Weekend Outlook


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Steamed blue claw crabs .. Wayne Rickrode

Its gonna be a scorcher this weekend, and rather crowded based on the traffic we are seeing this afternoon.  The winter June weather we had the last few days was an interesting surprise.   Now we are headed into full blown summer temperatures.  The southwest wind will be fun for the flies at the beach with mid eighty temperatures.  The water temperature is still a balmy sixty nine degrees at Masseys ditch.  The water dropped to sixty two degrees during the cold snap.  The Delaware Bay is in the mid sixties as well as thesurf.

The crabbing is excellent and they taste really good.  Trot lining, crab pots, hand lines, rings or drop traps are all producing,you just have to put in the time.  Lot of short striped bass at the Indian River inlet.


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Big bluefish at 3rs … Melissa Bethard of Newark, DE

Blue fish, bluefish, where are the bluefish?  There are still random catches occurring along the beaches for the big gator blues.  The Broadkill River has produced a few as well near oyster rocks.  Broadkill beach even has seen a few big yellow eyed devils.  Mullet is the choice of bait but bunker is working as well.  A couple hit the Cape Henlopen pier and fed on some squid for a few anglers.  The summer blues are also here in the four pound range.  A stargazer was caught in the surf the other day by  Mike Hinton while he was jigging. Freaky looking fish that usually hit cut baits on the retrieve since they are right in the surf edge.


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Jon SIddons with a 5.5 pound weakfish caught in Lewes

The weakfish are hitting in the Lewes Canal and Delaware Bay beaches.  Jon Siddons nailed a nice five and half pounder the other day.  The weakie hit  a spec rig with gulp and minnows.  He was also catching a few flounder and short striped bass.  Somewhere in Lewes, that looked a little sandy.  Flounder are hitting readily in the canal and the Cape Henlopen pier is seeing some decent action.  Even offshore is starting to produce.  The rules for the Flounder Pounder Open 2017 will be posted in a few days.  Get ready for the world’s largest flounder tournament this summer with a grand prize of one hundred thousand dollars.

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Drum action is still hot in the Delaware bay around the coral beds.  Clam is the best bait.  Anglers offshore are doing well with sea bass.   The Oceanic pier is seeing some decent catches but you have to be there at the right time.  “Slow during the day, early mornings good and night fishing, shad, blues, rock, some flounder and tog” … John Thompson.


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Melissa Bethard of Newark, DE caught this 21 inch/ 5.4 lb bass from a Kent County pond .. photo by Mark Hynson

Freshwater action has been great for anglers.  John Kwoka … ” My neighbor Melissa Bethard of Newark, DE caught this 21 inch/ 5.4 lb bass from a Kent County pond while fishing out of her kayak. She caught the bass on wacky-rigged Senko worm. The bass was released after the photo which was taken by Mark Hynson of Newark, DE. She also caught this 10 lb Bluefish off 3R’s beach ”  It is going to be a great weekend, just watch the flies at the beach.  The DFM will be up above five this weekend.

Have a safe weekend.

Fish On!

Rich King

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Stargazer that hit Mike Hiton’s jig in the surf at southside

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