Time to get out there !!!!!!!!!!!!!
June 26th, 2011 by admin
NOW IS THE TIME !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Flounder, croaker, bluefish, blowfish, stripers and shark can
all be taken in the back bays. Flounder fishing has picked up and
the stripers are still providing action in the Indian River Inlet. Spot
are also available around #19 and #20 Buoys and are a good way
to get yourself some fine bait for the flounder and striper. If the spot
you catch are too large to use for bait try some in the pan or on the
grill. They do make for some tasty table fare. The croakers are just
starting to show up and hopefully be in full swing for the July 4th
Weekend. They sure provide a bunch of fun on light tackle, and not
bad on the plate either. Kevin Ludwig scored a 3-pound 15oz flattie
to score in the Bay City Flounder Tournament. Michele Lombardo
scored a 2Lb 11oz flattie in the Pots Nets Flounder Tournament.
Karen Jones scored a 3Lb. 8oz flattie and husband Bob score a
2Lb. 4oz. flattie. Randy Piascinski took a 3Lb. 6 oz flounder to the
scales. Vito Ingerto boated a 2 Lb. 8 oz. flattie and Lynn Walsh bagged
a 3 Lb. 9 oz. flounder. Lisa Walsh came to the scales with a 2 Lb. 7 oz
flounder. Sheri Havey-Miller used live spot to score a 9Lb. 30oz.
flounder while fishing the south side of the Inlet. Tina Thomas scored
a 3 pound 8 oz flattie while her husband, Don scored a 2 pound 14 oz.
flattie while dropping live spot in Indian River Inlet. They also scored
some keeper stripers using live spot. Barry Keller scored stripers of
40 and 36 inches using live spot in the Inlet.
Offshore fishing remains hot with great catches of yellowfin
tuna going to those trolling the canyons. Bluefin and a few yellows can
be found around the Hot Dog and Sausages. Capt. Barry Brittingham
and crew went between the Wilmington and Baltimore Canyons for a
great score bringing home 8 nice yellowfins. Gil Waddington and crew
on “Another Bill” continue bagging yellowfin tuna and have at least a
couple of white marlin releases thus far.
Capt. Bill at Bill’s Sport Shop on RT. #1 in Lewes informed us
that Dave Davies went to rocks at IRI and came away with 2 keeper flounder using minnows. Chris & Gary Wagner fished the Baltimore in their 22′ Hydrosport and came back with 1 gaffer dolphin. Ryan Betins, age 5, of Delaware caught a 5# large mouth bass at Red Mill Pond spillway on a minnow. The 2011 Winner of Bill’s Flounder Tournament, Bob Scharmer, from Baltimore, Md., received a $500.00 check for his 23 1/2 – inch, 5.25 pound flounder from Bill’s Sport Shop.
Bill passed along some information he received in an email from David Koster. ” Hi Bill, Lily Koster (age 9) from Rehoboth Beach, DE caught a Cownose Ray at the Indian River Inlet with a Hopkins Spoon and Baby Shad aboard the Memory Maker Boat. A mature specimen can grow to 45 inches and weigh over 50 pounds. When threatened, the Cownose Ray can use the barb at the base of its tail or use these specialized canines to defend itself from the threat. It has a stinger, called a spine, on its tail, close to the ray’s body. This spine has teeth lining its lateral edges, and is coated with a weak venom that which causes symptoms similar to that of a bee sting. It also has a set of dental plates designed for crushing clams and oyster shells. There are a series of canine teeth that are hidden behind the dental plates. The Lifespan is thought to be 13-18 years. Cownose rays develop within eggs that are carried and hatch in their mother’s uterus. Mothers usually give birth to one pup per pregnancy. Conservation status is Near Threatened. The current population of Cownose rays has not been accurately measured, but the species may be at risk due to fishing. These rays reproduce slowly, making it hard for them to recover from such threats. David Wyszynski, New Castle, caught a 6.4 pound, 25.5 inch flounder at the
Indian River Inlet on a Storm Lure.
At Rattle & Reel Sorts Center on Long Neck Rd. we talked to
Pat to find out that Capt. Scott Swarter to his sons Kyle and Josh to
Indian River Inlet to drown some spot. Kyle scored 2 30-inch stripers
and Josh took home a 34 incher.
