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  • Delaware Fishing Report - Updated July 17, 2013

    One of the largest walleyes known to have ever been caught in Delaware was reported last week. The 6.94 pounder came out of the Brandywine on a Rapala. David Lowery’s fish was actually one ounce heavier than the current state record, which would have tied it for the state record walleye catch. However, state officials did not check the catch. Flounder have been caught at the Old Grounds, artificial reef sites 9 and 10 and at locations in Delaware Bay. Keeper slot-size striped bass have been providing light-tackle action in Lewes Canal. A few rockfish have also been hooked in Indian River Inlet. Tuna have been caught in Washington Canyon, Masseys Canyon, and at the 19 Fathom Lump, the Ham Bone, the Hot Dog and the Chicken Bone.

    Delaware Fishing News and Reports:

    Reports from Eastern Marine in Newark:
    Mike Bowen at Eastern said recent rainy weather, then the heat wave, kept people indoors and slowed fishing. The few anglers that have been out have reported a slight improvement in flounder fishing in the bay. Mike said some of the better spots have included the Elbow, Miah Maull, the Crossledge and Flounder Alley. Croaker, including some nice fish to 18 inches, have been caught at Reedy Point, the yellow can, and the end of the Augustine jetty. In Delaware City, big catfish have been hooked at Delaware City Canal Branch. There has been good largemouth bass fishing on Susquehanna Flats, although Mike said it has slowed a bit recently. (Eastern Marine: 302.737.2289)

    Captain Bones Bait & Tackle reports:
    A big walleye, probably large enough to tie the current state record, was checked in at Captain Bones last week. The impressive 6.94 pounder was caught by David Lowery in the Brandywine on a Rapala. Patty at Captain Bones said it was one ounce heavier than the current state record; in Delaware a fish must be at least two ounces heavier to set a new record. However, the angler did not have his big catch checked by the state. In other news, Robert Lightcap weighed in a citation 6.62-pound catfish he had caught at Greens Beach on a peeler. Patty at Captain Bones said because of the heat, bass fishing has been best early in the mornings and again in the evenings on plastic frogs, soft plastics, spinnerbaits and Rat-L-Traps. Productive ponds have included Garrisons, Lums and Noxontown. Some 16- to 18-inch striped bass have been caught and released at high tide in the Noxontown spillway, and Silver Lake in Dover, on minnows. (Captain Bones Bait & Tackle, 302.378.3377)

    Fishing reports information from Joe Morris at Lewes Harbour Marina:
    Nice flounder have hit the scales at Lewes Harbour Marina recently, despite the challenging conditions created by persistent southwest winds. The Old Grounds, artificial reef sites 9 and 10, and the Lewes Canal have been productive flounder fishing locations. John Yoder on the Thelma Dale IV fished a ball jig with a 6-inch Gulp! to put together a limit catch of flounder to 5.5 pounds at the Old Grounds. Steve Kiibler on the Lil' Angler II nailed a 6.04 pounder at the Old Grounds, while Mike Octavio scored a 5.03-pound flounder on the Martha Maria. The Katydid made several trips to reef sites 9 and 10 in recent days and came up with limit catches of flounder to nearly 7 pounds. Tony Vansant nailed a 6.15 pounder at site 10. Fred Robinson, while fishing the Lewes Canal, hooked three keeper flounder, including a nice 4.3 pounder, on pink Gulp!. Kenny Dear was drifting minnows in the canal when he came up with a 24-inch, 5.48-pound flounder.

    The Lewes Canal has also provided action with striped bass. Joe said "slot-size fish have been concentrated between the drawbridge and train bridge and can be caught with pencil eels, clams, Rat-L-Traps, soft plastics and swimming plugs. Working poppers along the marsh banks has also resulted in bites from rockfish."

    Joe also reported a typical summertime smorgasbord of panfish for bottom fishermen. Croaker, spot, kingfish, blowfish and small trout have been plentiful at locations including artificial reef sites 5 and 8, and the Shears. Bloodworms, Fishbites and bits of clam have triggered lots of strikes. On board the Grizzly, Captain Carey Evans said a recent trip produced 11 keeper flounder, four legal seatrout, and "all the croaker you wanted." Many good-sized brown sharks were hooked, battled to boat side, and released.

