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Fishing Report

May 4th, 2016

May 3 - Proving that stripers like sloppy weather...

Mark Laros of Frankford weighed a 22 pound striper caught on bunker at 3R's road.

May 1 -

Jason Deittrick weighed a 12 pound 4 ounce bluefish taken on the south jetty (ocean side) Sunday morning

April 30

Aaron Lagerquist of Elk Ridge MD weighed a 9.5 pound bluefish caught on the surf at Keybox Road on a whole mullet rig.

April 29 -

Friday - Ryan Nys from Silver Spring MD weighed in a 14 pound bluefish taken from the Indian River Inlet on a bucktail!

Cant catch fish if you are afraid to fish in the rain!

We have started to see some nice blues on the beach and in the Inlet. No where near like the run last year. That was a once in thirty year occurrence. The bite is hit and miss. Just gotta pout your time in a be in the right place at the right time!

April 29 -

The weather has turned to.... Rainy, east north east wind for the last couple of days. That's the bad news. Now for the good news.

Reports of nice stripers in Ocean City Inlet on Thursday and big blues up in the Delaware Bay. Saw some pics of a bluefish blitz up in south Jersey earlier this week. Gator size.

Now if the weather would just cooperate...

April 25 -

Fishing picked up a bit over the weekend. Especially on the surf.

Emily Baptiste of Lewes sent us a pic of a 30 plus inch striper she landed on Keybox road Saturday. It hit fresh bunker.

Connor and Scott Shumaker from Landedburg PA weighed in a 9 pound 8 ounce bluefish on 3R's road Sunday. It hit whole mullet.

Brandy Timmons of the Delaware Fisherwomen sent a pic of a nice Black Drum that she released on Herring Point - Cape Henlopen Sunday morning. It his live sand fleas.

We also heard about small stripers, some 20 inch blues, blowfish and kingsfish in the mix. No great numbers but improving. Fish are still scattered up and down the beach. No hot spot.

A few short stripers and few blue fish reported from the Inlet. Along with some tautog.

April 22 -

Fish are here but scattered. Gotta be at the right place right time. Can't catch em if you dont have a line in the water.

We have fresh bunker and live bloods. Green crabs due in today. Surf clams due in Saturday morning.

Reports of flounder back by Masseys and in the Lewes Canal.

April 18 -

Pretty weather here to start the week and the forecast looks good for the coming weekend.

The weather improved just enough over this past weekend and we were busy. Lots of people shook off the slow start to the spring and hit the beach and inlet.

Reports from the beach were spotty. Fish spread up and down the coast. The bite was not hot by any means but we got reports of small stripers, a few nice blues, a kingfish and some puffers.

The surf was a bit rough and there was some grass to deal with.

Starting to see some decent keeper tautog in the Inlet. We even had live sand fleas to start the day. Sand flea availability will be sporadic to start.

Hearing about a few short stripers from the Inlet. No real flounder report from the weekend. Too windy to get a good drift.

Several boats out trying today so we should know more soon.

Its only going to get better from here on this Spring!

April 14 -

Just had a reliable report of a a couple short stripers and one keeper caught in the Inlet this morning.

Clear and cool. Not as windy.

Saw pics of a couple blues caught on Conquest yesterday. Whole mullet rigs.

we have fresh bunker, live bloodworms, live green crabs, live minnows and live eels.

Starting to pick up a few tautog in the Inlet as well.

Pretty weather in the forecast. Gonna be a great weekend.

April 11 -

Wind a rain have really slowed the start of the season down over the last 10 days.

Wind finally laid out a little yesterday. We saw a pick of 24 inch blue taken on the beach at Conquest yesterday afternoon. On a whole mullet rig. Finally a nice bluefish on the beach.

Hearing about some nice tog in the Inlet. We have green crabs.

The flounder are here. Bite should pick back up when the wind lays out.

Saw a pic of some short stripers from the surf at Herring Point over the weekend. On bloodworms.

Several people out on the surf trying today.

Spoke to a netter yesterday. He is seeing some nice blues, trout and a few stripers. Reason for optimism.

Rain on Tuesday and then it looks like we may get some good fishing weather for the weekend.

April 7 -

Several netters have told us they have had large bluefish in their nets up in the DE bay over the last couple of days. That's exciting.

Now if this weather would just straighten itself out...

April 5 -

Short stripers hit the beach during the good weather in late March. Customers were reporting as many as 20 fish a day in some cases. Bloodworms were the hot bait.

Flounder reported in the Indian River bay during that time as well.

Then the weather turned cold and windy. Nothing happening over the last week. And the forecast for this weekend does not look good.

So its a good new - bad news forecast. Fish are here but the weather is not cooperating. Been too windy and the water is dirty.

New Sale/Event

Old Inlet Power Buy Night!

Saturday, April 23 6pm – 9pm

Tickets $20 A Person - Must have ticket to enter

Must Buy Ticket In Advance – A Limited Number Will Be Sold

Complimentary Food and Beverages - Beer And Wine

Door Prizes! 50/50 Drawing

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$25 off your first purchase over $100

Hot Deal - Tica Collector Series Spinning Reel - CS400S (comes with a collectors knife and extra metal spool) 6 ball bearings.
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April 23: Power Buy Event

May 7: Old Inlet Annual Spring Surf Fishing Tournament

May 27-29: Memorial Day Weekend Tent Sale

June 11: Cast for a Cure Surf Fishing Tournament

September 24-25: Delaware Seashore Fall Surf Fishing Classic

October 8-9: Delaware Mobile Surf-Fishermen Invitational Surf Fishing Tournament

December 17: Old Inlet Christmas Party

Jan 13 -

BRRRR! Windy and cold. Looks like a couple of 50 degree days coming on Friday and Saturday. Still have fish to the north of us.

No fresh bunker around.

Jan 11

Several reports out of Cape May last week that they had stripers on the beach and on the troll out to 1.5 miles on the beach.

Water temp is still in the mid 50's about 6-8 degrees warmer than usual. So there is still the possibility that these fish will slide across the Delaware Bay into Delaware waters.

Also, heard they still have stripers in mid Jersey around Island State Park with bluefish mixed in them. That tells you just how warm the water is and how far north the bait still is.

Until then - Big shad in the Inlet on saltwater flies.

Good tautog fishing on the offshore wrecks. Capt Scotty reported fish up to 11 pounds over the weekend. with 9 anglers catching 38 keeper sized fish.

Paul form New Castle weighed in two tautog over 9 pounds taken on the Katydid out of Lewes last week.

Latest Photos (click to enlarge photos)
Fishing Photo
Striped bass
22 pounds
Mark Laros
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9.5 pounds
Aaron Lagerquist
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14 Pounds
Ryan Nys
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9 pounds 8 ounes
Connor and Scott S...
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20 inches
Jim Liota
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Striped Bass
30+ Inches
Emily Baptiste
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Black Drum
Brandy Timmons
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36 inches
Chuck davis
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9 and 12 pounds
Joe P
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Large Mouth Bass
6 pounds 3 oz
Jennifer Fiorvani


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