The Delaware Fishing Report offers information on when to fish, where to fish, which species are biting, and how to catch them. It is written weekly by veteran Delaware angler Eric Burnley, Sr.
The Delaware Bay continues to provide decent fishing from boats and from shore. While no one is setting the world on fire, most anglers that put in their time are catching some fish.
In the Upper Bay it remains white perch and catfish according to Patty at Captain Bones. The tidal creeks and rivers as well as the shoreline from Augustine Beach down to the fishing pier at Woodland Beach have all seen good fishing. Bloodworms or Fish Bites have been the top baits for the white perch while cut bunker or chicken flavored with garlic salt works for the catfish.
Steve at Smith Bait said a few trout were caught at the Crossover Ledge on soft crab at dusk. Rockfish in the 28 to 35-inch slot were also in the mix at the same location also on soft crab. The local tidal creeks and rivers hold white perch and catfish.
Dan at Dan’s Tackle said bluefish were still being caught out of the Broadkill River on cut bait and bucktails. This seems a bit late in the season for these 28 to 30-inch class blues to still be hanging out in the river, but nevertheless, they are still here.
Flounder are also in the river and the Lewes and Rehoboth Canal. Some folks catch a limit, while others don’t catch anything.
Boats running out of Lewes Harbour Marina are catching spot, croaker and kings over reef sites in the bay. The fishing is consistent if not red hot.
The Inner and Outer walls and the Ice Breakers are beginning to produce a few sheepshead on sand fleas. Triggers and spadefish should be along shortly.
Old Inlet Bait and Tackle told us the sheepshead are beginning to show up at the inlet and will take sand fleas. Last week, due to the weather, fresh sand fleas were not available and the sheepshead took frozen ones.
Still the occasional blue and rockfish caught during incoming water. Metal for the blues with the ever-popular white bucktail and white worm for the rockfish.
Flounder fishing at the Old Grounds is still on the slow side. A few keeper sea bass have been caught along with the flounder. I keep saying the flounder fishing will improve and sooner or later I will be right.
We are seeing some good catches of yellowfin tuna coming to the docks. The captains are reporting catching plenty of short fish to cull out a half-dozen keepers. The occasional dolphin finds its way into the box.
I did see more trucks and trailers at Sussex ponds this week. There was also more activity at the fishing piers. Perhaps that has something to do with school being out.
Two recent boat accidents, one here and one in Florida, emphasize the importance of maintaining a constant lookout.
The local accident happened when the operator ran his boat under a dock resulting in the serious injury of two young people, who he was towing behind the boat.
The accident in Florida was much more serious. Two boats collided resulting in the deaths of two people.
I think it is pretty obvious that in both cases a lookout was not on station. Of course, there wasn’t. These were people out having a fun-filled time on the water. Having an accident was the furthest thing from their mind.
Unfortunately, when you are operating a boat, having an accident must be the first thing on your mind. Want to see chaos on the water? Go along the sand bars in Rehoboth Bay this Saturday or Sunday. There will be hundreds of boats and not a care in the world among them. Just be sure you maintain a constant lookout.
Eric Burnley, Sr. is a native Delawarean who has fished local waters for more than 60 years. Eric Burnley has been a full-time outdoor writer since 1978, with articles appearing in most national magazines and many regional publications. He has written three books: Surf Fishing the Atlantic Coast, The Ultimate Guide to Catching Striped Bass and Fishing Saltwater Baits.