Summer’s here and fishing is feeling the heat

Cleaning up the ocean and catching all in one day aboard the Miss Kathy with Captain Ross Karsnitz. Nathan Moy holding a tuna they caught offshore, and Mike Lecites holding a mylar balloon they pulled from the ocean. Ryan Whibley caught the tuna. Submitted photos

Well, summer sure showed up in a hurry. I mean seriously we get the first nice weekend and it is nuclear hot out, and the fishing reacts accordingly.

Usually in the dead of summer everything slows down, especially in the surf. Afternoon fishing is never as good as the mornings and evenings, for a number of reasons. This last weekend was no exception.

In the surf we have caught a few small bluefish on mullet rigs. Kingfish, puffers, and sand perch on top and bottom rigs using fishbites or this new squid bait we are testing out. The usual suspects of skates, sharks, and cownose rays are always hitting cut baits.

The Cape Henlopen fishing pier is open at the end now where the old section was removed. Anglers are producing flounder but they are mostly throw backs. Spot, kingfish and some croaker are random catches but occurring. Short striped bass on occasion as well. Check in with Lighthouse View Bait and Tackle for what is hitting and what to use. The shop is always on point with information.

The issue with the pier now is there is a lot less space at the end since that smaller walkway area was removed. We need a new fishing pier built, and we need it all the way out like it was with the “T” on the end. I don’t care if the parks have to charge for access to a new one to make it happen, it just needs to happen.

The offshore tuna action has been hot to not, depends on if you run into any fish. The weekends are crazy busy out there so you are better off getting a charter on a weekday. Less competition means more fish for you if you find them. Bluefin, yellowfin and Big eyes along with the usual by catch. Some boats are finishing up the day going for tilefish.

Flounder action decent

The flounder action in the Lewes Canal has been decent for many anglers. Lot of throw backs but some keepers here and there. Drifting with minnows or using gulp. The Oceanic Pier in Ocean City has seen some decent action for flounder. The inland bay action has been slow but there are fish out there.

The beach combing find of the year so far goes to Jackson Honeycutt. “We were all surf fishing over the weekend and when Jackson got out of the vehicle … he found this arrowhead. I sent a picture of it to the HCA and they sent us this info back, he is stoked he made such a cool find.” Chris Honeycutt

Cape Henlopen fishing pier end is open.

“It is a corner-notched point, likely a “Susquehanna Broadspear.” These hefty points were used more like how we would use a straight-bladed hunting knife, for utility cutting, instead of a point used on the end of a spear for thrusting or throwing at big game. The point would have been hafted onto a short wood handle using animal sinew. The stone material appears to be rhyolite, based on its purplish color. This stone does not occur naturally in Delaware. The closest sources are south-central Pennsylvania and western Maryland. These braodspears are characteristic of the time period that archaeologist call the “Late Archaic.” The date range for this period is 3000 B.C.-1000 B.C. That means this point is roughly 5,000 to 3,000 years old.” Paul M. Nasca, RPA
Curator of Archaeology, Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs.

Kids Catch Tournament

There is the Kids Catch All Tournament this weekend at the Indian River inlet. The staff at the Indian River Marina in Delaware Seashore State Park are excited to invite children ages 3 to 18 to participate in this fun event.

During the tournament, kids have many choices for where and how they want to fish: from the beach or jetties, private boat or charter boat, in the ocean, inland waterways or try deep sea fishing. Registration is $25 per child or $150 per boat with up to six participants and includes a free event T-shirt, free gift, and free all-you-can-eat dinner on Saturday and Sunday evenings for kids entered in the tournament. Other family members pay just $10 for the great dinners prepared by local restaurants each night.

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

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