After a little stretch of warmer days and nights, flounder catching improved in Lewes Canal. Harry Aiken, John Bister and Ken Williamson drifted Gulp! and shiners in Broadkill River Tuesday, ending up with 7 keepers from 2 to 3 pounds. Michelle Berezansky brought in a pair of 20 inch fluke she pulled from the Canal Tuesday. Last of the incoming and most of the outgoing tides have been productive.
Delaware's flounder season is open from now through October 23rd, with a minimum size limit of 18 inches and a daily limit of 4 fish per person. The annual Lewes Harbour Canal Flounder Tournament is scheduled for Friday May 18th. Entry fee is $25 per angler to be paid in cash at Lewes Harbour Marina before the Tourney. Tautog action bounced back with nicer weather as well. Ocean reefs 9 and 10 continued to produce, but numerous fish also came from the Walls and Ice Breakers. Dr. Jeff Kerner captured a 7.64 pound tog as part of a limit catch aboard Katy Did Friday the 13th. Katy Did was back at the dock early Saturday and Sunday with limits too. Captain Carey on the Grizzly told me his groups had many quality tautog over the weekend. Margaret Fisher decked a 7.5 pounder Saturday. Sunday's toggers scored 3 citations over 7 pounds, including Dick Yohe's 8.75. Captain Pete's regulars on Top Fin enjoyed good togging. He was anchored on structure when I talked with him as this was being written, and he said the bite was on, with some big fish in the box. Rodney, George and Booker stopped by Saturday with a limit of chunky blackfish to 6.4 pounds they took from an Ice Breaker at the end of flood tide. Bob and Andrew brought in a limit of plump tog from the Inner Wall Sunday. In addition to green crabs, we were able to get live sand fleas to offer for tog bait this past week. The warming trend after a mild winter made the mole crabs available sooner than normal.
Stripers have been scarce in the lower Bay, but plenty of rockfish were caught from Port Mahon north. The channel between 4L and 6L Buoys was a hotspot for bunker chunkers. Black drum should begin to cooperate soon in traditional areas like the Coral Beds off Slaughter Beach. We'll be carrying surf clams through the spring, but suggest you reserve bait early in the week.