Indian River Inlet Fishing Report
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Brr its cold outside.
Nothing to report fishing wise. The next best thing to fishing is getting a great deal on fishing and hunting gear!!!
Our big offseason even is just over a week away!!!
Old Inlet Scratch and Dent/Inventory Reduction Sale
February 12-15, 2021
Friday and Saturday - 7am-5pm
Sunday and Monday - 7am-3pm
Presidents Day and Valentine’s Weekend
Deep discounts on clearance items, cosmetic blemish, discontinued overstock items and special buys
Fish Bites Bloodworms - Regular and Fast Acting - $5.99 or 4 bags for $20
All Berkley Gulp - 20% off
Triple Fish Flourocarbon 50% off marked price. 25 yard spool - 15 pound test through 80
Hi Seas/AFW Mullet Rigs Reg. $3.39 each - Sale Price 6 for $12
Hi Seas/AFW Kingfish Rigs Reg. $2.39 each - Sale Price 6 for $10
Closeout – Okuma Avenger Bait Feeder Spinning Reels
ABF 8000 Reg. $89.99 - Sale Price $60
ABF 6000 Reg. $79.99 – Sale Price $55
Penn Newport Rods – Super Sale Price
Refurbished Pier/Beach Carts - $200
Pink Hi Seas 20 Pound Test – 2600 Yard Spool Reg. $29.99 Sale Price $15
Barnett Hyper Ghost 425 Cross Bow – Special Sale Price!!!
Barnett XP 370 Cross Bow – Special Sale Price!!
Super Special - Coleman Tents 50% Off Marked Price
And much more!!!
Happy New Year from the crew at Old Inlet. We hope you had a great holiday season and that 2021 has started off well for you.
The fishing season is pretty much winding down. The water temp has cooled off into the low fourties.
Still a few people trying for tautog in the Inlet without much success, The tautog have pretty much moved offshore to winter on the wrecks and reefs. We still have some live green crabs left. Enough to last the rest of the week after that we will not get green crabs again until the spring.
The water temp is right on the cusp of shutting down the striper bite. Not many people trying in the Inlet. Reports of schools of migrating stripers 7 miles off the beach. To our knowledge they have not found any schools within the 3 mile boundary.
Nothing to report from the surf. Maybe some spiny dogs.
Mark your calender for our big off season event. The Old Inlet Inventory Reduction/Scratch and Dent Sale will take place February 12-15, 2021.
This is President's Day Weekend, Valentines Day weekend and OC Boat Show Weekend!!!!
Deep discounts will be offered on over stocks, close out items and comsetic blemish items!!! Look for details in the coming weeks.
There has not been a whole lot to report lately. We got hit by back to back northeast monons last week. And its overcast and cold today. More rain in the forecast for the Holiday.
We are currently on our winter hours 7am-3pm. Open every day. We will be open Christmas eve 9am-1pm. Closed Christmas day and open again Saturday December 26.
They are still trying for tautog in the Inlet and picking at the short striped bass.
We have live green crabs and frozen fleas.
Also heard about some speckled trout in the Indian River Bay and some shorty striped bass.
Beaches/ramps were closed much of last week so no recent surf report.
A week of hard westerly winds has resulted in blow out tides and dirty water. Fishing has slowed down as a result.
The water temp has been cooling of rapidly. It has dipped under 50 degrees.
Still a few people trying for tautog in the Inlet. Dirty water. We have live green crabs.
Spiny dogfish on the beach.
A few short stripers in the Inlet but it has been a slow pick.
We are on our winter hours 7am-3pm Seven Days a Week.
We will be open Christmas Eve 9am-1pm
Closed Christmas Day.
The Old Inlet Christmas Party has been cancelled.
Blowing hard from the south and raining here today. Forecast is for this to get out of here overnight. Extended forecast has temps in the low 50's no freezing at night but west wind for days on end.
The tog bite remains strong in the Inlet. We have live green crabs. No live sand fleas.
Short stripers abound in the Inlet. Picking at the keepers but it is a lot like work. No hot spot in the Inlet. No one hot bait or tide either. Very random. They have been using eels, swim shads and plugs.
We did hear about two bluefish caught on the beach south of the Inlet so that is a good sign. Also heard about a keeper striper from the beach at 3 R's and another in Bethany beach.
And just saw a pic of a 52 inch striper caught on the troll over by Cape May.
They are picking at the stripers in the Inlet. We heard about a couple of keepers caught over the weekend. They are jusing a little bit of everything. Swim shads, lead heads with sassy shads and plugs. No hot bait/lure.
25 inch red drum reported Satuday night as well as a sturgeon.
We also heard about a couple of 30 inch stripers coming from the Massey's Landing area.
Windy and sunny here today. Northwest 15-20 with some heavier gusts.
The tautog bite is still pretty strong in the Inlet. We have live green crabs and sand fleas.
Finally got a report of something other than spiny dogs on the beach. Customer reported a 27 inch red drum caught on the beach across for the shop on Saturday.
We will be open from 7am-12pm on Thanksgiving Day.
Not much to report from this morning. Striper bite slowed up in the Inlet. There were a couple of short stripers caught in the South Pocket.
Report from last night was a couple of shorts and one 29 inch keeper.
Spiny dogs on the beach. fresh bunker is pretty much done for the season.
Plenty of tog in the Inlet. Looks like live sand fleas are done for the year. We have live green crabs.
Our guys that went to the wrecks yesterday reported seabass and a couple of keeper tautog. The wind kicked up and they had to come in early.
Gonna be a pretty weekend!!
More shorty stripers in the Inlet this morning. They got smaller on average 16-20 inches. No word of any keepers. Lead head with soft plastics.
Night time bite is slow. A few people trying without much luck. They tell us they will be back out tonite so stay tuned!!!
Tog bite in the inlet is still strong, We have live green crabs. It looks like live fleas may be done for the year. Our guy is going to try a couple of more times but the cold weather may have run them deep.
The surf is all the spiny dogfish you want.
A couple of our guys are out wreck fishing today. Look for a report on that tomorrow.
They caught shortys again this morning from daylight to 10am or so. One 33 incher reported.
We just got a new selection of weighted tautog jigs in.
Numerous reports of a good shorty striper bite in the Inlet this morning at day light/start of the incoming tide. 22-25 inch fish with one 45 inch reported. Leads heads with FinS soft baits!!!
Black drum and some sheepshead mixed in with the tautog.
More later as reports come in!!!
When is the striper migration going to start? That's the million dollar question.
Well we have a convergence of events this week that may get things going.
1) the water temperature has dropped under 60 degrees. Lat buoy report had it at 58.5 degrees
2) the tides are right all week. Incoming after dark
3) the new moon was on the 14th. First quarter on the 21st
4) the weather forecast is for more fall like temps.
So IF its gonna happen we have all the right climate factors in our favor for the next week to 10 days and likely through the end of the month with the full moon on the 30th.
Now its a matter of a bunch of anglers and making a fishing report!!!
Until then the tautog bite is ON in the inlet.
Happy Friday the 13th!!!!
Beautiful weather last week. Rainy and cool today. Sunny and 70 forecasted for Sunday. Then cooler and more fall like temps next.
Tog action in the Inlet was on fire. More keepers all the time. We have green crabs and sand fleas.
A few keeper stripers reported from the jettys at night on live eels. Shortys around during the day. Just picking at them.
The pretty weather stalled the striper migration out in the area of Island Beach State Park in Jersey.
Starting to hear about some folks fishing the Fenwick ditch and catching shorty stripers.
The beach has been slllllooooooooowwwwwwww!!!!
Pretty weather, No change in the fishing report. The report from Monday still stands. No report from the beach since the bad weather. The inlet has been dead the last two nights for stripers. Tautog fishing in the inlet has been very good.
Looks like the weather will hold for several days. Many boaters are heading out to the reefs and wrecks for flounder and seabass.
The old inlet webmaster is taking the boss to the woods in Virginia for a well deserved vacation. Be back late next week.
Until then please call 302-227-7974 for the latest fishing report.
Two different storm systems moved through over the weekend. One Thursday into Friday and another Sunday. Heavy winds and rain in both. Its stil blowing hard today (Monday). Fishing on the surf and in boats was pretty much washed out.
The one bright spot was tautog fishing in the Inlet. The bite has been really good with more keepers in the mix every day as the water temps have started to drop. Even had reports of tautog up to 23 inches in the Inlet. We have live green crabs and sand fleas.
The water temp has goten down close to 60 degrees after these last two storms. Looks like the wind we start to lay out Tuesday and then we habe good weather in the forecast for the weekend.
Lets hope the blues and stripers respond and start to migrate and bite. Prior to the bad weather the striper bite had started to pick up in north Jersey.
All of the State Park beaches are open with the exception of Beach Plum Island on the Delaware Bay.
Weekend recap -
Saturday was beautiful, it rained all day Sunday and blew northeast on Monday.
A lot of people ventured out on Saturday. A few hit the beach to find oil droplets in the debris line. This stretches from Dewey south to the Indian River Inlet bridge and is still there as of this report on Tuesday October 27. These tar like balls are very sticky. You definately do not want to touch them. DNREC is investigating the spill and working to clean up the debris line. There are no plans to close any of the state beaches at this time.
The good news is that the tar balls/droplets have not come ashore south of the Inlet.
Surf fishing has been slow. Warm water, northeast wind and the oil spill all to blame. Still the same small blues and some kingfish in the report. Another northeast blow coming Friiday. Will this be the one that cools the water off and starts the Fall run?
A very good tautog bite was reported in the Inlet over the weekend. A few more keepers in the mix. One angler reported 3 keepers in a weeks worth of fishing. There have been some sheepshead in the mix as well. We have live green crabs and sand fleas.
The striper bite in the Inlet improved marginally last week from horrible to slightly less than horrible. The guys that are putting in several nights a week of 5 plus hours of fishing are reporting a few keepers but are getting skunked or catching shorts more often than not. Live eels are the prefered bait.
As always, call 302-227-7974 for the latest fishing report.
Reports of oil on the beach north of the bridge in the vicinity of the Life Saving Station. Be careful as it sticks to everything and is very hard to get off. DNREC Emergency Response is aware of the issue.
Oil has also been reported at Broadkill Beach as well.
The striper action in the Inlet has picked up over the last few nights. Mostly shorts with a few keepers reported. Live eels have been the best bait. First couple of hours of the incoming tide have been the most productive.
Another weekend and another rain storm. But we have fantastic weather in the forecast this week. Truth is the weather is almost too nice. Its going to be in the 70's with very little wind most of the week. Great for being outside but its going to keep the water temperature from dropping enough to trigger a migration of fish.
Everyone is asking when is the good fall fishing going to start. Its all about water temperature. Its hovering in the mid 60's. Too warm. It needs to dip into the 50's for the action to pick up.
It was a slow pick on the surf over the weekend. Rainy weather dirtied up the water. Small kings and blues reported. We have fresh bunker and live bloodworms. Looks like the mullet run is over for the year.
The one bright spot is we did get a report of a handful of sea trout caught in the Inlet the last two mornings. In the 20 inch range. Thats the extent of the report we got. No addtitional details.
Nothing to report on the striped bass bite in the Inlet. Just a few shorties.
Tautog and sheepshead reported in the Inlet. Mostly throwbacks but the bite is good. We have live sand fleas and green crabs.
The near shore wrecks and reefs should be a popular this week with the good fishing conditions. The flounder should be on the Old Grounds. Its also likely that spike trout and croakers will be around just outside the Inlet.
Tautog and sheepshead reported in the Inlet
We had a northeaster blow through Sunday into Monday. It was a good 25 plus knots with about an inch of rain. Just enough to cause flood tides and dirty up the water. We've had nice weather since then and the water has started to clear up. In addition to that we really need for the water temperature to start dropping. Its hovering in the mid sixties at present.
The Inlet report since the blow has been tautog and sheepshead. Very little if any striper or bluefish action but we can chalk that up to dirty water. Hopefully that will improve by the weekend.
We plan to have live sand fleas, live green crabs, live eels, live minnows, live bloodworms and fresh bunker for the weekend.
Prior to the storm the surf had been producing small blues, kingfish, pompano and the occasional short striped bass. Some of the kingfish have been a decent 11-13 inches.
Weather permitting good action for seabass and flounder has been reported on the Radford and the Drydocks. Not much on Reef sites 10 and 11 or the Old Grounds form what we have heard but that could change after the blow last weekend.
Old Inlet webmaster is taking the boss to the mountians in Virginia for some much need R and R for the next few days. Call 302-227-7974 for the latest fishing report and bait availability.
(fishing report for the Inlet will be in another post)
187 anglers participated in the DMS tournament. It was a slow pick all weekend with only 43 fish being scored. The majority of the scoring fish were caught Saturday north of the Inlet. The bite up at the Cape was slow all weekend.
In addition the the scoring kingfish and blues fish there were also some small pompano around and a few short striped bas in the 18-20 inch range,
The DMS Invitational Surf Fishing Tournament will take place this weekend. Saturday and Sunday. Tournament info is at dmsclub.org You can sign up Friday from 12-9 at the tournament HQ - Youth Camp 3 in the Cape Henlopen State Park.
We have fresh mullet, fresh bunker and live bloodworms!!!
For those wanting to avoid the tournament crowd Keybox Road and 3R's Road are not in the tournament area. Conquest Road and Faithful Steward are in the tournament area on Saturday only.
Blues up to 20 inches reported on the surf today.
The Inlet has been slow this week with a few shad and small blues reported, No keeper stripers to be found at all lately.
The one good thing in the Inlet has been the tautog bite. Plenty of throwbacks with a few keepers in the mix. A few red drum, sheepshead and triggerfish around too.
The fall fishing season showed signs of life over the weekend. It was perfect fishing weather.
Plenty of people tried tautog fishing in the Inlet and were rewarded with a few more keepers. Still a 90 plus percent throw back rate but it was a move in the right direction. Please be aware that the bait trucks ony run once a week this time of the year so we could run out of green crabs. We have a delivery scheduled for Wednesday. If you want a quantity larger than a gallon such as a bushel you need to preorder and prepay for them on Monday to get them that week.
The big news from the surf was red drum and striped bass moving into the suds. We had quite a few reports of shorty striped bass on the beach Friday and Saturday. There were several keepers reported as well one north of the Inlet and another in Fenwick and 3 R's Road. The red drum bite started late Saturday and was reported again on Sunday and then again this morning. The drum bite was south of the Indian River Inlet bridge and on Fenwick.
Small blues to 16 inches on the beach as well.
It looks like the fresh mullet run is over for the year. We have not seen any in over a week. We are still getting fresh bunker.
An angler wishing to remain anonymous weighed a 6 pound slot sized red drum Sunday. It was caught in the Inlet on sand fleas. There are some sheepshead around as well
The wind allowed the boats to get out and good fishing was reported on the wrecks 20 plus miles off shore. Plenty of seabass and some flounder in the mix.
Been looking and asking around for a info to put together a decent fishing report and have found very little. Two things going on 1) its been windy and 2) the crowds have thinned out to the point that not many people are fishing during the week.
So here's the little bit we know:
The surf is still offering up the small fish that we just saw during the tournament over the weekend. Had a report of blues in the 10-16 inch range on Conquest Road yesterday. The kingfish are in the 11-12 inch range. Small pompano, stripers, trout, flounder and croakers in the mix as well.
The mullet run appears to be either over or stalled. The reason t it could be stalled is that we are hearing there is still some mullet up in Jersey. We fear it may be over because of the 5 plus days of northeast wind over a week ago.
One tournament participant called to tell us the first two fish his son caught in the tournament were a 19 and 25 inch striper. Goood stuff!!
Plenty of people giving tog fishing in the Inlet a try. No keepers that we are hearing of but plenty of throwbacks with the odd sheepshead and trigger fish in the mix. Where are the back drum?
A few shorty stripers around in the morning in the Inlet. Nothing special happening on that front yet. A few people floating fleas and eels at night with very little luck. the water is still too warm for a good striper bite in the Inlet.
Too windy and very dirty water in the back bays for there to be much of a flounder report. Its time for the offshore flounder fishing season to pick up. Weather and wind permitting B Buoy and the Old Grounds will be popular destinations over the coming weeks.
Fall tautog fishing on the nearshore wrecks and reefs should start in earnest with a break in the weather.
Speaking of weather, the forecast looks reasonable.
Get out and fish!! We need people to make a fishing report!!!
We had 314 anglers in the tournament over the weekend. 44 women and 17 kids participated.
88 of the anglers scored more than 200 fish. The majority of the scoring fish were kingfish and blues, A couple of sea trout made the score sheets as did a croaker. Anglers aslo report numerous undersized striped bass, flounder, black drum, and pompano.
