Fishing Fly Fishing How to Fishing and Fishing Reports at Tidal Fish - Delaware Fishing Report - Updated July 31, 2013
  • Delaware Fishing Report - Updated July 31, 2013

    Offshore anglers in Norfolk Canyon have battled very large bigeye tuna. The Hot Dog, Ham Bone and Chicken Bone have also been hot spots. Some of the charter captains say it’s the best offshore bite they’ve seen in years! Dolphin and wahoo have also been included in the catches. There’s been flounder action on the Old Grounds and artificial reefs in the ocean and Delaware Bay. Masseys Landing, the Outer Wall, the Shears and other spots have featured action with kingfish, spot, small seatrout, triggerfish, spadefish and puppy drum.

    Delaware Fishing News and Reports:

    Eastern Marine:
    Flounder on the Old Grounds and near DA buoy were reported by Mike Bowen at Eastern Marine. He said limit catches have been made on small live spot, and strong numbers of flounder 20 inches and bigger have been included in the catches. In Delaware Bay, there’s been flounder action on Gulp! baits at Pin Top and the Cross Ledge. Small croaker, spot and spike seatrout have come from Broadkill Slough and the Shears. Surfcasters at 3R’s Road have enjoyed kingfish action. In Chesapeake Bay, Mike has received reports of rockfish action at Love Point and the Chesapeake Bay Bridges. (Eastern Marine: 302.737.2289)

    Captain Bones Bait & Tackle:
    Two citation fish, caught by Nicholas Wyatt and Kyle McLaughlin, were checked in at Captain Bones recently. Wyatt nailed a dandy 6.59-pound catfish at Blackbird Creek on a peeler crab bait, while McLaughlin hooked a 1.08-pound kingfish at the Cross Ledge. Patty at Captain Bones said slot-size (20 to 26 inches) stripers have been reported in the Delaware River from Augustine to Port Mahon. White perch and croaker have had a hankering for bloodworm and FishBite baits. (Captain Bones Bait & Tackle, 302.378.3377)

    Lewes Harbour Marina:
    A remarkable catch of two 271-pound bluefin, plus additional bluefin of 192 and 178 pounds, was made aboard the Fish Whistle with Captain Charlie Horning. That outstanding action came during a late afternoon trip to Norfolk Canyon, where the bigeyes blasted ballyhoos with Joe Shutes and Hawaiian Eyes. According to Joe Morris at Lewes Harbour Marina, "The offshore bigeye bite shifted back and forth between the 800 square of Washington Canyon and the Norfolk Canyon. Boats towing greenstick rigs did very well on yellowfins in the 50-pound class in the same areas." There has been bluefin tuna action at the Hot Dog, which produced an under-47-inch and an over-47-inch (72 pounder) for Sam Hazlett on the Katydid, and a 69 pounder for Tim Hendrickson on the Port A Bella. Mixed in at the Hot Dog have been dolphin to 14 pounds and some yellowfin. At the Hambone aboard the Tranquila, Frank Procipio nailed a 45.7-pound wahoo and gaffer dolphin to nearly 15 pounds. Joe Morris said, "Tuna were drawn to spreader bars pulled from the riggers, or ballyhoos skirted with Joe Shutes, Ilanders and Bluewater Jags towed way back." Jigging has also been productive at times. "Savvy captains that kept an eye on the sounder while trolling were able to hang a few extra tuna by dropping diamond jigs or butterflies when marks appeared on the screen at midwater," Joe said.

    The Old Grounds, between DB and DA buoys, continues to provide the most consistent flounder action. Fourteen keepers were put in the box on the Katydid during a trip to artificial reef site 10, including Fred Robinson's dandy 6.03 pounder and Captain Brent's 5.82 pounder. While on an inshore snag, anglers on the Grizzly with Captain Carey Evans hauled up 39 sea bass to 3.75 pounds, 45 ling and a pair of dolphin.

    In Delaware Bay, Joe Walker and Joe Walker Jr., plus Tom Coyle, hit artificial reef site 7 for seven keeper flounder. Artificial reef site 5, and Roosevelt Inlet, have also provided dolphin action.

    Spot, croaker and slot-limit size (20 and 26 inches) stripers have been biting in Lewes Canal, mostly between the drawbridge and the train bridge. Bottom fishermen have caught croaker, spot, kingfish, blowfish and spike trout at the Shears and artificial reef site 8. Tog and triggerfish are on the hard structure provided by the Outer Wall and the Ice Breakers and they've been taken on sand fleas, green crabs and box crabs. Joe Schneider wrestled a nice 7.67-pound tog off the Outer Wall. Paul Hazzard, while dunking sand fleas at the Ice Breakers, hooked up with a nice 8.36-pound sheepshead. (Lewes Harbour Marina: 302.645.6227)

    Bill's Sport Shop:
    Offshore fishing has been described as "unbelievable" by the captain and crew at Cave Man Sportfishing. After a slow start this spring, "Wow, how times change! The last week of tuna fishing has been nothing but unbelievable for us. This has been one of the best tuna bites we have seen in 25 years. We have caught over 20 yellowfins, more bluefin that I remembered to count, a 173-pound bigeye, a mako, two white marlin and a 400-pound blue marlin. Most of the bluefin we have caught have been in the 80- to 90-pound range and were released due to current regulations." Bill's Sport said offshore anglers fishing the Ham Bone, the Chicken Bone and the canyons can catch yellowfin, bigeye, dolphin, white and blue marlin and some wahoo. Artificial reef site 10 has been featuring action with flounder, thresher sharks and some hammerheads, while at the Old Grounds and artificial reef site 11 it's been sea bass and flounder. Masseys Landing has been producing a variety of fish, including flounder (17.5 inches) for Bill Baker Jr. at Bill's, small black drum, spadefish, kingfish and spot. Anglers on the Cape Henlopen State Pier have hooked flounder, seatrout, spot, bluefish and blowfish. (Bill's Sport Shop: 302.645.7654)

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