    Hot weather and rising water temperatures have brought us triggerfish, and even a 7.61-pound cobia caught by Bud Posey aboard the Pirate King II. Triggerfish have been caught on inshore structure, and the outer wall. Sand fleas are a good triggerfish bait. Tim O'Connell hooked, battled and finally subdued a 65.6-pound black drum while casting a pink bucktail with light spinning gear along the Outer Wall.

    Tautog season re-opened on Wednesday, July 17.

    Joe Morris said offshore anglers have reported bluefin tuna catches at Masseys Canyon, the Chicken Bone, the Ham Bone, 19 Fathom Lump, and the Hot Dog. "Most boats have been trolling spreader bars and skirted ballyhoos, but chunkers have started to take some fish as well. Bill Swords and his buddies aboard Swords Fish ran to the northeast corner of the Dog, and before the third trolling line was in the water, they were hooked up. The tuna nailed a pink and white Joe Shute Lantern and ballyhoo combo, and after a lengthy battle, the 135 pounder was brought aboard. The boys were back at the Dog the next day for a repeat performance. As they were letting lines out, three tuna crashed the spread, and one came tight, again on the pink and white. Andrew Earle kept the pressure on for over four hours before the 72-1/2 incher was put in the boat. Back at Lewes Harbour the brute weighed 200.1 pounds." John Schnaitman wrestled with a 75.2-pound bluefin, and his buddies released two other 50-plus-inch tuna on the Katydid. Tom Richardson reeled in an 11.8-pound dolphin. Canyon trollers encountered a good number of bigeyes in 75-degree water at the 800 Square of the Washington. The crew of Moore Bills landed a 247 pounder there. The area also held yellowfins and dolphin.

    Offshore deep-droppers have enjoyed action with blueline and golden tilefish. While in Poorman's Canyon on the Swordfish, Brandon Brown hooked and battled a 37.3-pound golden tilefish. (Lewes Harbour Marina: 302.645.6227)

    Reports from Bill's Sport Shop in Lewes:
    Good offshore action has been reported to Bill's Sport Shop. While fishing with Captain Trey Parker, anglers Devon Wiley, Joey Smith and Jay Long hooked a real nice 230-pound bigeye and a blue marlin that was estimated at 300 pounds. They were trolling "spreader bars and skirted ballyhoo in Washington Canyon from the 800/800 line to the 461 lump in 74 to 76-degree water. Dolphin were plentiful around many of the lobster balls; most of the dolphin were less than 20 pounds." Water clarity was good and there was lots of bird play.

    Two dandy bigeyes of 212 pounds and 187 pounds were boated about the Four Play, "each fish took two hours to get to the boat." The action came in 500 fathoms in Washington Canyon, where there were "lots of whales and life."

    Captain John Nedelka on the Karen Sue carried Brian Garrison and friends to good offshore wreck fishing action. Their catch included large sea bass, red hake, ling and two cobia at 19.5 pounds and 20.5 pounds.

    Flounder and rockfish provided action for anglers aboard Gale Force Charters with Captain Aaron Hurd. The Cody party boated five keeper flounder during an afternoon drift in Indian River Inlet. The Degati party caught a dozen rockfish, including 34- and 28-inch keepers during a morning trip. The Liberi party enjoyed action with a dozen rockfish, with one 28-inch keeper.

    Artificial Reef Site 10, and the Lewes Canal, have also been producing flounder.
    Eight-year-old RJ Fullterton used FishBites to catch a nice 21-inch, 3.35-pound flounder in Indian River Inlet. Roger Aeo, while fishing green crabs in Indian River Inlet, caught black drum of 19 and 17 inches.

    Denny Coffman was dunking shrimp at Masseys Landing when he caught and released a 20-inch red drum. Harry Walker was casting a Storm Lure on the Cape Henlopen Pier when he nailed a 22-inch, 3.15-pound seatrout. Croaker have been reported at Broadkill Beach on pink Gulp! baits. On the freshwater scene, Mike Mayhew had a real nice 4.8-pound, 20-inch largemouth bass in Wagamons Pond. (Bill's Sport Shop: 302.645.7654)

    Jerry at Taylored Tackle reports:
    Jerry said a few bass have been caught in Horseys Pond in Laurel, and they’ve been in the shade provided by the trees. Hot baits have included Senkos in green pumpkin watermelon (#912), and crankbaits. Some bass have been caught in the Nanticoke River. They’ve been tight to structure and taken on Senkos and jig ‘n pigs. (Taylored Tackle: 302.629.9017)

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