23rd Annual Delaware Seashore Fall Surf Fishing Classic
Saturday and Sunday, September 26-27, 2020
Hosted by Old Inlet Bait and Tackle
Sponsored By Okuma, Hi Seas and Great Anglers
First Place 110 Points Darren Purcell $800 and Bronze Statue
Second Place 109 Points Scott Aiken, Jr. $600 and Bronze Statue
Third Place 108 Points Gary Born $400 and Bronze Statue
Fourth Place 102 Points Harry Neiman $200 and Okuma Surf Rod/Reel
Fifth Place 99 Points Michael Born Reynolds Rack
6th – 20th Place Prizes
First Place 28 Points Gretchen Loose $200 and Nicole Born Memorial Trophy and Custom Surf Rod Presented By Gary Born
Second Place 25 Points Deb Weichardt $100 and Rod/Reel and Trophy
Third Place 15 Points Jamey Murray, Monica Bayless, and Lynn Downs $25 each
First Place 15 Points Austin Matthews/Logan Wierzbicki Surf Rod and Reel/Trophy
Second Place 12 Points Jaiden Rivera Rod and Reel/Trophy
Third Place 12 Points Jake Blevins Rod and Reel/Trophy
Largest Fish of Tournament
Harvey Atkins 17 Inch Sea Trout $1,000
Largest Bluefish Calcutta
Mike Hollinger 16 Inches $2,800
Great Anglers Picture Posting Contest
James Swatski $250
The wind has started to lay our a bit after a 4 plus day north east blow. The surf is still not fishable as yet. We had two tides a day over the weekend. High and higher. Better weather ahead this weekend,
No recent report from the beach as it has been completly unfishable. High tide has been up in the dunes. One customer gave it a try and said 10 ounces would not hold.
No bay or ocean report lately either.
They did manage to catch some shorty stripers and bluefish in the slop in the Inlet over the weekend.
Fresh mullet availability has been hit and miss. Its that sort of year.
The 23rd Annual Delaware Seashore Fall Surf Fishing Classic will take place Saturday and Sunday, September 26-27. Tournament packet pick up and registration is Friday 12-8pm and Saturday morning 5:30-7am. Absolutely no entry allowed after 7am on Saturday morning.
Check out or events page for tournament info and on-line registartion.
The long term forecast for light northeast winds at the beggining of the month has not aged well. Hurricane Sallly changed the plan. We are getting ready for a second weekend of northeast winds at 20 plus knots. Thats the bad news.
The good news is that this wind is supposed to get out of here by Tuesday and the weather after that looks really good for our Fall Surf Fishing Tournament on Saturday and Sunday, Sept 26-27. Check out the tournament info on our events page.
Right now the fishing report is heavy surf and dirty water. Not much happening at all. They have caught some fish in the Inlet under the mullet when the northeast wind has blown them into the Inlet. Swim shads have been the preferred striper bait on these occasions.
The surf, wind permitting, has been offering a mixed bag of small blues, kingfish, spot and pompano. Live and fake bloodworms are the best baits.
We will be sure to update the fishing report several more times before the tournament.
Labor Day 2020 is in the rear view and the Fall fishing season is getting started. Fishing was pretty good over the Holiday weekend with alot of different species being reported. Light northeast wind on Saturday made for a great day of fishing. There was a terrific run of mullet in the Inlet on Saturday on both tides. And just like that they have dissappeared again. The run has gotten off to a very slow start.
One thing of note is that the forecast is for 10 plus days of easterly winds. This a good thing that will likely blow some fish toward the beach and in the Inlet.
They caught fish under the mullet in the Inlet on the Saturday morning incoming tide. Several keeper striped bass, small blues and a couple of trout were reported. One of the trout weighed 7 pounds. Also, had a report of at least one spanish mackerel caught in the Inlet. The limit on spanish mackerel is 15 fish a day with a 14 inch minimum size. Spanish mackerel will hit anything shiny.
Flounder are in the Inlet tight to the rocks. The flounder are starting to migrate to cooler water offshore on the Old Grounds for the fall season. Lead heads tipped with gulp are a great flounder bait on the Inlet.
There are still some flounder to be found in the back bays. The throw back to keeper ratio is running the usual one keeper to ten throwbacks.
Cobia fishing has been real popular lately. Boating anglers are venturing outside the Inlet and sight casting to cobia working bait balls. The shoal just south of the Inlet is a a great place to start and then work your way out toward the Fenwick shoals. Live eels are the most popular bait.
Cobia season is open until September 15 and there is a 40 inch minimum size.
Surf anglers trying to catch the cobis from the beach as well. Pinning a live bait and letting it swim has proven to be effective. Cobia are hard to land from the beach ad they like to jump and spit the hook. A long time customer was heart broken when one jumped off the hook just outside the breakers.
Spot, small blues and pompano are dominating the action on the surf. Live and fake bloodworms are the best baits. Fresh mullet is working on a whole mullet rig for the small blues.
The Fall surf fishing tournament season kicks off with the 23rd Annual Delaware Seashore Fall Surf Fishing Classic to be held on the 26-27 of September. Click here for info
The DMS Invitational Surf Fishing Tournament is scheduled for October 10-11. Info can be found here
If you are here this week you may well know that late August is the "the sweet spot". The weather is good and with at least some kids going back to school the crowds have started to thin out. Summer conditions without the big (or as big) summer crowd.
The one bad thing is that the flies have been really bad on the beach. If it is going to be over 90 degrees you can bet there will be a west wind and that means flies!!!! Add an outgoing tide to the mix and oh boy be ready to give blood.
Those willing to brave the flies have been finding some pompano and small black drum in the suds along with kingfish and spot. Live sand fleas and Fishbites EZ Flea are great baits for the pompano. Bloodworrms (live and Fish Bites) work for all the other little fish running around this time of the year.
The fresh mullet run is just getting started. The supply has been sporadic thus far. We are only getting in a little bet at a time.
The Inlet has been really quiet lately, Very likely a result of the water temps hovering in the upper 70's. You might find a flounder or a small blue on the incoming tide (cooler water).
Mostly throw back flounder reported from the Inland Bays. The bigger fish have moved off shore to cooler water on the Old Grounds, the reef sites and grass beds.
Fall Surf fishing tournament season is almost here!!!
The 23rd Annual Delaware Seashore Fall Surf Fishing Classic will be held on Saturday and Sunday, September 26-27. Info and on-line sign up can be found here.
The DMS Annual Invitational Surf Fishing Tournament is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, October 10 and 11. Click here for info
Had some rain and wind this week. Sunday and Wednesday were pretty much wash outs. Dirty water!!!
The silver lining is that the dog days of August have not been hazy hot and humid. But hot weather is in the forecast for next week.
Its small fish season. Hot water temps have moved the bigger fish on up the coast.
Spot, kingfish, croakers and small blues are around on the beach. Small hooks are the key. Cast just over the first breaking wave. We cannot stress the points enough. Live and fake bloodworms are the best baits.
Small blues are coming through the Inlet on occasion. Usually a morning incoming tide. Croakers and flounder in the Inlet was well. Squid strips and bloodworms for the croaker and gulp swimming mullet for the flounder. Fish the gulp on a lead head tight to the rocks.
A mixed bag of small fish are around back at Massey's pier as well. Flounder, croaker, small blues even some shorty stripers.
Plenty of small flounder in the Indian River and Rehoboth bays. The ratio has been 1 keeper to 10-12 throwbacks. A live minnow paired with scented squid strips (minnow sandwich) is always a good bait. Otherwise gulp on lead head works too.
The 23rd Annual Delaware Seashore Fall Surf Fishing Classic will be held on Saturday and Sunday, September 26-27. Info and on-line sign up can be found here.
The DMS Annual Invitational Surf Fishing Tournament is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, October 10 and 11. Click here for info
The Northeaster over the weekend took out our phone lines. Working with Verizon to get it resolved.
It's August but is not really hazy hot and humid. That is a good thing. We'll take it. We've had a bit of east wind lately keeping things cool.
The number one thing going on right now is a good kingfish bite on the beach. Fake and live bloodworms are efffective when fished on small hooks just behind the breaking waves. AND the wind has not been from the west so the flies have not been as bad.
There are some small blues, spot and croakers in the mix as well.
This weeks tip - if you are not catching fish on the beach you are likely making one or all of the following most common mistakes 1) hooks are too big, wrong bait and casting as far as you can. August is small fish season on the beach (spot kingfish and croakers). Small fish = small mouth = small hook. They feed in close to the breakers.
Good night time shark bite on the beach.
Small blues in the Inlet the last couple of mornings. A few croakers and flounder around as well. Not a good bite. Very sporadic.
What striped bass bite there is has been at night on live eels and floating sand fleas.
The spot bite has been really good up on the Cape Henlopen pier. Great place to take kids!!
Loads af small flounder on the Indian River and Rehoboth Bays. One keeper for every 10 throw backs.
The 23rd Annual Delaware Seashore Fall Surf Fishing Classic will be held on Saturday and Sunday, September 26-27. Tournament Info and registration is avialble on line at - Fall Classic
Effective at sunset 8/3/2020 all DSSP surf crossings will be closed and will remain closed through the duration of the storm. This includes all Fenwick Island surf crossings as well. The crossings will be evaluated the morning of Wednesday 8/5/2020.
Needless to say fishing will be a wash out for a few days.
Hopefully the storm will blow out the sea lice and jelly fish. They have been really bad on the beach.
The stifling heat continued early this week and really put a damper on the fishing activity. The wind has been from the west and the flies are making the beach just plain miserable.
We have a light southeast wind making it bearable today but its going to change back to southwest when the tide starts to go out this early evening. More southwest wind and flies on tap for Thursday,
Good news is that light notheast wind is in the forecast for Friday and Saturday and the high temps are only going to get into the low to mid 80's. Those two days will be the best time to fish. Its back to southwest winds, heat and the flies to get August started on Sunday.
Mixed bag of small stuff on the surf. King fish, spot,croakers and small blues. Everything is feeding in close just behind the breaking waves. Live and fake blood worms are the best baits. The light northeast wind should improve the bite on the beach Friday and Saturday.
We have started to hear about some finger mullet showing up. Not many yet though.
Couple of reports that the Indian River and Rehoboth bays are covered up with small flounder. One customer reported catching 30 with only three keepers.
Daytime Inlet fishing has been slow. Croakers and small blues are around.
Still a few big (over the slot) stripers around at night on eels. Full moon coming may help improve that bite.
Its has been super hot lately and it has slowed the fishermen and the fish down considerably.
When its this hot in July and August you can be guaranteed it will be be a west wind. West wind equals flies on the beach and very little wave energy on the surf. These black house flies show up with an appetite and a bad attitude. if you have ever experienced it you know it is not pleasant. The low wave energy slows fishing down because there is nothing stirring up the bait for the fish to feed on.
Often times the wind will change from west on the out going tide to southeast on the incoming tide. This is the best time to fish the beach in the summer. Kingfish, spot, croakers, pompano and small blues will feed just behind the breaking waves. Small pieces of bloodworm are the best bait fished on small hooks.
John Chance weighed in a 4 pound flounder measuring 23 inches caught on a the surf at 3R's. It hit a piece of fresh cut spot.
A good many anglers are hitting the surf in the evening and over night hours targeting the ever present sharks. They are using bunker, blues and mackerel. Small sharks re closer to shore with larger ones available if you kayak the bait out.
The striper bite is in the Inlet is a nigthtime bite. Heat and boat traffic drive the fish down during the daytime hours. Live eels on the incoming tide are the hot ticket. Many of thr fish are over the 35 inch slot limit and have to be thrown back.
Daytime Inlet anglers are targeting croakers and flounder. Croakers are hitting squid strips and bloodworms. The flounder are taking lead heads with Gulp. The flounder are tight to the rocks.
Mike Diehl weighed a 6 plus pounder taken in the Inlet. It measured 26 inches.
July 4 Holiday is in the rear view mirror and it has slowed down to a low roar after 5 weeks of just pure pandemonium around here. A welcome moment to catch our breath and try to find some fishing tackle to sell. We are experiencing the same supply chain issues that the grocery store and hardware stores had at the beginning of this seemingly never ending pandemic. So, we are going to be out of some things, but it is not for lack of effort.
Now for the fishing report -
Surf - mixed bag of small stuff. Croakers, kingfish, spot and small blues. The fish are spread out. No one hotspot. Fishbites bloodworms, live bloods and fresh bunker are the best baits. Throw small hooks just over the breaking waves.
Daytime Inlet - small blues on the incoming tide on metal cast. Snapper sized. Croakers 8-12 inches around as well on bloodworms or squid strips. They are picking at the flounder tight to the rocks on lead heads tipped with Gulp. The bite has been better from the boats in the Inlet according to several of the local charter boats.
The night time striped bass bite has slowed down a bit. Bets bet is the incoming tide with live eels. Nothing happening on the outgoing tide at all.
Old Grounds - flounder and seabass on the open bottom. Large bullhead minnow and the fire tiger gulp are the hot baits.
Fenwick shoals - spanish mackerel and small blues on Clark spoons.
Another July 4 weekend is in the books.
It started off with the State Parks annoucing that the parking lots at the beaches would be limited to 60% capacity. As expected the lots filled up quickly and early. If you were not there by 9:30AM the lots were full. The surf fishing beaches were jam packed.
The report from the surf is lots of small stuff. Spot, croakers, and kings mainly, Pompano have started to bite as have spanish mackerel. Live and artifical bloodoworms are working very well. The spanish mackerel are hitting metal spoons.
Tautog season reopened and quite a few people gave it a go in the Inlet. The results were plenty of shorties and no keepers. There should be some black drum and sheepshead around in the coming weeks.
Night time striper bite in the Inlet is decent on live eels. Some big fish around. Over the slot limit so they have to be released. They are floating fleas and throwing dark plugs as well but live eels are the most effective.
Daytime Inlet fishing - your best bet would be to fish Gulp on a lead head tight to the rocks for flounder. Or squid strips/bloodworms ona single hook for croaker.
The Spot bite on the Cape Henelopen pier has been red hot. Two at a time!!! This is your best bet for kids.
Seabass on reef sites 10 and 11.
Spanish mackerel and bonita on Fenwick Shoals
Press Release from Parks about rules for the coming Holiday weekend
If you are going you better go early!!
In accordance with Gov. Carney’s goal of limiting interactions among people in Delaware’s beach areas to reduce transmission of COVID-19, the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control announced the following restrictions to be imposed starting on Friday, July 3 and lasting until further notice:
- The number of vehicles allowed in Cape Henlopen, Delaware Seashore and Fenwick Island State Parks will be limited to approximately 60% of the parking capacity. When the 60% capacity is reached, all vehicles will be turned away until vehicle volume within the parks is reduced. Vehicle restrictions may be lifted periodically as volume levels are noticeably reduced within the parks. These limits, which will be enforced at park entrances by DNREC Natural Resources Police, will not be managed based on a “one-in, one-out” policy that would encourage lines of waiting vehicles and people.
- At Cape Henlopen, when the main gate is closed to additional vehicles based on parking lot capacity, the closure will include vehicles that have arrived at the park for drive-on surf fishing as well.
- At Delaware Seashore and Fenwick Island surf fishing beaches, NRP officers will monitor the number of vehicles on the beach and will close drive-on beach entrances if vehicles fail to maintain the 20-foot distance between vehicles currently mandated by the Governor’s emergency order.
- Masks or face coverings are required in bathhouse and concession areas at all three parks and strongly encouraged on the beach as well.
- Campgrounds and cabin rentals will continue.
“Last weekend, we saw all our ocean parks go to capacity, we saw a number of people not wearing masks in bathhouse and concession areas where they were around others, and we saw groupings of people and activities on our beaches, including in surf fishing areas, that clearly violated the requirements of social distancing,” DNREC Secretary Shawn Garvin said. “This limit on visitors to our beach parks is another measure to try to stop the spread of coronavirus.”
DNREC also reported Tuesday that two of its Delaware State Parks beach lifeguards have tested positive for COVID-19 and are now isolating at home. DNREC is working closely with the Division of Public Health to notify any other employees or individuals who may have had close contact with the affected lifeguards. Our lifeguards perform a crucial role in protecting visitors at our beaches at Delaware State Parks. DNREC continues to follow recommended best practices to minimize health risks to park-goers and our Beach Patrol team, including a strict cleaning protocol for public spaces and sanitizing of staff workstations.
Tautog season reopens in Delaware waters Wednesday July 1!! 16 inch minimum size 4 fish a day. We have live fleas and green crabs.
Ryan O'Neil (Wilmington) weighed a 28 pound cobia he caught on the surf north of the Inlet on Sunday. Nice fish!!
Also, started getting reports of spanish mackerel taken on the surf using spoons. 3R's Road!!
Is it really July 4 week already? With as busy as its been since June 1 we cant even imagine how busy/crowded its gonna be this coming weekend.
Surf - a mixed bag of kingfish, spot, croaker and small blues. Bloodworms (live or fake), fresh bunker and frozen mullet are all working. Typical of the summer months the fish are spread out, Reports coming from all up and down the beach. No real hot spot. Pro tip - the water has warmed up. The fish are feeding just behind the breaking waves. Casting our as far as you can is not necessary.
Daytime Inlet - shad, small blues, croakers and flounder. Flounder are tight to the rocks hitting Gulp on a lead head. Croakers are hotting squid strips and bloodworms. Blues and shad are on spec rigs, shad darts and bucktails - incoming tide is the best.
Inlet Nightime - the summer hot weather slow down on the striper bite has started. Still a few around on live eels, floating sand fleas and dark plugs/bucktails. Northside on incoming tide and southside east of the bridge on outgoing.
IR/Rehoboth Bays - small blues, croakers, spot and flounder. Bloods for the spot and croakers and live minnows or gulp for the flounder. Best drift? Look for the other boats!!!
Fenwick shoals - small blues and bonito reported on clark spoons
Reef Site 10-11 - seabass!!!!
Old Grounds - southeast of B Buoy- they have started picking up some sea bass and flounder on the open bottom.
As always check out the Great Anglers app for pics!!!
The water temp are getting warm. Kingfish, spot and croaker have shown up in better numbers on the beach. Live and fake blood worms are working best. Live bloodworms have been scarce and we just had a price increase to $14.95 a dozen. There are still some small blues on the beach as well.
