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Fishing Report

INDIAN RIVER INLET FISHING REPORT
June 24th, 2017


Fishing is hit and miss.

There were a couple of cobia caught on the beach at Fenwick this week. They are picking at the kingfish on the beach. It's better when the wind comes out of the east but its hot and that means the wind is out of the west. West wind means flies too so be prepared.

A few short stripers being picked up in the Inlet at night floating live fleas.

There were some croakers and a few blues caught during the week on the South Rockpile beachside but that went away on the weekend when the swimmers took over.

Daytime Inlet fishing is slow on the weekends due to all the boat traffic. There are some flounder tight to the rocks. Use light leadheads and Gulp.


June 19 -

Flounder in the Inlet are hitting pink and white Gulp in addition to the chartreuse. Again - tight to the rocks. Incoming water in the daytime.

Small croakers in the Inlet this morning. Real small in the six inch range.

A few more kingfish on the beach over the weekend as well.

Some nice sharks in the surf as well. Sharks are heavily regulated in Delaware. Be sure to check the regulations in the Fishing Guide. A good rule of thumb - if you don't know what it is turn it loose!


June 17 -

Flounder in the Inlet the last couple of days. Incoming tide, light bucktails with chartruese Gulp. Tight to the rocks.


June 14 -

Light northeast wind today. Kingfish reported on the beach.

We have fresh bunker and fresh bluefish (shark bait)


June 12 -

The Good - Warmer weather is finally here.
The Bad - Fishing action has been sloooooow
The Ugly - West wind has brought the flies

Surf fishing - sharks and skates a few kingfish. This warm weather has sent the bluefish north. It was a great six weeks.

Inlet - night time bite for short stripers. Floating fleas. Not much else.

Indian River Bay - flounder action has picked up now that the wind is not blowing and the cold damp weather got out of here. Best action was reported straight west of the Inlet and south of Burton's Island.

Threshers on the nearshore wrecks and reefs. Seabass out on the wrecks 20 miles and beyond.


June 7

Bluefish in the Inlet up to 5 pounds the last couple of days on the daytime incoming tide.

June 5 -

he bluefish have moved into the Indian River bay. Several reports of them in shallow water.

A few more kingfish moved in to the surf over the weekend.

The flounder bite picked up in the Indian River Bay.

Drifting sandfleas at night has started to work for stripers.

Seabass fishing has been real good but the are going 20 plus miles to get them.

Thresher sharks have moved in to the near shore waters.

Customer reported a large sturgeon breach near his boat just outside the inlet on Saturday.

Reminder - tautog is closed in DE waters til July 16.

May 31 -

Memorial Day weekend has come and gone. Summer is coming!

Bluefish are still the headline act around here with the cool water temps keeping them from heading north. The fish are spread out - on the beach and coming in the Inlet. Its a matter of right place, right time. Put the time in and you should catch.

Bunker and mullet are working on the beach. Metal and bucktails in the Inlet on the day time incoming tides. Even heard about them hitting at night.

They are picking up a few stripers with more keepers in the mix in the inlet after dark.

Warmer sunny days in the forecast!

May 24 -

Dreary rainy, damp....

Hearing about a few more keeper stripers being picked up during the night time hours. Daiwa SP Minnows and Swim Shads are the hot baits.

Still some blues out on the surf. Not like they were but we also heard there are still some big blues south of us. Water temp should keep them here a bit longer but a few warm days will send them north.

Picking at the blues on the daytime incoming tide in the Inlet.

Seabass fishing on the inshore wrecks and reefs has been fantastic.

Tent Sale this weekend. Stop in a check out the deals!


May 20 -

Bluefish on the beach this morning. Early before the wind got up.

Bluefish on the north side of the Inlet late morning.

Kingfish caught on the beach in Fenwick Friday.



May 19 -

Hot weather slowed the bite down on the surf this week. They still caught fish but not like last week.

Cool front coming in tonite and everyone is gearing up to fish what should be a very good weekend.

We just got 500 pounds of bunker in for the weekend and we have plenty of frozen finger mullet as well as some fresh surf clams.

They are starting to pick up a few more keeper stripers in the Inlet during the nigh time hours. Daiwa SP minnows have been very popular.

Even heard of several keeper stripers on the beach this week.

Seabass reopened this week and social media was a buzz with pics of some nice catches. The Radford was the hot spot.

May 15 -

Monday morning fishing brief:

The sun is shining. Beautiful weather in the forecast and the gator blues are still here.

What else do you need to know?

Mullet and bunker working on the surf. Top and bottom of the tide have been the most productive. No hot spot. Fish are spread out.

Spoons and bucktails on the incoming tide if you are fishing the Inlet.

A few keepers stripers around at night in the Inlet. Plugs, bucktails and swim shads are all working.

Tautog season is closed in DE waters until July 16.

No good report on flounder in the bays. Wind and dirty water to blame. Lewes Canal has started producing.




