Weekend Fishing Outlook


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Ace Densler from Dover caught this huge whip tail ray in the surf near Lewes.

Well the wind finally dies down but that will change up Friday into Saturday with rain and more wind.  Yesterday’s storm was nothing short of an epic amount of rain.  Then again neither was the one a few days ago. We have had some serious rain showers.   Then there is the wind, seriously it can stop blowing anytime now.  The few days it has been decent enough it was out of the south west to west which made the DFM hit over ten.  Those flies can be vicious on a day of west winds even with a good breeze.  Oh well we can’t pick the weather or the tides.  We have a new moon, so the tides are going to be a bit higher than normal, hence the coastal flood advisory for tonight at high tide.

Fishing is not too bad most days. The windy weather is not helping with rough surf and small craft advisories. It is now summer hot, and the water is slowly warming up, the few days we get of colder weather helps keep the water much cooler. The inland bays are still in the high seventies, and the Delaware bay is  in the mid seventies.  Masseys landing is fluctuating between seventy and seventy nine degrees.  The surf is staying much cooler than the Delaware bay.  The bay has eighty degree water coming downstream and heating it up much faster.  The fish are hitting just fine, and in some cases the temperature is perfect for them.  The really hot days only the diehard anglers went out.  I guess many are not used to the summer heat yet and who can blame them, that takes some time to get used to, usually the entire summer.

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This morning in Lewes Jack Potts caught and released a striped bass. Pictured with his granddaughter Julie Griesback.

Short striped bass have been abundant at the Indian River Inlet at night, with a nice amount of shad in the mix. You can use speck rigs to hook up either species and on light gear it is a lot of fun. Small swim shads work well for the striped bass.  Sand fleas are another good way to catch bass at the rocks. Use a flea or two on a hook. Throw in a handful of sand fleas and then cast your line into the “feeder” bait. Think of it like feeding seagulls, you toss out the food and here come the bass. Do this close to the rocks and at night.

Bluefish are slowing down for the big gators. Just summer blues for the rest of the season. There are still a few schools of the big gators around close to shore, but they are tough to find. Easier if they happen to find you while you are out on the water.

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The oyster cracker bite is starting to heat up and will be on fire soon enough. The Terry-Farrell Fund Delaware Chapter hosted the 4th annual Oyster Cracker tournament. This year the tournament is a series of five fishing days from June to September. The object of the tournament is simple. Catch the largest oyster cracker. Captain’s Lady Charters takes out the fishing crews to help raise money for the fund. Registration started for this event in March and I believe it is filled up but you can call Captains Lady Charters and ask.

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Gage Taylor with a flounder from the Broadkill River caught on bacon.

Kingfish are hitting bloodworms readily in the surf. When the fish are around and if you are in the right spot. Lot of beach out there, you don’t always pick the right spot and because it isn’t called catching.

The Cape Henlopen fishing pier is seeing decent action for kings, croaker, spot, flounder and small weakfish. You can jig for flounder around the pier poles, or the fly anglers are hitting them in the low spots in the flats. You have to do some wading to hit that or get a kayak. If you are on the pier fish the pier poles, that is the best structure there, and only shade for the predatory fish.

Jack Potts with a keeper flounder on Gale Force Charters in Indian River Inlet

Bring the kids for a weekend of fishing and fun. The Third Annual Kids Catch-All Fishing Tournament will be at the Indian River Marina, June 23 – 25.  The staff at the Indian River Marina in Delaware Seashore State Park are excited to invite children ages 3 to 18 to participate in this fun event. During the tournament, kids have many choices for where and how they want to fish: from the beach or jetties, private boat or charter boat, in the ocean, inland waterways or try deep-sea fishing. Adults can help children reel in their catch.
Registration is $25 per child or $150 per boat with up to six participants and includes a free event t-shirt and free all-you-can-eat dinner on Saturday and Sunday evenings for kids entered in the tournament. Other family members pay just $10 for the great dinners prepared by local restaurants each night.
On-site registration is Friday, June 23, from 6 to 8 p.m. and Saturday, June 24, from 6 to 8 a.m. This year, on-line registration is available through Eventbrite. All children must be registered either on-line by Friday at 8 p.m. or in person by Saturday at 8 a.m. to be qualified.
Fish On!

Rich King

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