They’re Gettin’ Bigger!!!!!!!
May 8th, 2011 by admin
They Really are getting bigger!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Fishing this past week seemed to slow a bit. Probably due to the wind
conditions. Flounder action in the back bays should be on the upswing and if
the wind stops blowing we could get a better picture of things to come. A few
nice flatties have been taken. Joe and Patti Ribinski fished the VFW Slough
where Patti took a 20-inch flounder and Joe banged his 27-inch, 7 Lb 10 oz
citation flattie using GULP! on a jig head. Guy Sterlicchi lll also fished the slough,
but used a minnow to fool his citation 8 pound, 29-inch flattie. Capt. Chuck Cook
of “First Light Charters” took Chris Bledsoe to Delaware bay to tangle with two
stripers of 37-1/2 inches and 34-inches. Capt. Chuck took Mark Ellis to Site #8 and
banged up the tog.
Bill Snover and Bill Steward fished the outer wall using green crab to boat a
limit of tog to 6 pounds. I fished on the “Katydid” with Capt. Brent Weist and
Mate Paul for a fun day of tog fishing. We came up a little short of our limit but sure
had a bend in the rod most of the day. Capt. and Mate worked hard for us but it was just
one of those days when the bigger fish would not eat. Can’t wait for another trip on the “Katydid”
with Capt. Brent! Don’t forget that tog season closes May 11.
Massey’s Ditch is still giving up some flounder and stripers. Most of the fish are short
but a few keepers are being taken. When fishing Massey’s Ditch, keep in mind that all fish
found in Rehoboth Bay and Indian River will travel back and forth through the ditch. This
gives the opportunity to snag almost any species at any time. Another note to take is while
water temps are still a bit low the outgoing tide should be more productive due to the water
being a bit warmer.
Mickey at Rattle & Reel Sports Center on long Neck Rd. reported wind conditions
kept activity down the past week. Denny Stong of Leisure Point score an 18-½ inch, a 19
& 21 inch flounder on one of his outings. Keith White soaked some fresh bunker in Massey’s
Ditch to snag a 21-pound striper.
While talking to Bruce at Capt. Mac’s on Rt. # 54 I was informed stripers to 38 inches
are being taken along the beaches. Cut bunker seems to be the ticket when choosing your
bait. Bluefish and Black Drum action is also beginning to provide action to anglers fishing
the surf. Those fishing the back bays are seeing increased activity on the flounder and the bluefish.
Capt. Bill at Bill’s Sport Shop on Rt. #1 in Lewes provided us with the following report.
Sergejs Romaseckins fished the Pier using Gulp and came away with a nice 20″ flounder. Eva Morgans, from Lewes. and her boyfriend have been going to White Clay Creek for about a month. They caught lots of trout. One week they got a nice size palomino. This past weekend, on Easter Sunday, they caught a 4-pound rainbow trout. Eva says they have stocked some nice trout up there. They are heading there for a couple days and promises to let us know how they do.
Adam and Javier from Harrisburg went to IRI and picked up 3 keeper flounder at 20, 22 and 24 inches on Gulp. A customer reported catching 5 flounder at the Pier with one keeper. He also saw 3 other keepers flipped to the planks. Bruce Gallagher, 12 years old, caught a short striper, blue fish and a lot of blowfish at 3R’s Rd. using bunker, clams and bloodworms for bait. Rich Johnson of Lewes caught his first legal striper at IRI on a bucktail. Ben Shamburger, aboard the “Wreckstalker”, fished an offshore wreck and had a great day. His party came back with 20 cod up to 10 Lbs., 1 ling and Pollack. They also caught and released 6 seabass. All the fish were caught on clams.
Chris Wagner went fishing Monday with family and friends in the Lewes Canal and came away with a 23″ flounder caught on Gulp. The rest of the crew caught 3 more keepers for the day. Carey Evans, “Grizzley Sportsfishing” sent us an email “Tog fishing has been the mainstay of our fishing the month of April. We never got a chance to give the stripers a try but we still might get a shot of them early this month. The first of the black drum fish arrived last week and there have been a few caught hook and line as well. Tog fishing will be an option thru the May 12 seasonal closure. We will begin targeting the big black drum real soon. Flounder have also made a good showing already in the shallow waters. Seabass will reopen for us May 22 this month as well.”
The list of the Boating Safety Classes our Flotilla has set up for this year provided by Bob Adams: DE; May 7, Treasure Beach Campground, West Fenwick Island, DE; June 11, Gull’s Way Campground, Dagsboro, DE; June 18, Tuckahoe Campground, Dagsboro, DE. All classes run from 8:00am until 4:00pm. and are all the Delaware State Boating Course…. required for all boaters born on or after Jan 1, 1978. The cost is $10.00 per person. Anyone interested in registering for any of these courses can contact Bob Adams at 302-541-4038. A complete listing is available by contacting the Department of Natural Resources & Environmental Control, Division of Fish and Wildlife Boating Education Office.
