The cooler than normal spring weather continued with plenty of easterly wind hampering anglers and keeping boats tide to the dock. Those that managed to get out were rewarded with some stellar flounder fishing, particularly for this early in the season. Capt. Brent's anglers on the Katydid returned with limit catches of flatties from a recent trips, working the Old Grounds. Capt. Chris Thurman decked a 5.61 pound fluke over the past week. Capt. Rick Yakimowicz on the headboat Thelma Dale V reported Alicen Sharp had a nice trip with a limit catch, Bob Murphy had several limit catches and citations with one flattie pulling the balance down to 7lbs 9 ounces, Mark Levinrad tallied five consecutive limits on as many trips with a 5.5 pounder, Ron Capone, Dakota Dunno, Ron Schmoyer and Bill Kiefer all landed limit catches of fluke on three consecutive trips. The fact that all these flounder are being caught with less than perfect drift conditions certainly bodes well for the future of the season. Virtually all of the fluke fishing has been in the ocean on the Old Grounds and between DB and DA buoys. While dragging traditional fluke killers with a spinner blade and teaser has accounted for some fish, the bulk of the catching has been by bouncing bucktails with a teaser above along the live bottom and artificial reef structure. Tipping the bucktail with a Gulp! twister or swimming mullet in either six or four inch length has upped the odds of a bite. Using a strip of sea robin can also work well, particularly on the teaser. Drum action has slowed considerably since Memorial Day weekend. Dr. Mark McDaniel landed his first two boomers in fishing with Capt. Jack Rodgers in 22' feet of water on a recent trip but time is certainly almost, if not all the way, up for this year's action. Other Delaware Bay action has been a struggle since Memorial Day. A few kingfish and spike trout have been caught around the reef sites but the big numbers of kingfish seemed to have moved on along with the drum. There are plenty of big, toothy critters around in the all the usual locations. Surf anglers have also landed a few kings, spike trout and croakers on both real and artificial bloodworms fishing the ocean beaches. The big blues are hanging on as well, with a slab of bunker luring some gators in the double digit range in for surfcasters. Some big blues are also still being yanked out of skinny water with the flood tide proving a good time to target the blues in Canary Creek on the marsh side and the Broadkill all the way up to Oyster Rocks. Offshore anglers have been enjoying an epic start to the trolling season for those willing to make the ride to the Washington. Over the past couple days it seems that there is plenty of life closer to home with some a good bite in the Baltimore. Spreader bars have been the hot pull for putting the tuna in the box thus far. The past couple of June's have been simply good for trolling and this season has been the best in recent memory.
Flounder Action Heating Up
Lewes Harbour Marina - 6/17/2016 12:00:00 AM