Night time sharking on the beach is really starting to pick up now that the warmer weather is here. We have frozen blues fish and frozen mackerel for shark bait.
Daytime Inlet fishing has seen the arrival of small croakers. The flounder bite in the Inlet has picked up as well. Typical of the summer time they are tight to the rocks. Quite a few keepers reported. Lead heads with gulp are the ticket.
Shad and small blues are running on the daytime incoming tide. Small spoons, spec rigs and shad darts are doing the trick.
The best striper bite is at night. Heat and boat traffic and sending them deep during the daylight hours. Live fleas, live eels and dark plugs are the best baits at night.
Flounder fishing in the Indian River and Rehoboth bays has started to improve. Please be aware that we are having a very hard time getting live minnows.
Reef site 10 and 11 are very popular for saebass. The action has been really good.
Small blues and bonito have been trolled up on the Fenwick Shoals. Clark spoons are the ticket.
Currently blowing 15-20 knots out of the northeast. Weather man says this is gonna get outta here and pretty weather is in store for the weekend.
Locals are telling us that there were some really nice stripers caught on night over the full moon last week. Susan Krepshaw and John Miller both posted a pic of a 47 inch striper they caught and released..
Live eels, dark plugs and floating sand fleas will be the best baits at night and even more so with the 80 plus degree daytime temps in the forecast.
We are also hearing about a respectable sea trout bite at night in the Inlet. Some up to 30 inches. Swim baits and soft plastics are working well.
Daytime inlet fishing is good on the incoming tide for blues and shad. Spec rigs, shad darts and small spoons are the baits of choice.
Surf fishing was good before the wind kicked up. The action is dominated by small blues and kingfish. There are still a few shorty stripers around on the beach but they will move out when the water heats up.
The cow nose rays have started migrating. Seeing pics of some big ones thayt have provided surf anglers some fun.
Shark fish is getting really popular on the beach at night. This bite will improve with the warmer temps in the forecast.
Reef Site 11 is the hot spot for seabass. Heard about a few being taken on the open bottom east of the shipping lane in 90 feet of water as well.
Starting Wednesday June 17 we will be using a new fishing license system to sell licenses. While we hope this transition will be quick and pain free it is likely that we will experience some delays as we get acclimated. The biggest issue will be that no one will be in the system from having purchased a license in a previous year. We will be starting from scratch. You will be aked to provide your entire social security number, valid ID and your daytime phone number. Please be patient with us.
Our highest volume times for selling licenses is between 10am and 2pm. Avoid these times if at all possible. Another way to avoid any delays is to purchse your license on-line before you get here. Click on this link to buy a license on line https://epermitting.dnrec.delaware.gov/signin
If you have been in the shop during the last two week you likely have noticed two things. We have been extremely busy and we are out of many items.
Demand has exceeded supply. We simply are not able to get many items due to supply shortages. Distributors and factories are only shipping us 30-50% of what we are ordering.
We are working diligently every day to get more product.
It was just plain nuts in the shop this weekend. Truly epic. Must be a great deal of pent up demand after the COVID lockdown!!
As of the close of business Saturday only 450 surf fishing permits remained to be sold for the year.
We have fresh bunker. Live blood worms and cut squid are due back in around noon Tuesday.
The weather sure is nice after a cool wet spring. There are quite a few boats drifting the back part of the Inlet between the marinas. Flounder bite must have improved.
Daytime in the Inlet is small blues, shad and shorty stripers on the incoming tide. Spec rigs, shad darts, small bucktails and spoons are all working.
Night time Inlet fishing has seen a decent striped bass bite on dark Bomber plugs, SP Minnows and live eels. Most of the fish are larger than the 28-35 inch slot limit. They have started drifting/floating live sand fleas for them as well.
The surf is a mixed bag of small blues, croakers, spot, kings and short stripers. Fresh bunker, clams, whole mullet and live/fake bloodworms are the best baits.
Reef site 10 and 11 are producing good catches of seabass. There have been some seabass on the open bottom east of the shipping channel in about 90 feet of water reported as well.
Gotta get busy restocking the shelves!!!
Wow what a weekend!!! It was crazy around here and it has not slowed up this week with the DSSP campground opening for business. The weather has finally gotten straightened out and the weather man says we are due for a hot dry summer.
Water temperatures are still lagging behind a bit and it seems to be holding the fish inshore.
The surf has been fairly productive offering a mixed bag of spot, croaker, small blues, shorty stripers and even the occasional weakfish and flounder. Check out the Great Angler feed for pics!!!! Fresh bunker, live bloodworms and frozen bunker have been the best baits.
Beach Plum Island in the Delaware Bay is the hot spot for black drum, Salted clams and live sand fleas are the hot bait.
Daytime fishing in the Indian River Inlet has been dominated by shad and small blues. They are hitting spoons and spec rigs. There are some shorty stripers around in the early morning hours on swim shads and bucktails.
The bigger stripers are around after dark. Some are larger than the 35 inch slot limit. Dark plugs and live eels have been the best baits. Look for the bite to heat up as the full moon appoaches in June 5.
Reef site 11 has been the best bet for seabass.
Flounder fishing in the IR bay has picked up a bit now that the wind and rain have quit. The drift on the south side of Burtons Island has been busy with boats the last few days and as always the VFW slough is a popular drift. Drift the incoming tide from the red roof house on the south side toward the VFW flag pole on Quillens point.
It was a busy weekend even with things partially reopened. The weather cooperated for the most part. Cool and overcast but at least the wind subsided a bit.
Bluefish have been in the Inlet the last couple mornings. Most have been in the 2-3 pound range with a few pushing 30 inches or so. Spoons and bucktails have been working as usual.
A few shorty stripers around in the Inlet during the daytime. Occasional keeper in the mix but the better fishing for keepers and fish over the 35 inch slot has been at night. Bucktails and lead heads with a shad during the day and then dark plugs at night.
The beaches were very busy with surf anglers and the reports came in.
Anita Chandler called in from Fenwick Saturday and reported catching a spot that quickly became bait and landed a 21 inch striper.
Bruce Mears reported a small red drum and a shorty striper from the surf just north of the Inlet on Saturday.
A review of the Great Anglers feed shows pictures of small blues and stripers from the beach over the weekend.
Beach Plum Island is reporting a good black drum bite. They are catching them from boats on the coral beds as well. Shaun Ford weighed a 64 pounder on Saturday.
Gabby Arnone (Wilmington) checked in a 9 pound bluefish taken from the surf Monday morning just north of the Inlet.
Donnie Vanderslice reported good bite for blues and stripers in the Lewes Canal over the weekend. Flounder in Roosevelt inlet as well.
Another customer told us they caught a spot on the Cape Henlopen pier.
Seabass fishing on Reef Site 11 has been excellent. A slower bite reported at the Del Jersey Land reef site.
Hope you had a relaxing and safe weekend!!
Day 2 of blowing Northeast 20 plus here today. Another day of it on tap for tommorrow. Unsetteled weather as the tropical system passes offshore.
It was a pretty weekend and the corona quarnatine cabin fever had people taking to the outdoors to enjoy the 80 degree temps.
The surf report prior to this blow was a mixed bag of small blues, puffers, kingfish and the occasional nice striped bass.
Brooke Timmons (Frankford) posted a 31 inch 17 pound striper caught in the suds on 5/15 in Fenwick. Thats the second nice striper to come of the beach down there in the last week or so. Both were caught on fresh bunker.
Matt Nein reported kingfish and puffers on the surf at Conquest Road over the weekend on salted clams.
Fuzzy Bear had blues to 18 inches on the beach in Fenwick on Sunday. All on mullet.
Ken Christenbury sent a pic of a puffer he caught on 3 R's on Saturday. Rumor is it is the first fish he ever caught on the surf.
The Inlet has been producing shad on the tides most every day. Bluefish in the 2-3 pound range have been reported as well but the bite has been sporadic.
Donnie Vanderslice had some trout on the south rockpile Saturday morning. One was nearly 21 inches.
The striper bite has been a late night bite in the wee hours of the morning. Nice fish to be had. Some over 40 inches (over the 35 inch slot). They are hitting dark plugs.
There are some shorty stripers around during the daytime. Lead heads and silbver fleck shads are the most productive baits.
Seabass fishing on the near shore wrecks and reefs has been very good. Reef site 11 has been a hotspot.
Tautog season is closed in DE waters until July 1.
New bluefish limit is 3 a day for shore based and private boat anglers and 5 a day for charter and head boat anglers.
We want to wish all the fisherwomen out there a happy belated Mothers Day!!
Had a couple of days of hard west wind over the weekend. Severe blow out tides. The big pond was like a lake this morning. Still blowing from the west today and again tomorrow then it looks like the weather is going to get real nice for the weekend.
Notice: they have started collecting fees in the state parks effective May 8. The bathrooms are still closed.
Beach tags and park passes are only available on line right now. destateparks.com
The Inlet is open to fishing. The beaches are open only to drive on. We are hoping these rules will change later this week. We will be sure to updated the report if and when this happens.
The 14 day quarnatine requirement is still in effect for what its worth.
Decent striper bite reported last night from the inlet. Out on the rocks and inside the Inlet. Some larger fish in the mix over 40 inches but you gotta throw them back with the 28-35 inch slot limit. Plugs, lead heads with plastics are working best.
Daytime inlet fishing is producing plenty of shad on both tides. Small blues on the incoming tide and a few small trout have been reported as well.
Tautog bite has been good. Tautog season closes in DE May 15. Seabass comes in that day. Nearshore wrecks and reefs have nice tog and seabass on them.
Flounder bite in the bays has been hit and miss. A victim of wind and dirty water. Its been productive on the days you can get a drift.
Surf fishing is a mixed bag of small blues, shorty stripers, puffers and some black drum.
Reain Megginson, Millsboro, posted a nice striped bass on Great Anglers yesterday. 35 inches 20 pounds caugth on bunker Fenwick.
Black drum bite on Beach plum Island. Its been a bit sporadic but the fish are there.
They started to pick up a few more nice stripers at night in the Inlet. Good bite reported a couple of nights ago right before the line of thunderstorms went through. At least a dozen fish over the 35 inch slot were reported. Some over 40 inches. They caught a few the next night but not as many. Silver fleck soft baits have been very productive.
Shad, small blues and shorty stripers around on the incoming tide in the day time.
Hearing about a small uptick in the number of keer tautog in the inlet. Weather permitting the nearshore wrecks are producing some nice tautog as welll. Delaware tautog season closes May 15. Seabass season opens May 15.
Flounder bite has been on the bay has been very hit and miss. Water is dirty from all the wind and rain. The VFW slough has been the most productive drift.
A mixed bag of small blues, shorty stripers and puffers on the beach. Drive on beaches are open. Walk on still not allowed. The Governors Emergency Order is set to expire May 15. Hopefully we will get some relief on the lock down in the next week.
Please refer to the Corona virus page on Delaware.gov for the current rules.
Looks like the weather is finally going to break!! Beautiful weather in the forecast through Monday.
We are getting many calls from our out of state customers asking if they can come down to fish. Governor Carney's quarantine in place order is in effect until May 15. Please refer to Delaware.gov for the latest info. So the technical answer is no but there sure are alot or out of state vehicles running around down here. Enter at your own risk. Thats the only thing we can tell you at this time.
Beaches are open to drive on with restrictions (these are outlined in recent posts). The inlet is open. You cannot walk on the beach to fish (sorry).
We have started to expand our hours. We will be open 7am-5pm Friday and Saturday. 7am-3pm on Sunday. We will post hours for next week on Saturday.
Surf report - small blues, shorty stripers, a few shad, some puffers and even some shad and small trout. Its been a slow pick with all the wind and rain.
Inlet- small blues, shorty stripers (some keepers in the mix), shad, a coiuple of flounder and tautog and black drum. A little bit of everything. Again its been a slow pick with all the wind and rain.
Indian River Bay - some keeper flounder reported - VFW slough. Again slow pick with all the wind and rain. Notice a theme?
We have fresh bunker, live bloodworms, live sand fleas. We should have live green crabs Saturday.
Notice: as of 8am Tuesday Morning April 28 you are required to wear a face covering in public in Delaware.
Despite cool rainy weather a few people got out over the weekend.
The surf is offering a mixed bag of small blues, short stripers, blowfish, shad and even a few small weakfish. Its a slow pick but there are fish around. Check out our pics page and the Great Anglers feed!!! 3 R's and Fenwick were the most popular spots.
Surf fishing is open to drive on (walk on no allowed). Restrictions apply - no more than 2 people per vehicle, must be from same household, both must be actively engaged in fishing, and vehicles must be 20 yards apart. Faithful Steward crossing and 3 R's and all of Fenwick are open. Conquest, Tower and Keybox are closed.
Surf fishing tags are only available on line right now. www.destateparks.com and take about 2 weeks to get.
Inlet fishing is a mixed bag of shorty stripers (a few keepers at night), tog, bluefish (some to 30 inches) and black drum. Again its a slow pick. Rain and wind have made for very dirty water.
More rain and cool weather in the forecast.
Delaware is still requiring non-residents that enter the state to quarantine for 14 days. Sussex county is a hot spot for COVID-19 positive cases. Enter at your own risk.
Blowing northeast and raining today (Monday). Weather looks better later in the week. Still going to have a bit of wind and rain for the next week or so.
First flounder of the year reported from the South rockplie at the Inlet. Another black drum caught in the Inlet.
The bluefish also made an appearance in the Inlet over the weekend. A handful in the 24-30 inch range were caught. These are the first we have heard about. By no means a blitz.
A couple of blues and some blowfish as well as some shorty stripers caugth on the surf. Fresh bunker and live bloods will be in Tuesday around lunch time.
Shorty stripers in the Inlet (south rockplie) as well. Lead heads with a silver fleck soft bait are doing the trick.
Togging in the Inlet is pretty good. We have live fleas and live green crabs.
Delaware is still on lock down for Non-residents. You are asked to quarantine for 14 days upon entering the state. So enter at your own risk.
The beaches are open to drive on fishing. Walking on is not permitted. The only place to get a beach tag is on-line and it takes two weeks to come in the mail.
Stay safe everyone and lets hope this ends soon.
Happy Easter everyone!! Hope you are well and safe.
Blowing a gale here today. Water is gonna be dirty for a few days after this. Forecast looks good later in the week going in to the weekend.
Still pretty much on lockdown around here.
Big news over the weekend were some blowfish caught on the beach in Fenwick!!
We are open very day 7am-3pm. We have live bloodworms, minnows and green crabs.
Hope to have live sand fleas and fresh bunker by the weekend.
Hi all. As you may our may not know, in an effort to slow the spread of Covid 19 - Delaware Governor Carney has issued an Emergency Order requiring all out of state people to quarantine in place for 14 days if you enter and plan to stay in Delaware. This is being enforced by the Delaware State Police in traffic checkpoints. There were several over the weekend and will likely be more heading in to Easter weekend. Now is not the time to plan a vacation here. Weekend trips to your beach home are not good idea either.
We really appreciate our of of state customers and hope to see you once all of this craziness is over. Until then - Please stay home. Be well, Be safe.
If you are planning a trip down here you need to know this. You can and will be turned away in a traffic checkpoint. They have also checked vehicles at the Indian river Inlet. Delaware liquor stores are now serving Delaware ID only. This is very real!!!
Got our first batch of live sand fleas. We also have live green crabs.
The tautog bite is very good in the Inlet. Slack tide east of the bridge.
Shorty stripers in the Inlet. The south pocket has been the most productive. 1/2 ounce lead head with a soft plastic - silver fleck. Please be advise you cannot fish from the beach in the south pocket. You must be on the rockpile.
Shorty stripers in the surf too. Customer had a 27 incher this morning. The limit is 28-35 inches. One a day.
Surf fishing is drive on only. Only two people per vehicle. Must be from same household. Both must be actively enganges in fishing.
We have fresh bunker. Live bloodworms are due in Wednesday around noon.
Did anyone see the Russian submarine surface in the Inlet on Wednesday? Check out our Facebook feed for the pic.
We get the drive on beaches open and it proceeds to start blowing a gale. What does 2020 have against us?.
Please see the previous reports for the specifics rules regarding the beaches being open to drive on surf fishing.
Many people are saying the tog bite in the Inle thas been better than any year in recent. Best spot is east of the bridge where the old bridge was on slack tide.
We have live green crabs. Still to early for live sand fleas. Frozen bait shrimp have been effective as well.
Schoolie stripers are hitting in the south pocket. You can pretty much through anything at them.
No surf report yet as no one has been able to get out. Hopefully that will change this weekend.
We have fresh bunker and live bloodworms.
Below is a list of the activites that you can and cannot do in the State Parks. The boat ramps are open.
Although services are limited, outdoor recreation is still available in compliance with site rules, to include:
- disc golf
- dog walking
- fishing in bays, ponds, rivers and streams
- drive-on surf fishing with restrictions
- jogging or running
The amenities not available, open and/or permitted include, but are not limited to:
- basketball courts
- gatherings of 10 or more people
- guided tours, events and programs
- public park buildings: state park offices, nature centers
- rock climbing
- surfing and skimboarding
- walk-on surf fishing
- sea kayaking from the beach
- sunbathing on the beach
- Go Ape Course at Lums Pond
- The Brandywine Zoo
Governor Carney reopened the State Parks drive on beaches effective 8am March 31. The following restrictions apply:
1) must have a current valid beach tag (if you do not have a tag - the only place to buy one is on-line at destateparks.com)
2) no more than 2 people in a truck (must be from same household)
3) both people or person in truck must be actively enganged in fish (no other activities allowed))
4) all vehicles are to be 20 yards apart
5) social distancing practices are to be observed
The following access points are open in Fenwick and Delaware Seashore State Park -
Fenwick Island - South, Middle, York Crossings Open
North Side of Inlet - Faithful Steward Dune Crossing Open
South Side of Inlet - 3Rs Surf Fishing Vehicle Access Open. Parking lot remains closed, surf fishing vehicles with valid permit can access the beach via the air station lane.
