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  • Delaware Fishing Report - Updated July 24, 2013

    Tog season has re-opened in Delaware and toggers have reported success at the Outer Wall and Ice Breakers. Artificial reef sites along Delaware's Atlantic coast, and the rough bottom between DB and DA buoys, have yielded big flounder to more than 8 pounds! Anglers at Masseys Landing have hooked red drum. Offshore anglers have tangled with bluefin and bigeye tuna along with dolphin and wahoo. Deep-dropping has provided action with golden and gray tilefish. Surfcasters and Delaware Bay bottom fishermen have reported loads of nice kingfish.
    Delaware Fishing News and Reports:

    Lots of small weakfish and croaker, plus an occasional flounder, have been hooked in the Broadkill Slough, the Starsite Reef and other Delaware Bay locations. Mike Bowen at Eastern said there's been a good flounder bite at the Old Grounds. A nice 20-1/2-inch flounder was caught aboard the Adventurer II out of Lewes. There was also a report of stripers still being caught in the upper Delaware River on fresh bunker; Mike believes the locations may include Collins Beach and/or the yellow can. (Eastern Marine: 302.737.2289)

    Captain Bones Bait & Tackle:
    Twenty- to 26-inch slot-size striped bass have been caught at the yellow can, out of Augustine and other locations in the Delaware River on peelers, bunker and bloodworms. Patty at Captain Bones said at Woodland, croaker, perch, catfish and spot have gobbled down bloodworms and FishBites. Anglers fishing from shore at Augustine have hooked perch on bloodworms. On the freshwater scene, largemouth bass in Delaware ponds have been caught on plastic frogs, spinnerbaits, soft plastics and Rat-L-Traps. Crappie in Noxontown, Lums and Garrisons have been hooked on jigs and minnows. Patty said the ramp at Noxontown Pond will be closed on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, July 26, 27 and 28. (Captain Bones Bait & Tackle, 302.378.3377)

    Lewes Harbour Marina:
    There's been very good offshore action in Washington, Baltimore and Masseys canyons, and also the Hot Dog and Hambone. Joe Morris said bigeye to more than 250 pounds have been caught "in the 800 square of Washington Canyon." Masseys Canyon provided a 50-inch bluefin tuna and a pair of gaffer dolphin for Bill Swords, Jon Bixler and friends, an 85.2-pound bluefin for the Jason Burris group, and a 60.5-pound bluefin that was trolled up by Mike and Mason Newsham, Geoff Klopp and Coy Johnston. The Katydid nailed a 76-pound bluefin on the troll at the Hot Dog, which also produced an 80.1-pound bluefin for the Local Girl. The Hambone featured action with a 64.9-pound wahoo, a 68.4-pound bluefin and dolphin to 16 pounds for Ron and Danny Baker, Sam Connors and Rob Coulbore. Anglers have enjoyed deep-dropping action for golden and gray tilefish in Baltimore Canyon, where some dolphin have also been hooked.

    Delaware's tog season has re-opened, and tog have been pulled from the Outer Wall and ice breakers. The Ruta's - David, David Jr. and Mike - put together a limit catch of blackfish to 7 pounds at the ice breakers. Mixed in the catch were some nice triggerfish. Shane Roth hooked tog of more than 5 pounds at Outer Wall.

    The heaviest flounder of the season so far was weighed in at Lewes Harbour recently. The impressive 8.75 pounder was caught by Matt Baker on a live spot at Artificial Reef Site 9. Joe Morris also reported that Scott Ayars had a limit of flounder aboard the Thelma Dale IV while drifting rough bottom between DB and DA buoys. "Peter Geng got a 5.31 pounder and Kyle Peterson put a 7.35 pound citation fluke in the box. Kevin Maskell muscled in a pair of flounder weighing 4.9 and 3.4 near DB. Buckwheat and Bob Bryant and Joe Walker worked Site 10 for 9 keepers to 23 inches." Joe described flounder action in Delaware Bay as "so-so." Best action has been occurring "only during the last couple hours of flood tide, and the first of the ebb. Flunkers on the Katydid captured 20 keepers on a bay reef. Charlie Zukowski had the heaviest, a flattie of 6.3 pounds. The Katydid and Martha Marie reported good flounder catches.

    There have been lots of kingfish, plus some croaker, spike trout, spot, and blowfish around artificial reef sites 5 and 8 in the bay. (Lewes Harbour Marina: 302.645.6227)

    Will Ponder at [email protected]:
    “We fished the Broadkill River and the Lewes and Rehoboth Canal and caught plenty of croaker on Gulp!,” Will said. “It was a ball on very light tackle and the bite was so fast that I could only keep one line in the water.” Flounder at the Cape Henlopen Pier have been taken on minnows on spec rigs. Slot-size rockfish of 20 to 26 inches have taken bloodworms, peeler crabs, eels and small plugs fished in the Lewes Canal, Broadkill River and around the Inner Wall and Outer Wall. At Indian River Inlet, flounder have been caught by anglers drifting live spot. Anglers fishing Indian River and Rehoboth bays, and Masseys Ditch during the early morning hours before boat traffic gets heavy, have hooked plenty of small croaker, spot and a few keeper flounder. A ¼- or ½-ounce bucktail tipped with a strip bait works well on flounder. Trollers have been working the Hot Dog for bluefin tuna. Will said sea bass fishing has been best on wrecks beyond 20 fathoms. “The Old Grounds and the rough bottom between B and A buoys are beginning to produce a few more sea bass and flounder.” Surfcasters have reported abundant kingfish along with skates and sand sharks.

    Bill's Sport Shop:
    Offshore action in the canyons has been good one day, considerably slower the next. Captain Trey Parker said in the Washington Canyon, good days have included exciting trolling action with yellowfin and bigeye tuna (to well over 200 pounds), with many taken on skirted ballyhoo. A few white marlin and dolphin have also been hooked. Pilot whales, porpoises, birds and lots of bait have been reported in the Washington. At the Hot Dog, limit catches of bluefin have been chunked up, and some dolphin have also been caught. Bill’s Sport Shop said there’s been a considerable amount of catching going on in Masseys, where puppy drum have taken clam and sand flea baits. Spot, croaker and flounder have also come from Masseys. Chuck Nagel nailed a 4.45-pound, 23-inch flounder, a 4.10-pound, 22-inch red drum, and a 21-1/2-inch drum on Gulp! and a bucktail in Masseys. Corey Rutledge hooked up with a 22-inch drum at Masseys Landing. At Indian River Inlet, James Dove used Gulp! to catch a redfish of more than 22 inches and a 20-inch flounder. Chris Tharp was kayaking at Cape Henlopen State Park when he caught a 20-inch flounder on a spec rig sweetened with a Gulp! bait. Tim Sullivan fished a traditional squid-and-minnow sandwich at the Cape Henlopen Pier to catch a 22-inch flounder. In the surf at Conquest Road, Ed, Austin, Joe, Norm, Bill and John reported catching kingfish, trout, spot, croaker and flounder on mullet, bunker and fresh spot fished on #6 hooks with floats. (Bill's Sport Shop: 302.645.7654)

    Taylored Tackle:
    Jerry Taylor at Taylored Tackle said there's been some largemouth bass action in the Nanticoke River during outgoing water. Anglers have picked a few of them off structure on Senkos. In Hearns Pond in Seaford, some bass have been hooked on Senkos and Pop-R's. (Taylored Tackle: 302.629.9017)

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