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Fishing Report

September 28th, 2015

Notice: Tautog season reopens in Delaware on Tuesday Sept 29. Five fish 15 inches. We have live green crabs. Trying to get live sand fleas but the northeast wind is making it tough to get them on the beach. Call ahead.

Multiple reports of blues to 20 inches and short stripers on 3R's Sunday. It was taking 8 plus ounces to hold.

Picking at a few blues and stripers in the Inlet. We've had northeast wind for more than a week. More northeast in the forecast through Friday this week.

18th Annual Delaware Seashore
Fall Surf Fishing Classic
2015 – Results

Open Division
First 125 Mike Walker $800 and Bronze

Second 101 Shaun Smith $600 and Bronze

Third 66 Andy Twardus $400 and Bronze

Fourth 63 Morty Morton $200 and Reynolds Rack or Okuma Rod

Women’s Division (28 participants)

First 38 Anita Chandler $200, CTS Pink Rod and Nicole Born Memorial Trophy

Second 15 Theresa Maruszack $100 and Trophy

Third 14 Kim Blum $50 and Trophy

Kids Division (21 participants)

None - Each kid received a rod

Largest Fish
20 Inch Flounder Phllip B Lowe $1,000
Bluefish Calcutta

18 Inch Bluefish Dean Wilkerson $2,220

Grand Slam
No winner

Sept 16

Seeing some nice flounder from the Inlet -

Larry Linder, West Mifflin PA landed a 10lb 8oz doormat on a bucktail Tuesday. He also had two more keepers.

Wednesday Bentley Reddig, Biglerville PA landed a 5 pounder on cut mullet.

Sept 14

As anticipated the cooler weather has led to better fishing. Bluefish on the surf and in the Inlet over the last couple of days. Mostly in the 16-18 inch range.

The 18th Annual Delaware Seashore Fall Surf Fishing Classic will be held on Saturday and Sunday, September 19-20. Info is available on oldinlet.com and in the store.

Tournament packet pickup/registration is on Friday from 12pm-8pm and on Saturday from 5:30am-7am.

The weather forecast looks great!

For those not fishing the tournament Keybox road will not be in the tournament area.

Striper fishing in the Inlet has not really changed. The best bite is at night on eels and sand fleas.

Croaker fishing in the Inlet has slowed up a bit. Although the fish that are still around are bigger ~ 16 inches. Better croaker action can be found about 3 miles off the beach. The outfall pipe off Bethany has been agood spot.

Best flounder fishing is out around B Bouy, Site 10 and the Old Grounds.

Reminder - Tautog season closes in DE waters on Tuesday September 1 through September 28.

October 3 - Cast for a Cure Team Surf Fishing Tournament

October 9-11 DMS Annual Surf Fishing Tournament

Aug 10 -
Bluefish in the inlet on the incoming tide the last few days. Snapper size on bucktails, spoons etc.

Starting to see some warm water fish around. Had a guy bring in a lady fish over the weekend. While tog fishing may be slow this means there could be some triggerfish, sheepshead and black drum around.

Got a report that there was a check point at the drive-ons at the Cape yesterday. Lots of truck without all of the necessary gear turned away. They also were turning away trucks that the people did not even have any bait with them. Its a drive on fishing permit folks. Not a party permit.

Aug 2 -

Trout alert: Brian Whitaker caught a 30 inch 3.5 pound sea trout Saturday evening in the Inlet. Bait not specified.

Still lots of croakers around. They are getting bigger. Mostly 10-12 inches with a few up to 15 inches. Short flounder tight to the rocks.

Picking at the keeper stripers at night. Live eels!

Capt Scotty on the Rehoboth Star reported a decent flounder bite on Friday and Saturday.

Good luck to all of the boats fishing Ocean City White Marlin Open!

July 30th
Snapper blues and croakers reported in the Inlet this afternoon on the incoming tide

Summer shark surf fishing season is in full swing. Lots of people trying for sharks off the beach.

Be sure to know the Shark Regulations before you go. The regulations are on page 13 of the Delaware Fishing Guide. DNREC is aggressively enforcing the regulations! Don't get fined for beaching protected shark species.

July 24

Croakers croakers and more croakers!. Inlet is loaded with them in the 8-10 inch range.

Everything else is a victim of the summer slow down. Water temp is like bath water.

July 14th -

Snapper blues hit the Inlet this morning on the last part of the incoming tide. Hope they stick around for a while.

Other than that the fishing report is pretty much the same.

Did see a juvenile hammer head shark caught on the surf at Conquest Sunday morning.

Tautog season reopens on Friday July 17. 15" minimum size 5 a day

July 7 -

Hard to believe that July 4th has already come and gone! The summer season is in full swing!

The Inlet is offering croakers and flounder during the day. Squid strips and bloodworms are doing the trick. Hearing about a few blues and shad on the daytime incoming tide as well.

The best striper bite is at night floating sand fleas and eels. Mostly shorts but those willing to put the time in have a a better chance of being rewarded with the elusive keeper.

The surf is a mixed bag of pan fish. Croakers, blues and kingfish. No spot yet. Fresh bunker, frozen mullet and live bloods are the most popular baits.

Starting to hear about mullet in the bay. These are the black back river mullet. Not the same mullet that run in late August and September.

The summer surf fishing season is starting. Please know the rules before you go!

Pretty good flounder action reported at B Buoy, the Old grounds and Site 10. Big Spro bucktails tipped with a long squid trailer are the preferred bait.

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