Joe Morris at Lewes Harbour Marina said the black drum bite turned on in Delaware Bay. Some crews reported double digit catches while anchored in shallow water off Slaughter Beach Saturday afternoon. Boats that set up near the submerged pilings and baited with surf clams did well Saturday evening too. Rebecca Hollingsworth had a 70.5-pound boomer during her first drum trip aboard the Martha Marie. Drummers on the Pirate King scored four nice fish between 25 and 35 pounds. T.J. Dodge caught his first drum Saturday aboard the Grizzly. Will Wiedmann landed a pair of drum to 20.2 pounds while soaking clams in the surf from Broadkill Beach. Drum action should continue through this month, with peak catching around the full moon. Joe said he’ll be carrying surf clams, but suggests reserving bait early in the week. Togging was good before the season closure on May 12th. Captain Carey on the Grizzly returned with limits of tautog both mornings of the weekend. Captain Pete’s toggers on Top Fin had a limit and were back at the dock by 10 am Saturday. Don Straughn sneaked in his citation tog before the end of the season, boating an 8.97-pound bruiser at the Outer Wall. Sheila Stohler got a 7.16-pound tog at the Wall. Chip Kelly captured a 16.6-pound blackfish. The 30-inch brute ate a green crab at reef site 6. Small boaters drifting Lewes Canal had flounder during the week. Most flatties bit during the warmer water of ebb tide, and it was better with clean water. Minnows, shiners and Gulp! were popular offerings. Scot Anderson decked a 4.63-pound fluke from the Canal. Jay Fleming pulled a 4.33-pound flatfish from the pilings of the Cape Henlopen Pier. The annual Lewes Harbour Canal Flounder Tournament takes place Friday May 20. Details are available in the fishing reports section at www.lewesharbourmarina.com. Surf fishermen had a few stripers at Cape Henlopen on bunker and clams. Curt Stephens checked in a 16.3-pound bass he beached while using clam. Nice rockfish showed along the Outer Wall as well. Chad Tingle and friends drifted between the lighthouse eddy and the elbow Saturday night and hooked numerous rock to 38 inches while casting Storm Shads.
At Hookem’ & Cookem’ Bait and Tackle in North Shore Marina, Deanna,
(AKA Mrs. Bert) gives us the following information. A belated Happy Mother’s Day! Hope everyone has done something nice for mom. I got the day off, but I still have to do a fishing report, guess that is not too bad. The fishing around the area continues to be on the same pace as last week. Just when you think it is going to start to get good it slows down again then it picks up then it slows down. If you are fishing out in the ocean there have been reports that there are sea bass out there that are of nice size. Too bad you cannot keep them yet, but just wait until May 22nd.
The tautog are still around on the wrecks but the numbers of keepers seem to have drop some. Most are getting 1 or 2 keepers, some if they are luck will get their limit of three. The Miss Ene III went out on Saturday and came back with around 20lbs of tog. The head boat Judy V. went out as well and had a few keepers with a cod on board too.
The last day to fish for tautog is May 11th, so if you want them you better get out there soon.
A few cod are still being picked up on the wrecks too. They are of nice size weighing 3-5lbs. A few hard-core fishermen are heading out to try their luck at either shark fishing or tuna fishing. They are heading south….way south….to get to the warmer water, but there have been no fish of that kind brought back to us yet. We will have to wait until that water temperature gets somewhat warmer.
The surf is showing some nice sized rockfish when you are lucky enough to hook up on one. We have weighed in a 38lber and a 19lber, caught at Fenwick Island over the week. Have heard of a few from 3-R’s and Dewey Beach too. They were caught with fresh bunker, which we have at both of our locations. Just cut the head off and throw it out there on a 6/0 hook. Small blue fish are also being caught in the surf.
Some days are better than others for people fishing in the Indian River Inlet. One day they will come in and say the fishing overnight was good, mostly on flies for rockfish. Then there are days when they’ll say, “nothing is biting out there”. When they are being caught they are jigging using white or chartreuse buck tails with white twister worms under the bridge. Or, they are long lining using flies up by the Coast Guard station. Fishing in the back bays for flounder has been slow but not to slow for Mark Lowman, of Bethany Beach. He caught an 8.8lb 28″ flounder while he was fishing on the South Side of the Indian River Bay. He was using a super sized minnow that he got from our store, on a plain hook. Along with that big fish he also had a 20″ fish. He did tell me that there was other boats around him that had netted a couple of nice sized ones as well.
Some fishermen are also using fresh herring or Gulp on a jig head to catch flounder. Flounder are still 18.5″ and 4 keepers per day, per person. This regulation will change on May 11th when the size drops to 18″.
‘Til next week, have Fun and be Safe!!!!
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