Plenty of short striped bass at beaches, bays

Matt Adams got this striped bass in Rehoboth Bay. (Submitted photos)

Robin Ackerman caught this nice short bass at Augustine Beach.

Well it looks like we might get a break in the weather for the weekend. A lot to not much is happening in our waters. That all depends on what you like to catch. There are plenty of short striped bass up and down the Delaware Bay beaches, ocean beaches, and the inland bays. If the water is dirty bloodworms will work better than lures. If the water is clean they both work as well.

We are getting bass two at a time on tandem bucktail rigs in the surf and the inland bays. The Delaware Bay areas are better with bloodworms.
Everyone wants to know where the big gator bluefish are and frankly so do we. There were a few short ones caught around the Lewes area. Other than that we haven’t seen any of the larger gator blues. Bunker are in thick and they are huge. We did some snagging on Saturday in a line of bunker about a mile long off the beaches in Cape Henlopen State Park.

Richard King at Port Penn Bait and Tackle has been catching a lot of bunker daily. The bluefish could show up any day now or not at all. We will just keep trying and see what happens. They blitzed the T Jetty in Atlantic City about three days ago. North Carolina is now mostly small bluefish which is normal this time of year. Is the big coastal bluefish blitz over?

The Delaware River in the spawning areas is loaded with big striped bass. It would be nice if people would at least let the bass spawn out before they stress them by catching them.

Spring striped bass trophy season starts the 21st in the Chesapeake Bay. That is always hot action, but this year a lot of bass have yet to spawn out. They are still moving into the upper Chesapeake Bay. Might be a good idea to give them a break instead of slaughtering females full of eggs.

Pond action in Delmarva

Pond action for Delmarva has been on fire for bass, pickerel, bluegills,and snakeheads have been hitting hard. Big catfish are hitting baits. Some of us like to use bunker for catfish because it stinks real good. Then again just about any dead fish will catch catfish. Hotdogs work great too, brand doesn’t matter.

Trout anglers are still having luck in White Clay Creek and other areas, but it has been reduced to slim pickings.

Turkey season

Mike Andrews of Dover with his thunderchicken over the weekend from opening day of turkey season.

Opening day of turkey season was great for many hunters in Delaware. Our property is down one thunder chicken and the freezer is up one.

Delmarva Outdoors Expo

The Delmarva Outdoors Expo is next weekend (27th to the 29th) and there are a lot of cool events happening during the expo. You won’t want to miss out on this event, and you can get tickets early online, with a bonus of more raffle tickets.

Events include … Chainsaw Carving Artist, DockDogs Competition, Drone Racing, a 5000 gallon Hawg Trough fish tank, Jeep and Off Road Show and Shine, Professional Retriever Demonstrations, Live Auctions, Cornhole Tournament, and Whitetails of North America: World Class Trophy Buck collection. Lots of activities are available for the kids,bring the whole family!

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

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