May 13 -

Old Inlet Spring Surf Fishing Tournament
2017 – Results

201 Participants
22 Women and 23 Kids
42 Anglers Caught 93 Scoring Fish (all bluefish)

Open Division
1) 227 Points Kevin Trimble $750
2) 218 Points John Pilcicki $500
3) 121 Points Sean Hull $350
4) 118 Points Steven Amspacher $150

Women’s Division
1) 46 Points Erin Schuster $250
2) 33 Points Anita Chandler $100
3) 20 Points Stephanie Shields $50

Kids Division
1) 69 Points Joey Griffith Surf Rod and Reel
2) 24 Points Colton Nein Spinning Rod and Reel
3) 17 Points Liam Senzamici Tackle Box

Largest Fish of Tournament
36 Inch Bluefish Shaun Smith $1,000

Bluefish Calcutta
36 Inch Bluefish Shaun Smith $1,770


We have 201 anglers fishing in the Spring Surf Fishing Tournament today. Weather this morning was quite sporty. ENE winds at more than 20 with heavy rain. They still caught bluefish up to 36 inches.

Tide changed a little after noon and the rain/wind quit. the surf laid down and the bite has been on! Small stripers and blues to 29 inches reported.

We have plenty of fresh bunker!

May 12

A lot of people pre-fishing the tournament. Bluefish all day. We weighed quite a few blue fish and saw coolers full. Biggest fish we saw was 13.5 pounds. Check out or Facebook page for daily fishing pics.

May 11 -

Spring Surf Fishing Tournament Weather Update:

The tournament scheduled for Saturday is still a go!

There is NOT going to be a Northeaster this weekend according to the latest update - here is the the latest Marine Forecast -

.FRI...E WINDS AROUND 15 KT WITH GUSTS UP TO 20 KT. SEAS AROUND 3 FT. A CHANCE OF SHOWERS.
.FRI NIGHT...E WINDS 15 TO 20 KT WITH GUSTS UP TO 25 KT. SEAS 3 TO 5 FT. RAIN.
.SAT...E WINDS 15 TO 20 KT...DIMINISHING TO 10 TO 15 KT IN THE AFTERNOON. SEAS 4 TO 7 FT. RAIN.

We do not cancel the tournament unless the State closes the beaches. The tournament is going to go on as planned. It will be windy and raining. Pack your foul weather gear! Check back for updated information Thursday and Friday


Big bluefish blitzed the Inlet this morning for about 45 minutes.

May 9 -

Weighed a 15 pound tautog from reef site 10 yesterday evening. Reminder Tautog closes in Delaware waters May 12 - through July 16. May 11 is the last open day.

Just weighed several blues from 7.5 to 11.5 pounds caught on the beach at 3Rs and Conquest this afternoon.

We have fresh bunker!

May 8 -

Still catching nice bluefish on the beach over the weekend. Up to 36-38 inches. Top and bottom of the tide has been the best time. Catching them from Fenwick up to the Cape. No one hot spot.

The striped bass have gotten scarce with these big bluefish around. Saw a picture of a half eaten striper that came out of a blue and even some half eaten smaller bluefish.

Fishing was a bit tough in the Inlet over the weekend. Dirty water from windy weather made impacted the bite in the Inlet far more than it did on the beach.

Just got another load of fresh bunker.

Our Spring Surf Fishing Tournaments will be held on Saturday May 13. You can sign up Friday from Noon til 8 and Saturday from 5:30Am until 7am.


May 3 -

We have fresh bunker!!!

Bluefish in the inlet yesterday on the incoming tide.


May 1-
Big blues on Faithful Steward beach this afternoon.

Bluefish up to 30 inches in the Inlet Monday morning today around 9am. Start of the incoming tide. Hitting metal cast lures.

Bluefish up to 36 inches on the beach this weekend. Top and bottom of the tide was the best time. Bunker and metal cast.

Fresh bunker has been scarce lately. Alot of people disappointed that we did not have any on Saturday. We tried 5 suppliers and only got 100 pounds. So it not for lack of effort. If its available we WILL have it!



April 27 -
Notice: The Cast for a Cure tournament scheduled for April 29 has been postponed until 2018. We look forward to bringing you an improved tournament next year.

Snapper blues in the Inlet this morning.


Keeper striper alert!

Robert Hilton (Millsboro) just weighed a 32 pound 46 inch striped bass caught in the Indian River Inlet this morning!
It hit a bucktail! It had spawned out.


April 25 -

Fishing has picked up quite a bit here in the last 7-10 days. The water temp has gotten over 50 degrees and the weather has gotten better (except for the NE blow and rain today). Good weather in the forecast for this weekend so there should be some good fishing action.'

Short stripers are still dominating the action in the Indian River Inlet. On the plus side they have gotten bigger. The are now mostly in the 20-24 inch range instead on the 15-18 inch range. Daytime incoming tide has been the most productive with bucktails, plugs and swim shads all working.

Bluefish have moved into the Inlet as well with the best action being at night on plugs. There are a few short flounder around in the Inlet as well.

Flounder fishing in the Indian River Bay has been slow to start. A few keepers reported lately.

Starting to see a few keeper tautog come over the railing at the Inlet. We have live green crabs and sand fleas are starting to become available.

The best action has been on the beach. Blues to 36 inches, short stripers, black drum, kingfish and blowfish have been hitting in the suds. The fish have been found up and down the beach from Fenwick all the way up to Broadkill Beach. Live bloodworms, fresh surf clams and fresh bunker have been the ticket.

The Old Inlet Spring Surf Fishing Tournament will be held on Saturday May 13. Info can be found on our website!

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