Beach Plum is open as well.
Walk on fishing is stil prohibited.
Please be advised that the Governor has mandated that all non-residents entering Delaware must self quarantine for 14 days. This means you cannot drive in from another state just to fish for a while. If you are coming in to Delaware you must be prepared to stay for 14 days in quarantine.
Folks we know the current situation is not perfect. We live in a world that changes by the hour. Please don't kill the messenger. This is a very fluid and dynamic situation. Yesterday we did not have drive on beach access. Today we can drive on again. So please observe the rules.
The fishing report-
We have fresh bunker, live green crabs, and live bloodworms.
The tog bite in the Inlet has really picked up. Slack tide in the area of the old bridge abuttments. More keepers in the mix every day.
Shorty stripers in the north and south pockets (where the beach meets the rockpiles). You can fish from the rocks but fishing from the beach is still currently prohibited. Lead heads with a silver fleck sassy shad are the hot baits.
Blowing northeast today and raining so nobody on the beach fishing today. We will update the report once this weather gets out of here.
We have reduced our hours to 7am-3pm. Seven days a week.
Social distancing protocols in effect!!!
We found some live bloodworms!! We have them now. These will likely be the last for a while.
Live green crabs scheduled to be here Thursday!!
The Inlet is open to fishing.
All beaches are closed. This includes the drive on beaches.
At the present time you cannot fish from the beach in the north or south pockets.
The DSSP campground is closed as of 5pm today.
Per the Governor's Emergency Declaration ALL Delaware beaches are closed. This includes the drive on beaches. State Parks called this morning to clarify that fishing from the beaches - even walking on - is prohibited at this time.
You can still fish in the Indian River Inlet.
We plan to update our store hours tomorrow.
Fishing has started to really pick up. There are a load of little stripers on the beach. Customers reported catching them every cast at times over the weekend. Small lead heads with soft plastics were working best. They caught a few on live bloods and fresh bunker as well.
The Maine bloodoworm supply has shut down due to COVID 19 restrictions. So we will not be getting any live bloods for the foreseeable future.
Blowing northeast and raining right now and you can't surf fish so we will not be getting any more fresh bunker in at this time.
Cancellation Notice - Old Inlet Spring Surf Fishing Tournament scheduled for Saturday May 9 has been cancelled. Given the uncertain nature of the current COVID 19 situation we have no plans to reschedule the tournament at this time.
If you have already signed up we will be offering you the option to a) be refunded your entry fee, b) apply the funds to the another Old Inlet tournament or c) take the funds as an Old Inlet store credit. We will be reaching out to you soon.
Now for the good news!!!
Jonathan Mather fished the Inlet over the weekend and hit a keeper striper on Saturday using a lead head with a sassy shad. It was approx 30 inches and released. He also had 4 shorts.
Donnie Vanderslice weighed a 20 pound 10 ounce black drum on Sunday. It hit a bucktail on the southside of the Inlet.
Effective 5pm Saturday March 21 all Delaware beaches will be closed in an effort to slow the spread of the COVID 19. This includes the State Park beaches and drive on beaches.
Four day notheaster setting in Sunday.
You can still fish from the Indian River Inlet. Shorty stripers and some tautog around!!! Had a couple of reports of keeper tautog showing up. We hope to have live green crabs next week.
All State park offices are closed through May 15 at this point. If you want a beach tag or park pass you will have to buy it on-line from the Delaware State Parks webiste.
Just got a load of fresh free range wild caught Delaware bunker!!! And live bloodworms.
There a shorty stripers in the north and south pockets. Most people are using lead heads with a fleck sassy shad.
Some people have been trying the other beaches with no reported luck yet. Warm weather coming so its gonna pop soon.
They are picking at the shorty stripers in the Inlet as well. Lead heads there too.
First founder caught in OC.
Parks, wildlife areas open with no entrance fees until April 30,
but park and wildlife buildings, centers closed to public;
Fishing, hunting, boating licenses, beach tags and park and conservation passes sales moved online
DOVER, Del. – The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control continues to focus on taking a proactive and preventative approach to keep communities and employees safe in the midst of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, while maintaining operations and services as best as possible.
To encourage Delawareans to be active outdoors and to provide space for activity during the coronavirus period, no fees will be charged or passes required for entrance to Delaware State Parks and state wildlife areas, effective immediately until April 30.
“Times are challenging and options are few, and this is an opportunity for Delawareans to experience our amazing parks and wildlife areas, to embrace nature while we maintain social distance from each other,” said DNREC Secretary Shawn Garvin. “Hopefully, people will enjoy them enough that they will want to keep coming back long after coronavirus has passed, so we encourage people to buy a state park or wildlife conservation area pass online to use for the rest of the season and to support park and wildlife area operations.”
- State parks and wildlife areas are open, and no entrance fees will be charged from now until April 30. All state park campsite, cabins, bathhouses, cottages continue to be open at this time. Buildings such as park and wildlife area offices and nature centers will close after the end of the day Tuesday, and programs and tours are canceled. Anyone visiting a park or wildlife area is encouraged to engage in responsible social distancing practices, avoiding groupings of people. People can find parks and wildlife areas listed online.
- As of Wednesday morning, sales of fishing licenses, hunting licenses conservation passes for vehicle access to wildlife areas and boat registrations will occur online only or at any third-party vendors that remain open, instead of in person at DNREC’s Dover office. Annual park passes good for the entire season and surf fishing tags should also be purchased online only or at any third-party agents instead of at park offices or in the Dover office; purchased park passes will be mailed before April 30. The Department has provided convenient links to these resources on its homepage, available at dnrec.delaware.gov.
- Commercial fishing license sales will continue at the Department’s main office in Dover by appointment only. Call 302-739-9916 to make an appointment.
- Applications and information provided for well, septic, air, water and other permits are being accepted by email, mail and phone, reducing direct interchange of documents.
- Hearings for permits, regulations and appeals are being moved to phone or video for public access. Details on how to access any hearings will be posted with the official hearing notices.
Most Department-related events and programs, including tours, trainings and special events have been postponed, including the Junior Solar Sprint competition for middle-school students at Delaware Technical Community College’s Dover campus April 2, the volunteer training April 4 for the annual horseshoe crab spawning survey and the “Make a Splash” water education event for elementary students at the St. Jones Reserve April 7. Specific information about the status of any events is available on the online events calendar, parks program calendar and social media pages, Facebook and Twitter.
The Department remains open. Many office-based employees are working from home and remote locations or relocating within offices to create distance among individuals. Adjustments are being made to procedures for many parks, wildlife and field personnel to reduce interactions among employees and with the public.
it's business as usual at Old Inlet. We will be open Friday and Saturday this week 7am-5pm and Sunday 7am-3pm.
We will post hours for next week on Saturday.
We have fresh bunker and live bloodworms!!!
No reports from the surf yet but there are quite a few people out today trying in the 70 degree weather. We will post news as it comes in!!!
Short stripers reported in the Inlet every day since the weekend. One father and soon have been catching 10-15 fish every night on the point by the Coast Guard station. They have been using shiny spons and diamond jigs. There have been some fish caught at daybreak as well on the south side on the elbow past the camp ground. Bucktails and lead heads with sassy shadsare working. Alll of these fish have been `12-16 inches. No keepers yet.
Reminder the new striped bass limits are 1 fish per day 28-35 inches.
The weather is cooperating and the fish started to as well over the weekend.
A couple of shirty stried bass reported Saturday morning and again Sunday afternoon. Bucktails - incoming tide Saturday and outgoing on sunday.. Also had an unconfirmed report of fish caught up on the cape.
Got a report that they caught some crabs in the bays already.
Sign of spring - purple henbit in the fields.
Ospreys will be here soon!!
Its starting! Think spring!!!
We have live bloodworms!!!
We have live bloodworms, live minnows and live bloodworms.
Green crabs and live eels are a couple of weeks out.
What's biting? Why not? But its been a mild winter. This is a common discussion in the shop lately.
Air temp is not nearly important as water temperature. Right now the water temp in the Inlet and on the surf is hovering around 40 degrees. Striped bass typically start biting around 43-45 degrees.
So when will that be? Best guess given the long range forecast is sometime within the next 3-4 weeks. This is barring a March cold snap that could set things back by a week or two.
Flounder will start when it hits 50 degreed water temp. We are thinking the first flounder will be cuaght the last week of March.
Bluefish start biting at about 55 degrees in water temp. Early to mid April.
Until then there are some white and yellow perch around the spill ways. Think spring!!
From DNREC -
An Emergency Secretary’s Order issued by DNREC Secretary Shawn M. Garvin reduces the striped bass fishing quota for commercial fishing and limits the number and size of fish that recreational anglers can keep. The emergency regulations bring Delaware into compliance with the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission’s (ASMFC) required 18 percent reduction in fishing mortality.
The emergency regulations were issued since there was insufficient time for Delaware to adopt regulations through the standard regulatory process prior to ASMFC’s required implementation date. The standard regulatory process will be initiated to obtain public input on the state’s striped bass fishing regulations that will replace the interim emergency regulations.
The emergency regulations reduce the commercial 2020 striped bass quota for Delaware to 142,474 pounds. All other commercial fishing restrictions remain unchanged.
The emergency regulations establish Delaware’s recreational striped bass fishing limits at one-fish-per day with a “slot limit” size of 28 through 35 inches, except for the period from July 1 through Aug. 31, when the allowable slot limit size is 20 through 25 inches in the Delaware Bay, Delaware River and their tributaries.
The recreational striped bass fishery remains open all year, except that retaining striped bass from April 1 through May 31 continues to be prohibited on their spawning grounds in the Delaware River, Nanticoke River, C&D Canal, and their tributaries. Anglers fishing these spawning grounds during this period are required to use a non-offset circle hook with a gap greater than 3/8-inches when using natural baits.
Recreational striped bass possession and size limits have been updated in the online 2020 Fishing Guide, which can be checked for current and updated fishing regulations.
For more information about striped bass fishing regulations, call the DNREC Division of Fish & Wildlife Fisheries Section at 302-739-9914.
Not much to report. A few people around on the pretty days trying but no catching. Winter has set in.
The next best thing to fishing is getting a good deal on fishing gear. Our big offseason sale is coming up!!!
Old Inlet Scratch and Dent/Inventory Reduction Sale
February 14-17, 2020
Friday and Saturday - 7am-5pm
Sunday and Monday - 7am-3pm
Presidents Day Weekend (same weekend as the OC Boat Show)
Deep discounts on clearance items, cosmetic blemish, discontinued overstock items and special buys
Fish bites Bloodworms - Regular and Fast Acting - $5.99 or 4 bags for $20
Gulp Alive 4 and 5 inch swimming mullet or grub - $5.99 or 4 bags for $20
Triple Fish Flourocarbon 50% off marked price. 25 yard spool - 15 pound test through 80
Hi Seas/AFW Mullet Rigs Reg. $3.39 each - Sale Price 6 for $12
Hi Seas/AFW Kingfish Rigs Reg. $2.39 each - Sale Price 6 for $9
Closeout - Penn Clash Spinning Reels 25% off marked price
Plano Tackle Bag PLABB704C B Series 3700 Reg. $59.99 Sale Price $39.99
Penn Newport Stand Up Trolling Rods – Super Special
$5 Rod Blowout
Hunting Gear Closeouts - Cross Bows, tree stands, ScentLok/Scent Shield Clothing, Axis Clothing
And much more!!!
The warm weather has had a quite a few people asking if anything is biting. Unfortunately, there is not too much to report.
We had one customer in that said he caught two stripers on the beach last weekend. That's the first report we've had of any success on the beach other than sharks and skates since before Christmas.
The Inlet has been slow. A few shad around on the incoming tide some days. Its hit or miss. Very few stripers around. A few people out togging. We do not have any live green crabs left and probably will not get any until the bite picks up enough to make it worthwhile for the truck to deliver any.
The most exciting thing we have heard lately is they have been catching stripers in the Fenwick ditch down near Harpoon Hannahs off route 54. Some keepers have been caught in the deep water on live eels. We have live eels.
We have a couple of warm days in the forecast this weekend. 60 degrees Saturday and Sunday. Lots of people asking if anything is going on. Truthfully, Its been about a week since we had any reports. Not many people fishing lately.
So its anyones guess what still might be around. Perhaps some short stripers and shad in the Inlet. Maybe a dogfish on the beach. What bait we have is frozen.
No fresh bait available. No live bloodworms this time of year.
It beats work, so go try it anyway. Dont get many days like this to fish in the winter.
Hickory shad reported in the Inlet the last couple of mornings.
The Old Inlet will be away at a trade show from Jan 4-9. Please call 302-227-7974 for the lastest fishing report.
Happy New Year from the Crew at Old Inlet!
2020 Delaware Fishing Licenses will be available on January 1, 2020
We will be open New Years Day 7am-3pm
Still have some short stripers around in the Inlet mostly on the daytime incoming tides. The point by the Coast Guard station has been productive over the last few days.
Water temp is hovering around 45 degrees. It will be pretty much over for the winter once it drops below 43 degrees.
Nothing reported in several weeks from the surf.
The are picking at the tautog on the Inlet.
Better tautog fishing has been on the reefs and wrecks further offshore.
They are trolling up some striped bass south of Ocean City.
Merry Christmas from the Crew at Old Inlet
We will be open 9am-1pm on Christmas Eve for your last minute shopping needs!
Close Christmas Day and reopen Thursday December 26 at 7am til 3pm. Winter hours are 7am-3pm seven days a week, Unless it snows alot. Call ahead.
Water temp on the beach has fallen to 45 degrees. Mostly sharks and skates out there.
Shorty stripers around in the Inlet. Both sides of the tide on bucktails.
The offshore trolling action for stripers has been hit and miss. Lots of boats out saturday with only a hand full reporting any action. Most of the boats were down of Bethany and Fenwick.
Baby its cold outside! BRR!
Short stripers in the Inlet. Those putting in the time are catching a few fish on bucktails, swim shads and soft plastics on lead heads. North side on the incoming tide and south side on the outgoing.
Still some tautog around along the rocks. We have live green crabs.
One keeper striper caught on the surf that we have heard about recently. One short as well. Not many people fishing the beach lately.
Old Inlet Christmas Party is Saturday December 21. Noon til 3pm. Complimentary food and beverages. Ugly Christmas Sweater Optional
We will be open 9am-1pm Christmas Eve and closed Christmas Day. Reopen Thursday December 26. 7am-3pm. Seven days a week.
Been a while since we updated the report, because nothing had really changed.
They started catching striped bass on the troll in Delaware waters over the last couple days. We saw several boats chasing birds just outside the Inlet yesterday. One boat had 15 fish with 8 keepers for the 4 anglers on board.
Rain slowed them down this morning but several boats went back out this afternoon.
They also trolled some up about two miles off of Sea Colony as well.
Stretch 25's and Mojos were doing the trick!!
Inlet report is still shorts on both tides during the day. Bucktails, swim shads and soft baits and lead heads.
Live eels at night if you want a better shot at a keeper. Full moon in a few days so it should help.
Tautog action is still good on live green crabs, Sand fleas are done for the year.
Beach has been nothing but sharks and skates but maybe these stripers will come close to shore!! Fresh bunker is done for the year!
Old Inlet Christmas Party
Saturday December 21
Noon til 3pm
Complimentary Food and Beverages
Ugly Christmas Sweater Optional!
We will be open Thanksgiving Day 7am-Noon!!
We have fresh bunker!!
Also have live green crabs, live fleas, live eels and live minnows. Bloodworms are done for the season.
Surf has settlled down and the water has cleared up from the blow last weekend. Mostlhy sharks and skated reported from the suds.
Togging is good in the Inlet.
Striper action is steadily improving, See the previous reports for the details.
The daytime striped bass bite has picked up and is producing mostly short fish but there are a few keepers in the mix . We've heardof/seen two over thirty inches over the last few days. Bucktails and swim shads are working best. The last of the outgoing tide and first of the incoming tide have been the best time to fish.
Night time bite has been fair with a better shot at a keeper. Live eels are the preferred bait and we have them!! Inlet has been full of cob mullet at night.
Speckled trout are still in the south pocket most evenings and mornings. You can fish them from the rocks or the beach. Lead heads with soft plastics are the best bait.
Tog bite is good in the Inlet. We have sand fleas and green crabs.
Not many people fishing the surf. Most spiny dogs. Note: Surf is really rough on Saturday. Blowing Northeast.
Live bloodoworms are done for the season.
All 2020 Delaware State Park passes including beach tags will be on sale starting Dec 6, 2019. There will be a cap of 17,000 beach tags. So get it early. You can buy them on-line. Do yourself a favor and buy a two year tag.
Tog fish is still very strong at the Inlet. One customer reported catching 3 over 18 inches over the last week and mutliple people have told us about the 21 incher a couple of days ago. We have liev sand fleas and green crabs.
