Weekend Surf Fishing Conditions
Heading Into A Beautiful Weekend
(August 6, 2020) … Despite the rain Saturday the fishing should be good in the early mornings. The beaches got a little shelved off from the last storm surges. Not to worry, these will flatten out if they haven’t already in many spots. Just don’t park close to a ledge it can collapse and make for a bad day. The tides this weekend are high in the early morning. Perfect incoming tide for predawn to early morning fishing. Because by 10 AM the crowds take over, and the fishing all but shuts down. You can still catch fish but it is easier on a much less crowded beach. The fishing reports will give you an idea of what is biting and what baits to use. This time of year not much really changes, except the frequency of catches. New species will arrive, until the water cools off not much changes. At this point we are full on summer fishing until the end of September.
Dead low tide is early afternoon, the water is hotter and the fish move farther off. Cast farther out, the sharks like the low tide areas too.
Use the Indian River Inlet tide chart to keep up with the current tide fluctuations.
Tides below … Indian River Inlet August 6 to the 8th 2021
The water temperatures are perfect for this time of year. The suyrf is in the supper seventies. Use the Nowcast Water Surface Temperatures For The Delaware Bay And Coast for coastal temperatures and predicted. During high tide you can watch cooler water push into the Delaware Bay. You Chesapeake bay anglers can use the Chesapeake Bay Operational Forecast System (CBOFS). Maryland DNR has the striped bass advisory at yellow, I would expert that \to increase with the incoming hotter weather.
The Inland bay temperatures cooled off with the rains we had recently. Nearly a ten degree drop. Much better conditions for fishing. Use the (USGS) United States Geological Survey National Water Information System: Web Interface. It connects to the many stations around the inland bays and rivers for water temperatures and other data. There are stations all over Delaware and the United States. You can look up an amazing amount of information with these stations. Exploring the website takes a minute to get familiar. The most useful station is Massey’s Landing’s USGS gauge.
By looking at the temperature fluctuations graph (below), the tide can be determined in real time. Not just if it is high or low tide but where the tide is currently since it is a live view updated frequently. The peak of the temperature graph is low tide, the bottom of the dip is high tide.
Some apps cost a lot of money to keep track of live or real time water temperatures, such as Fish Track.
We use the Rutgers University satellite imagery from the Coastal Ocean Observation Lab, for ocean surface temperatures. The only problem is these are usually a day behind the current readings. If you don’t need to know what the exact temperature is out there immediately, this is a free way to get an idea. The site can be set for all kinds of parameters to fine tune readings. It is another fun site to explore.
Sea Surface Temperature of Chesapeake Bay