Fishing Report Delaware Saltwater Fishing Delaware - 2011-06-25 #7
DELAWARE BAY Flounder fishing is improving with more keepers reported from as far north as the 2 Can and as far south as the Outer Wall. Reef Sites from 4 to 8 receive most of the attention from boaters. Minnows, squid and Gulp! have been the most productive baits. The ratio of shorts to keepers has been about 10 to 1.
Rockfish have been fewer and smaller as the big females depart on their long coastal journey. The summer rockfish season will open next Friday, July 1, and there should be a fair number of males in the 20 to 26-inch slot to make for good fishing. The bag limit remains at two per day. Remember, New Jersey will not change their regulations of two fish over 28 inches.
Anglers working the late afternoon and evening hours at the Outer Wall off of Lewes are finding rockfish willing to take plugs, jigs and eels. The wall and the Ice Breakers have seen the first sign of sheepshead on crab bait.
Spot, kings and croaker catches have been reported from the Cape Henlopen Fishing Pier, the submerged jetty at Pea Patch Island and shallow water near Broadkill and Lewes. Nothing big yet, but once you find the fish the action is pretty steady. Bloodworms, FishBites and Gulp! will all work on the small fish.
INDIAN RIVER INLET Flounder fishing improved here last week. More keepers were caught with a few surpassing the 8-pound mark. Most of the larger fish were taken on live spot, but at least two big flounder were caught by jetty jockeys fishing with Storm shads and Gulp!
In the back bays, flounder have been taken on minnows, squid and Gulp! The channel by Burton’s Island and Massey’s Ditch have produced a few keepers.
Blues are running through the inlet on incoming water. It does not happen every day, but when they are present just about anything tossed in their way will be taken. I prefer metal for bluefish while most tackle shops would like you to use bucktails with plastic worms and plastic shads.
Keeper rockfish have been caught from the rocks at night by folks using black plugs, bucktails, shads and live eels. During the day a few rock are caught on live spot from boats drifting the deeper holes. I would expect to hear about rockfish caught on drifted sand fleas any time now.
SURF FISHING Summertime means small fish in the surf. Spot, croaker, kings and trout have been taken on bloodworms, FishBites and Gulp! Early morning and late evening will be the most productive time to fish as beach traffic is considerably less than during daytime hours. Cool and cloudy days are another good time to fish.
Shark fishermen are still catching big fish after dark. All sharks must be released in the water, making for some exciting encounters.
INSHORE OCEAN The 20-Fathom Lumps like the Hot Dog and Hambone are seeing good numbers of bluefin tuna, dolphin, false albacore and bluefish. It is important to check the temperature breaks to find fish and then keep looking until bait or fish are spotted on the SONAR. Trolling remains the top technique.
The bottom at the Old Grounds and B Buoy is holding a few keeper flounder and sea bass with most of the fish caught too small to keep. A 3- to 6-ounce bucktail with a strip bait has been very effective here.
OFFSHORE OCEAN Tuna fishing between the Wilmington and Baltimore canyons remains very good. Several boats returned with limit catches and a few quit early after catching all the crew could handle. Temperature breaks are the key to tuna success.
Billfish have been caught along with the tuna. A few boats switched over to marlin rigs after catching all the tuna they wanted and found excellent billfish action.
Dolphin have been in the mix and a few wahoo were taken as well.