Heat wave hasn’t stopped anglers — after all, fishing is a way of life

We finally got a reprieve from the heat waves.

It is beautiful outside — you should be enjoying the outdoors right now! Fishing the last week has been slow for many anglers. It was just too hot, and afternoon fishing was the worst. You want to do early morning and late evening into night time for the best results.

The conditions didn’t stop many from getting out there and fishing — after all, catching is a bonus and fishing is a way of life.

We are finally seeing some croaker and spot show up, but it is not like years past.

“Well the croakers have been biting fairly dependably for several days now, but they are definitely on the small side,” said Dave Beebe, owner of Lighthouse View Bait and Tackle at the Cape Henlopen fishing pier. “Spot are around and much nicer size but nowhere near the two and three at a time catches of the pre-bluefish era. Flounder are scattered and most are throwbacks but have seen several two- to four-pound fish in the past week. Typical summer fishing.”

Many anglers feel that the big bluefish runs we have each spring now are to blame for the lack of spot and croakers the past few years.

Delaware Snakehead Fishing crew has initiated some clean-ups. The group includes Mike Schwander, Timothy Bingnear, Mike Zinn, Mike Anderson, Thomas Cox, Wayne Brandl and Christi Howell (not in this photo). (Submitted photo)

We do have some early arrivals. Pompano have made an appearance in the surf already and we usually don’t see them until late August.

Banded rudderfish are offshore now as well. Some cobia action is happening around the wrecks, but the best action has been in the Chesapeake Bay.

Triggers are still a hot catch and that doesn’t seem to be slowing down despite the amount being caught and kept.

Usually when you catch a large amount of fish you can see the reduction of numbers when the catches start to slack off. So far the trigger bite has been great.

The offshore tuna bite has been great on the chunk. Yellowfin and blue fin are coming to the docks regularly with mahi mahi in the mix.

Slot striped bass action for the Delaware Bay and tributaries has been excellent around structure and bridges.

Cleaning up

The outdoors is a gift, a wonderful experience for all to enjoy.

One thing we try to do as much as possible is keep the outdoors clean. Pollution and trash can make a beautiful area ugly fast.

It is also deadly for many animals. Those white plastic thank you bags mimic jellyfish in the water and are eaten by turtles which end up choking on the bags.

Small pieces of plastic eaten by fish and birds will clog up their digestive systems and they starve to death.

Please keep your outdoors adventures clean and take out any trash you can with you. We take a bag of trash off the beach almost every visit, most of that trash comes form the ocean, not tourists.

In the winter time we collect a lot of trash in the middle fo February.

Delaware Surf Fishing, with the help of the Big Chill Beach Club, Diamond State Custom Tackle, and Liquid Board Shop has been hosting beach clean ups every Tuesday at eight in the morning for a month now and it has been very successful with turnouts and trash collected. We have averaged about 500 pounds of trash and debris every clean up. One volunteer even found a casino chip from Las Vegas. We still are unsure of the value of the chip, but it is just a cool find.

Another effort

A group up north, led by Mike Schwander of the Delaware Snakehead Fishing Facebook page, has taken it upon itself to get organized and start cleaning their favorite fishing areas.

“I Saw you (DSF) doing the clean-ups down there and haven’t seen any of the local fishing clubs up here doing anything,” said Schwander. “My last fishing visit to Beck’s I fished from the banks and really got to see how trashed that place becomes. I felt that something had to be done. Our cleanups are the second Sunday of each month and locations are announced on our Facebook page.”

They are also going to start working on a few state parks up north as well. If you volunteer to help in a state park the hours collected by the parks helps them with grant monies. This is very helpful for the state parks on two levels, they get a good cleaning and some hours to help them support the parks financially.

If you can come out and help, just check the facebook pages for the Delaware Snakehead Fishing group page and Delaware Surf Fishing for the announced times and locations. Delaware Surf Fishing and volunteers clean a park beach each week, every Tuesday at 8 a.m.

Once the season is over, we will move the beach clean ups to the weekends so more people can help,

Tuesdays seem to be the least crowded days at the beach.

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

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