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  • Delaware Fishing Report - Updated July 10, 2013

    Two of the more productive flounder locations have been the Old Grounds and Lewes Canal. Striped bass, including a good number of keepers that fit the current Delaware Bay 20- to 26-inch slot limit, have been hooked in Lewes Canal. (The minimum size limit on stripers in Indian River and along Delaware’s Atlantic coast remains at 28 inches.) Some stripers and bluefish have been caught by boaters and anglers on the jetty at Indian River Inlet. Bottom fishermen and surfcasters have hooked up with good numbers of panfish, including croaker, spot and kingfish.

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    These nice keeper flounder were caught by Robbie Sourbeer and Rick Tshudy while drifting the Lewes Canal over the July 4 holiday. Their catch also included a keeper 21-inch striped bass.

    Delaware Fishing News and Reports:

    Reports from Eastern Marine in Newark:
    Frequent rain and storms have hindered fishing action according to Mike Bowen at Eastern. He said inshore flounder fishing has slowed, and better action with flounder and sea bass recently has been at the Old Grounds. An employee at Eastern was in on a trip to Masseys Canyon that produced a 400-pound bluefin tuna, and also bigeye and yellowfin tuna. (Eastern Marine: 302.737.2289)

    Captain Bones Bait & Tackle reports:
    Jimmy Okoniewski brought to Captain Bones a big striped bass that pushed the scales to 31.58 pounds. It was caught at Port Mahon on bunker, right before the Delaware Bay slot limit went into effect. The slot limit allows anglers two striped bass per day between 20 and 26 inches. Duane Hill and friends pulled five keeper flounder from the Lewes Canal on minnows, Gulp! baits, and spinner rigs baited with squid strips. Patty at Captain Bones also reported croaker and spot at Woodland Beach caught on bloodworms, FishBites and squid. There’s been catfish action at Greens Beach. On the freshwater scene, Paul O’Donnell nailed an impressive 3.82-pound pickerel in McGinnis Pond on a minnow, while Robert Brooks caught a nice 5.94-pound largemouth bass in a private pond on a Berkley Power Worm. (Captain Bones Bait & Tackle, 302.378.3377)

    Fishing reports information from Joe Morris at Lewes Harbour Marina:
    Flounder at the Old Grounds, keeper slot-limit stripers in Lewes Canal, and bluefin tuna at the Hot Dog and Ham Bone highlight this week's report from Lewes Harbour. George Hanstein brought to the scales a real nice 5.75-pound flounder he boated aboard the Grizzly. Anglers with Captain Brent on the Katydid put seven keeper flounder in the box while drifting the Old Grounds. Aboard the Thelma Dale IV at the Old Grounds, John Yoder came up with his limit of flounder, including dandy fish of 5.5 pounds and 5.17 pounds, on a Tsunami Ball Jig tipped with a 6-inch Gulp!. Ernie Stone also put together a limit catch of flounder on the Thelma Dale IV. Meanwhile, while fishing the Lewes Canal from the Town Dock, William Rybinski nailed a nearly 3-pound flounder on a chunk of soft crab. Flounder, and a 3.67-pound seatrout, have been caught at Roosevelt Inlet, mostly on Gulp! baits and minnows.

    On the striper scene, the slot-size season is now underway in Delaware Bay, and anglers are allowed two fish per day of 20 to 26 inches. (The size limit remains at 28 inches in Indian River Inlet and along Delaware's Atlantic coast.) According to Joe Morris, "Boaters drifting pencil eels around the drawbridge and train bridge in the canal did well with slot-size rockfish. Rock were also caught on clams, Rat-L-Traps and Storm Shads. Bass have been active at daybreak and can be tempted with topwater poppers."

    Spot and croaker have been plentiful in the canal, and along the Lewes and Broadkill beaches, where they'll gobble down bloodworm baits and FishBites. These tasty panfish have also been hooked at Artificial Reef Site 8, and at the Shears. Kingfish have also been providing lots of action for bottom fishermen. Grant Bobbit aboard the Grizzly was fishing for croaker at Reef Site 8 when he hooked and battled an 18-pound black drum.

    Mike Surowiec aboard the Katydid hauled up a beautiful 4.86-pound sea bass. Inshore wrecks have provided action with triggerfish, spadefish, kingfish and sea bass.

    Offshore, Joe Morris reported, "Tuna trollers took some big bluefins while pulling skirted ballyhoos way back at the Hot Dog and Ham Bone. (Lewes Harbour Marina: 302.645.6227)

    Reports from Bill's Sport Shop in Lewes:
    It's been a mixed bag for inshore fishermen, including flounder, black drum, bluefish, croaker and kingfish. Dillion Damio with an 18 incher, and Dave Smith with a 21-inch fish, snatched black drum from Masseys on clam baits. Roosevelt Inlet produced an 18-inch keeper flounder for Ryan Corsiatto. Robbie Sourbeer and Rick Tshudy, while aboard Robbie's boat the Hungry Heron, caught several keeper flounder and a keeper striped bass in Roosevelt. Dave Greenberg reported nice flounder in Indian River Inlet.

    Jeffrey Poling was fishing the Inner Wall in Delaware Bay when he came up with a 20-inch flounder. Mike Orendorf nailed a 20-inch flounder in Masseys. Brandon Shelly pulled an 18- and a 19-inch bluefish from Indian River Inlet. George Sharp at Herring Point with Gulp! and Fishbites baits hooked kingfish. On the freshwater scene, a 17-inch, 4-pound largemouth bass was caught at Haven Lake. (Bill's Sport Shop: 302.645.7654)

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