Fishing Fly Fishing How to Fishing and Fishing Reports at Tidal Fish - Delaware Fishing Report - Updated August 7, 2013
  • Delaware Fishing Report - Updated August 7, 2013

    Offshore anglers have enjoyed big-game action as a remarkable 50-pound dolphin was hooked in Norfolk Canyon, while the Hot Dog gave up an immense 107-pound yellowfin tuna and a 75-pound bluefin. Offshore deep-droppers have enjoyed good tilefish action.
    A flounder well over 7 pounds was caught in Indian River Inlet on a live mullet. Flounder fishing has been better and more consistent at the Old Grounds and artificial reefs in the ocean than in Indian River and Delaware Bay. A nearly 8-pound flounder was caught recently at artificial reef site 11.

    Massey’s Landing, Indian River Inlet and other locations have provided surprisingly good action with red drum.

    Delaware Fishing News and Reports:

    Eastern Marine:
    Mike Bowen at Eastern Marine said bigger flounder have been caught in upper Delaware Bay all the way to the yellow can and Augustine in the Delaware River. A charter trip out of Lewes recently produced 43 tilefish for offshore deep-droppers. In Maryland, striped bass and catfish have been biting at the mouth of the C & D Canal and the Elk River. An angler checked in a near-citation 4-1/2-pound largemouth bass that had been caught in Lums Pond on a blue and chrome ¼-ounce Rat-L-Trap. (Eastern Marine: 302.737.2289)

    Captain Bones Bait & Tackle:
    Patty at Captain Bones Bait & Tackle reported slot-size stripers (20 to 26 inches) for anglers at Augustine and the Appoquinimink on bloodworms and FishBites. White perch and croaker have been available at numerous locations where they gobble down bloodworms, FishBites, squid strips and other baits. On the freshwater scene, anglers have been working soft plastics, especially plastic frogs, Rat-L-Traps and spinnerbaits at Noxontown, Garrisons and other ponds. (Captain Bones Bait & Tackle, 302.378.3377)

    Lewes Harbour Marina:
    While some flounder have been caught in Delaware Bay (more on that in a moment), there's been better flounder fishing in the ocean, particularly at the Old Grounds between DB and DA buoys, and artificial reef sites 9, 10 and 11. Joe Morris has weighed in at Lewes Harbour Marina some impressive ocean-caught flounder recently, including a citation 7.72 pounder for Ron Mistretta (aboard the Katydid at site 11), two nice flounder of about 5-1/2 pounds for Hang Soo (on the Katydid at the Old Grounds), flounder to 5.43 pounds (caught on the Miss Kristin at the Old Grounds), and Eric Meck with a 5.9 pounder (on the Qunitessa at site 11). In addition to those big flounder, a number of limit catches were also reported.

    Sea bass, ling and at least one nice cod have been hauled up by ocean bottom bouncers working inshore wrecks and structure. Aboard the Grizzly with Captain Carey Evans, one trip turned up more than 100 sea bass, 62 ling and a 9.4-pound cod. The Lil' Angler reported good sea bass fishing on the Radford.

    Delaware Bay flounder fishing has been described as "spotty at best." According to Joe Morris, "Bites have been limited to the beginning and end of the tide around the reef sites." Anchoring up on artificial reef site 5 produced seven nice flounder for anglers who were bucktailing aboard the Top Fin. Steve Friend was fishing at Roosevelt Inlet when he hooked three hefty flounder to more than 6 pounds. Emily Wilber, while fishing live spot in the Lewes Canal, caught two 25-inch slot-size striped bass. Lots of spot and croaker have been reported by anglers on the Cape Henlopen Pier. Leon Zimmerman was working pink Gulp! baits along the Outer Wall when he hooked up with several nice seatrout.

    An immense 107-pound yellowfin tuna was hooked, battled and subdued by anglers aboard the Katydid at the Hot Dog, whose catch also included a 75-pound bluefin. After a move farther offshore, they enjoyed deep-dropping action with a mix of 93 blueline and golden tilefish. Candy's Choice took a trip to Wilmington Canyon where they nailed 14 golden tilefish. While trolling at the Tea Cup, anglers aboard the Tranquila nailed a 40-pound yellowfin and six dolphin to nearly 17 pounds. "The offshore bite down south has been real good," according to Joe Morris, who said "Jason Massey and his buddies aboard Tighten Up overnighted in the Washington for more than 35 yellowfins. Scott Stapleford and friends kept a limit of yellowfin from many they caught while towing single bulb squids in the Washington." (Lewes Harbour Marina: 302.645.6227)

    Bill's Sport Shop:
    One of the bigger flounder caught in recent weeks, a dandy 7.10-pounder that was 25 inches long, was hooked in Indian River Inlet by Jim Hitchens who was livelining a mullet. Buddy Belczyk, while aboard the Thelma Dale out of Lewes, nailed a 24-inch, 5.35-pound pool-winning flounder on a minnow-and-squid combination. Jack and Dave Brzoska put together a nice stringer of six flounder with fish to more than 4-1/2 pounds. They were taken in Rehoboth Bay on Gulp! baits. John and Linda Brzoska caught seven flounder to 21 inches at Burton’s Island on Gulp!. Bill Baker Jr. from Bill’s Sport Shop put the hook to a 19-inch flounder while fishing from the dock at Massey’s Landing with a spec rig tipped with chartreuse Gulp!. Bill’s Sport Shop had also received reports of good flounder fishing, along with some sea bass action, at the Old Grounds and near A Buoy.
    Daulton Rigney was drifting live spot in Indian River Inlet during an incoming tide when he hooked a nice 32-inch striped bass. Bluefish to 20 inches have also been reported in the inlet on live spot.

    There has also been a good red drum bite in southern Delaware. Scott Keller had several drum of about 22 inches, while Ron Capone had a 22-inch, 6.23-pound drum at Massey’s Landing on bloodworms, and Jeremy Keller had two redfish between 3-1/2 and 4-1/2 pounds in Indian River Inlet.

    On the offshore scene, Bill’s reported yellowfin action from Washington Canyon south to the Norfolk. “Bigeye tuna are still biting both early in the morning and around sunset around home plate of the 800/800.” A massive 50-pound dolphin was taken in the Norfolk recently. Five hundred fathoms in Baltimore and Poorman’s canyons are producing yellowfin and mahi. “The Hot Dog is still holding under and over bluefins, mainly on the chunk. Mahi are moving closer and closer and have been spotted around the Delaware Lightship out to the rockpile and Parking Lot.” (Bill's Sport Shop: 302.645.7654)

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