Weekend Fishing Picking Up

The resident striped bass are not the only schooling fish hitting in Delaware

This weekend’s warm up out brought out more anglers, and created chances for more catches. The short bass action has been fun around the inland bays. That water temperature jumped up over fifty seven degrees. It has held at low tide for the past four consecutive tide changes. Dropping to forty-eight to fifty degrees on the incoming tide.

If I were looking for migratory striped bass in the surf, today (Sunday) would be a great day. Overcast makes for better striped bass fishing in the surf, especially during the day.

Up north on the upper Delaware bay on the Delaware and Jersey sides the big girls made an appearance. Large migratory striped bass on the move are hitting bunker chunks. Even from land at the DOD area in Jersey. The boat anglers are getting into the action as well, bunker chunks are the preferred bait. If you are looking for very fresh bunker hit up Port Penn Bait and Tackle.

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Big striped bass on the Jersey side of the Big D The striper is actually 47 inches and 50 pounds. Not sure why anyone would stretch the fish beyond a record.

Shad are starting to hit up in the Delaware river. Which explains why some of the big bass are here. Big shad is a great meal for a huge striped bass.
This is just the beginning of the spring striped bass migration. The larger fish always seem to move first, either in small schools or on their own. The larger schools of the twenty to thirty pounders are still moving slowly up the coast and out of the Chesapeake Bay. Which is also seeing its fair share of action.

Flounder are starting to hit around Chincoteague and that action will be here in Delaware soon enough. Several keepers were reported by Captain Steve’s Bait and Tackle on their Facebook page. Many were caught in the Assateague channel. The next arrivals we are waiting for are the black drum and bluefish.

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