Fishing Fly Fishing How to Fishing and Fishing Reports at Tidal Fish - Delaware Fishing Report - Updated June 19, 2013
  • Delaware Fishing Report - Updated June 19, 2013

    Delaware has a new minimum size limit on flounder - 17 inches. (It had been 18 inches). The possession limit is 4 flounder per day, and there is no closed season. Bottom bouncers have caught lots of kingfish, and seatrout continue to be taken in much better numbers than seasons past. Sea bass anglers making the run to offshore structure have reported limit catches.
    Tuna trollers have scored in Washington and Baltimore canyons. Good numbers of big largemouth bass have been caught in the Nanticoke River in Sussex County by anglers working Senkos along the edges of lily pad fields.

    Delaware Fishing News and Reports:

    Captain Bones Bait & Tackle reports:

    Chunky catfish have been checked in at Captain Bones recently. Jeff Green nailed a 6.78 pounder at Greens Beach on peelers, while Billy Smith hooked a 6.36 pounder at Greens on peelers. Patty also reported croaker and spot for anglers fishing bloodworms and Fish Bites at Woodland Beach. In Delaware Bay and around Lewes, flounder have been caught on Gulp! baits, squid strips and minnows. Bass fishermen have hooked up in Noxontown and McCauleys ponds, and at Garrison Lake, on spinnerbaits, plastic frogs, Senkos and other soft plastics. (Captain Bones Bait & Tackle, 302.378.3377)

    Fishing reports information from Joe Morris at Lewes Harbour Marina:

    Offshore anglers are hooking up with tuna, sea bass fishermen willing to travel have made nice catches, Delaware's flounder regulations have been established, seatrout and kingfish have been available in surprisingly strong numbers, and stripers have been caught.
    Tuna trollers have nailed yellowfin in Baltimore and Washington canyons. Joe Morris at Lewes Harbour said the charter boat Moore Bills out of Ocean City boated 15 yellowfin while trolling 200 fathoms in Baltimore Canyon, while tuna catches have also been reported from 50 to 70 fathoms in the Washington.

    While some sea bass have been caught at artificial reef site 11, anglers who have made the trip farther offshore to structure in 120-foot depths have done much better, Joe said. Aboard the charter boat Grizzly out of Lewes with Captains Carey and Barbara Evans, the Bernie Smelstoys charter hauled up a limit of 140 sea bass plus 26 plump ling. The charter boat Katydid reported a limit of 240 nice sea bass and 60 ling.

    New flounder regulations are in now in place. The new minimum size limit is 17 inches, with a 4-fish per angler daily possession limit. There is no closed season. (The previous size limit was 18 inches.) Joe said, "This should mean more in the box for summertime fishermen, and less wear and tear on the flounder population, since anglers won't have to cull through and handle as many fish prior to releasing them if they don't meet minimum size." Flounder catches have been reported in the Lewes Canal and Broadkill River, Lewes Beach, and on structure in Delaware Bay. Terry Euston and Scott Proctor checked in five nice keepers taken on smelt and chartreuse Gulp! baits. Chris Teeter was casting a chartreuse Gulp! from Lewes Beach when he hooked up with a nice 4.4-pounder flounder and a 15-inch seatrout. Matt Adams with a nearly 5-pound flounder and other anglers have done well while working structure in the bay.

    Seatrout have been providing action for anglers fishing the submerged jetties at Roosevelt Inlet, the Ferry Wall, and the Inner Wall. Francis Walsh brought to the scales at Lewes Harbour a real nice 4.05-pound weakfish he nailed on a Pink Ghost Bass Assassin Shad at the Ferry Wall. Dustin Shell used a jig tipped with a bunker strip to catch a 4.1-pound trout at Cape Henlopen. Delaware Bay bottom fishermen have hooked plenty of kingfish at the Shears, Coral Beds and Broadkill Beach. Productive baits have included bloodworms, Fishbites and small pieces of clam. Croaker, spot and blowfish have also been hooked by bottom fishermen.

    Clams and peeler crab baits have caught stripers in Lewes Canal. While most were undersized, a few keepers have also been taken. "Drifting eels and casting Rat-L-Traps around the drawbridge resulted in legal rockfish too, Joe said. As a reminder, the 20- to 26-inch slot limit on stripers goes into effect July 1. (Lewes Harbour Marina: 302.645.6227)

    Reports from Bill's Sport Shop in Lewes:
    One of the first white marlin of the season has been reported. Offshore anglers have made some big catches recently, including bigeye tuna to well over 200 pounds, and yellowfin tuna to more than 80 pounds. One of the bigger seatrout so far, a beautiful 8 pounder, was caught this week by Ronald Miller aboard Gale Force Charters with Captain Aaron Hurd.

    The brawny bigeye was trolled up between the Washington to the Baltimore and took two hours to bring to the boat. The marlin was caught in 70-degree water in 1,000 fathoms of Poorman's by anglers with Captain Trey Parker. At the 800 line of the Baltimore, his crew released two small makos, one hammerhead and a large tiger shark. According to Bill's Sport Show, "Washington Canyon, around the 800/800, is producing dolphin and yellowfin. Baltimore Canyon has had a temp break of water to 71 degrees where tuna and dolphin have been found as well." Shark action has been slow, primarily due to unfavorable weather conditions. Bill's also reported on another trip made by Trey Parker to the northern wall of the Baltimore "where birds were working behind two whales. Shortly after lunch headed west to the 80 fathom line and the tuna bite was on from the 70 to the 80 line. Crew boated 11 yellowfin, five dolphin and a small blue marlin."

    Nine-year-old Ellie Miller captured her first-ever keeper flounder, a nice 21 incher, at the Broadkill on a spec rig, Gulp! baits and a minnow. Daulton Rigney pulled a 23.5-inch, nearly 4-pounder flounder from the Lewes Canal on a squid-and-minnow sandwich. Brenton Wallace beached a 20-inch flounder in the surf at Conquest Road. A 4.6-pound flounder, caught on cut bait at the Old Grounds, was checked in at Bill's. Jerry Ford nailed a two-foot weakfish on the rocks at the north jetty of Roosevelt Inlet in Lewes. Gary Wasbers, fishing from the Cape Henlopen Pier, caught a 20-inch flounder on Gulp! (Bill's Sport Shop: 302.645.7654)

    Jerry at Taylored Tackle reports:
    Three inches of rain in about an hour inundated southern Delaware Tuesday night; Jerry Taylored said heís looking forward to the weekend and the beautiful weather thatís forecasted. Tournament fishermen have told Jerry that bass fishing in the Nanticoke River has been outstanding. Many anglers are fishing Senkos rigged whacky style. They cast it upcurrent of the boat and allow it to drift back to them and past them. Best action has been outside of the pad lines during an outgoing tide. Nice largemouth bass have also been caught in Hearns Pond where Jerry recommends Pop-Rís and other topwater baits. There are currently some issues impacting Records and Trap ponds in Sussex County. Jerry said Records Pond needs re-stocked as fish in Records were dumped into Broad Creek last fall just ahead of Hurricane Sandy. At Trap Pond, a flood gate is broken which is keeping the water table low. (Taylored Tackle: 302.629.9017)

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