Striped bass action heavy at inland bays

Striped bass action continues to be hot around the inland bays, during the day and at night under the lights.

The best lures are small swim shads, poppers or bucktails; all are working just fine. Two bucktails tied up in tandem or large speck rigs will catch schooling bass two at a time.

The Lewes canal structure is good, as are Indian River Inlet walls and the Roosevelt Inlet. Look along the bay beaches for schools and the ocean beaches in the cuts and rips. The northern tidal creeks and rivers have killer action on structure, especially bridges and piers sitting in fast water.

The schooling striped bass have been a lot of fun and there have been a few keepers here and there. These are all residential striped bass; the migratory bass are still in north Jersey. The upper Chesapeake bay has some great striped bass action in anywhere from 40 to 15 feet of water. Look along channel edges.

Dave Walker caught this 17.4-pound tautog in the Delaware Bay. (Submitted photo)

Dave Walker caught this 17.4-pound tautog in the Delaware Bay. (Submitted photo)

There is decent white perch action in tidal creeks and rivers. The Chesapeake & Delaware Canal has decent white perch action on bloodworms. We have some good white perch action in Sussex County in all the tidal waters.

A lot of skates and dogfish are hitting bunker chunks intended for striped bass and there is some bluefish action on mullet chunks or using spoons in the cuts and rips. Look past the second sandbar for more action if you can cast that far. You have to find the schools along the beach. If nothing is hitting, move to another spot.

Surf fishing

The beauty of surf fishing this time of year is no one is out there.

Seabass action offshore is good for those who want to brave the chill for some knot heads. Clam or squid are good baits for sea bass, check out any of the local charters out of Lewes or Indian River.

Freshwater action for pickerel and bass action are good in the ponds using buzz baits and crank baits. On the colder days fish are slower. Outdoors column logo by . The crappie action is decent, too, and will pick up as the winter kicks into full swing — nothing like fishing with icicles on your line.
As for bait, small jigs or minnows for the crappie,and  bloodworms are working okay as well.

Tautog action is great on Delaware Bay structure using green crabs, sand fleas and box crabs. The inner and outer walls, haystacks, reef and wreck sites are producing.

If you want migratory striped bass, you will have to take a long boat ride north well above Seaside Heights, New Jersey. They will be here soon enough so have patience.

On land

So far hunters have been doing well during the first week of shotgun season. Lot of quality deer are making it to the freezer for the winter.

I like venison jerky, and I have a nice supply thanks to some friends. It’s great to take on long fishing trips to munch on.
These milder temperature days have been great for the outdoors enthusiast. Get outside and enjoy the weather and fresh air.

Rich King’s column is published on Thursday in the Delaware State News.

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