67-pound tuna first big catch in OC event

Cool summer nights have arrived in full force. Is this a precursor to how fall will feel, will we have a colder winter?

I could stand to do some ice fishing this year, in Delaware.

We have an eclipse coming up on Aug. 21. Blow off work and check it out, It will be an experience of a lifetime for many people.

You can come to 3Rs surf fishing beach that day and fish with DSF and friends from 1-4 p.m. and then we will celebrate at the Big Chill Beach Club.

Marlin scales open

The White Marlin Open is in full force. The first day was sketchy weather that was not supposed to go offshore like it did, and many anglers got tossed around like corks.

Owen Vamos concentrates on his next catch in the surf.

The first day there were more than 130 boats fishing, the second day only 12. Wednesday, there were more than 290 boats that went out and the scales I am sure were off the hook with action.

As soon as I am done writing this, I am headed to the scales in Ocean City, Maryland. Should be an interesting day and you can always go to the White Marlin Open website and watch the weigh ins on the live web cameras.

So far, a 67-pound tuna is in first place. It was brought in by one of the 12 boats on Tuesday.

Coming up

The next big tournament will be the Flounder Pounder Open August 18-20, It is hosted by Paradise Marina in Long Neck Delaware. That should be another exciting time at the scales for first prize at $100,000.

On Sept. 16, Delaware Surf Fishing is hosting a Jet Ski fishing tournament at a venue is still to be determined. We have some great prizes donated by Mike Duncan at the Helly Hansen outlet in Rehoboth Beach.

Details will be announced soon on Delaware Surf Fishing. Jet ski fishing is new up and coming sport that has really taken off in our area the last two years. Thanks to the efforts of DSF and the Delaware Jet Ski fishing crew.

Delaware’s Division of Fish and Wildlife has confirmed a new state record in the Delaware Sport Fishing Tournament: a 36-pound, 3.2-ounce blue catfish. Jordan Chelton, of Harrington, caught the fish June 20 near Seaford. The fish was 38 1/2 inches long and had a girth of 27 1/2 inches. The previous catfish record holder was Gavin Spicer, who caught a 25-pound, 5.6-ounce catfish, also a blue catfish, from the Nanticoke just two months earlier, on April 21. (Submitted photo)

Record catfish

DNREC’s Division of Fish and Wildlife has confirmed a new state record in the Delaware Sport Fishing Tournament: a 36-pound, 3.2-ounce blue catfish, caught June 20 by Jordan Chelton of Harrington. The fish was 38 1/2 inches long and had a girth of 27 1/2 inches.

Chelton caught the fish in the upper Nanticoke River near Seaford on 12-pound test line with a chunk of Atlantic menhaden (bunker). The catfish took the bait about 9:30 p.m., and he landed it almost a half hour later.

Late summer catch

We are in the full swing of late summer fishing. The water is till much cooler than normal thanks to these cooler nights. Flounder fishing is best offshore.

King mackerel are being caught offshore as well. Rob Jones of the Delaware Jet Ski fishing crew caught one a few days ago about 20 miles offshore. Yes, these boys go offshsore fishing on jet skis. They had a good day of trolling but only produced the one king mackerel, and possible saw a barracuda.

Rob Wolhar fishes from his jet ski near a cargo ship. (Submitted photo)

Surf fishing is slow with the kingfish and sand perch being the best catches. Anglers are also getting into bluefish on occasion,the small summer blues not the big gators we see in the spring the last few years. Skates, dogfish, rays and sharks are a standard catch if you are suing cut baits. Best to use top and bottom rigs to avoid the scavengers and go for the summer fish. Kingfish are great to eat. Fishbites or bloodworms have been the best baits.

The Cape Henlopen pier is seeing a lot of small croakers up to six inches at best. Spot has been decent action but also small,which are great for bait but not the plate at that size. Lot of throw back flounder in the 15-inch range.

Wreck and reef fishing for the charters are producing a decent amount of triggers. The tautog bite is slow.

Slot striped bass fishing in the Delaware bay and tributaries is good with some decent catches from the Lewes area in Broadkill river and Canary creek.

Rich King’s outdoors column appears Thursdays in the Delaware State News.

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