Surf fishing is hit and miss. Alot of spiny dogs around. A few shorty stripers out there but its very sporadic. We have live bloodworms. No fresh bait available at this time.
Reports of speckle trout and weakfish from the south rockpile over the last couple of nights. They are hitting soft plastics on a lead head. Opening Night has been a good color.
Had a report from a local of 2 30 plus inch striped bass taken on live eels this week. The bite has been and should improve with the cold weather coming.
Cold snap coming!!
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Please call 302-227-7974 for the lastest fishing report.
Tautog bite in the Inlet has been pretty good. Lots of people out fishing this past weekend. Green crabs and sand fleas are both working. Live sand fleas are available with the water temp still so warm. Front moving through later this week so that could make them go deep. Water temp on the beach is 64 degrees.
Weekend sruf report - The surf was covered up with dogfish sharks. Before that there had been some small blues around and short stripers. Time for the migration to start!!! Nudge nudge!!
They are picking at the keeper stripers at night in the Inlet on live eels. Speckle trout and weakfish were caught in the inlet last week up until the strong blow late in the week. They should still be there. Soft plastics on a lead head were working,
It's wreck fishing season!! The boats have been running, weather permitting, and the wrecks are producing!!
Be sure to check out our Great Anglers feed for daily fishing pictures. The App is free!!
Customer Doug Sikes sent us this surf report from the weekend -
Had the chance to come down over the weekend stopped in your shop Friday and Saturday. We did some surf fishing Friday afternoon got 12 small blues in like 2 hours on mullet rigs. Saturday was a great day got about 50 small blues and 1 small flounder all on mullet rigs. Had to hold the rod and feel for them but they were hitting about every cast.
Add black drum to the list of fish being caught in the Inlet.
Abel Murray fished the Inlet with sand fleas on Tuesday. Reporting 4 shorts and one keeper tautog weighing 3pounds 6 ounces.
Old Inlet webmaster will be out of the office next week. Call 302-227-7974 for the latest fishing info.
Spent some time yesterday talking to some reliable sources about the Indian River Inlet fishing report. All asked for anonymity for fear of the secret code words and handshake being changed on them,
There have been a couple of 30 plus inch stripers caught over then last week. All at night. Do not know exactly what bait but with the way eels are selling.
There are a few weakfish around two. Some more than 20 inches. Speckled trout have been caught in the pockets at night on both sides.
In all they say the bite has been decent. Definently worth the time and effort to venture out. Like the old timers say - You gotta put in the time to catch the fish.
Another Fall weekend another bunch of wind and rain.
If the weather man is to be believed, better fishing weather is coming. And maybe the Fall run will get started.
Not much to report from the surf from the weekend. We did get a report of a few fish caugh in the beach in the Assategue Tournament. Nothing much reported up this way.
Tog action on the Inlet is picking up. Still alot of throw backs. One customer did report an 18 inch keeper Sunday morning.
Best bet in the Inlet this coming week will be the night time striper action with live eels. Early morning bite could be good too on plugs/lures depending on the tide.
Scott Rattle (Columbia PA) stopped in to weigh a 5 pound triggerifsh caugth on Reef Site 10 over the weekend.
We will be sure to update the report later this week and the weather and hopefully the fishing improves.
Had water in the store again last night on the high tide. We are open!! The tide this morning is high but does not look like it will bring any water into the store.
Had a few people out fishing yesterday. One customer reported good a good tautog bite on green crabs. Said he caught 27 releasing all but one which was a keeper at 16.5 inches. He also caught one 21 inche striped bass.
Another reported catching 6 stripers on swim shads. The largest being 20 inches.
There are a few boats in the Inlet this morning. Not a truck on the beach. For good reason. It is a mess out there. The swell has started to lay down a bit.
Be carreful if you venture out there. Overwash has made the beach like oatmeal. It needs a few days to dry out.
Extreme high tides. Store flooded Friday morning. About an inch of water. Just enough to be a pain. We are not out of the woods yet as the winds are still pretty strong from the north and there is a heavy onshore swell. So we will see what the tide this evening brings. We are open as we dry out!!
The DMS tournament scheduled for this weekend has been cancelled. Please see the DMS Facebook page or website - dmsclub.org for updated information.
We met with Parks staff this morning. They are not going to close the ramps or beaches but it is a ENTER AT YOUR OWN RISK weekend. Expect troughs and overwash conditions. There will be very little beach for two hours before and after high tide. Parks staff is asking thay your please refrain from driving in the dune!! If you get stuck you are on your own!!!
The beach is pretty much unfishable at present.
There are a few people trying to fish the Inlet today. We'll let you know if they have any luck.
Holy Monsoon Batman. Rainy and Northeast twenty plus knots. More of the same in the forecast for tomorrow.
Beaches are taking a beating.
Will update on Thursday after this blows through. DMS surf fishing tournament scheduled for the weekend. Will keep you posted!!
Breezy and cooler around here today. Feels more like fall.
The inlet is loaded with finger mullet.
Water is a bit dirty so you will need something shiny on the end of your line of you want to try to catch a fish. There are some snapper blues around on the daytime incoming tide.
Night time tides have been producing a few more keeper stripers on live eels.
Starting to see more tautog anglers which we will take as a sign of an improving bite as the temps cool. A few sheepshead and triggerfish in the mix too.
The surf is producing small blues. They even caught them in this dirty water today in the 13-16 inch range.
The DMS Surf Fishing Tournament will be held on Saturday and Sunday, Ocotber 12-13. Still plenty of time to sign up!! Check out www.dmsclub.org for info.
22nd Annual Delaware Seashore Fall Surf Fishing Classic
Hosted By Old Inlet Bait and Tackle
Sponsored By Okuma/AFW Hi Seas
September, 28-29, 2019
241 anglers participated in the tournament held over the weekend. Fishing was pretty good with 75 of the anglers scoring more than 170 fish. Blues, flounder, pompano and kingfish were the main scoring fish. There were also small spot and shorty stripers and some blow fish in the mix. Two other fish of note were a nice false albacore and 20 plus inch spanish mackerel.
- Floyd “Morty” Morton150pts$800 and Bronze Trophy
- Lance Cochran114pts$600 and Bronze Trophy
- Steve Merrick91pts$400 and Bronze Trophy
- Bob Zak78pts$200 and Okuma Rod
- Brian Hafer63ptsReynolds Rack
6-20th Place Choice of Prize
- Donna Guttridge34pts$200, Trophy and Nicole Born Rod
- Karen Patton30pts$100, Trophy and Rod and Reel
- Christa Keim25pts$50, Trophy and Tackle Box
- Logan Wierzbicki12ptsSurf Rod and Reel and Trophy
Grand Slam Prize
- Brian Hafer 3 different speciesOkuma Rod and Reel
Largest Fish of Tournament
18 Inch Blue Matt Vinson $500 18 Inch Flounder Brian Hafer $500
18 Inch Blue Matt Vinson $2,210
Its Fall Classic surf fishing tournament week!!
Great weather in the forecast!! Its going to be a great event!! Tournament packet pick up/registration is on Friday from noon til 8pm and Saturday morning 5:30Am-7am.
Information about the tournament is available on our website - oldinlet.com
Small blues, kingfish, spot, pompano, black drum and shorty stripers reported on the beach this past weekend. Fresh mullet and live bloodworms are the bait of choice.
Everyone is asking if we will have fresh bait for the tournament. The answer is yes if it is available, The one drawback to this really pretty weather is that the mullet do not school up very well and they get difficulty to find in any numbers. So, we have mullet, bunker, bloodoworms and surf clams ordered. We are confident in getting the clams, bunker and bloods.
The water temperature had dipped into the high 60's after the blow we had late last week. Let's hope it conitnues to drop.
Small blues in the Inlet during the daytime incoming tides. Metal cast spoons are working well. Flouder can be found tight to the rocks using a lead head with Gulp.
Short stripers with the occasional keeper on live eels at night.
Scott Sudbury, Annville PA, weighed a 9lb 4oz sheepshead caught in the Inlet on a live sand flea Sunday.
Small blues and shorty stripers reported on gthe beach at Gordons Pond yesterday.
Small blues and shorty stripers reported in the Inlet this morning,
As predicted, the weather is shaking things up just in time for Fall surf fishing tournament season.
4 Days of East North East wind in the forecast. Just what we need to skake up the fish!!! And another pretty weekend coming up!! Let the water temperature start dropping!!
Last week the surf fishing action was still mainly small blues with pompano and the odd kingfish in the mix. The fresh mullet run is on!!!
Small blues and the occasional spanish mackerel on the incoming tide in the Inlet. Flounder can still be found tight to the rocks using lead heads/bucktails with Gulp.
Picking at the stripers in the Inlet on the night time tides using eels. Seems ike a few more keepers in the mix every week.
Togging has been slow in the Inlet.
Nearshore wrecks and reefs are producing flounder.
Small blues and spanish mackerel on the Fenwick Shoals. Should be some cobia around too.
The Delaware Seashore Fall Surf Fishing Classic will be held on Saturday and Sunday, September 28-29. You can register on Oldinlet.com or in the shop.
The DMS Invitational Surf Fishing Tournament will be held on Saturday and Sunday, October 12-13. Info can be found on dmsclub.org
Be sure to follow out Great Anglers feed for daily fishing pics!! The app is available for free!!
Things have pretty much gotten back to normal after Dorain passed by over the weekend, It took a couple of tide cycles to clear up the water.
The beach is wide and flat making for great fall surf fishing conditions. There is a mixed bag of kingfish, spot, small blues and the occasional spansih mackerel. The mullet run is on so fresh mullet is the bait of choice. Mullet supply has been getting better every day.
Small blues and some spanish mackerel in the Inlet on the daytime incoming tide. Spoons have been the bext bait. There are still some flounder in the Inlet too. Lead heads with Gulp will do the trick.
Live eels are working for stripers at night in the Inlet. Picking at the shorts with some more keepers in the mix.
Flounder fishing in the bay has been decent. Minnows and squid and Gulp are the baits of choice. There are flounder on the nearshore wrecks and reefs too. Spro bucktails with a long squid streamer and great baits.
Check out or Great Anglers feed for daily fish pics. The App is free to download.
All of the state park beaches/ramps are open!!
Temps in the high 70's. Wind light out of the NW and clear skies!
We have fresh mullet, fresh bunker, fresh bluefish and live bloodworms!!
We will be closing at 2pm Friday. Reopen 5am Saturday morning. We will try to update the impact of the storm on the beaches ASAP. The beach is going to take apounding. The worst of it will happen Friday afternoon on the incoming tide. Fortunately it looks like the rain wil stop Friday evening with the wind switching to north and then northwest by Saturday morning. This should help to minimize the local flooding.
Just weighed a 1.25 pound kingifsh caught by Dennis Smith of Fairfield PA. It measured 15 inches and was caught on the south side of the Inlet today.
It was a busy Labor Day weekend. A great way to wrap up the summer and kick off the Fall season.
The ocean is suprisingly calm today. The quiet before the storm. Heavy Northeast winds in the forecast for Thursday and Friday as the storm passes by offshore (way offshore we hope).
So if you are gonna fish this week better make it today (Tuesday) or tomorrow (Wednesday). After that it looks like it will be a wash out for a few days heading into the weekend. It will take a few tide cycles after the blow for the water to clean up and settle down.
Small blues on the daytime incoming tides on spoons. Flounder in the Inlet too. Tight to the rocks. Lead heads with Gulp are the ticket.
The night time striper bite has picked up in the Inlet on live eels.
Surf is offering shorty stripers, snapper blues and kingfish. No fresh bunker in stock right now. They can't net on holidays and it was a busy weekend. Fresh mullet availability has been sporadic at best. More live bloodworms due in Wednesday. Still have a few left at present.
Tog fishing has been a bit better in the Inlet. Nothing special yet but improving.
We will keep you posted about the impacts of the storm.
As expected and hoped after the northeast blow, the striper bite picked up in the Inlet at night. Live eels are working the best.
Had a report of Spanish mackerel in the Inley yesterday at the top of the tide. They had the shiners penned up by the Coast Guard station. The fun lasted for about 20 minutes.
The winds have subsided and the beach is fishable again. It has gotten really flat and wide. This sets up really well for the Fall fishing season. Stripers love a wide flat beach with alot of wash.
Be careful as the wind and waves took alot of sand off the beach creating a pretty sizable drop off/ledge in some places. Driving down off this ledge is not advised as you may not be able to drive back up over. it.
Bluefish started running through the Inlet again on the tides a couple of days ago. Snapper sized.
Eats winds in the forecast for the weekend. Let's hope they blow the fish in!!!
Its blowing a steady 20 plus out of the northeast today. The beach is unfishable and the water in the Inlet is dirty. Weather man wants another day or two of this with it expected to lay down late Wednesday into Thursday woith better weather in the forecast for the holiday weekend.
Summer is pretty much over. Where did it go. Fall surf fishing season will be here soon. Northeast winds usually change the fishing for the better. At the very least it should jump start the fall mullet run.
Prior to the heavy part of this blow we had reports of small stripers, blues and spanish mackerel on the beach. Kingfish and spot were in the mix too.
The Inlet report was flounder tight to the rocks with small blues and croakers on the incoming tide. Hopefully the northeast wind will pick up the striper bite in the Inlet. Stripers like it sloppy!!!!
Fall Surf fishing tournament season is fast approaching.
The Delaware Seashore Fall Surf Fishing Classic will be held on Saturday and Sunday, September 28-29. Info available on Oldinlet.com
The DMS Invitational Surf Fishing Tournament will be held on Saturday and Sunday, October 12-13. Info available on dmsclub.org
As always be sure to check out of Great Anglers and Facebook feeds for fishing pics!!!
Twelve year old Caleb O'Keefe weighed a 2.5 pound trout caught in the Inlet today on a spec rig. Picture is on our Facebook page!!
Afternoon thunderstorm. Good time to write a fishing report.
Bluefish in the 15-18 inch range in the Inlet this morning on the tide. Croaker bite has picked up again in the Inlet.
Croakers in the bay too. Small blues are back there as well.
Kingfish and pompano on the beach. A few small blues around too.
Spot bite up at the Cape Henlopen pier has been good.
The Flounder Pounder tournament had a great turnout. Seems most of the big fish were caught within 4 miles of the beach. Had several boats report limiting out on keepers in the Inlet. Tight to the rocks.
Fresh mullet is starting to show. Not in great numbers. We have a few fresh to sell but the supply has been eradic at best.
Check out our Great Anglers feed for daily fishing pics.
Finally have Fishbites bloodworms back in stock.
Fishing report is pretty much the same.
Kingfish, small blues, croakers and a few pompano in the surf. Live and fake bloods working the best. Sharks at night!!!
The daytime tides in the Indian River Inlet are yielding some small blues, shad a few croaker, and flounder (tight to the rocks).
Picking at the short stripers with the occasional keeper on the night time tides. Live eels are the preferred bait.
Flounder Pounder tournament this weekend so we are sure to get a very accurate flounder report. Our sources tell us the larger fish are outside the Inlet migrating toward the Old Grounds. Sixty feet of water may just be the magic number.
The kingfish bite on the beach is still very strong. And they are getting bigger. We've seen several over 13 inches and some pushing 16 inches lately. It is likely that these a true southern kingfish brought here by the really warm water. We have live bloodworms. Still out of Fishbites Bloodworms. Expect to have them back in any day now.
Speaking of warm water, it has really got things in the Inlet messed up. It is hit and miss. Everything is here but there is no real consistency to the bite. Some blues and shad on the incoming tide. Gavin Ciampoli landed a 12 pound bluefish in the Inlet on Saturday. Strange that there are still some big ones around.
Tautog bite in the inlet is almost non-existsent with the water being so warm. Oddly enough the triggerfish, black drum and sheepshead bite should be good but it is not.
Its one of those summers that you can take everything you know about fishing the Inlet and throw it overboard. Just go down there are start making it up as you go.
The flounder and croaker bite has slowed down. Again same theme. Water is just too warm.
A few short stripers around at night on live eels and live sand fleas.
Good spot bite up on the Cape Henlopen pier. Great place to take kids.
Near shore flounder bite is slow. Captains are reporting that surface temps are high but bottom temps are in the low 50's.
Best of luck to the 404 boats fishing the OC White Marlin Open chasing the 6.1 million dollars in prize money!!!
So they kingfish bite on the beach is so good and/or there are so many people fishing that we ran out of live bloodworms on Sunday. We will be getting more in Tuesday afternoon.
And it looks like we will be getting more Fish Bites Bloodworms in Wednesday afternoon It's been a busy summer!!!
Surf report - plenty of kingfish with spot, croakers, small trout, pompano, and sand perch in the mix. Small blues too but you'll need to switch from bloodworms to cut bunker or fresh bunker. The fish are right behind the breakign waves. Do not overcast!!
Picking at the striped bass in the Inlet and night. The water is bathtub warm. It has slowed the bite down. Live eels and driftng live fleas is your best bet.
Best flounder fishing is in the Inlet. FIsh are tight to the rocks. A one ounce lead head with Gulp white swimming mullet will do the trick.
Mixed bag of small fish at Massey's. Flounder been decent.
Still catching spot in good numbers up at the Cape Henlopen Pier
The heat wave is over, for now. Much cooler, rainy and overcast today (Tuesday).
