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Fishing News and Reports

By Eric Burnley Sr.*

Updated: June 21, 2013

DELAWARE BAY 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 flatfish.

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 peeler crab.

INDIAN RIVER 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.

INSHORE OCEAN 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 between.

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 chummers.

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 baits.

OFFSHORE OCEAN 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.

SURF FISHING Good numbers 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 fishingood.

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.


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