them.

Baby dolphin swimming with Mama wish this came out a little better. Another bucket list shot.

Flounder fishing has been good at the pier using gulp or minnows. Some days are better than others, today despite the wind was decent flounder day. This week, striped bass in the keeper range were caught and a lot of short bass. There is a variety of action along the Cape Henlopen Fishing Pier. The crabbing has been good as well. Check in with the pier bait shop, Lighthouse View Bait and Tackle to see what is happening and when, the report changes daily, but is usually about the same.

It was a show today watching the dolphins explode on fish

Massey’s Landing has short bass, some shad and blue fish action at night and during the incoming tides. Haven’t seen any tautog caught recently, nor have I tried. Indian River inlet has been about the same action. Everyone prefers different tides for the two sides of the Inlet. Incoming for the north and outgoing for the south is a general rule, but many have their own preferences for their “spot”.
Fish like moving water, and feeding close to the rocks for food and protection. Only solid guarantee at the inlet is, you are going to lose gear fishing the Indian River Inlet.

Got some dolphin tail waves today

Inland bays is starting to see some flounder action. The Lewes canal is still the hot spot right now, there are still some left after the tourney. Minnows, pink gulp, and/or silver sides have been the preferred baits, by themselves or mixed. Fish near crab pots for better inland bay structure or along dark bottomed beaches. The sand bars don’t hold flounder, they don’t like the sandy bottoms, they want dark bottom to blend in with not bright sand. They will hunt the bars but not really stay on or near them.
Fish rips and moving water. Slow your boat drift as much as possible

Got some dolphin tail waves today, because timing the shot is hard. I tis like setting the hook, but not quite, in this case you are trying to take a picture of something just before it happens. Sometimes you just shoot and hope.

Black sea bass action has been great for the boats going out. Captain Keith Beebe of Surface Tension filled the box the first day out. Check his and other Lewes charters to get offshore and do some feeshin. Out of Ocean City, MD the Morning Star as usual is loading up with fish.

Alex put a few kingfish in the box the other day in Delaware Seashore State Park.

You can hit the beaches and deal with the crowds. Henlopen will always be more crowded than the lower beaches. Flies weren’t bad today the stronger winds this weekend should keep them down.
The drum at Broadkill has been random but happening. Dans has about a bajillion clams for all the drum anglers. The boats have been doing better than the surf it seems.
Blues up at Broadkill and along the southern beaches. Mullet rigs are working, cut bait on surf rigs, or cut bunker. Keep a spoon handy and save the time to bait more hooks. Throw out a three ounce gator spoon or Kastmaster. A teaser out front isn’t a bad idea and possibly give you two blues at once.
Cow nose rays are here and feeding. Skates and dogfish galore. Switch up form cut baits when they show up, unless you like the fight or just catching something. Using less cut bait keeps the “trash” fish down, usually.
​Northern Puffers, burr fish, and sand perch are hitting top and bottom rigs with fish bites or bloodworms. Squid is working for the more universal bait but attracts the skates.

It was a show today watching the dolphins explode on fish
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The kingfish are here and hitting bloodworms or fishbites. Lots of sand fleas in the surf, even the tiny ones, which are perfect for kingfish rigs. The sand line moved dramatically today when the wind shifted at Cape Henlopen. The dolphins were running the edge of that line feeding and you could have reached out to them today. Osprey were feeding along that line as well. Big bait slicks formed up when the dolphins started feeding (and pooping). This is the same area we keep seeing the whale. So we keep fishing it to no avail.

Fish On!
Rich King


Marine Forecast ….
Coastal Waters Forecast
National Weather Service Mount Holly NJ
931 PM EDT Fri May 24 2019

.SYNOPSIS FOR THE COASTAL WATERS FROM SANDY HOOK NJ TO FENWICK ISLAND DE AND FOR DELAWARE BAY…

High pressure will build from the Great Lakes to over our area
tonight, then shift offshore during Saturday. A warm front lifts
north of our area Saturday night, then a weak cold front slides
across our region later Sunday. Weak high pressure returns during
the beginning of next week. Low pressure will track across the Great
Lakes through the middle of next week, pushing another cold front
into our region by late next week.

