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Fishing Report

May 18th, 2015

The bluefish run is well into its third week. How long will they stay?

Got a solid report that the school of blues is huge and extends as far south as Virginia. So there is a good chance these fish will still be here over Memorial Day weekend.

The blues have been coming in the inlet on the daytime incoming tide. Some days on the change of the tide and other day 3-4 hours in to the tide.

They will hot anything you throw at them. Bucktails and spoons are the most popular.

There have been some nice stripers caught at night time on dark colored plugs. Not many but the bite is starting to get better.

May 14 -

The epic bluefish run continues.

Monday and Tuesday the blues blitzed the Inlet on the start of the incoming tide both afternoons. It was fast and furious.

Wednesday they fooled everyone and didnt start until 3 hours in to the tide. Many people had packed up and left. Then it turned on for two hours.

Still picking at them from the beach. Weighed one just shy of 18 pounds this morning.

A few stripers around on the beach. And a few around at night in the Inlet.

May 11 -

Bluefish! Bluefish! Bluefish!

They are still here in good numbers and were all over the Inlet Sunday and again this morning. Incoming water hitting anything you want to throw at them.

They are so plentiful that we are hearing reports of dead blues abandoned on the sidewalk and on the beach. This is not cool. Don't kill what you do not plan to eat.

We have not seen a spring run of blues like this in more than a decade. Let's throw some back and hope they come around again.

There are so many blue around that we are hearing very few reports about stripers and flounder

The Old Inlet Spring Surf Fishing Tournament was held on Saturday.

The fishing was pretty good. Bluefish up to 38 inches were caught as well as some stripers in the 30-35 inch range. A keeper flounder was scored as well as numerous keeper kingfish. Small trout and croakers were reported as well. Fenwick had the most action but the fish were caught on all of the beaches in the State Park.

Also heard about a couple of black drum on the beach at Conquest Road on Friday before the tournament.

316 anglers participated including 36 women and 39 kids.

2015 – Results

Congratulations to all the winners!

Open Division

Place Points Angler Prize

First 117 Ray Halfen $750 and Donny Reed Memorial Trophy

Second 75 Ed Cycyk $500 and Trophy (largest fish tie breaker)

Third 75 Tom Karpiak $350 and Trophy

Fourth 71 Dan Reel $150

Women’s Division

Place Points Angler Prize

First 39 Patricia Adams $250 and Trophy

Second 34 Loretta Satnicker $100 and


Third 20 Kimberly Cotter $50 and Trophy

Kids Division

Place Points Angler Prize

First 18 John Henry Saurvisitias Rod/Reel and Trophy

Largest Fish

38 Inch Bluefish Tie Ed Cycyk and Rob Thomson $500 Each

Bluefish Calcutta

38 Inch Bluefish Tie Ed Cycyk and Rob Thomson $1,250 Each

Grand Slam
No winner

Effective May 11, 2015, Striped Bass regulations for 2015:
2 fish per day. Length: 28" to 37" or more than 44".
The summer regulation for the Bay estuary is now 20"-25"

The short version is that there is a NO TAKE slot from 38" to 43". Any striped Bass caught in that size cannot be kept.

This is a maximum of 2 fish per day, not 2 fish per size range.

Notice - Tautog season closes May 11 and will remain closed through July 16.

Capt Scotty on the Rehoboth Star submitted this report -

Sunday tog fishing --- we started out with the end of the outgoing tide, it was screaming. Once the tide slowed we started catching some fish... picked away all day.. a tough bite for some and other were rewarded well.. that's tog fishing.. high hook had 7, a couple with 5 or 6 and down from there... we would like to thank everyone who sailed with us throughout tog season and look forward to seeing you when we start next November...

sat may 16/ sun 17 th we will beginning sea bass season at 6:30 am.. be prepared for a long ride...we will fish for sea bass memorial day weekend, Fri-Mon..

sat may nth we will start flounder fishing, we will continue to sail on sat and sun.. sailing time will be 7 am returning back around PM.. the fare will remain the same as last year $90..

half day fishing will resume the second week of may, Mon - Fri, 2 trips daily...

family cruise and dolphin watching every Monday from 5:30pm - PM...

fireworks cruises will be July 4th to Bethany beach and July 5th to Rehoboth beach.. if you have not seen fireworks while on the water its a spectacular event..

our web site is current www.rehobothstarfishing.com or call the office at 302-727-6601

Latest Photos (click to enlarge photos)
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Vernon Dawson
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Tom Hargraves
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Sassy Shad
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Dennis Appleeman
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Michael Rief
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Striped Bass
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Harry Doherty
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Chic Stearrett
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Bobby Donze
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10 pounds
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