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Fishing Report

August 10th, 2018

Hot, hot, hot!!!

The bad news - fishing has slowed down to a slooooow pick. The croaker bite has slowed down in the inlet due to very warm water.

A few kings on the beach with small blues mixed in.

The flounder haven moved off shore to the Old Grounds. Actually east of the Old Ground sin about 100 feet of water.

The Good news - all this warm water has brought some cobia and spanish mackerel to the near shore waters.

Black drum an triggerfish can be found along the rocks in the Inlet.

Fish are here but warm weather/water has slowed things down.

July 31 -
Small blues, kings, and spot on the beach over the weekend.

Raining again now so we are dealing with dirty water again.

Black drum and triggerfish along the rocks in the Inlet.

Leon Martin (Leola PA) sent a pic of a 8 pound Black drum he caught in the Inlet on 7/28. It hit a sand flea.

Croakerfest 2018 in the Inlet continues. Flounder under them if you can get down to them.

July 25 -

Rex Davis (Honey Brook PA) sent in a pic of a 24 inch 12 pound sheephead he caught on the south side of the Inlet Sunday.

The latest craze is fishing live eels for sharks in the Inlet. 4-5 footers.

July 24 -
Starting to get some fresh mullet in. Small - 16 to a pack.

Croakerfest 2018 continues!! South side. Flounder there too.

A few keeper stripers around at night. Live eels.

July 23-

Rainy windy weekend. So we have very dirty water.

Rain in the forecast for the next few days. Its going to make fishing tough.

Croaker and flounder around.

July 18

Report of snapper blues in the Inlet this early afternoon.

Another customer reported catching small croakers on the beach at Conquest Road.

July 17 -

Water is warming up!

Black drum, trigger fish and sheepshead reported in the Inlet.

Customer stopped in to weigh a 6 pound 14 ounce black drum yesterday. Caught on the end of the north rockpile with sand fleas.

Croakers are still here in the Inlet in good numbers. They are hitting squid strips, gulp, sand fleas and bloodworms.

Quite a few short flounder in the Inlet too. One customer reported 14 fish with 2 keepers yesterday.

What striped bass bite there is has been at night floating fleas and fishing live eels. Heat and boat traffic have the fish deep during the daytime.

Blues and shad on the daytime incoming tide on occasion.

Kingfish on the surf with plenty of sharks and skates.

July 14 -

Rocky just called in that there were croakers in the Inlet again this morning.

Snapper blues reported in the inlet yesterday on the first part of the outgoing tide before dark.

89 years young Martin Swartz (Lewisburg PA) caught a 3.5 pound flounder drifting in the Inlet yesterday on a minnow.

Customer reported bluefish on the beach in front of the store up to 20 inches yesterday.

Dan Rubert sent a pic of an 18 inch flounder he caught in the surf on Conquest road yesterday.

July 10-

Todd Shelly emailed us pics of two red drum he caught on the south side this morning. They measured 27.5 and 29 inches. Pics are on Facebook and our Fishing Pictures Page.

July 5

Croakers!!! Lots of em and the getting bigger.

Several people reported catching a cooler full in the Inlet yesterday.

Some flounder, mostly shorts, in the mix too.

Kingfish bite reported on Faithful Steward Crossing this morning.

Happy July 4!!

Its hazy, hot and humid!!

Biggest change in the report is that the croakers are thick in the Inlet from the rockpiles back to the marinas. Gulp, bloodworms and squid are working.

Some flounder in the Inlet too. Mostly shorts with the odd keeper mixed in.

June 29 -

Notice: Effective July 1 New Delaware Tautog Regulations - 4 fish a day 16 inches and season reopens July 1 and remains open through Dec 31 with no September closure.

Croakers in the Inlet!!!!

The striper bite is at night with the daytime heat and boat traffic driving them deep during the day.

A few small blues and shad around on the incoming tide during the day.

Flounder along the south wall past the campground.

Big kingfish up to 16 inches reported south of us. Myabe they will come visit.

Highlights from the weekend -

Croakers in the Inlet yesterday. In the 8-10 inch range

A few shad and small blues around on the incoming tide as well.

Not much of a striper bite reported lately.

A few flounder coming over the rail as well.

No flounder on the Old Grounds as yet but did hear about some a mile out past that.

Summer sharking has started on the beach. Please know the rules and by all means exercise some common sense and don't shark fish near swimmers or in front of houses (some people seem to be surprised that there are sharks in the water).

Otherwise, the surf is a mix of small stuff. A few kings but mostly sharks and skates.

Did see a nice catch of kings from the surf at herring point on Friday.

June 14 -

Bob Atkins (PA) weighed a 3.5 pound sheepshead today caught in the Inlet on a sand flea.

Netters are catching 2-3 pound blues in the Indian River Bay. A few croakers and spot starting to show up in the nets too.

June 12 -

Water is starting to clear up after the rain over the weekend.

A camera shy angler brought in a 7 pound flounder caught in the Inlet this morning on the south wall on a bucktail with gulp.

June 8-

Report is with all the east northeast wind we have been having the bite has been better on the north jetty/pocket.

A couple of things to add to the report -

They have started picking up stripers floating live fleas at night.

Flounder on the south wall (past the camp ground) in the Inlet on lead heads with Gulp. 4 inch white swimming mullet.

Keeper spot up on the pier at the Cape the last few days.

Weekend wrap up-

Sunday was a wash out. Heavy winds and rain. Its nice out today (Monday). It will likely take a few tide cycles for the water to clear up.

Before the blow the guys willing to put the time in on the south rockpile at night east of the bridge get in to some keeper stripers (40 plus inches). Plugs and swim shads were the best baits.

A few shad are still running in the Inlet on the daytime incoming tide. We had also started to see some flounder coming over the rail as well.

Flounder action picked up in the Indian River Bay as well. There is a huge sand bar in the bay so be sure to stay in the marked channel. It is pretty bad. Its located on the way from the Inlet back towards Masseys so be careful.

The surf saw an uptick in kingfish action with shorty stripers and the occasional black drum in the mix.

Still catching black drum on the coral beds in the DE Bay.

Flounder bite has picked up in the Lewes canal.

Thresher sharks have moved in the to near shore waters. Ne
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