Catching white marlin on a jet ski!

Jack Dillon caught this White Marlin off shore at the canyons on a Jet Ski. (Submitted photo)

Jack Dillon caught this White Marlin off shore at the canyons on a Jet Ski. (Submitted photo)

Hot summer days and cool nights. We are seeing spikes in water temperatures but the cool nights are helping.

The fishing has been decent for the most part. Flounder is still tough around the bays and canals, but is great offshore at the old grounds, wreck and reef sites, and the buoys.

Outdoors column logo by . Croaker are getting bigger at the Cape Henlopen Pier and the beaches.

Pompano are now showing up in the surf very tasty fish to eat if you can get one big enough. The state of Delaware does not have a size or creel limit on pompano. smooth baby hammerhead sharks are being caught as well. All of these fish are hitting bloodworms or fishbites on tip and bottom rigs.

Slot striped bass action is good in the Delaware Bay using bucktails, rattle traps and swim shads. They are hitting bloodworms as well on top and bottom rigs. Bowers Beach has a mess of little shorts around the new jetty. Some flounder are up there as well and small trout.

Offshore action

The big news for the outdoors arena is the offshore action. The tuna and mahi bite are excellent.

Robbie Payton, of Milton, holds a white perch he caught in a local tidal creek. (Submitted photo)

Robbie Payton, of Milton, holds a white perch he caught in a local tidal creek. (Submitted photo)

So good in fact the Delaware Jet Ski guys decided it was time for an offshore trip and they did well — even catching a White Marlin … on a Jet Ski.

The Delaware Jet Ski crew drove down to Ocean City Maryland and dropped in their skis. Every weekend some of the boys get together and do an offshore fishing trip, to the old grounds. Today was another planned trip except Rob Jones, Rob Wolhar, Brian Stier, and Jack Dillon headed to Masseys canyon to do a little tuna fishing. They have been talking about this for a year.

Rob Jones got the first HMS permit in Delaware for a jet ski about three months ago. That was a funny phone call. Weekends for these guys have been trips to the old grounds and places like that, but that itch to go farther out and catch a tuna needed scratching. The bite has been hot and from Ocean City it is rather close. These guys can go about a hundred miles on a tank of gas. Masseys Canyon is only thirty-five plus miles out. So not a problem for these jet skis, and they all have extra gas with them to fill the tank one time. Rob Wolhar used three gallons of the eight he had extra, and still had three bars when he got back to port. They all had decent amounts of fuel left, which is good for future trip plans. Just like the first trips anywhere, this was a trial run to see how it would go. It went well.

“Great day once the water settled,” said Rob Wolhar. “When we got out to Masseys Canyon, there were a lot of boats out there. Waves were up to seven feet and moving fast at one point.

“Once the wind calmed down it was much better. The boats were anchored up and we had to drift so we stayed a couple of miles away.”

Brian Stier caught a nice Mahi.

”I will not soon forget how long that ride is on a jet ski, but I will do it again,” he said.

Once the boys got set up, they said the fishing was on fire. Jack Dillon was high hook with two mahi, a yellowfin tuna and to top that list, a white marlin … from a jet ski!

I asked Jack what it was like to hook up and land a white marlin on a jet ski.

“It is a little different,” Dillon said. “You have to deal with your rod, the leader, your other lines, and hold onto your ski. Just a few things to handle at once. The hardest part was dealing with the mahi and marlin on the foot wells.

“I lost one mahi due to it flipping off the foot well and the marlin trying to measure it. This was my first time offshore on a jet ski and certainly not my last. The white marlin hit a skirted chartreuse ballyhoo I was trolling.”

Once they got back to the ramp people were really shocked they went offshore for tuna.

“Some thought we were nuts and others thought it was cool as can be,” said Rob Jones. “When we got out there some of the boat crews gave us a standing ovation.”

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

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