Weather has the lure of spring

Fire tower 3, at Delaware Seashore State Park south of Dewey Beach, is now lit in blue. (Delaware Surf Fishing/Rich King)

The weekend February spring tease was a good time to get out, fish if you didn’t mind getting wet or could get out between storms.

The peeper frogs were out chirping in the tax ditches near my house. Some folks are seeing bulbs pop up growth in their flower beds. These spring-like weather teases really throw off Mother Nature, but are great to get a nice day in the outdoors.

Some of the area tidal waterways jumped up six degrees in temperature at low tide. That does get the fish moving a little more and easier to hook up. You still have to fish like it is winter, but there is usually a little more action. Also the fact more people are fishing when this happens definitely ups the catch numbers. Crappie, perch, bluegill, pickerel, and bass action was decent during the warm up and will continue into spring. It was a good time to get out and test the tuned up gear. We are looking at another unseasonable warm up next week. Hopefully without the rain.

Lit in blue

If you love the nighttime color of the Charles W Cullen bridge at the Indian River inlet then you are in for a treat. Fire Tower 3 was lit up a few days ago and it is blue, just like the bridge. This is the tower at the north bathhouse in Delaware Seashore State park on Del. 1, just below Dewey Beach. It will light up every night at the same time as the bridge.

This is the first step in a long awaited renovation project to restore the tower. Eventually the stairways will be replaced and we will be able to walk to the top. Just lighting up the tower has really put some attention on this project that many did not know was being done.

Cohen Betts tying flies with the guidance of club member Steve Halsted. (Delaware Surf Fishing/Rich King)

Fly ties

At eight years old, Delaware’s youngest fly-tyer has joined the Saltwater Fly Anglers of Delaware. Cohen Betts of Milton joined the club last weekend at one of their annual fly tie meets at Lewes Harbor Marina.

You may recognize Cohen from the 2018 Delaware Fishing Guide, he is the young man on the cover with a huge smile, holding a striped bass.

Said his father Chad, “That picture of him on the guide’s cover was the day we were bailing striped bass one after another on a couple of flies he tied up. Everyone near us wasn’t catching anything and were dieing to know what he was using. Last year, I brought Cohen to the fly tying meetings you told us about, just to check it out, and Cohen was hooked. Now when his feet hit the floor in the morning, he is at his fly-tying

Flies that Cohen Betts has tied and uses to catch fish. (Delaware Surf Fishing/Rich King)

table in his room. He is making his own flies, poppers and making plugs out of corks. If he isn’t tying flies, he wants to go fish with them. This year his aunt gave him a lure making kit uses coins to make the body of the lure. it is really easy to use and he has made some really cool lures that catch fish. The other day we found a few lures, this hula popper had a messed up tail hook, he tied up a new one and now it is good to go. Recently we have been fishing our local ponds and the Broadkill River for bass and crappie.”


Registration is now available for the first annual Chillaware Island Spring Surf Fishing Tournament. Just go the Delaware Surf Fishing website and get signed up, There is an option this year for T shirt. Registration is only thirty dollars for a chance to win eight hundred dollars. The skating rink and dog pound calcuttas are available. The Chillaware Island Surf Fishing tournaments will be a series throughout the year. We will have at least three tournaments for 2018.

Spring is coming and everyone wishes it would just get here already. Remeber to be careful what you wish for because once it gets here we won’t want it to end.

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

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