Happy July 4TH !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

July 3rd, 2011 by admin

Hi Folks,

I hope everyone had a happy and safe July 4th Holliday!

Fishing and crabbing was a great way to spend the weekend.

Back bay reports consisted of throwback flounder with a few

keepers in the mix. A few croakers and some blowfish also

gave it up for anglers. Minnows, squid, and Berkley GULP! again

seemed to be the hot baits. Dave Carroll of Wilmington, De fished

Indian River Bay on his boat “Weekend Warrior” and used a minnow

to trick a 7.6 pound citation flattie to come aboard for a ride home.

Bob Leader of York, Pa. fished Site #10 aboard “One More Drift” with

Capt. Tom Breen to score his 6.2-pound flattie using squid.

Offshore action continues with white marlin activity just getting

Better and better all the time. Capt. Mike Rivera of “On Delivery

Charters” took the Jack Donavon party to the Baltimore Canyon on an

overnighter and brought plenty of fish to the boat. They had 1 mako, 1

brown shark, 17 duskies, 3 yellowfin tuna, and 3 gaffer dolphin. Capt.

Bill Burkhart on “Toss em Back Charters” has providing his parties with

plenty of bluefin and dolphin action. Gary Aughenbach and crew took

their first trip of the year to Massey’s Canyon and scored bluefin and


Inshore action has been improving for those soaking baits on

the ocean bottom. Sea bass action is still slow but flounder activity is

picking up. Lots of short flatties are being caught and the number of

keepers are improving. Site #10, the DB Buoy and DA Buoy areas are

the places to be along with the Old Grounds. Try to find areas with

some sort of structure on the bottom to make the most of your efforts.

Indian River Inlet is still producing stripers. The most productive

times are the end of an early morning incoming or late night incoming

tide. Flounder and blues are also being taken in the inlet.

Capt. Bill Baker at Bill’s Sport Shop on RT. #1 in Lewes reminds

us the striper slot season opened Friday in the Delaware Bay and its tributaries. Anglers can catch 2 fish between 20 and 26 inches only. Tog season is open July 1st until August 31st.  The size limit is 14 inches and you may keep 10 per angler per day.  Bill’s Sport Shop will carry a complete line of baits and tackle. Including green crabs and sand fleas. 
Fred Gears of Ocean City went on his first tuna trip aboard his boat, “Murphy’s Law” to the Jackspot. Using green machines and cedar plugs, he boated his first bluefin weighing 30 pounds. Received an email from Jim Berry:  “Stopped by for some bait and advice Tues. eve. Just wanted to let you know that it paid off today.  My wife Maureen and I landed a 37lb Blue Fin at Massey’s’ Canyon.”  Thanks for the report, Jim.
Bill Jr., of Bill’s Sport Shop, fished Massey’s Landing and on his third cast he landed a 22″ flounder using Marty’s bucktails and flies. The last cast of the day produced a 20″ flounder on a spec rig and Gulp!
Tom Bailer of Bills Sport Shop and friend, Ernie Longo went to Gull Point with a trotline and chicken necks and had no trouble filling two bushel baskets with fat crabs.
Surf fishing was a little on the slow side with the crabs stealing the bait but Joe Noel and Bill Weiss managed to beach spot and croaker by the old Life Saving Station using Maws Tails #6 hooks tipped with bunker.
Dallas Dressler and friends drifted IRI with white bucktails and squid and caught 4 keeper stripers between 32 and 36″ and also 3 blues in the 20″ range. Peggy Bashore, Port Royal Pa., caught her first striper, 13.10 pound,  34 ½ inch at Indian River Inlet on a Storm Lure David Souders, Harrington, DE, nailed a 24.5 inch, 5.45 pound flounder at Indian River

Inlet on a fly. Ryan Corsiatto, Middletown MD, caught his limit of flounder, all over 20 inches. He went to the Inner Wall, the Pier and Roosevelt Inlet fishing chartreuse and pink Gulp. Captain Mike Davidson on the “G Force”, reported that on his last trip he landed two white marlin, 8 yellowfin tuna , 1 mako and lots of dolphin all while trolling. A fishing report from “High Hook Charters” out of Indian River Marina for the last week. Got an invite to fish on Wed. on the “Jenna-Lynn” and went to the Wilmington to boat 3 yellowfin tuna. Had the Steve Kitchen group out on Sunday and fished west of the Baltimore boating two yellowfin and two nice dolphin. They’re still out there-it’s been a great month.

