Holy Cow! We checked in a bunch of bass between 30 and 50 pounds over the past few days. Stripers finally spread out over traditional spots across the mouth of Delaware Bay, and were taken both by trolling and drifting eels. Fish were found on Prissy Wicks, Overfalls, at The Eight Buoys Triangle, in The Valley and near #6 Buoy. Boaters also cruised just inside the Three Mile Line across the edge of the Bay, looking for birds, bunkers and whales, signaling the presence of rockfish. Favored and effective trolled offerings included Stretch and Bomber plugs, Mojos and tandem parachutes, bucktails, spoons and 9ER'S Umbrella Rigs. A chunk bite developed on the Jersey side too. Seems the concentration of big stripers in the area could be the edge of the migratory body that usually passes through the region in early November. With warm temps and an abundance of bait, fish were in no hurry to move, and just crept at a slow pace southward along the New Jersey Coast. The fish in this area now are at least a month behind schedule. The most impressive striper brought in was a 51.9 pound lunker landed by Storm Ockels, while trolling a white tandem off Cape May. The 48 1/4 incher had a massive 30 inch girth, and was just shy of Ben Smith's 52 pound DE State Record fish caught in 2012. Other noteworthy rockfish included a 48.4 pounder for Dew Mayhall, a 44.3 by Patrick Staggs, Mike McCauley's 42.7 pounder, a 42.5 pound bass for Matt Amber, Dylan Baker's 41.9 pound trophy, a 41.3 rock for Dave Houck, Matt King's 41.2 pound citation earner, a 40.3 pound bass for Collin Birl, and Lee Abel's 40.2 pounder. Jay Leibforth landed a 39.5 pound linesider, Taylor Deemer decked a 39.1 pounder, and Sean Kane captured one weighing 39 pounds. Andrew Schneider bucktailed a 38 pound bass, Michael Jablonski muscled in a 37.6 pound rock, Burton Moore managed a 37.8, Captain Brian Wazlavek boated a 35.1 pounder, Richard Laing reeled in a 34.5 pound rockfish, Matt Jester trolled up a 34.4, Jesse Billings bested a 34.2 pound bass, Drew Schelling scored stripers weighing 32.3 and 30.6 pounds, and Otto Evans got a 32.1 pound fish. Wayne Demarco wound in a 31.3 pound striper, David Hoke had a 30.6, Bill Zolper boated a 30.3 pounder, and Roger Miersch reeled in rock weighing an even 30 pounds. Stripers were located on the lumps off Bethany Beach Sunday morning, and boaters had some good fish while trolling the usual assortment of plugs and parachutes there. Bottom bouncers did pretty good with tautog on Sites 6 and 7 in Delaware Bay, and at Site 10 in the Ocean. Sea bass action is still happening in Del Jersey Land. Captain Brian on Lil Angler II set up there Saturday, and limited out his party in just three hours. In addition, they boated several big bluefish to over 14 pounds. Captain Brent's guys on Katydid fished deep water structure for their limit of seabass, plus a limit of Blueline Tiles, several blues and some triggerfish. Chip Graves checked in an impressive 4.07 pound sea bass he pulled from some deep rocks aboard the Sea Tiger.
Lewes Harbour Marina - 12/14/2015 12:00:00 AM