Bluefish blitz epic at Cape

The weather is getting hot this week and the waters will warm up a little more, but the fish are hitting like crazy.

There was an epic bluefish blitz at the Cape Henlopen Fishing pier a few days ago the likes of which many anglers have never seen from shore.

Fish were jumping out of the water and blowing up baits and lures.

Mullet has been the best choice of bait, but bunker is working as well. Spoons, top water plugs, and silver stingers have been getting the job done.

That is the fun action in my opinion, when a gator bluefish blows up a lure. There is nothing like that feeling.

Captain Chris Ragni is aboard Fish Whisperer with a nice black sea bass caught on Wednesday. (Submitted photo)

Don’t worry these blues are still as far south as North Carolina I would expect to see them for at least a couple of more weeks.

The beaches are seeing a lot of bluefish action, but keep in mind these fish are schooled up and can cut lines real easy when you try to drag a fish out of the school. They are hitting lines trying to steal the bait or the lure from the fish you have hooked.

Otherwise it is skates and dogfish in the surf when the blues aren’t around.

Good news is some keeper striped bass are being hit from the shore, random action but happening.

Assateague Island is seeing some really good keeper rockfish and so is the Oceanic Fishing pier in Ocean City, Maryland.

On  the bay

Black drum action is great int he Delaware Bay and the Lewes boats are doing rather well.

Look for them near the coral beds off Slaughter beach. Clam is the bait of choice.

The beaches are still producing drum from the Delaware Bay beaches to Assateague Island.  The drum run has been solid this year so far. Some years are better than others, and this year is looking to be a good one.

Black sea bass season opened May 15 and boats are limiting out quickly. Good action on offshore wrecks and hard bottom.  Clam pieces and squid work well for baits, using top and bottom rigs.

The Del Jersey Land reef site is heavy one big boat, which should have fish around it already.  The Tamaroa was sunk there last week.

Shark sightings

There have been some shark sightings, such as the large thresher that was distressed at the Indian River Inlet.

I know of one netter that caught a couple of 200-plus sized ones. They also caught the most drum they have seen in years, so that tells me we will see a good run of drum this year.

Sand tiger sharks made an appearance also but they will head north to upper New Jersey before they return to the Delaware Bay. This is the breeding grounds for sand tiger sharks in the summer time.

Keep in mind if you catch a sand tiger that they are a prohibited species in Delaware.  Do not remove them from the water. You either remove the hook while they are in the water or cut the line.


The inland bays has a lot of bluefish moving around the area.  Once you find them the action is pretty hot and heavy.

Flounder are being caught readily inn the Lewes Canal almost daily now using minnows.  Some anglers are using gulp on jig heads or as bait on a flounder rig.
Keep your drift slow, fast drifts will reduce your chances of hooking up a flattie.  Remember the new creel size for flounder is 17 inches this year, but still four fish a day per angler.

Fresh water action continues to get better and top water is starting to work well for bass. Pickerel are active as ever.

Snakeheads are hitting hard and getting more aggressive.  The state record was set the other day by Bobby Smith.  I will tell you all about that in the next report. This is the first record set this year for the northern snakehead.  It is a new citation for Delaware this year added by DNREC.

Remember if you want to weigh in a snakehead, it has to be dead, you can not transport a live snakehead.

Also catch and release of snakeheads is legal, but not encouraged.

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

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