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Big Ocean Croakers

Lewes Harbour Marina - 8/30/2012 12:00:00 AM

Captain Ricky Yakimowicz said he really got into the big hardheads yesterday. Lower Delaware Bay has held plenty of croakers, but the majority were small, between 8 and 10 inches. However, when Captain Ricky anchored up on some marks northwest of DB Buoy in the Ocean, he was pleasantly surprised when 12 to 17 inch "Cadillacs" started coming over the rail. Ricky fished himself and culled 2 pails full to take home for smoking. He said he was pretty selective, and if the croaks didn't stretch from one side of the bucket to the other, they went back. It seems that flounder are on the move, and places in the Ocean where flounder were found in good numbers last week, held few in recent days. Flatties had gathered in deep water near DA Buoy, which is normally a staging area before their push offshore. Anglers checking out that spot in the past few days had little success. Catching had been pretty decent. Last Friday, Captain Carey hosted the guys from Hazzard Electric aboard the Grizzly. They put 11 keepers in the box and released 43 other flounder. John Pulli checked in a 6.54 pound fluke he took from Reef Site 11. Offshore bottom fishing produced nice specimens. John and Andrew Schneider traveled to the Norfolk Canyon for some deep dropping, and returned with a dozen Blueline Tilefish, plus a pair of Snowy Groupers weighing 13 and 37 pounds. Back in Delaware Bay, some flounder were still lingering around structure. Flatties were found on the Brown Shoal reef sites 6 and 7. Guys fishing close to the rocks of the Outer Wall also had flounder. Flatfish were lying right at the edge of the stonepile, and casting jigs tipped with fresh cut bait or Gulp! was the most effective way to get their attention. Snapper blues continue to provide action for lower Bay boaters. Packs of feeding choppers slashed through schools of shiners on shoals around the Outer Wall during the moving current of either tide. Wheeling and crashing birds usually gave away their presence. Light tackle afficionados had a blast catching the fish while tossing Kastmasters, Gators, Stingsilvers, bucktails and Gotcha Plugs. Trolling Clarkspoons and Tony Acettas on light gear also enticed blues. Bay bottom bouncers continued to connect with hardheads, kingfish, spot, blowfish and trout on dropoffs inside and outside the Outer Wall, and near the Inner Wall and Ferry Jetty. The Star Site and Broadkill Reef also produced. Triggerfish were hanging out on wrecks at the Bay mouth. Striped bass gathered at the junction of Broadkill River and Roosevelt Inlet. Rockfish could be seen at night in the lights of the Coast Guard Station, boiling on balls of silversides. Mac McNaught told of great fun hooking and releasing many 15 to 20 inch linesiders while flyrodding there. Big toothy critters are still prevalent. Captain Brian on the Lil' Angler II had Bret Rankin from Montauk Fishing Gear along for some catch and release sharking. They put Bret's BTR Series reels through their paces on several large sand tigers. Brian was impressed, and said the reels passed with flying colors.