With crowds down, weekend warriors are ready to take over

Hope everyone had a great Labor Day weekend and summer. Now it is time for locals’ summer and some serious fishing.

It is much easier to fish weekends when the summer crowds die down. We will still see more people on the weekends but not like it has been. With kids in school and all the activities and sports starting only the weekend warriors make it to the beach.

The blues

The fishing has been a little off the hook, if you like the small blues. I have been using a four foot ultralight rod with a one ounce silver kastmaster spoon. They are crushing it and with the drag turned all the way down those ten inch fish really feel like something. It is a lot of fun when there is little else around for action. The Point in Cape Henlopen has been the best place for that action and the beaches farther south have bluefish action which is slower but the fish are bigger. Lot of small flounder along the bayside of the point in the surf. They are hitting mullet rigs, cut bait,and even our spoons.

The catch of the week goes to Ryan Corr, form Lincoln. He was fishing near us on the Point Sunday and catching small blues. His rod dipped hard one time and he pulled in a nice sized fish. We walked over to look at it and it turned out to be a speckled trout. A really nice sized speckled trout that hit a mullet rig. They are probably in there feeding on those little blues that are feeding on the rain fish. Where ever the birds are feeding you will find these blues. Seeing that large speckled trout got us all excited.

Surf fishermen lined the beach at Cape Henlopen State Park on Labor. On the right is the Harbor of Refuge Light at the mouth of the Delaware Bay. (Delaware State News/Andrew West)

The surf is mostly bluefish, but spot, croaker, kingfish, small striped bass, puffers, and of course skates,dogfish and sharks are being caught. Fishbites or real bloodowrms are the best baits. Sand fleas are working well too.

Ryan Corr with a speckled trout he landed over Labor Day weekend at the Point in Cape Henlopen. (Submitted photos)

Short striped bass caught in the surf by Anthony Yarnell.

The Indian River Inlet has been producing bluefish, short striped bass, tautog, and the occasional trigger. Still seeing some sheepshead here and there as well. You can use lures like swim shads, speck rigs,or bucktails for the bass and blues. Sand fleas are good for the trigger, tautog, and sheepshead.

From the pier

The Cape Henlopen fishing pier is producing a good amount of keeper croakers now and it is about time. Spot are being caught as well as small weakfish and those tiny bait stealing blue fish. Some keeper flounder but mostly shorts.

Offshore fishing has been good for tilefish, tuna, billfish,and sharks.

Small bluefish on a Diamond State Custom Tackle pretty pink pill rig.

Summer season might be over but the fishing will continue into the fall and then the big bass will hopefully show up. We will have to wait and see.

Deer season

Congratulations to all the hunters that have gotten their deer already this year. I have seen a lot of pictures on social media of some happy hunters with quality bucks. I know you all waited patiently for the season to open. So far hunting seems to be really good this year.

I shoot them with the camera in the woods behind the house. Only way you can catch and release a deer. We have some beasts back here in the land of giants. Hope the season works out great for everyone.

Menhaden comments

On Sept. 14, there is a public comment period meeting in Dover for menhaden or bunker. This is going to be an important meeting if you have the time please attend. It will be in the DNREC Auditorium, 89 Kings Highway at 6 PM.

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

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