Anglers enjoy wild catch of threshers

Josh Shepherd, Mike Nibblett, Tom Swann, and Rick Passwaters show off the first thresher caught in Delaware this year. (Submitted photo)

Rain, rain, rain seems to be the theme for this spring.

I haven’t seen the sun in days and I am starting to forget what dry sand looks like. The fish don’t care, but I could use a good dose of vitamin D to accompany my vitamin sea.

Memorial Day weekend was crowded as can be at the beach. We saw a lot of decent catches among the madness of wall to wall vehicles.

The flies weren’t even that bad, but the crazy scale was off the hook. This is how it is every year at the beginning of the summer vacation season.

Rick Passwaters and his crew brought the first thresher to the docks in Delaware over the weekend.

“Hooked up on 3 threshers today, the first one hit the line and instantly shot 10 feet into the air 50 yards from the boat,” he said. “Wildest thing I’ve seen in a while. The second one was pretty mild. The the third one got pretty wild on us and was a fun fight. The shark was 164 pounds and caught a few miles from the shipping channel.

“Crew members were Josh Shepherd, Mike Nibblett, Tom Swann, and myself.”

First pout

Dave Laughman was fishing for black sea bass and caught his first ocean pout.

“We were over a sunken sub, in about 160 feet of water, about 42 miles offshore,” said Laughman. “It hit on clam.”

He sent us the picture and we confirmed the identification with a friend of mine at a local college.

Not too many of these are caught in these waters. Ocean pout resemble wolffish, but the markings and distinct difference in teeth made the identification easier.

Ocean Pout (Zoarces americanus) is an eelpout in the family Zoarcidae, and are found off the northeast coast of New England and Canada.

We usually don’t see them this far south. It can survive in near freezing waters due to antifreeze proteins in its blood. These proteins have been used to genetically modify salmon to make them grow faster and has created some controversy over GMO grown fish. By reducing its sensitivity to cold the salmon can grow year round allowing it to grow much faster.

Flounder action

There was some decent flounder action in the Lewes Canal. The hardest part was finding minnows for bait. Stores were having a hard time getting supplied due to the new moon tides over flowing the marshes.

Once that happens, the minnows all head into the grassy areas and catching them is a chore. I know Icehouse bait and tackle received a lot of minnows yesterday afternoon.

The surf produced decent bluefish catches up and down the coast. The catches have been random but when the schools come by the action is fast and hot. Mullet on green mullet rigs have been the best combination.

We still are seeing large blues being caught near Virginia beach so these fish could be here a couple of more weeks. The water temperatures thanks to the cooler weather have been holding around the mid sixties for the most part. Friday we will see our first hot day in a while but that shouldn’t affect the water temperatures too much.

There are also spot being caught near Virginia beach according to Taylor at Lighthouse view bait and tackle. Nice sized looking spot too, so that will be some good action most likely in a couple of weeks. Also probably why there are still large bluefish in Virginia, feeding on spot.

Kingfish and spike trout (small weakfish) are being caught readily from the surf at Broadkill Beach and Beach Plum Island state park. Bloodworms is the bait of choice, and few white perch have been landed as well. Short striped bass action has been good i the surf when the bluefish are not around. Thursday they were right in the wash. We watched some porpoises come through and toss big blues in the air like candy while they were feeding. I guess they like to play with their food before eating.

It is going to be wet most of the week and possibly into the weekend, but the fishing should be okay. The area waters will silt up from run off in the creeks. I would expect the water temperatures to hold in the mid-60s and even lower throughout the week.”

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