The heat slowed the fishing action down a bit. More like it slowed down the anglers not the fish. It was really almost too hot to go out side for almost a week. West wind made the flies bad on the beach. Those that braved the heat and biting flies managed to catch some king fish and pompano. A few small croakers sand perch and trout reported as well. Scattered reports of small blues on the beach too. Bloodworms have been the best bait.
This is the best year for kingfish in recent memory. The whole Mid Atlantic coast (New Jersey south to North Carolina) has been reporting good fishing. It's been so good that the makers of Fish Bites bloodworms have run out of supply and production cannot keep up. No body has any! The factory told us they are ramping up a new production line and should get caught up soon. Live bloodworms could be in short supply too. The pickers up in Maine and Canada say it is so hot up there that the worms have gone deep and gotten scarce.
Flounder are in the Inlet in good numbers. There must have been a hundred boats in the Inlet/bay Satuday and Sunday for the Paradise Grill flounder tournament. We heard 5.5 pounds took first place.
The flounder are tight to the rocks so you have to get a lead head with gulp down there to have a chance. The boats have been drifting right along the rocks.
Triggerfish and sheepshead can be found along the rocks. Bluefish have been coming through on the incoming tide. The croaker are around too, Best striped bass action is at night on live sand fleas and live eels.
Inshore trolling has been pretty good. Had a report of bluefish and spanish mackerel on the Fenwick shoals. King mackerel on the 19 fathom lump.
As always follow or Facebook and Great Anglers feeds for daily fishing pics!!!
Quick update -
Not nearly as many people around last week as compared to July 4 week.
There is still the occasional nice bluefish in the Inlet. Sean Dunlap (State College PA) weighed a 12.75 pounder today (Saturday July 12).
Best striper bite is at night. Mostly shorts - floating fleas and drifting live eels.
Flounder fishing in the Inlet is good for this time of the year. They are tight to the rocks. Lead heads with Gulp are working.
Mixed bag of kingfish, spot and croaker on the beach.
King Mackerel reported on the 12 fathom lumps.
Tuna in the Baltimore canyon on the troll. A few boats have started chunking in Masseys.
We want to thank everyone for making it an epic July 4th week. The store was slammed. Every day of the week fellt like a Saturday. Today (Monday) we are busy placing orders to restock our shelves. Its been a rainy day so far with a bit of a northeast wind blowing 10-15. Its supposed to clear out later today and the 90 degree plus weather is forecasted to come back.
The surf is offering a mixed bag of small fish. Plenty of kingfish around with spot, pompano, croakers, sand perch, small trout and blues in the mix. Even had a few cusk eels reported. Live and fake bloodworms have been the bait of choice for the kings and other small fish but the blues have been liking the whole finger mullet.
Daytime fishing in the Inlet has been decent. Small blues and the occasional spanish mackerel are htting spoons on the incoming tide. Croakers have been around on the slack tides. Bloodworms, strips of squid and Gulp work best.
Black drum, tautog, sheepshead and trigger fish can ben found in the rocks. Live sandfleas have been doing the trick.
There are flounder to be had in the Inlet. The problem is getting a bait down to them as they are tight to the rocks. If you can get a lead head with a 4 inch white swimming mullet gulp down there you just might get one.
As is usual for the summer, the best striper fishing is at night. Live eels, floating fleas and live eels are effective. There are some keepers in the mix but its mostly shorts.
Please be advised that the 20-25 inch slot for striped bass applies only to the Delaware Bay and its tributaries. The slot does NOt apply to the Indian River Inlet.
Head up to the Cape Henlopen Pier if you want a shot a slot striper. The spot bite has been pretty good up there too.
Flounder and some croakers reported on the pier at Massey's.
Decent flounder and seabass fishing reported from reef site 10 and the B Buoy/Old Grounds areas. Please be advised that the flounder regulations in federal waters now track the state regulations for your port of landing.
Small blues reported on the troll at the Fenwick Shoals. Should be some spanish mackerel in the mix too. Sight casting for cobia out there should start any day too. Reports of lots of spade fish out there too.
Be sure to follow or Facebook and Great Anglers Feeds for daily fishing pics!!!
The summer flounder regs in federal waters beyond 3 miles now track the regulations for your port of landing. So if you are going to land the flounder in Delaware the minimum size will be 16.5 inches instead of 19 inches.
Cap reached! The 17,000 surf fishing vehicle permit cap has been reached for 2019. No more tags will be sold until December (for 2020 season).
Be sure to check our facebook feed and the Great Anglers app for daily fishing pics!!!
It was super hot this weekend. A little better today (Monday)
Warm weather has brough very warm water and some southern fish with it. Spanish mackerel, sheepshead and pompano have been around in pretty good numbers.
Tautog season has reopened in Delaware waters. The minimum size is 16 inches with a 4 fish limit. We have live sand fleas and green crabs in stock.
The Inlet is offering a mixed bag of blackdrum, sheephead, croakers, flounder and bluefish. Some of the blues have been up to 20 inches and the spanish mackerel have been coming through the Inlet on the daytime incoming tide. Use live sandlfeas for the sheepshead and black drum. Gulp, bloodworms and squid strips are working for the croakers. A lead head with gulp bounced on the bottom has been effective for flounder.
Donnie Vanderslice (Rehoboth Beach) weighed a 7.75 pound black drum caught in the Inlet on Sunday. It hit a spec rig.
The striper bite is a night with the heat and boat traffic driving them deep during the daytime. Live eels, floating fleas and throwing plugs are producing the occasional keeper.
The action on the surf has been dominated by kingfish with croakers, small blues, and sand perch in the mix. There have been huge schools of menhaden working the beach lately. Casting a metal spoon into them has been effective for cacthing the spanish mackerel that have been chasing the menhaden.
Live or fake bloodworms have been the go to bait on the beach.
The flounder bite has been pretty good on the nearshore grass/coral beds in side the three mile limit where the minimum size on flounder is 16.5 inches. Beyond that B Buoy and the Old Grounds have been producing nice catches. The minimum size in federal waters is19 inches.
Wayne Henderson just weighed a 14.25 pound bluefish caught in the Inlet Friday morning. It measured 39.5 inches. A few bigger blues reported every day. Great for the time of the year.
Brandy Timmons caught a nice spanish mackerel on the beach (DSSP) yesterday afternoon on a metal cast lure.
Its hot and its summer time!!! Let the fun begin!!!
July 4 is fast approaching!!
Pompano hit the surf over the weekend! Quite a few reports of that southern species mixed in with kingfish, croakers, small trout and spot. The water has gotten really warm so the larger blues and stripers are long gone. Bloodworms have been the best bait. There have been a few cobia caught on the surf as well.
There is no hot spot as the fish have been spread out which is typical for this time of the year.
Boating anglers have been reporting decent catches of flounder in the nearshore waters on the grass and coral beds. Everyone is trying to stay within three miles of the beach with the 19 inch minimum size in federal waters. Its 16.5 inches in state waters.
Croakers, blues and flounder in the Inlet during the daytime. Best striper action is at night. The heat and boat traffic are sending them deep in the daytime. Best baits at night are floating fleas/eels and throwing plugs.
There are flounder to be had in the Inlet. Got to a get a one ounce lead head to the bottom with gulp swimming mullet 4 ot 5 inch white, red or pink.
Indian River bay has been slow. Just some croakers and flounder. Not a real good bite.
Happy longest daylight hours of the year day!! A great day to go fishing!!!
Black drum and sheephead have moved into the Inlet along with croakers. All of the warm water species are here!!
The drum and sheepshead are hitting live sand fleas. Croakers are hitting gulp and bloodworms.
Ken Mayhugh (Green Castle PA) weighed a citation sheepshead on Wednesday. It measured 25 inches and tipped the scales at 8 pounds 11 pounces. Surprisingly, it hit a bucktail white worm combo.
Now that the water is warm and the boat traffic is picking up the stripers will go deep during the day. Best action will be at night floating eels and live sand fleas.
A few bluefish and shad on the daytime tides but its been really random. A few flounder coming over the rail on lead heads tipped with gulp. A few small trout in the mix as well.
The Indian River and Rehoboth bays has been slow for flounder. The croakers should make their way back that way soon if they have not already.
Already hearing up good ctaches of flounder on the Old Grounds/B Buoy (8 miles due east of the Inlet) so the warm water has caused them to migrate out to more suitable water temperatures.
Its panfish season on the surf. Small trout, small blues, croakers, kingfish and spot can be found just beyond the breakers. Live and fake blooworms are working well. The bigger blues and sytripetrs have migrated north to vacation with the Kennedys.
June started off cool but summer weather is finally here. Sunny and humid with a high in the upper 80's today. Thunder storms in the forecast this eveing. More of the same predicted for the rest of the week.
Spot and small trout joined kingfish in the surf over the weekend. Bloodworms were working best. The larger blues and stripers that were in the surf this spring have migrated north to cooler water. Hearing the surf water temp is around 70 degrees.
Please be advised that we are getting close to hitting the 17,000 cap on Surf Fishing Vehicle Permits that will be sold this year. Once the cap is hit no more will be sold. As of Saturday morning about 1,200 permits were still available. This cap was announced back in late January.
Also, please be advised that Parks and Recreation Enforcement is focusing on enforcing the "Actively Engaged in Fishing" rule. The regulations require that you be actively engaged in surf fishing when using the Surf Fishing Vehicle permit.
The big news in the Inlet is the croakers have started to show. A few short trout and flounder have been reported as well. Still picking at the keeper stripers at night on plugs, live eels and floating sand fleas.
Not hearing much about flounder in the back bays. Its been a slow season so far. We have heard about some boats heading offhore to B Buoy and catching flounder.
Had three days of northeast blow over the weekend. Water is dirty from lots of rain. Going to take a few days for the water to clear up.
They have managed to catch a few keeper stripers every night in the Inlet on plugs and eels.
Surf fishing was productive over the weekend with kingfish showing in good numbers. One group reported catching 50 plus "keeper" size kings on the beach in Fenwick over the weekend. Live and fake bloodworms were both effective.
There was a nice cobia caught on the surf over the weekend as well. Check out the Great Angler feed for pics!!
We will update the report again before the weekend once the water clears.
The big take away from Saturday is that kingfish finally hit the beach in good numbers. Live bloods doing the trick!! No hot spot. Reports came from multiple beaches.
As always check our facebook and Great Anglers feeds for pics!!!
We've had several reports of weakfish in the Inlet. Reade Carrathures (Milwaukee WI) weighed a 3.8 pound trout caught on the southside Wednesday. It hit a lead head with pink gulp.
They are hitting keeper stripers at night in the Inlet. Mostly on the end of the south rockpile and on the beach side south of the Inlet. Daiwa SP minnows are working well.
Snapper blues and a few shad around on the daytime incoming tide. Metal lures still doing the trick. The occasional flounder coming over the rail too. Minnows have been very scarce lately.
Some good news in that peanut bunker and small shiners have moved into the Inland Bays. The fish should follow!!!
It was a busy holiday weekend. The weather was great and the fish cooperated for the most part. It can best be described as hit and miss.
Snapper blues and a few flounder reported in the Inlet on the daytime incoming tides.
They are picking at the nice stripers at night time in the Inlet. Swimming plugs on incoming water.
The beach was packed over the weekend. Most of the parking lots for the state beaches were full by noon on Sunday.
Some nice blues reported. The bite slowed down a bit from the good fishing we had for the several weeks prior.
Dick Fairbanks (Baltimore MD) weighed in a 9 pound 32 inch blue on May 23. Caught on whole mullet - 3R's road.
Michael Born (Ellicot City MD) weighed in a 11 pound blue on May 27. Caught on fresh bunker - Conquest Road.
A few more kingfish reported as well.
The Indian River bay has been suprisingly slow. Not much of a flounder bite and a few snapper blues running around.
Snapper blues in the Inlet this morning on the incoming tide.
Saw pics of 3 red drum caught on the beach north of the Inlet this morning. All greater than 27 inches. On live peeler.
Surf report -
We had 24 teams participate on our Cast for a Cure team surf fishing tournament on Saturday. Fishing was a bit on the slow side but there were some nice fish caught. Eleven of the teams scored 25 fish. Among them were a 40 inch striped bass, a 35 inch striped bass and a 26 inch black drum. A few kingfish and bluefish were in the mix as well. All the teams fished the north end of the Fenwick Island State Park beaches.
First place was taken by team Here Fishy Fishy with 84 points. Second place went to team A@@ in Seat with 72 points. Team Reel Women came in third with 70 points. All three teams received trophies.
The Striped Bass Calcutta was won by team Worm Wigglers with the 40 incher netting them $440. The bluefish calcutta was split between teams A@@ in Seat and Reel Women both with a 19 inch blue worth $220 to each team.
Fishing slowed down a bit on the DSSP beaches as well. But there were still some blues and shorty stripers caugth on the beach.
Inlet Report -
Blues and shad in the Inlet on the daytime incoming tides.
Tog season is closed til July 1.
Striper bite is at night. Picking at the keepers with eels and plugs.
Tautog is closed in DE waters from May 16 through June 30. Reopens July 1
Flounder and Seabass open in Federal waters (beyond three miles) May 15. Flounder minimum size is 19 inches with a 4 fish possession limits. Flounder season will be open through September 15 in federal waters. Seabass minimum size is 12.5 iches with a 15 fish limit. Seabass season will remain open through the end of the year.
News flash: big blues up to 10 pounds blitzed the Inlet this morning on the last of the incoming tide.
Had a great surf fishing tournament this past weeked. We want to thank the 234 participants that made it a huge success! And the fish cooperated!
More than 50 of the anglers posted scoring fish. Striped bass and blue fish accounted for all of the more than 150 scoring fish. About a half dozen striped bass over 30 inches were scored and quite a few 20 inch plus blues were put on the board. A couple of short puffers and a short flounder were caught as well. Oddly enough no black drum or kingfish were scored.
Ted Chick took first place with a whopping 225 points ($750). Second place went to Jack Bovich with 189 points ($500). Third place 134 points Robert Thomson Jr ($250). Fourth place 107 points Patrick Blankeship ($150).
The Women's Division was very competetive with 36 participating and 8 of them scoring fish. First place was Samantha Casson with 59 points ($250). Also with 59 points in second place (tie broken by largest fish) was Carla Wright ($100). Ali Grove came in third place with 55 points ($50)
Austin Matthews won the Kids Division with 20 points taking home a surf rod and reel. He was the only kid to score a fish)
The largest fish of the tournament prize was won by Chad Bayless with a 44 inch striped bass weighing 31 pounds ($1,000).
The largest bluefish calcutta was won by Ron Keefer with 32 inch blue ($2,000)
Cast for a Cure Charity tournament will take place down on the Fenwick beaches next Saturday, May 18. We have 25 teams registered for what will be a fun event.
Team Captains will need to pick up their tournament packers with fishing station assignemenst on Friday from 5-7pm.
Bluefish hit the inlet this weekend as well. Incoming tide was the most productive and metal cast was the best bait. Anything shiny!!
They have been catching the occasional keeper striped bass in the Inlet at night. Diawa SP minnows have been flying off our shelves. Wonder what they are catching them on?
North east wind monsoon started Sunday and is getting it done today. Looks like it will get out of here over night. It will take a few tide cycles for the water to clear up over the next few days. Better weather in the forecast. Todays tides will be high and higher!!!
News flash - blues to 12 pounds hit the beach this morning. Bigger fish were hitting spoons and plugs. Whole mullet rig working for the small fish. We had reports from 3R's and Conquest road.
Spring Tournament registration and packet pick up is Friday Noon til 12pm and Saturday morning 530am-7am
Reports of bluefish are coming in from everywhere. Fish ranging from 15-30 inches.
Customer just had a 27 incher in the Inlet this morning.
The bite on the beach has been better but the Inlet is picking up.
Shad in the Inlet as well on the tide.
Hearing rumors of a few keeper stripers in the Inlet at night. But it appears to be a closely guarded secret requiring knowledge of the secret handshake. We'll update the report when we get it confirmed
The hotspot on the beach has been the north end of 3R's road near the Big Chill restaurant. Other beaches are producing as well. As noted the reports are coming from everywhere. Fenwick all the way north to the Cape.
Reports of blowfish on the beach as well with shorty stripers in the mix but that bite has been starting to taper off with all the bluefish around.
Some nice stripers coming off the beach at Assateague.
Nice black drum on the beach at Broadkill. Chad Bayless had a big one up there the other day. He's been working them this spring!!!
We have fresh bunker, live bloodworms, live green crabs, live sand fleas. Live minnows are scarce for some reason.
Surf clams are ordered and due in Friday!
As always check out the Great Anglers feed for the latest pics!!
We have been getting quite a few reports in over the last several days.
Customer reported catching 12 blues to 21 inches on the 3R's Road this late morning/early afternoon. Also had a short striper and a blowfish.
Another customer fished the Inlet this morning from 4am-9am. Said there was plenty of short stripers around with the largest being 27 inches.
Shad in the Inlet on the incoming tide all weekend.
Big blues reported in the Inlet on Sunday morning.
Black drum on Broadkill beach over the weekend.
Blues reported on fenwick surf over the weekend.
Report of a keeper founder at Masseys as well as in the Canal and on the Cape Henlopen pier.
A few nice blue reported from the Cape and the pier over the weekend.
The season is off to a nice start.
Great weather in the forecast this week!!
Small blues and even some big blues are around. It's not ablitz but they are showing in more numbers every day.
The surf is a mixed bag of puffers, short stripers and bluefish. Most of the b lues are the 2-3 pounders and then the occasional 30 incher sneaks in!!