Deanna at Hookem’ and Cookem’ Bait and Tackle reminds us that now that summer has official started there is no excuse for you not to get out and get fishing. The bite is hot on the Inlet and Offshore fishing arena. The Inlet is producing a lot of nice keeper flounder that are being caught on the west end of the Inlet. These fish are generally being caught on live spot, squid and minnows and Gulp baits with jig heads. The rockfish are still being caught as well. These fish will be mostly throwbacks during the day with more keeper-sized fish showing up at night to early morning. Some are throwing out flies, some are using live spot, and some are now using surface lures like poppers. You will find these fish up by the bridge pilings down to the Coast Guard Station wall. There have also been many medium sized blue fish running through the inlet. These fish are being caught on bucktails, Hopkins lures or Kastmasters. They are running anywhere from 2lbs to 6lbs in size.
Tuna are still out to the Canyons, mostly from the Baltimore to the Wilmington. Yellow fin are being caught on the troll with ballyhoo and some are having luck on Green Machines on a spreader bar. There have been reports of many small tuna out there that are playing havoc with the teasers and making life fun for twisting up your lines. Be prepared.
The inshore bite is still pretty much the same as last week. There are good days and then there are some not so good days. Throwbacks are plentiful for black sea bass with some keepers in the mix and occasionally you will see a flounder or two come on board. These fish are still on the wrecks but sometimes if you get the right drift on the right wind on the right current you can see them on open bottom. We have seen our first trigger fish come in on Friday.
The surf report remains the same, small kingfish, small spot and some blowfish. These fish are all being caught on live bloodworms or artificial blood worms Fish Bites. So far the fishing looks to be good for this summer season. What a great reason to get outside and enjoy what is here on the Delmarva Peninsula.
Joe Morris at Lewes Harbour Marina said tuna fishing remained hot. Yellowfins were spread from 70 to 100 fathoms and popped up at several locations between the Baltimore and Wilmington Canyons. The Grizzly had a great overnight trip offshore. During the darkness, the guys released 7 large dusky sharks, then, when daylight broke, it was full on with tunas. They trolled up 19 keeper yellowfins and headed for home. On Sunday, patrons on the Katy Did got into tuna. They scored 11 yellowfins to 45 pounds. Paul Pergeorelis put a dolphin weighing 14.8 pounds in the box on that trip. The Katy Did headed back out to 70 fathoms along the 380 line Wednesday, and found the yellowfins willing once more. While pulling ballyhoo and spreader bars, they landed 16 keeper yellowfins to 45 pounds and released many more. The crew had some added excitement when a 10-foot long hammerhead ate two of the tuna right behind the boat. Billfish have been mixed in with tuna, and several whites and some big blue marlin were reported. Jeff Guest weighed in a 17.7 pound mahi he caught at the Tea Cup aboard Port-A-Bella. Inshore trollers had success with bluefins on traditional structure. The Hambone, Chicken Bone, Hot Dog, 19 Fathom Lump, Fingers and Jackspot all yielded bluefins to boaters pulling cedar plugs, Green Machines, spreader bars and skirted ballyhoo. It was common to capture a keeper bluefin within the 27 to 59 inch slot limit.
Ocean bottom bouncers found flounder on the Old Grounds between DB and DA Buoys. Reef sites 9 and 10 started to produce flatties too. Flukers fooled fish by employing a 3 ounce bucktail tipped with squid, and a hair teaser on a dropper about 18 inches ahead of the jig. Captain Brent on the Katy Did worked several piles of rubble Saturday, and managed to cull a limit of keeper flounder to 5.6 pounds for his anglers. Reef sites in Delaware Bay produced flounder too, when drift and water conditions were favorable. Joe Walker, Tom Coyle, Larry Coyle and Joe Coyle combined for 12 keeper flounder on a Bay reef Wednesday, including Tom’s 6.07 pounder. Will Burdette wound in a 6.49 pound flounder, and Don Moss took a 2.74 pound triggerfish over a reef on the Lil’ Angler II. Flounder continue to come from the Lewes Canal. John Northeimer nailed a 5.26 pounder in the Canal using Gulp! Some big flounder were landed from the jetties at Indian River inlet. Ryan Wieber was tossing a Gulp! along the rocks when an 8 pound 11 ounce doormat grabbed his lure. David Wyszinski was casting a Storm Shad for stripers and connected with a 6 pound 4 ounce flatfish. Fishermen at the Cape Henlopen Pier caught plenty of small spot, along with a few croakers. Ron Smith told of good action with stripers in the 20 to 26 inch range, while throwing 4 inch Storm Shads along the rocks of the Outer Wall.
‘Til next week, Have Fun and Be Safe!
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