Fishing Fly Fishing How to Fishing and Fishing Reports at Tidal Fish - Delaware Fishing Report - Updated August 14, 2013
  • Delaware Fishing Report - Updated August 14, 2013

    Delaware Bay bottom fishermen continue to catch plenty of kingfish, croaker and spot. Some flounder have come from the artificial reef sites and wrecks in Delaware Bay. Structure in the ocean has provided action with flounder and triggerfish. Flounder to nearly 6 pounds have hit the scales recently. Massey’s Landing continues to provide action with flounder and puppy drum.

    An 83-pound white marlin brought in $1.2-million for the winning angler in the Ocean City White Marlin Open. Washington Canyon has featured very good yellowfin tuna action. Offshore deep-droppers have cranked up quality tilefish.

    Anglers working Delaware ponds with plastic frogs, Senkos, spinnerbaits and other lures have caught some nice largemouth bass.

    Delaware Fishing News and Reports:

    Captain Bones Bait & Tackle:
    Mike O’Neal brought to the scales at Captain Bones a citation-size 5.75-pound largemouth bass he had caught in Noxontown Pond on a swimbait. Patty at Bones said bass have also been caught in Lums, Garrisons and other ponds and lakes on plastic frogs, Senkos and other soft plastics, spinnerbaits and Rat-L-Traps. Crappie have been pulled from Delaware ponds on minnows and jigs. Saltwater anglers have enjoyed panfish action with croaker, spot and white perch which have taken bloodworms, FishBites and squid baits at Augustine, Woodland and other locations. (Captain Bones Bait & Tackle, 302.378.3377)

    Lewes Harbour Marina:
    Tom Jones with an 83-pound white marlin won the recent White Marlin Open in Ocean City and earned a huge prize of $1.2-million! The winning white marlin was trailed closely by four white marlin that each weighed 77 pounds. The biggest blue marlin of the tournament, a 276 pounder, was caught by James Czaban who won a cool $573,850. The tournament also produced big dolphin of more than 30 pounds which each earned between $10,000 and $15,000. More than 260 boats participated in the White Marlin Open.

    In other offshore news, Captain Joe Morris at Lewes Harbour reported that Washington Canyon continues to provide good yellowfin tuna action. "Crews deploying baits with green sticks have racked up some impressive catches. Creative anglers using plastic squids on danglers from their outriggers also got bites. An overnight trip to the Washington turned up 35 tuna, mostly fish in the 30-inch range, yet four nice 50 to 55 pounders were also taken. Bigeye have been biting from time to time in Wilmington Canyon.

    Offshore deep-dropping has provided good action with golden and gray tilefish. Captain Chris on the Quintessa fished deep in the Wilmington for six big 20- to 35-pound golden tiles, while another trip saw 15 gray tiles to more than 15 pounds come over the rails.

    Nice flounder have hit the scales at Lewes Harbour Marina recently. Mike Schreiber aboard the Sea Note hauled up a big 5.8-pound flounder from artificial reef site 11. The Falgowski family put together a real nice catch of 24 keeper flounder to 5.6 pounds while on an ocean trip aboard the Katydid. Captain Carey Evans on the Grizzly reported a catch consisting of 16 flounder, triggerfish, sea bass and lots of croaker for Joe Shaffer and family. The Martha Marie worked over Delaware Bay artificial reef sites recently for a catch of 11 keeper flounder. Anglers on the Top Fin scored nine keeper flounder on an ocean reef. Wayne Demarco boxed a limit of flounder to 5.34 pounds at artificial reef site 11 on a bucktail tipped with smelt.

    What they may be lacking in size, croaker have made up for in huge numbers in Delaware Bay. Joe Morris recommends hitting heavy structure for bigger croaker. A wreck trip aboard the Lil' Angler II turned up a load of croaker to 2 pounds, porgies and triggerfish. Also inhabiting wrecks and reefs are spot and kingfish, including kingfish well over 1 pound. (Lewes Harbour Marina: 302.645.6227)

    Bill's Sport Shop:
    Massey's and Rehoboth Bay have given up some nice flounder recently. Mike Orendorf, while drifting a minnow through Massey's, put the hook to a nice 21-inch, 4.1-pound flounder. John Brzoska was bottom bouncing with Gulp! in Rehoboth Bay when he boated a 3.6-pound flounder that was 23 inches long, a 3.2-pound flounder that was 22 inches long, and two other flatfish. Ron Kolonick pulled a dandy 5.5-pound, 23-inch flounder out of Indian River Inlet on the traditional minnow-squid combination. Bill's Sport Shop reported that Corey Rutledge, while drifting Indian River Bay with a Gulp! bait, hooked an 18.5-inch flounder.
    Ron Capone continues to catch red drum, this time a 22 incher at Massey's Landing on bloodworms.

    Anglers with Captain Chuck Cook at First Light Charters have enjoyed good fishing. A recent trip to an ocean wreck in 80 feet of water produced 12 keeper flounder and they "left the fish biting." A fly fishing trip to Indian River Inlet for Bob Nichols turned up "several nice stripers, blues and a 26-inch trout on Clousers with 250-grain sinking line."

    On the freshwater fishing scene, young Christina Butchko made a nice catch in Silver Lake in Rehoboth, where she nailed a real nice 6-pound largemouth bass. (Bill's Sport Shop: 302.645.7654)

    Taylored Tackle:
    Jerry Taylor reported improved flounder fishing at Folleys Creek and other locations along Virginia’s Lower Eastern Shore. Bob Baker recently fished the inlet at Folleys Creek and boated two nice flounder of more than 5 pounds, two more over 4 pounds, and two 3 pounders. On the freshwater scene, hot spots have included Hearns Pond north of Seaford and Chipmans Pond. An angler fishing Hearns weighed in a hefty 4-1/2-pound largemouth bass he had caught on a plastic artificial bluegill. Senkos have also triggered strikes from bass in Hearns. At Chipmans, Jerry said Strike King Rage Chunks have caught fish. (Taylored Tackle: 302.629.9017)

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