Sandy Hook NJ to Fenwick Island DE to 20 NM offshore and Delaware
Bay
931 PM EDT Fri May 24 2019

Coastal waters from Cape May NJ to Cape Henlopen DE out 20 nm-
Coastal waters from Cape Henlopen to Fenwick Island DE out 20 nm-
931 PM EDT Fri May 24 2019

.REST OF TONIGHT…NE winds around 10 kt, becoming E late. Seas
2 ft or less. Swell mainly from the SE with a dominant period of
6 seconds.
.SAT…SE winds 10 to 15 kt. Gusts up to 20 kt late. Seas 2 ft or
less, then 3 to 4 ft in the afternoon. Swell mainly from the E
with a dominant period of 8 seconds.
.SAT NIGHT…S winds 10 to 15 kt, increasing to 15 to 20 kt after
midnight. Seas 3 to 4 ft. Swell mainly from the S with a dominant
period of 6 seconds.
.SUN…SW winds 10 to 15 kt with gusts up to 20 kt, diminishing
to 5 to 10 kt in the afternoon. Seas 3 to 4 ft. Swell mainly from
the S with a dominant period of 6 seconds.
.SUN NIGHT…NW winds 5 to 10 kt. Seas around 3 ft. A chance of
showers.
.MON…N winds 5 to 10 kt, becoming NE in the afternoon. Seas
around 3 ft. A chance of showers in the morning.
.MON NIGHT…SE winds 5 to 10 kt. Seas around 3 ft in the
evening, then 2 ft or less.
.TUE…S winds 10 to 15 kt. Gusts up to 20 kt in the afternoon.
Seas 2 ft or less, then around 3 ft in the afternoon.
.TUE NIGHT…S winds 10 to 15 kt with gusts up to 20 kt. Seas
3 to 4 ft.
.WED…S winds 10 to 15 kt. Gusts up to 20 kt in the afternoon.
Seas 3 to 5 ft.
.WED NIGHT…SW winds 15 to 20 kt. Seas 4 to 6 ft. A chance of
showers.

$$

ANZ431-251315-
Delaware Bay waters south of East Point NJ to Slaughter Beach DE-
931 PM EDT Fri May 24 2019

.REST OF TONIGHT…NE winds 5 to 10 kt, becoming E late. Waves
2 ft or less.
.SAT…SE winds 5 to 10 kt, increasing to 10 to 15 kt with gusts
up to 20 kt late. Waves 2 ft or less, then around 3 ft in the
afternoon.
.SAT NIGHT…S winds 10 to 15 kt. Gusts up to 20 kt. Waves around
3 ft in the evening, then 2 ft or less.
.SUN…W winds 5 to 10 kt. Waves 2 ft or less.
.SUN NIGHT…NW winds 5 to 10 kt. Waves 2 ft or less. A chance of
showers.
.MON…NE winds around 5 kt. Waves 2 ft or less. A chance of
showers in the morning.
.MON NIGHT…S winds 5 to 10 kt. Waves 2 ft or less.
.TUE…S winds 5 to 10 kt, increasing to 10 to 15 kt with gusts
up to 20 kt in the afternoon. Waves 2 ft or less.
.TUE NIGHT…S winds 10 to 15 kt. Gusts up to 20 kt in the
evening. Waves 2 ft or less.
.WED…S winds 10 to 15 kt. Waves 2 ft or less, then around 3 ft
in the afternoon.
.WED NIGHT…SW winds 10 to 15 kt with gusts up to 20 kt. Waves
around 3 ft in the evening, then 2 ft or less. A chance of
showers.

$$

ANZ430-251315-
Delaware Bay waters north of East Point NJ to Slaughter Beach DE-
931 PM EDT Fri May 24 2019

.REST OF TONIGHT…NE winds 5 to 10 kt, becoming E late. Waves
2 ft or less.
.SAT…SE winds 5 to 10 kt, increasing to 10 to 15 kt with gusts
up to 20 kt late. Waves 2 ft or less.
.SAT NIGHT…S winds 10 to 15 kt with gusts up to 20 kt. Waves
2 ft or less. A chance of showers.
.SUN…W winds 5 to 10 kt. Waves 2 ft or less. A chance of
showers early in the morning.
.SUN NIGHT…NW winds 5 to 10 kt. Waves 2 ft or less. A chance of
showers.
.MON…N winds around 5 kt. Waves 2 ft or less. A chance of
showers in the morning.
.MON NIGHT…SE winds around 5 kt. Waves 2 ft or less.
.TUE…S winds 5 to 10 kt, increasing to 10 to 15 kt with gusts
up to 20 kt in the afternoon. Waves 2 ft or less.
.TUE NIGHT…S winds 10 to 15 kt with gusts up to 20 kt, becoming
SW 5 to 10 kt after midnight. Waves 2 ft or less.
.WED…SW winds 5 to 10 kt, becoming S 10 to 15 kt in the
afternoon. Waves 2 ft or less.
.WED NIGHT…SW winds 10 to 15 kt with gusts up to 20 kt. Waves
2 ft or less. A chance of showers.

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