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Stripers South

Lewes Harbour Marina - 12/15/2014 12:00:00 AM

The wind started blowing last weekend, and didn't let up until yesterday. Just when striped bass finally made a strong showing off the Delaware Coast, another stretch of blustery weather set in, and hardly any anglers made it out all week. A few rockfish were reported by crews trolling between Cape May and Fenwick the past couple days, but boaters to the south found plenty of bass on the Gull Banks off Ocean City, especially early and late in the day. Often, rockfish were outside the Three Mile Line, but pods of bunkers inshore of the boundary attracted stripers within the legal zone too. Maryland DNR and the Coast Guard patrolled actively to keep bassers honest. Trolling Mojos, tandem parachutes, Crippled Alewive spoons and Stretch, Bomber and Rapala plugs produced bites. Some crews utilized planer boards to get offerings away from the boat when bass proved finicky. Andrea Monetti managed a 17.3 pound linesider, and Matt Simeone scored a 19.8 pounder while trolling Mojos off Ocean City Sunday aboard Katydid. There may still be some straggler stripers passing by our shores, but it seems the bulk of migrators may have sneaked by when nobody could get to them, pushed through by stiff northerly breezes. Water temps are in the low 40s, and tautog action has been pretty good at Reef Site 10, when boats can get there. Nice blackfish were pulled from the rubble by toggers using green crab baits. Sea bass should be available at Del Jersey Land until the season shuts down December 31st.

It's About Time!

Lewes Harbour Marina - 12/8/2014 12:00:00 AM

Finally, some striped bass fishing worth talking about. Now, weather is the issue, and strong winds all week will keep boaters from getting to the fish that are here. Hopefully those fish won't blow through while everybody's tied to the dock. Striper action this past week was the best of the season yet. Bass made appearances at the Bay mouth, and staged for short periods on Overfalls and at The Eights, but many were shy of legal size, and they weren't caught with any regularity. John Joe Kabino trolled Bomber plugs at Overfalls Monday for 12 short stripers and one keeper. On his next trip to the area, he didn't catch any. Mark Muzzleman, Brian Tinsley and Tom Howard trolled Stretch 25s at Overfalls Wednesday for 3 good keepers. Todd Diener and Rick Lawson checked in a nice pair of rockfish they caught trolling parachutes and Stretch 30s at 8B Buoy Saturday. Structure across the mouth of the Bay entrance yielded bass off and on to trollers and guys drifting eels or spot through the week, but the most reliable and productive fishing took place in the Ocean. Crews had stripers as far up the beach as Sea Isle City, and on down to Fenwick Island. Boaters reported schools of bunker scattered along the coast from one to three miles off, with gannets, and sometimes even whales working over the groups of baitfish. Migratory striped bass keyed in on the menhaden movement, and boaters who found the bait, often found feeding bass. Last Sunday, Joe Celano and Sean Nowell trolled Stretch 25 plugs off Sea Colony for a 26.5 pound striper, a big blue and three flounder to 3.5 pounds. Captain Pete on Top Fin encountered stripers on the way in from a tog trip Monday, and his guys bucktailed 3 bass to 28 pounds to top off their limit of tautog. Captain Carey on the Grizzly also found foraging rockfish on the way home from his Monday wreck trip, and his anglers added their limit of 12 linesiders to the limit of blackfish already in the box. Captain Brent on Katydid came across stripers inshore of Reef 9 as well while returning from his bottom bouncing charter Monday, and his patrons capped off their limit of tautog with 4 quality rock to 25 pounds. Captain Tom and his crew on High Hook trolled Mojos 2.5 miles off Indian River Monday to put 9 big bass to 29 pounds in the boat. Butch Warrington and Charlie Ruggiero pulled tandem parachutes off Cape May Monday afternoon for 3 hefty keepers. Greg Davis got his personal best bass off Bethany Wednesday, a 27.2 pounder that ate a trolled red head Stretch 30. Captain Pete Haines deployed a bucktail to tempt a 28.7 pound linesider aboard his Top Fin Wednesday. Ziggy Zigman and his buddies trolled Stretches south of Indian River Wednesday for 5 rock to 21.3 pounds on the Fish Hawk. Dave and Joe Walker and Robert Karpovich towed Rapala plugs between Rehoboth and Indian River Wednesday to connect with 5 stout stripers and a big blue. Captain Brian's bassers on Lil' Angler II connected with 8 fine rock while trolling Mojos and tandems off Indian River Wednesday. Trolling Mojos off Sea Colony Wednesday produced a pair of 25 pounders for Dave Lynam. Kenny Derr decked a 30.75 pounder while pulling white Mojos south of Indian River. On Friday, Captain JW ran around the corner up to Wildwood to troll up 5 hefty stripers for his group aboard Miss Caroline. Captain Brent trolled off Rehoboth Friday to put 5 bass to 25 pounds in the box on Katydid. Captain Brian on Lil' Angler II was dialed in on rockfish Friday, and trolled up 13 keepers off Indian River using Mojos and tandems. Captain Ted trolled in front of Dewey Beach Friday to capture 7 nice bass aboard the Indian. The largest was Mac McNaught's 33.5 pound lunker. John Hazzard, Johnny Mancuso and Lee Abel fished Friday afternoon for 5 rock to 20 plus pounds while pulling plugs off Dewey. Blake Reed, Kevin Parker, Henry and Josh Sharp and Matt Millman headed up to Wildwood Saturday morning, and trolled Mojos and tandem parachutes to ice their 10 fish limit, most between 20 and 26 pounds. They released 5 others, and were still back at the dock by lunch time. Ralph and Ryan Short towed Mojos and Bomber plugs off North Shores Saturday for their four bass to 25 pounds. Dave Haldeman and his crew used tandem parachutes off Rehoboth to take 6 fine rockfish. In addition to striped bass, area anglers also had success with sea bass and slippery bass. The Falgowski family hit Del Jersey Land on Saturday and returned with their limit of 105 plump blueheads. Chip Graves, Matt Baker and Adam Lovenguth fished the same region Saturday for a nice batch of bass, plus a bonus big bluefish. Captain Chuck of First Light Charters anchored over an inshore wreck Saturday and put together a catch of 17 keeper tog to 5 pounds for Ryan Glauser and friends. Captain Brent worked structure Saturday aboard Katydid to score his toggers 30 keepers and a lobster...yes, a lobster!