Small blues and big blues have been reported up on the Cape and on the Pier. A few keeper flounder reported from the pier too.
Ou bunker netter reported some nice blues and stripers in the net in the Indian River Bay. Interestingly enough the blues have not been reported in the Inlet in any numbers.
Bluefish have moved into the area. Scattered reports of big blues in the 30 inch range came in from 3 R's, the Indian River Inlet, Cape Henlopen and the Pier at the Cape. Its by no means a blitz. They just started showing. Smaller blues in the 2-4 pound range have been reported as well.
Saw a report of a keeper flounder caught at the Pier as well.
The flounder should be in the Inlet and the Indian River bay by now. We've heard some of the locals say they are going to start fishing for them this week.
Shorty stripers are around every day in the south pock and on the north end of 3R's road. Some days better than other. Live bloodworms are the best bait. Blowfish have been around as well.
Short tautog in the Inlet, Not hearing of any keepers yet.
Happy Easter Weekend!!
The weather is warm but windy. Some rain supposed to move in over night.
Super reliable credible report of two 30 inch bluefish caught in the Inlet this morning.
We got the baits!!
Fresh surf clams, live bloodworms, live sabd fleas, live green crabs and fresh bunker all in stock!!
Shorty stripers are still hitting on the south rockplie oceanside and on the north end of 3R's road.
Blowfish on the beach today!! Still plenty of short stripers on the north end of 3R's all the way to the south rockplie (south pocket)
A few short tautog in the inlet and the occasional short striper.
A few flounder rumors around. It's time for the bite to start.
We have live green crabs, bloodworms and fresh bunker!!!
Old Inlet Spring Surf Fishing Tournament is Saturday, May 11
Cast for a Cure Team Surf Fishing Tournament is Saturday, May 18
Info for both is available in the store and on this website.
A good bite for striped bass keeps going!!
The first keeper striper (that we know of) came off the beach on Monday. It was 33 inches and hit a bucktail near the south pocket (north end of the 3R's by the rocks. The picture is on our Great Anglers feed. If you have not downloaded the app yet you are missing out on a great addition to the local fishing community.
Multiple reports of anglers bailing short stripers on the south rockpile (oceanside) yesterday after noon. Bucktails and swij shads have been the working well. A few people were fishing the beach and picking at them as well. Just got a report that annother keeper was caught Wedensday afternoon on the south rockpile.
Had a report of bluesfish up to 20 inches on Fenwick earlier in the week, We have not been able to verify as of yet.
Also, heard a report of flounder caught in the IR bay. We have seen quite a few boats fishing but no firm reports yet.
Short tautog in the Inlet. No keepers yet.
We have live green crabs, fresh bunker, and live bloodworms.
Sale this weekend!!
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Rainy and cool today. Llight east clear and mid 60's in the forecast for the weekend. Good fishing weather.
Bait update -
We have live surf clams, live green crabs, live bloodworms and fresh bunker!!
Also, we got our first frozen shiners in since last August!
Happy April!! No Foolin in this report!!
Saturday was fun day with many customers reporting shorty stripers in the Inlet and on the beach. The bite was better in the morning and tapered off on the turn of the tide then picked back up in the afternoon. Most of the fish were in the 15-20 inch range. They were hitting artificials, and fresh bunker but the best bait wa slive bloodworms. We sold out of bloodworms and fresh bunker. A good problem to have!!
Photographic evidence of this weekends catches can be found on our pictures page, the Great Anglers ap, the Old Inlet Facebook page and the Delaware Mobile Surf Fishermen facebook page. All are great follows!!
The south side pocket (where the rocks meet the beach) has been the hot spot from the rocks/inlet. Jim Haug sent a note that he caught 55 shorties this morning (Monday) on artificials on the outgoing tide on the west wind.
We plan to have live blood worms, fresh bunker and live green crabs this weekend.
Please note will begin expanding our hours this Friday and Sturday 7am-6pm and Sunday 7am-3pm
Short stripers moved in this weekend. Mostly 12-18 inches averaging 15 inches with one 22 incher reported.
Several reports from the beach of shorties on small jigs and live bloodworms. One customer caught 12 on Sunday down on the north end of 3R's. Near the south pocket.
Last of the outgoing tide was productive in the Inlet with numerous reports of shorties on swim shads and bucktails. This mornign they caught them on the south side from the end of the rockpile back to the bridge. The south pocket should be poductive.
We hope to have live green crabs Friday!!!
We will update this report further as info comes in!
Hopefully these fish will stay a while.
Cool and rainy weather has kept the bite from breaking out like we had hoped. Water temperature is creeping up slowly. It has been been hovering around 45 degrees. Hopefully the nights of freezing temps are done and we can get some mild spring like weather to get things going.
We did see a pic posted on GreatAnglers.com of a 20" shorty striper caught on 3/20 by Neil Baker OC MD. South side pocket on a lead head with a 4 inch swim shad.
Quite a few people around this weekend. So hope to have a good report to post early in the week.
Weather was cool and crisp and a bit windy over this weekend. More than 1000 volunteers participated in the DNREC beach grass planting on Saturday. And good many of them fished afterwards but came up empty. A few people fished Sunday as well. Whales and seals were spotted working bait.
Purple henbit has bloomed in the fields and the Peeper frogs are singing every night. Another sure sign that spring is coming!!
We have live bloodworms and the weather forecast is good. Not much rain. Good thing cuz our mud needs to dry out!!!
Claude "Ducky" Davis caught the first striper from the Indian River Inlet of the season this morning. A short fat 16 incher on the first part of the outgoing tide. It hit a blue swim shad. Reports of several other short fish caught at the Inlet have filtered in this morning.
Check out our fishing picture page for photographic evidence of Claude's fish. And be sure to sign up for Great Anglers!! We are going to start have drawings for prizes for fishing pics that have been submitted!
Dolphins and whales reported feeding on bait just off the beach!!
Live bloodworms will be here today!!
Live bloodworms will be here Friday.
First osprey of the season spotted just south of the IR Bridge.
Beach grass planting and cleanup this Saturday. 480 volunteers signed up!! A lot of people plan to fish the beach afterwards!!!
Water temp has finally gotten above 40 degrees. Slowly creeping up. 45 degrees is the magic number. Going to take a lot of warm days to get there. The forecast for the next week is for cold weather so its not going to happen soon. Our best educated guess is 4 weeks or so.
Extreme west wind has caused blow out tides. Super low. Its a good time to get out and see where the sand bars are in the bay.
Mark you calendat for our next event Saturday April 13. Customer Appreciation Sale and New Product Showcase. Look for details on our events page in the coming weeks.
For the first time in a while we have fish to report. A sure sign of the end of winter!! They have started to pick up some yellow perch. Had reports from Milton and Milford over the weekend. Small minnows are the best bait. We have live minnows.
They are telling us that live grass shrimo have been hard to find,
Snow and rain in the forescast tomorrow then its supposed to get back up close to 60. Think Spring!!!
The great weather has brought a few people out to fish today. Some went to the Inlet. Others on the beach. We will let you know if they catch anything!!!
The ground hog says spring is coming early. Time to get your fishing gear ready!!
We have an Inventory Reduction/Scratch and Dent Sale coming up on February, 15-18. Presidents Day weekend. Same weekend at the OC Boat Show!!
We will be publishing a list of the sale items later this week. So check back!!
Nothing going on fishing here on the beach or in the Inlet. A few boats are running 25 plus miles for tuatog.
Gonna get warm this week. Time to shake off that cabin fever!!
The deep freeze as set in. We are busy working on placing orders for fishing stuff!!!
Be sure to mark your calendar for our 2019 events!!
February 15-18 Inventory Reduction/Scratch and Dent Sale
April 13 Customer Appreciation Weekend – New Product Showcase and Power Buy
May 11 Spring Surf Fishing Tournament
May 18 Cast for a Cure Team Surf Fishing Tournament
May 24-25 Memorial Day Weekend Side Walk Sale
September 28-29 Delaware Seashore Fall Surf Fishing Classic
October 12-13 DMS Invitational Tournament
December 21 Christmas Party
Tournament information and on-line registartion will be available by the end of January.
Information about each event will be published in advance of each event!!
Any where from zero to 900 inches of snow expected this weekend.
Not alot of fishign going on. Then again it is winter.
A few people trying for the occasional short striper in the Inlet.
Tautog have pretty much left the Inlet.
And weather permitting the boats are heading out about 20 miles and finding tautog.
We still have some live green crabs left.
Mark your calendar for our big offseason event!!
President's Day Weekend
Friday thru Monday
Inventory Reduction/Scratch and Dent Sale
Deep discounts on over stocks, closeouts and discontinued items!!
Just got another batch of live green crabs.
No change in the report.
The Old Inlet Webmaster Will be out of town at a trade show from Saturday January 5 through Thursday January 10.
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Happy New Year from the Crew at Old Inlet!!
Our New Years Resolution is to fish more!!!
Nothing has changed in the fishing report. Still picking at some short stripers in the Inlet. Dogfish sharks on the beach. Decent tautog fishing on the wrecks 20 plus miles off the beach.
Reasonable weather in the forecast so get out and fish. It beats cabin fever!!!
Rained all day Friday. Sunny and near 60 Saturday.
Lots of people fishing. Not alot of catching.
A few short stripers reported from the Inlet.
Have'nt heard anything about stripers on the troll to the north or outside the Inlet.
Looks like quite a few boats will be heading offshore for seabass and tautog on Sunday and Monday. Ther are havign to run 20 plus miles to find the right water temp on the bottom.
Spiny dogs on the beach. Greg Gonye sent a report from Thursday at 3R's road - 12 spiny dogs and 1 skate.
No fresh bait available.
Hope every one had a Merry Christmas!!
Our winter hours are 7am-3pm. Seven Days a week unless it snows a bunch and then you may want to call ahead.
Well we will likely find out this week whether or not the striper migration is yet to happen or if they have passed us by yet again.
A few boats went out today. And some folks fishing the Inlet so we will pass the report along as we get it.
Looks like warmer weather coming in for the weekend.
The tog bite is starting to slow down in the Inlet. Falling water temps have started moving them to the offshore wintering grounds.
Several boats out on the wrecks today. Winter tog fishing can be good out there if you get the right weather conditions.
We have live green crabs.
Please note that we make every attempt to keep out report current. If we have not updated the report it is very likely that nothing has changed.
The days start getting longer tomorrow!!!
Rain rain go away. Had two nice days this week. A few people giving it a try. One charter captian reported catching a keeper striper on the troll just outside the inlet.
Old Inlet Christmas party is tomorrow Saturday December 22 Noon til 3pm
We will be open Christmas Eve 9am-1pm
Closed Christmas Day and reopen Wednesday, December 29
Seven Days a Week
After three days of rain the sun is shining again. Already 52 degrees out and there are some folks fishing again.
One regular reported catching two short stripers in the Inlet this morning.
We have live green crabs and fresh bunker!!
We should get a better handle on the fishing report over the next couple of days so stay tuned!!
We will be open on Christmas Eve Monday 9am-1pm
Dont forget the Old Inlet Christmas Party is on Saturday December 22 from noon til 3pm
Complimentary food and beverages.
Ugly Christmas Sweater Door Prize
Just got some fresh bunker in for the weekend. Hopefully someone will find a fish!!
The surf report is plenty of spiny dogfish and the occasional random short striper.
Been seeing a few pics of stripers caught on the troll the last few days but no confirmation of where they were caught. Ok just found out that several boats out of Indoan River and Lewes of limited out over the last couple of days but had to go north to Wildwood to do it.
Big Stripers are just to the north of us. A couple of boats trolled some up in the area of Sea Ilse City off Jersey south to the 8's in the mouth of the Delaware Bay.
Random reports of stripers on the beach here in DE. A couple of shorts on the Cape and north of the Inlet and then a 42 incher caught on 3R's Road Saturday. Otherwise, the beeach is covered up with spiny dogfish.
Fresh bunker supply has become very sporadic and unreliable. Fresh mullet is long gone for the year.
Tog action in the Inlet has been good. We have live green crabs. Live fleas are done for the season.
There are a few short stripers around in the Inlet on the incoming tide during the daytime. Bucktails and swim shads are working. Live eels at producing a few keepers at night.
Old Inlet Christmas Party Saturday December 22. Noon til 3pm. Complimentary food and beverages. Ugly Christmas sweaters encouraged!!!
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The big news from the last couple of days is that the big stripers have made their way to the mouth of the Delaware Bay. Several nice fish have been trolled up on the 8's. Mojos have been the hot bait.
Rain and wind the last couple of days. Friday and Saturday look good with light south east wind.
Lots of spiny dogs on the beach with the very occasional short striper in the mix. We did hear about one keeper coming off the beach at the Cape over the weekend.
Tog bite in the inlet is still good. We have live green crabs. Live fleas are likely done for the year.
No fresh bunker lately with all the wind. Maybe Friday.
Happy Thanksgiving from the crew at Old Inlet!!
A couple of things going on at the moment:
1) Plenty of short striped bass around in the Inlet. They are using swim shads, bucktails and plugs. A few keepers at night on live eels. We have live eels.
2) Latest news on the striper migration is they are still north of Atlantic City.
3) Tautog bite in the Inlet is fair. We have live green crabs. Sand flea run is pretty much done for the year. Supply has gotten very sporadic.
4) The surf is covered up with spiny dogfish. We have fresh bunker.
5) We will be open Thanksgiving day from 8am-12pm
An already good tautog bite has improved with more keepers in the mix. Dylan Patrick sent a pic of a 16 incher he caught before the weekend
We will be open Thanskgiving Day: 8am-Noon
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Raining with 20 plus knot east wind today. Its a washout. Rain in forecast for Tuesday and Friday. Weekend weather looks good.
Striper migration still well north of us. More later as events warrant.
Is it really November already? Water temps are sloooooowwwwwly coming down.
The Fall striper migration has just gotten started with reports of some good fishing in north central New Jersey (north of Brigantine).
They are picking up a few keeper stripers at night on live eels in the Inlet. Some shorties around during the daytime.
The daytime incoming tide is producing the occasional shad and small blues.
The tautog bite in the inlet is excellent. Mostly shorts but the fishing is good.
The back bay is full of short stripers. Top water plugs and swim baits are doing the trick up against the marshes.
The bite for small blues has tapered off on the beaches. Had a couple reports of alblues running the beaches the last few days.
Hopefully it will bust loose soon!!
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Still piles of little blues around in the Inlet and on the surf.
Tautog bite is good in the Inlet.
Dave from Harrington called to say he had several limits of flounder caught on the North side railing last week.
Several customers have reported sturgeon skyrocketing in the mouth of the Inlet and on the surf at 3R's.
Now that the air temps have cooled and we have fall like weather we are getting alot of questions about when will the striper run start.
It's all about water temperature!! They are still catching pompano in the surf here so that means the water is still really warm. There have been some reports of pompano in the Inlet as well.
Small blues are all over the place. They are running in the Inlet on the dayime coming tide. Spoons and metal cast lures along with bucktails are the best bait.
News flash!! There were a couple of keeper sea trout caught in the Inlet on Friday.
On the surf they are using fresh finger mullet for the blues and live sand fleas for the pompano. The occasional kingfish is still around as well.
Plenty of short tautog in the Inlet with a scarce keeper in the mix. Sheepshead and triggers are there too. Live green crabs and sand fleas are the best baits.
They are picking at the keeper stripers in the Inlet at night. Live eels are the ticket.
So when will the run start? Keep on eye on reports from Jersey. Latest we heard is thet the bite just got started in North Jersey. Meanin g they are likely severak weeks out from here.
Plenty of small blues on the surf and in the Inlet. Cut mullet is working on the beach. Spoons and bucktails in the Inlet on the daytime incoming tides.
Picking at the keeper stripers in the Inler at night on live eels.
Recieved a couple of reports of red drum on the beach. One from the Cape on Friday and then a report frm South Bethany on Saturday.
Cooler weather has improved the tog bite in the Inlet. A few sheepshead and triggerfish in the mix too.
Those willing to make the trip to the Del-Jersey-Land Reef site will find flounder and seabass.
Looks like there are plenty of Mahi and Tile fish out there if you want to venture further,
Had a report of a couple keeper stripers caught in the Inlet on eels over the last two nights.
Looks like storm is goona mess things up Thursday afternoon into Friday.
Cooler weather over the weekend. Lets hope it turns the bite on!!
Plenty of small blues on the beach. A few kingfish in the mix. Biggest bluefish in the DMS tournament was 17 inches.
Best fishing was on the beach int he tournament was on Faithful Steward just north of the Inlet. Cape was pretty slow.
Congrats to all the winners. Check out the DMS Facebook page for a full list of winners.
Small blues in the Inlet in the incoming tide. Tautog bite is good in the inlet as well. Triggers and sheepshead in the mix too.
DMS Surf Fishing Tournament Weekend!!
Plenty of small blues and kingfish around. Along with some nice pompano.
We have fresh spot, bunker, mullet and small blues.
We have live sand fleas and live green crabs.
Tautog, sheepshead and triggerfish along the rocks.
Small blues runnning in the Inlet on incoming tide. Flounder have been biting at the very top and bottom of the tide.
Striped bass bite at night has seen a bit of an uptick. Live eels are the best bait.
Sheepshead, tautog and trigger fish along the rocks in the Inlet.
Small blues, pompano and kingfish on the beach.
Weather looks great.
DMS surf fishing tournament this weekend.
Charles Fortner just checked in a 15.5 inch kingish that weighed 1.32 pounds
Kingifsh, snapper blues and pompano on the beach.
