Here is the latest fishing report from the other side of the Del.Bay..
Good Luck and Have A Great Vacation down There.
Tuesday, June 28, 2005
Compiled by Robert Jones
OCEAN - Anglers heading for the shore over the holiday weekend should find plenty of action, whether from shore or boat. Offshore reports have shown steady improvement, with bluewater fishermen connecting with yellowfin, bluefin, dolphin and white marlin in the Baltimore and Washington Canyons. Bluefin tuna also are being caught along the 30-fathom line, at the Hotdog, Jackspot, Fingers, Hambone and Twin Wrecks. Most of the inshore tuna action has been on trolled artificials, including feathers, cedar plugs, Green Machines and Zukers. While there have been a few makos caught from the Fingers out to Masseys Canyon, the season has generally been on the slow side. Sharkers fishing closer to the beach have boated some real nice threshers while live lining bluefish. Bluefish are providing steady action for trollers and chunkers fishing the shipping channel, Fingers, Jackspot and the 20-Fathom Lumps. The schools of blues have been so thick in some areas that fishermen can?t keep their baits in the water long enough to attract the makos or bluefin tuna they?re targeting. Closer to the beach, bottom bouncers are scoring on a mix of tog, flounder and black sea bass at reef sites 10 and 11. There also have been reports of big sea bass and some real nice flounder being caught over open bottom at the Old Grounds and in 80 feet of water just south of DB buoy. Surf reports showed a mix of schoolie bluefish, kings, croaker, small stripers, sharks and skates. There also have been a few spot caught by fishermen targeting kingfish and croaker. Reports from Indian River Inlet showed continued action on stripers, trout, tog, flounder and bluefish. The croaker have made their way into the back bays, where fishermen also are connecting with fair numbers of flounder and snapper blues.
DELAWARE BAY ? The past week provided a few drum for anglers spending the night on the Coral Beds, but most fishermen have turned their focus to flounder and trout. Night fishing has been the best bet for keeper weakfish, with fishermen reporting the lighthouses to be some of the best locations for bigger trout. If you?re fishing for weakies at night, go with Storms, Gotcha lures, Bass Assassins or Spec Rigs. During the day, switch over to top and bottom rigs or bucktails baited with peelers, squid or marinated chicken strips. While there are still plenty of short flounder being caught, fishermen are starting to see some improvement in the keeper to throwback ratio. Hot spots for legal fluke have been Brown Shoal, Roosevelt Inlet, Broadkill Slough, Miah Maul, the Anchorage, Blakes Channel and Cross Ledge. Bottom fishing has also been productive for fishermen targeting croaker and bluefish throughout the bay. Anglers fishing the heavy structure in the lower bay are still connecting with limits of tautog. One catch worth noting was the 21 ¼-pound tautog caught off of Lewes this month by Glenn Cave of Dagsboro. The 31-inch blackfish was confirmed as a new, Delaware state record, topping the old record by more than two pounds.
PONDS ? Warm water in the local millponds has most fishermen going either very early in the morning or during the evening hours. When they move into the shallows to feed the bass have been hitting a mix of Senkos, spinnerbaits and topwater lures. There also has been good fishing reported from the state?s public millponds by anglers targeting crappie, bluegills and catfish.
TIDAL RIVERS ? Most of the tidal action in the northern end of the state is being provided by channel catfish and white perch, with both species being caught in the Delaware River, Christiana River and the C&D Canal. There also are reports of bluefish and a few croaker being caught in the area of Augustine Beach. Bait with cut bait or peelers for the catfish, bloodworms for the perch and hardheads, and bunker or squid for the blues. Reports from the Nanticoke River also showed good fishing for channel catfish, along with a few small stripers. Cut herring is the most popular bait with Nanticoke River fishermen.
NON-TIDAL STREAMS ? A few fishermen are trying for trout in the stocked streams. There also have been a few trout caught in the Brandywine by anglers fishing for smallmouth bass and rockbass.
If I were you I'd go to Indian River inlet and fish around the bridge or the rocks. Just make sure to wear corkers I think they call them, the things you wear that look like golf shoes if you go out on the rocks. They are catching stripers at night around the bridge at night.
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