Updated: June 21, 2013
Fishing remains very
good in the bay after all the heavy
rain early in the week. Bottomfish
such as croaker, kings and blowfish
have been caught out of Bowers Beach
all the way down to Lewes Beach and
the Cape Henlopen Fishing Pier.
Bloodworms are the prime bait followed
by shrimp, clam, cut bunker, Gulp! and
Fishbites. Use small pieces on small
hooks for best results.
Flounder are scattered throughout the
lower bay with reef sites the top
locations. The bite has been slow with
a few big fish caught on Speck Rigs
with Gulp, live minnows, squid, smelt
and strips of bunker. The Broadkill
River, Lewes and Rehoboth Canal, the
Cape Henlopen Fishing Pier and Lewes
Beach have also seen a few nice
The tidal creeks and rivers are full
of croaker and further up stream,
plenty of white perch. While the
majority of the croaker are small,
there are some in excess of 12 inches
and most of the white perch are
keepers. Bloodworms are the best bait
for both species.
The Outer and
Inner walls and the Ferry Jetty off of
Lewes have produced both trout and
rockfish. Working plugs and jigs in
the early AM or late PM has been the
best technique. Trout have also been
found around the jetties at Roosevelt
Inlet, in the Broadkill River and
along the jetties at Broadkill Beach.
The old standby of a white or yellow
bucktail with a purple worm still
works as do Gulp! tipped jigs and
INLET Anglers working
the jetties and sidewalks at night
pick up the occasional keeper rockfish
as well as a few shorts. Bucktails and
shads continue to be the top baits.
Shad have been in good supply for both
shore-bound and boat anglers. Small
spoons and shad darts have accounted
for excellent catches. Fly fishermen
find shad particularly suited for
their style of fishing.
Flounder remain a slow pick at the
inlet and in the bays. Keepers are
available on minnows, squid, shiners,
smelt and Speck Rigs with a Gulp!
swimming mullet. The deeper holes like
the VFW Slough and Massey’s Ditch have
been the most productive locations.
Bottom bouncers are
catching a wide variety of species at
sites 11 and 12, but the target
species, sea bass, are not in good
supply. There are fair numbers of
shorts, but keepers are few and far
The best of the sea bass action has
been over structure at least 30 miles
off the beach. Captain John Nedelka
was out there on Saturday and said he
never caught a single sea bass less
than 13 inches. He also told us the
water on the bottom was much warmer
than it was closer to the beach.
Sharkers are finding makos and
threshers on the various 20-fathom
lumps. Bigger makos have been caught
further off shore by both trollers and
Croaker are showing up close to the
beach and some decent kings have been
mixed in with the croakers. Bloodworms
or strips of clam have been the best
The yellowfin tuna
bite has kicked in at the Baltimore
and Poorman’s canyons. A few boats
have returned with limit catches while
most are catching one or tuna in the
40 to 60-pound class per angler. At
least one bigeye has been caught and
there are some dolphin taken as well.
Ocean City recorded their first white
marlin of the year and a Delaware boat
should find our first this weekend.
Sharkers working at night are
recording excellent catch and release
action on blue sharks with a mako to
keep. Some boats are catching several
more makos after the one keeper is in
the boat. Makos are also showing up on
lines trolled for tuna.
of panfish such as croaker, spot,
kings and blowfish have been caught
from the beach.
Bloodworms are the top
bait followed by clam, bunker and
squid. The action extends from Cape
Henlopen to Fenwick Island and while
not every day is great, there are
enough good days to make for some fine
We are approaching the time when
larger rockfish will be invading the
bay. There are certainly plenty of
bunker for them to feed on and I hope
once the rock arrive they will stay
around for awhile.