Fishing Report 5-1-14

May 2nd, 2014 by CaptMike

Hi Folks!  As most of you are very aware of, it has been a looong cold spring.  Inshore water temperatures have certainly taken their time climbing, but it looks like we have finally hit the 50 degree mark.  With the water warming up things should really break loose this weekend!

Flounder have been being caught for the past several weeks in the Indian River Bay.  It has by no means been a hot bite, but for those who are putting in time, there has been some rewards.  As always in the early season, most of the keeper flounder in Indian River have come from the VFW slough.  The most productive tide has been outgoing.  Larger cut baits, and Berkley GULP! have been the baits of choice.  Yesterday we had customer call in that had two keepers in the boat, but didn’t know the current limit.  Flounder regulations are still four fish at 17″.  There have been a lot of people confused about the flounder regulations, and a lot of people who think the size is 16″.  The 16″ size limit reduction will likely go into effect in mid May.

As far as Stripers go there has been a lot of shorts being caught.  The larger migratory fish should be here any day now.  I talked to a waterman from over in the Chesapeake and he told me most all of the fish they are seeing now have spawned out.  That is good news for us.  We should start to see some larger migratory fish any day now.  The past few years in the beginning of May there has been a excellent striper bite in Indian River Inlet.  Lets keep our fingers crossed that it will happen again this year!

The surf is producing quite a few short striper.  There have also been a few keepers in the mix.  I also had a report of a kingfish from the surf last weekend!  Clams, bloodworms, and FRESH bunker have been the most productive.

Tog are being caught at the Delaware reef sites.  Site 10 has been the most productive lately.  Green crabs have been the bait of choice.  There are also a few tog being caught in the rocks at Indian River Inlet.  The outer wall has also been producing when the weather allows anglers to “toggle” up to the wall.

It looks like the weather is going to be beautiful this weekend!  Get out and Fish!

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