Fishing starting to pick up

 

Rockfish caught near Rockhall, Md., with Kirk Smith, Stefan Talabisco, Adrienne Talabisco, Perry Sorrels, Robert DiGiacomo and Captain Donnie Bayne. (Submitted photo)

Hope everyone had a safe holiday week, which for many is not over yet. Talk about a long weekend, like nine days of fishing and fun in the sun. The fishing has picked up a little bit, which is much better than it has started out this year. Everyone keeps saying it — “this is a weird year for fishing”

The surf has been full of lots of cownose rays, and bullnose rays. They are hitting cut baits and getting snagged on kingfish rigs which makes for an interesting fight. Pulling in a ray that is snagged is like trying to drag your truck down the beach with your rod. Sharks are abundant, keep in mind prohibited sharks and any shark under legal limit size is not allowed to be removed from the water. Cutting the line is recommended but if you can safely remove the hook please do so for the sake of the shark.

Flounder throwbacks

The flounder bite is decent if you don’t mind catching a lot of throwbacks to harvest a few keepers. There have been a few seven-plus pounders caught off the wreck and reef sites. The inland bays are slow but there are keepers, and again a ton of throwbacks. The Lewes Canal into the Roosevelt inlet has been producing flounder. You can jig for them in the surf at the cuts and the edge of the drop off. Cast down the beach, you can do this in the summer even with a lot of lines out. You are fishing in the first 15 to 20 feet of water, dragging your jig along that edge. You can side arm a cast under your lines.

Croaker off the pier

Croaker are hitting at the Cape Henlopen fishing pier and offshore on the wrecks and reef sites. The surf is producing them occasionally. Indian River Inlet should see good schools of them along the rock walls. The catching frequency should increase as the days go by ow that the heat of the summer is upon us.

Weakfish getting bigger

Weakfish are hitting readily when you find them on reef and wreck sites. There have been some in the surf. They are a little bigger this year and more prevalent. Making a comeback? That would take years but it would be nice to see. Maybe we will get a tide runner year or two like the days of old. Larger ones are being caught each year, it would be nice to see them come back.

Rockfish hot in Maryland

The rockfish bite has been hot out of Rockhall, Maryland. Stefan Talabisco: “Great day was had by all. We spent the night in Rock Hall, Maryland, and left at 5 a.m. because of a report that the fish moved. The wind was blowing pretty good in the morning and eventually laid down where we could move to another location. We eventually moved after a half an hour of no bites and once we moved we saw a fleet of boats. “Boots” stated “this must be the place” the first hooked was me and it threw the hook. We battled fish for a good 45 minutes, the captain stated we all got our limits, so we went home. Adrienne, Robert and Perry pulled in the biggest of fish. We left by 5 a.m. and back by 8ish. Trips are very reasonable on the Miss Asheri.”

Tuna still biting

The offshore tuna bite is still hot when boats get on the fish. Mahi and tilefish for filler if you luck out on the tuna.

Dolphin sightings

Anglers hitting the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel areas are catching red drum and cobia. That has been producing for a couple of weeks. According to some anglers they are seeing a ridiculous amount of porpoises around the bay this year. Speaking of which you can take tours out of Lewes to go “dolphin” watching. Right in front of Cape Henlopen State Park.

 

Ava Alexis from Orwigsburg, Pa., caught her first kingfish and first fish, photo from one proud grandmother.
(Submitted photo)

Adam Bryce holding a blue claw — one of 89 they caught for the steam pot. (Submitted photo)

Spade fish caught in the surf by Vinnie Farrell he was using fishbites and sand fleas. (Submitted photo)

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