Keep Pickin’ at ‘em !!!!!!!!!!!!!
June 19th, 2011 by admin
Fishing in the back bays seems to be improving a bit compared to the
last few weeks. Flounder are being taken on both the incoming and outgoing
tides. A few more fish are being found in some of the deeper holes throughout
the bays. Massey’s Ditch has been a pretty good producer the past week or so.
Wyatt Smith used a minnow to trick a 20-inch flattie that weighed in at 2 Lbs. 10 oz. Seven-year-old Jamie Scott gave the big guys a lesson when he got his 4 fish limit while aboard the “I Have Fishuses” with Capt. Tom Scott. The largest of
Jamie’s largest keeper was 20 inches and he also used minnows. Michele Lombardo took a 2Lb 2oz flattie and Charline Logan took a 3Lb. 5oz flounder. Rick Melvin fooled two flounder of 3Lb.-15oz. and 2Lb.-12oz. Don Ruth scored a 4-pound 3oz fish. Phyllis Dinger fooled a 3 pounder and a 4-pound 6 oz. flattie. Richard Dinger took a 2-pound 8 ouncer for his score. George Wilder leads the way in the Rehoboth Shores Tournament with a 7-pound 9-ounce flounder. Bob Jones took a 2 pound 4 ounce flattie to get on the score sheet. Spot are showing
up in the back bays. Bloodworms or FishBites Bloodworms will do the trick.
Offshore action has been at least fair for those making the long haul. Gill
Waddington and his sons Cory and Dan have been putting friends on the fish.
Their boat, ”Another Bill” has been scoring yellowfin, bluefin, dolphin, and white
Marlin. Capt. John King of Lititz, Pa. took Dave Tkatch and his sons Chris and Colin to the Hambone aboard “Dolci Vita”. The boys releases 2 dusky sharks in
the 150-pound range and 1 dusky over 200 pounds. They also released 2 bluefin
The news from Bill’s Sport Shop on RT# 1 in Lewes was that Skip Mosiej called to report a Sunday trip offshore to Massey’s Canyon where they caught 6 blue fish, 2 false albacore, released one bluefin tuna and kept one weighing 50 pounds. All were caught trolling ballyhoo and lures. Stu Moore, Harrisburg, Pa sent us an email: “Guys, Thanks for the shark gear, we were out in the nice blue water for 30 min and came tight on a Mako for the grill .We had the second one hit 30 min later- big fish but had our one fish. Good bite on, but water is getting warm fast. ” Tom Wise stopped in with 3 keeper flounder up to 4 pounds from Rehoboth Bay. Late report from the “High Hook Charters” out of IR, ” fished this weekend west of the Wilmington and went 12 for 15 on yellow fin, keeping 9 fish in the 30-45 pond range, then came inside and landed an 88 pound bluefin. Steve, Cody and Austin Shirk from Grantville Pa spent the night on the south side of IRI and came away with 5 stripers up to 21.65 pounds and 39 inches on Calcutta Flash Foils. The boat “1st Mate” out of Reading, Pa. went to the Hot Dog and boated 7 false albacore and 1 yellow fin tuna. Bill Weiss and his neighbor, Joe, fished the north beach with fresh bunker and wound up with a nice king and 9 throw back croakers. Bucktail Bob, a contestant in Bill’s Sport Shop flounder tournament, brought in his limit of flounder. The weighed 6.7 and 6.3 pounds, which would have beat the winners. Unfortunately, he did not weigh them in till 7pm., 7 hours after the close of the tournament. Ryan Corsiatto, Middletown, MD, fishing at Roosevelt Inlet, caught a 3.25# flounder on Gulp.
Stanley Mumford, Millsboro, caught a 17.95-pound, 39-inch striper at IRI on a Gulp! eel. Bill Baker Jr. caught a keeper flounder at Massey’s Ditch with a chartreuse Gulp! on a spec rig. Captain Chris Thurmon of “Skipjack Charters” in Lewes Harbor Marina, reported a flounder trip to B buoy catching lots of flounder with 5 keepers. On another trip, he went to the Canyons where he boated 8 yellowfin and one mako. Bill Vernon fished on “Four Play” Sunday in the Wilmington. They caught three yellowfin, the biggest was 86lbs and they lost a blue marlin after a short fight. All fish were caught on ballyhoo in 70 fathoms.
Joe Morris at Lewes Harbour Marina said offshore tuna action was real good, with crews reporting nice catches of both yellowfins and bluefins. Jim Short and the guys aboard Knot Right arrived at the 100-fathom line between the Baltimore and Wilmington at sunrise on Saturday and found packs of hungry tuna feeding aggressively. They put out a mixed spread of ballyhoo and artificials, and it wasn’t long before they were into a series of multiple hookups. The bite continued through the morning, and before long, the fishermen were on their way back to the dock with a limit of 18 yellowfins ranging up to 60 pounds. Ed Sigda and the boys on Snow Goose got into the tunas too on Saturday. They scored 5 yellowfins between the Baltimore and Wilmington. Several boats had good catches in that area during the week. The Skipjack overnighted in the Wilmington and returned with a mako and 8 yellowfins. Bill Swords and his buddies on Swords Fish mixed it up Wednesday by putting 3 yellowfins and 3 gaffer dolphin in the box, then topping it off with a nice batch of tilefish. Numbers of billfish have been present in warm water in the Canyons as well. Angelo Delapo on Spoiled III told of going two for five on white marlin while working 81-degree water in 250 fathoms below the tip of the Wilmington. The whites pounced on Green Machines and spreader bars being pulled for tuna. Andy and Chuck Shelton released a pair of whites in the Wilmington Saturday. Bluefins were hanging out in twenty fathoms. The Hambone was productive for trollers towing cedar plugs and spreader bars. On the inshore scene, bottom bouncers found fluke on the Old Grounds between DB and DA Buoys. With favorable drift conditions, anglers using bucktail jigs tipped with strip baits caught good numbers of flatties. Flukers on Katy Did had 9 keepers and many just short, drifting southeast of DB on Saturday. In Delaware Bay, flounder catches were pretty good before the full moon, but fell considerably off with strong currents and dirty water following the lunar phase. Last Sunday, anglers on the Katy Did fished Reef Site 5 in Broadkill Slough and ended up with 10 keepers out of 57 caught. Mark Adams got the season’s first sheepshead on that trip, a 5.45 pounder. Flounder continue to come from Lewes Canal. John Davis checked in a 4.75-pound flatfish he fooled with a white Gulp! Folks at the rails of Cape Henlopen Pier caught a few keeper fluke, along with some spot and small croakers. Boaters drifting along the Outer Wall and Ice Breakers in the evenings and after dark hooked into stripers. Casting bucktails, Storm Shads, Bombers, Rat-L-Traps or eels was effective. Small boat fishermen had fun in the Lewes Canal tossing topwater poppers for stripers. The marsh banks between the Freeman Highway Bridge and Gordon’s Pond yielded plenty of strikes. Rick Bortz was in on the last hoorah for black drum this spring. He and a buddy had four from 25 to 40 pounds at the end of flood tide, while anchored and baiting with clams on the Coral Beds Tuesday night.
‘Til next week, Have Fun and Be Safe !
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