Deanna at Hookem’ and Cookem’ Bait and Tackle in North Shore marina

Wants to let you know the flounder still remain steady with more keepers coming to the docks. Charter boat Gale Force has been coming back from the Inlet with a lot of nice keeper flounder. Most are using squid and minnows, Gulp baits as well as live spot. The minnows and the Gulp will get you more of the smaller variety and the live spot are getting you bigger ones. We have still seen some rockfish. They are either being caught with flies or live spot and mostly at night. The Canyons have been producing a lot of nice yellow fin tuna this year. They seem to be closer to us this year and not as far south. The boats are generally going to the Wilmington to the Baltimore. Some are stopping in the Poor Man’s. There have also been some nice sized mahi seen. Kelly Horning, from the Fish Whistle, was fishing with her father Charlie and caught a beautiful 42.6lb fish. The inshore bite has started to pick up with more keeper sea bass coming in, as well as the return of triggerfish. The charter boat “#1 Hooker” went fishing Friday and Saturday and brought back a mixture of sea bass, tautog and triggerfish. The surf fishing remains the same old same old. Small king fish and an occasional blowfish on bloodworms. No one has seen much more action than that.
Joe Morris at Lewes Harbour Marina said tuna action was still a hot topic at the dock. The yellowfin bite was good in Baltimore Canyon at the beginning of the week, but shifted south as the week wore on. By the weekend, tuna seemed to be more plentiful in South Poor Man’s. Captains Brent and Dave on the Katy Did had an awesome offshore trip Monday. Their group trolled up a limit of 21 yellowfins to 51.7 pounds and released a white marlin near the 250 line in 75 fathoms. Ed Sigda and the gang on Snow Goose kept 5 good-sized yellowfins and released 8 others between the Baltimore and Poor Man’s Saturday. Bill Swords and his buddies on Swords Fish worked Poor Man’s Friday for 5 nice yellowfins, a gaffer dolphin and a hundred pound plus mako on mono. Saturday, the boys on Knot Right had 5 keeper yellowfins in South Poor Man’s. Numerous billfish were reported mixed in among tuna. “Rockfish Ed” Healy released a pair of blue marlin during a single trip to South Poor Man’s. Rick Fisher and crew kept a pair of yellowfins and some dolphin, and released a 300-pound class blue marlin after an extended battle on a 30-pound outfit in Poor Man’s Saturday. Big dolphin have shown up in warm water too. Chris Ragni and Jimmy Kersey brought in a pair of magnum mahi weighing 38 and 32 pounds that they trolled on the 461 lump. Inshore trolling boats found bluefins at the 19 Fathom Lump, Hambone, Jackspot and as close as the 12 Fathom Lump outside Delaware light. Dolphin and triggerfish were also hanging out around Delaware Light. Bluefins were landed by crews anchored and chunking butterfish at Massey’s Canyon as well. Boaters drifting rough bottom of the Old Grounds between DB and DA Buoys had success with flounder. Reef Sites 9 and 10 gave up flatties too. Dave Johannes and Steve Myrtbold scored their limit of quality flatfish at Site 10 on Saturday aboard the Katy Did. Captain Brent’s Thursday party on Katy Did put 24 keeper fluke in the box. Dave Walker used a bucktail tipped with squid to fool a 6.21-pound doormat. Captain Carey’s fishermen on the Grizzly got 13 keepers at Site 10 on Thursday. Flounder were found on Delaware Bay reefs as well, but the bite was not consistent. Drift conditions in the Bay were tough around the new moon. Joe Walker, Tom Coyle, Larry Coyle and Barry Gerhard managed 12 keeper fluke at the Star Site on Tuesday. Flounder continue to come from Lewes Canal and near the Ferry Jetty and Inner Wall. Gulp! was the hot bait. The slot size striper season for Delaware Bay and it’s tributaries opened July 1, and allows anglers to keep 2 fish between 20 and 26 inches per person per day. Linesiders in that range were caught in Lewes Canal around the drawbridge using eels, clams, cut tuna bloodline and top water poppers. Rockfish were hooked by boaters casting Rat-L-Traps and Storm Shads, or live eels and spot around the Outer Wall and Ice Breakers at night. Tog season also reopened July 1, and good numbers of tautog were pulled from the rocks of the Outer Wall and Inshore wrecks. The Grizzly returned from a wreck Friday with 25 tog and 15 triggerfish. Bill Bonniwell boated an 11.69-pound bruiser blackfish aboard the Indian on opening day. Aaron Brommer celebrated the first day of the season with a 10.59-pound tautog he took aboard Martha Marie. Sheepshead have shown up with warm water. Kyusok Yi captured a whopping 12.54-pound sheepshead using crab at the Ice Breakers. Folks on the rails at Cape Henlopen pier got into spot and croakers using bloodworms and Fishbites.

‘Til next week, have fun and be safe!

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