Weekend Is Looking Good For Fishing


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Bluefish on the scope coming in on the incoming tide at the Indian River Inlet.

The surf is nice and calm now but by the beginning of next week Jose is going to light us up a little bit if it takes the most popular projected path.  You might want to get your fishing in this weekend.  We had to cancel the Jet Ski Fishing tournament just in case that swell was here early.  There were some heavy waves yesterday but nothing that hindered surf fishing and we were holding bottom well with four ounces for top and bottom rigs and five ounces for mullet rigs.  Larger rigs with big floats will drag a weight in heavy current.  The little blues are hitting readily on all of the beaches.  South Bethany was very active yesterday and the point was as well.

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Burrfish keep washing up on the beaches

Sea glass hunters and shellers, the best places to look are the point, 3Rs, and Fenwick Island State Park.  Delaware Seashore State Park from Key box to Faithful Steward has been washed over from wind and heavy waves.  This surge from hurricane Jose and depending how close it gets, will stir up the bottom and throw a lot of “stuff” onto our beach.

The Lewes Canal is producing a variety of decent catches.  Small bluefish, spot, croaker,and short striped bass, even some norther puffers on occasion.


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Captain Keith of the Surface Tension with a double up of Sea Bass on DS Custom Tackle rigs

Sea bass season is coming near an end.  It will close September twenty-first and reopen October twenty-second.  Dave Bebee was out the other day with his son Keith on the Surface Tension and was bailing sea bass two at a time.  They did good on keepers and caught a lot of throw backs. The Diamond State Custom Tackle top and bottom rigs they were using were getting the job done.  Dave said he is very impressed with these rigs and we are as well, they are durable and last a long time if you take care of your gear.  Not just for the surf, but for everywhere you need a good top and bottom rig.


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Red drum caught at the coast guard station at in the Indian River Inlet
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Redfish or puppy drum are hitting around Delaware!  Kevin was fishing the coast guard station area at the Indian River inlet a few days ago and hooked into a nice redfish.  “Cut squid on single hook flounder rig 1-2 cranks off bottom to stay out of the structure”  There have been a lot of squid in the inlet the last few weeks.  You can also hook up on reds with mullet or clam.  There have been two caught in the surf the last few days as well so they are out there.  We have seen reports from Ocean City, MD to Atlantic city,NJ with Delaware in between we should be catching these as well.  Keep in mind we have a slot for redfish.  Twenty to twenty-seven inches and five a day may be retained (kept) by an angler.


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Conquest to Faithful Steward on Thursday afternoon.

The water is looking very clean in the surf,especially on the beaches below the Indian River Inlet.  The point is very clear on the ocean side and stirred up on the Delaware Bay side.  The water temperatures are holding nice with this cooler fall like weather.  Striped bass are schooling up around the bay and tidal creeks.  Lot of fun action from those fish.  Masseys ditch is fluctuating between seventy-one and seventy-three degrees.  About mid-week it plummeted to sixty-nine degrees and has been steadily rising to seventy-three.  The Delaware Bay and surf is averaging seventy-two degrees.


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Spot caught at the Cape Henlopen fishing pier by Gage Taylor

The Cape Henlopen fishing pier has been producing a lot of spot catches on bloodworms or fishbites.  Anglers are filling coolers with spot perfect for a good meal.  Some are saving the spot for fishing later in the season or spring.   Bull reds will also eat spot heads as well as kingfish heads.  That is a great bait in the Outer Banks and Asaateague no reason it wouldn’t work here as well.  Bulls are starting to show up in the Chincoteague beaches and soon Assateague if not already.

It is bike week in Ocean City, MD.  Please keep a close eye out for motorcycles, there are a lot around.

Fish On!

Rich King

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