OCEAN ? While the Washington Canyon continues to provide offshore fishermen with yellowfin tuna, the bigger focus for big game anglers has been on mako sharks inside the 30-fathom line. According to the most recent reports, makos are providing good action at the Fingers, the Jackspot, Masseys Canyon and on the 20-Fathom Lumps. Sharkers also are catching blue whalers and an occasional hammerhead. Reports from bluefish showed continued catches of fish between 10 and 14 pounds from A buoy out to the Lightship, the Old Grounds, the Pimple and out on the 20-Fathom line. The blues are being caught both on the troll and by chunkers. Black sea bass reports are picking up again after several weeks of relatively slow fishing in the waters off of the Delaware Coast. Some of the better reports have been coming from the shipping lanes between B buoy and A buoy, and out around the Red Bird cars on reef site #11. The wrecks and reefs are also providing good numbers of tautog, with some of the blackfish running between six and 10 pounds. Surf fishing has been up and down, depending largely on the weather. When winds and waves cooperate, fishermen have been connecting with a mix of small bluefish, skates, dogfish sharks, kingfish, croaker, trout, spot and a few striped bass. If you?re trying for kings, trout, spot or croaker bait with bloodworms. Fishermen trying for bluefish and stripers are having better luck with mullet and cut bunker. Nice weakfish and stripers are being caught at night in Indian River Inlet, with live spot at the top of the bait list. The rockfish also are taking live eels. There are also good numbers of tog, hickory shad and bluefish being caught in the inlet. Fishermen trying for flounder in the back bays are reporting increased numbers, but a large portion of the fluke are an inch or two short of the 17.5-inch legal keeper length. According to reports from flounder fishermen the fish have moved up out of the deeper holes and are now being caught in water as shallow as three or four feet. Good locations to drift for flounder include the 20, 22 and 24 buoys in Indian River Bay, Little Ditch and the north side of Burtons Island the area just north of the entrance to Massey?s Ditch in Rehoboth Bay.
DELAWARE BAY ? Under-sized weakfish continue to frustrate bay fishermen soaking peeler crabs and squid during the daylight hours. There have been some bigger trout caught at night by anglers fishing the waters around rock piles, wrecks and shoals with live spot, but not in any great numbers. The mid bay region has been the top choice for fishermen chasing big flounder, with good numbers of keeper-sized fish being caught on strip baits and large minnows at Cross Ledge, the oyster beds off of Port Mahon, Flounder Alley, Miah Maull and the east side of Joe Flogger Shoal.
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