Nice sheepshead in the Inlet.
Small blues on the surf and in the Inlet the last two incoming tides. Evening and morning.
A few sheepshead in the mix along the rocks with small tautog.
Live eel sales have seen an uptick. So the night time rockfish bite must have picked up even though that super secretive bunch at the Inlet would never tell!
Fresh mullet is coming in daily. We have live fleas, green crabs, fresh bunker, fresh blues, live eels and live minnows.
Minnows has been scarce with the extremely hight tides
Snapper blues reported in the Inlet on the incoming tide.
Striper bite has started to pick up at night.
Tautog bite has improved in the Inlet, so the water temp is starting to cool a bit.
Beach is stil a bit rough today. Not much room at high tide.
Weekend weathe looks great at the moment!!
Northeast wind and raining today. A few people fishing under the bridge at the Inlet. Beach is pretty mujch unfishable today. And no one with any sense is out in a boat.
21st Annual Delaware Seashore Fall Surf Fishing Classic
Hosted By Old Inlet Bait and Tackle
Sponsored By Okuma/AFW Hi Seas
September, 22-23, 2018
We ahd 207 Anglers fish the tournament over the weekend. 16 Women and 9 Kids.
46 of the anlgers scored nearly 100 fish. Plenty of blues and kingfish were scored. Small flounder, stripers, spot and pompano were also reprted.
- Floyd “Morty” Morton 119 Points $800 and Bronze Trophy
- Jason Stallings 62 Points $600 and Bronze Trophy
- Chris Barton 61 Points $400 and Bronze Trophy
- Lance Cochran 58 Points $200 and Okuma Rod
- Chris Fortner 55 Point sReynolds Rack
6-20th Place Choice of Prize
- Four Way Tie 15 Points Deb Weichardt, Melissa Ashton, Tricia Wolters, Lorretta Schickner $125 each and shared trophy
- No winners
Grand Slam Prize
Largest Fish of Tournament
16” Bluefish Matty Beatty and Jason Stallings $500 Each
16” Bluefish Matt Beatty and Jason Stallings $955 Each
Several reports of small blues 10-18 inches on the beach today.
One customer said he had two speckel trout on the south side of the Inlet this morning.
small blues in the Inlet this afternoon. Not a blitz.
Snapper blues and kingfish on the surf yesterday.
We have fresh bunker and fresh bluefish. Fresh mullet is ordered for the tournament.
We have live sand fleas.
Reports of flounder in the Inlet at the very top and bottom of the tide. Mostly shorts with a few keepers in the mix.
All of the drive on ramps in Delaware Seashore State Park and Fenwick Island State Park have reopened with the exception of Faithful Steward.
Snapper blues reported on the beach and in the Inlet yesterday.
It's tournament week!! Registration and packet pick-up is Friday from Noon til 8pm and Saturday 5:30am-7am.
Tournament info can be found on our Events Page.
Still have some heavy surf. Drive on ramps still closed. Parks is telling us that they are shooting to have them open Sunday.
Snapper blues reported in the Inlet late morning.
Flounder in the Inlet as well.
Weather has the fish spread out. You gotta work for them
The drive on ramps are likely to remain closed through the weekend. Heavy northeast wind in the forecast. The wind is pushing the high tide up into the dune line..
3 R's road is open to walk ons.
Not much else to report. A few people trying to fish. Inlet water is very dirty.
For those wanting to give it a try - we have fresh mullet, bunker and bluefish.
No sandfleas given the heavy surf and closed beaches. We do have live green crabs.
Ramps are still closed. Waiting to hear from Parks for timeline on repairs.
3R's Road is available for walk-ons.
We are back up and running!! Website got hacked. Damn Russians!!
Rainy and windy here. Coastal flooding. State park beaches are closed. Inlet is pretty much unfishable. East wind pushing the tide. Very dirty water.
We will keep you posted. More bad weather coming the end of the week.
The southeast wind did its job and brought some fish on to the beach. Spot, kings and small blues are scattered up and down the surf. Some nice pompano in the surf too.
Fresh mullet is becoming more available every day.
Snapper blues have been moving in to the inlet sporadically on the daytime incoming tides. No rhyme or reason. Hot or miss. You guess is as good as ours. You get the picture.
Some stripers around at night in the Inlet. Floating fleas and live eels.
Croakers have pretty much left the Inlet and headed to the back bays.
Flounder on the Old Grounds (B Buoy and southeast). Cobia on Reef Site 11 and Fenwick shoals
Sheepshead and triggerfish biting in the Inlet the last couple of days. Live sand fleas. The water is bath tub warm.
Still a few croakers around but most reports are they have moved back into the bays.
Striper bite is at night on eels and sand fleas. Its not a strong bite and its mostly shorts.
Pompano reported in the surf along with some spot and kingfish. Small blues reported on the surf as well.
Flounder can be found offshore east of the shipping channel in about 100-120 feet of water. Heavy Spro bucktails with squid strips or 6 inch Gulp grubs.
Good cobia bite on the Fenwick Shoals. Local angler John Burbage caught the pending DE state record last week. It weighed just over 79 pounds. Live eels have been the best bait.
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 Grounds in 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 and triggerfish can be found along the rocks in the Inlet.
Fish are here but warm weather/water has slowed things down.
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.
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.
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.
Report of snapper blues in the Inlet this early afternoon.
Another customer reported catching small croakers on the beach at Conquest Road.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. New pending state record brought in to OC over the weekend. 640 plus pounds
Just got a couple of reports of decent catches of kingfish in the beach over the weekend. One Sunday from 3R's and the other Saturday on Fenwick.
Memorial Day weekend is in the rear view mirror. Plenty of people around. The fishing report can best be described as utterly random.
The anglers that are pulling 6-8 hour all nighters on both sides of the Inlet in the north and south pockets and walking the beach throwing plugs are catching. The pockets are where the jetty meets the beach.
Stage of the tide and wind directions that have produced have all been highly variable. In short, what worked last night might not work tonite.
And on top of that some nights its mostly shorts, others they are mixed and then other nights its mostly keepers. The only constant is they are using plugs and swim baits.
The same can be said on the beach. Which beach, tide and wind are best is anyones guess. Its random. No hotspot. This means you just got to put in the time.
Its been a mixed bag of kingfish, small blues, shorty stripers and black drum.
There has been a decent bluefish and striper bite up on the Cape by the pier. It had been on the top of the tide in the middle of the day.
Flounder fishing in the Indian River Bay has been hit and miss. The bay has really shoaled up. The aids to navigation have been updated so be sure to stay in the marked channel or you will likely run aground.
Quick update before we get tied up in the tent sale.
Shad in the Inlet today on the incoming tide. A few stripers here and there but nothing like we had Saturday and
A couple of black drum, short stripers and small blues reported from the beach over the last couple of days.
Bigger blues and Stripers up on the Cape by the pier lately.
Not going to be able to update the report over the weekend with the sale going on.
Memorial Day Weekend is almost here.
Very good striper bite Saturday night in the Inlet. Numerous fish over 40 inches reported. They tried to keep it quiet but the word got out. They were catching them on plugs and swim baits. The south pocket was the hot spot.
It was a perfect convergence of a waxing moon, over cast weather, changing barometric pressure, tide and Mercury being aligned with Uranus. Seriously, it was perfect conditions so we hope you got in on it.
Shad have been in the Inlet during the daytime. Scattered reports of blues on the tide and a few shorty stripers during the daytime.
The surf is offering a mixed bag of shorty stripers, black drum, puffers, sand perch, small blues, sharks and skates.
Bloodworms, fresh bunker and surf clams are the baits of choice. The fish are scattered up and down the beach. So pick and place and have fun.
The seabass bite on the nearshore fishing grounds has been excellent. No word on threshers yet. That will likely change this week.
Our Tent Sale is this coming weekend. Be sure to stop in for a great deal on gear to get your season started.
Put the Full Moon on May 29 on your calendar. It is setting up to be good fishing at night for striped bass in the Inlet.
Shad in the Inlet the last couple of days.
A couple of guys have been walking the beach after dark throwing plugs and picking at the striped bass. A few keepers in the mix.
Black drum bite up on Broadkill/Beach plumb.
Strpers and bluefish reported on 3R's this morning. Bloodworms.
Weather forecast for the next three days is rain. Weekend looks better.
Old Inlet Spring c
Hosted By Old Inlet Bait and Tackle
Sponsored By Hi-Seas/AFW and Okuma
Points Angler Prize
First 70 Kelsey Cycyck $750 and Trophy
Second 67 James Lange $500 and Trophy
Third 59 John Pilcicki $350 and Trophy
Fourth 52 Scott Aiken Jr $150
Points Angler Prize
First 40 Alison Grove $250 and Trophy
Second 35 Brandy Timmons $100 and Trophy
Third 25 Kaytelyn Gore $50 and Trophy
Points Angler Prize
First 12 Logan Wierzbicki Surf Rod and Reel
Fred Smith 27 inch bluefish $2,500
Largest Fish of Tournament
Fred Smith 27 Inch bluefish $1,000
280 Anglers participated. 33 Women and 18 kids
30 Anglers caught 48 scoring fish including trout, blowfish, bluefish, black drum and kingfish. Short stripers also reported.
Reminder- Tautog season is closed in Delaware waters from 5/12 through 7/16. Reopening on July 17.
Bluefish on the beach at daybreak. Another customer fished all morning and had 6 stripers to 24 inches in the suds on outgoing tide. All on cut bunker.
Fresh bunker due in today around 1pm.
Its tournament week. Our Spring Surf Fishing Tournament will be held on Saturday May 12. Tournament packets can be picked up on Friday from noon til 8pm and on Saturday from 530am til 7am.
Weather forecast looks good and there are some fish around.
Bigger blues hit the beach up on the Cape Saturday and Sunday. The best action was between the pier and the point. Shaun Smith had a ten pounder on Sunday. Matthew Oneal sent a pic of a ten plus pounder on Saturday.
The south pocket has been the hot spot by the Indian River Inlet. John Mandrachia reported some nice blues Saturday and Sunday mornings.
Sammy C sent a pic of a 30 inch striper caught on the beach Sunday night on black and purple plugs.
The Inlet is offering a mixed bag on small blues, small stripers (with a few more keepers mixed in) and shad. Some keeper tautog reported as well.
Flounder can be had in the south shore slough back toward the VFW. Bubble gum beach has been somewhat productive as well.
The south wall back by the houses has been a popular drift for a couple of days now.
The surf is picking up with kings, blues, shorty stripers and black drum.
Small blues and stripers reported in the south pocket this morning.
Black drum reported on the surf as well as kings.
We have fresh bunker.
Shad just reported this afternoon in the Inlet top of the tide/first part of the outgoing.
We finally had a nice weekend for a change!! And we have great weather in the forecast!!
Inlet report - short stripers, a few blues and a couple of keeper tautog.
David Ocasio landed an 8 pound bluefish in the Inlet on the north side by the handicap pier using a Gotcha Plug on Saturday.
They are starting to pick up flounder in the Indian River Bay. One local boat limited out on Friday. The minimum size for flounder is now 16.5 inches with a four fish limit.
New flash!! We have live sand fleas!!
Cast for a Cure 2018 Tournament Recap
12 teams comprising more than 40 anglers fished Saturday on Conquest and Faithful Steward beaches north of the Inlet.
Team Surf Casters took first place with 53 points scoring 2 kingfish and a 23 inch black drum.
Team Sea Air Googans placed second with 39 points scoring 3 kingish.
Team Shoulda Been Here Yesterday came in third with 2 scoring kings for 29 points.
Largest fish of the tournament was the 23 inch drum.
Largest Striped Bass of the tournament was a 21 incher caught by Team Fish Stalkers.
Bill Weichardt caught a15 inch king with a 9 inch girth that earned him a citation at 1.5 pounds. This is one of the biggest kings we have seen in years.
There were plenty of short stripers around but no bluefish. Bloodowrms were the hot bait on small double hook pill rigs.
Sorry for the delay in getting the report updated. Monday morning greeted us with a computer crash.
Its a slow pick right now. Water temp is slowly creeping up but mother nature is refusing to take her meds.
Cool, humid and foggy here on the beach today.
Short stripers in the Inlet and on the beach. They can get thick and then turn right off.
A few blues reported in the inlet and on the beach but nothing special yet.
One keeper flounder caught in the Inlet over the weekend.
Nicer hopefully more spring like weather in the forecast for the weekend. Lets hope it busts loose!!
Bluefish up to 30 inches caught in South Fenwick yesterday morning.
Another couple had 12 shorty stripers on the beach at 3R's yesterday.
Report of a keeper striper caught on 3R's yesterday evening.
We are getting numerous reports from customers that they are bailing short stripers in the inlet pretty much regardless of tide. Catch numbers have ranged from 13-75 fish. Small spoons, bucktails and storm lures have all worked.
The pocket on the south side is holding fish.
Short stripers and the occasional bluefish reported form the surf.
We will be open 7am-3pm on Sunday!! Open til 5pm today.
Short stripers in the north pocket this morning. On plugs.
Saw on one boat headed out flounder fishing in the Indian River bay this morning.
Things are very slowly starting to get going. Been out of the office for two weeks so lets recap the reports submitted in that time:
A few short stripers have been caught in the Inlet. Bluefish reported on the beach in Fenwick and up at the Cape. Heard a report of stripers on Assateague and Cape Charles.
Jersey shops reporting stripers and blues as well.
So its starting to pop. Water temp is in the low 40's. About 5 degrees lower than last year.
Pretty spring weather coming later this week. Purple Henbit in the fields so flounder not for away!!
The Bad News - its blowing northeast again. The Good News - the forecast is calling for weather that may just resemble spring later this week.
We have fresh bunker ordered for Friday morning.
Live green crabs could be here as early as Saturday.
So get ready!!!!
We survived yet another Northeaster. And there is another one on the way. Northeast wind forecasted Sunday-Tuesday next week.
Dear Spring: Please Sprung!!
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Nice weather had a few people out last weekend. The report from the beach was skates. Lots of the them. Horseshoe crabs and dolphins around. The presence of dolphins means there is bait around.
The first ospreys have arrived. Another sign of spring.
Another storm passing through early in the week and then the forecast looks decent after that. Somebody needs to catch a fish!!
The good news - It's March and we did not get flooded by the two storms that passed through last week. Dafodills (sp?) are starting to bloom.
The Bad News - forecast has freezing and near freezing temperatures at night for the next week. That is not going to help the water temp get up where we need it to be to get the fishing action started. So, all we can do is wait.
Our best guess is two to three weeks if we are lucky.
Tides are still really high. Water is going to be really dirty on the outgoing tides. Full of march rack and debris.
Notice - State Park beach crossings will be closed this afternoon (Thursday) in preparation for the incoming weather. We will let you know when they reopen.
Signs of spring - we have live bloodworms, live night crawlers and live minnows (small for perch/fresh water)
The weather has warmed up and the phone is ringing! "Whats biting?"
The answer right now is "nothing yet?" Just cuz the sun is out it does not mean the rides are open. But seriously, there is reason for optimism.
The water temp is up above 40 degrees and the mild weather should help it get to the mid 40's sooner rather than later. The 15 day forecast does not have any freezing temps in it so let's take a guess as the when the fish will start biting.
Striped bass will be the first back. We have a population of resident fish (short males) that will start to feed when the water temp gets over 43. They will be a bit sluggish at first but will get more active as the water warms. Our best guess is the second week of March.
Flounder will be up next. Our records show that the first flounder has been caught as early as March 20 - our guess is the last week of March.
Bluefish are next. Our fearless forecast is mid April.
So what that leave us to fish for until the fish start biting? There are some white perch and yellow perch around now and we are hearing that there are some nice bass, crappie and pickerel in the local ponds.
We got confirmation from DNREC last night that there will be no change in the striped bass regulations in 2018. A change is anticipated in 2019.
Flounder, sebass and tautog regs will all have changes thids year and we will pass those along as soon as we know.
Finally something to report. Abel Murray sent a pic of a yellow perch he caught yesterday. He was fishing up around Milford. It hit a live minnow.
Ocean water temp was 37 last weekend for the polar plunge. Good news is the long range forecast to does have a lot of over night freezing temps so that will help warm the water up over the next month. 43 degrees in the magic number for striped bass to start feeding.
7 degrees here today and the little rodent saw his shadow.
Winter, over it. Think spring!!
Have not been updating the report because there is nothing going on. Water temp is in the mid 30's. Needs to be 43 or better to get anything biting.
Thats's gonna be a while the way this winter is going. Two warm days is not going to do it. It will take weeks of warm days.
Sorry cant be more optimistic....
Heat wave. Its in the 50's today. Break out the speedo!
A few people trying for tautog in the Inlet. No striper action now that the water temp is in the 30's.
Mark your calendar for our Inventory Reduction/Scratch and Dent Sale Feb 16-19, Friday through Monday. President's Day weekend. Same weekend as the OC Boat Show.
In the 60's today. A few people out fishing in the warm weather yesterday. Nothing happening.
The deep freeze we experienced for over a week sent the water temps down in the low to mid 30's. A couple of days of warm weather is not going to bring the temp up enough to matter and we have cold weather in the forecast for next week. So think spring!!
Lots of fog coming off the water and the melting snow.
Ice flows in the Inlet as much of the bays had frozen over. Several buoys dragged off station by ice. Coast Guard is tending to them.
It's cold. But snow is melting.
Not much going on.