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OCEAN ? Offshore reports showed trolling and chunking to be productive for a mix of yellowfin tuna, dolphin and marlin between 50 and 500 fathoms at the Baltimore and Poormans Canyons. Bluefin tuna ? some running as heavy as 130 pounds - continue to top reports from fishermen chunking on the lumps inside the 30-fathom line, with hotspots including the Hambone, Chicken Bone, Hot Dog and Masseys Canyon. These locations also are providing dolphin, wahoo and yellowfin to around 50 pounds. Trolling in the waters to the east of the Delaware Lightship has been a good tactic for a mix of small bluefin, bonito, smaller dolphin, bluefish and false albacore. According to reports circulated on the dock at Indian River Inlet, the fish are hitting a mix of feathers, cedar plugs, spoons, squid daisies and minnow plugs. Reports from bottom bouncers fishing at DB buoy, the Old Grounds and reef site number 11 showed big improvements in the quality and quantity of flounder and sea bass catches over the past few weeks. The most recent reports from beach area tackle dealers included flounder up to 9 ½ pounds, and plenty of bass in the one to two-pound slot. Chicken and squid are both working on the bass, while the fluke are showing a preference for jumbo minnows combined with a long strip of squid. Flounder Mines have been the hot lure in the 80 to 100-foot depths characteristic of the above noted locations. Tautog are being caught in good number on wrecks located in 60 to 100 feet, and on the subway cars at number 11 reef site. Reports from surf fishermen have been relatively slow. There has been an early morning bite on kingfish for anglers baiting with bloodworms. The surf is also providing a mix of small croaker, spot, spike trout, small sharks, snapper bluefish and an occasional flounder. There are plenty of flounder being caught in Indian River Inlet and the inland bays, but the ratio of keepers to throwbacks continues to be very low. The back bays also are providing croaker and bluefish. Tog are being caught from the rocks at Indian River Inlet on crab baits and sandfleas ? if you can find a supply. The inlet also is producing some nice weakfish and striped bass.

DELAWARE BAY ? Bay anglers are reporting a mix of croaker, flounder, blues, spot and trout while drifting over open bottom throughout the bay. Included among the top locations for a mix of species are Miah Maull Lighthouse, Cross Ledge, the 32 and 34 buoys, the Anchorage, Broadkill Slough, the Shears and Harbor of Refuge between the Inner and Outer Walls at Cape Henlopen. Bait with bloodworms or small strips of clean squid. Small striped bass are also providing good catch-and-release fishing in the upper end of the bay around Ship John Lighthouse, the pilings off of Woodland Beach and at the wooden jetty at the mouth of the Smyrna River. Most fishermen are baiting with bloodworms or fresh bunker.
 
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