Where To Surf Fish After Henri’s Storm Surf

Henri didn’t carve up the beach, but moved some sand around

The question after any storm is where to surf fish and how to find cuts. This storm surge flattened the beaches a bit, the cuts will form back up in a day or two. If you sit and watch the waves today you will notice at the bottom of the curling wave you can see the ledge. That is because it was moved out farther by heavy storm surge waves pulling sand off the beach. Just enough to put the ledge farther out and cause waves to break earlier. Pushing water up in the surf wash zone farther creating a wider surf wash. Because that is usually where the water is all of the time, because sea level.
Look for the weak spot in the incoming waves, that is where the cut will form back up. The water draining back out creates the wave’s weak spot with a heavier under current.

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This wave is pulling back to the edge of that ledge and then pushing water up onto the beach.

Since the wave action is low today it will move the sand around slower back in place and rebuild the beach a little at a time. The ledge’s new position is a lot of stirred up food. Cast just behind that first breaking wave, like normal. The fish are in there feeding. When we get much heavier wave action there will be tide pools where that ledge is usually positioned. A few beaches have those but most are flattened more from the wave action. Learn to read a beach and you will catch more fish.

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The cut, on the left, cast out on each side and the middle to jig or with spoons. The beach area between cuts, just cast along the shore line at about thirty degrees.

Cast out along the edge of the ledge with bait. Once the cut forms up more cast out into the receding water like a rip current on the southern edge.
If you are throwing spoons or plugs, cast along the beach. A thirty degree angle is the best and you can hit a couple cuts at one time. This is much easier on weekdays, early morning and late evening, when the beaches are empty. But today you can manage, it won’t be as crowded, especially on the southern beaches in Delaware Seashore State Park. Jig for flounder along the ledge.

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Reading the beach at Cape Henlopen State Park after a storm these pronounced cuts are farther up on the beach.

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