• 302-645-6227
  • 217 Anglers Rd. Lewes DE 19958

Pounding Flounders

Lewes Harbour Marina - 8/3/2014 12:00:00 AM

Flounder fishing is still the most popular game in town. Delaware Bay reefs yielded fluke, but the bite was limited to tide changes. Flatties bit best at the end of slack water through the first half hour of moving current. Barry Gerhard and his grandson Sam Hazlett had 7 nice keepers to 4.4 pounds at Reef 8 Thursday. Jigging Spro bucktails sweetened with a strip of fresh cut croaker was the key to success. The rest of the Hazlett family hit Site 8 Friday to score another good catch. Ella Hazlett hooked a 4.5 pound flounder, and Melissa Hazlett handled a pair of flatties weighing 4.0 and 4.4 pounds. Elijah Brown boated a 5 pounder while fluking the Bay aboard Lil' Angler II. Sunday started out as a crappy weather day, so Captain Brent left the dock late and decide to stay in the Bay. He ran Katydid to the Brown Shoal reefs, where his anglers put together a 32 fish limit. So, what began bad, ended up good. Ocean flounder seemed to cooperate during more of the tide than those in the Bay. Many flatfish came from Reefs 9, 10 and 11. Word of the good fishing drew quite a crowd of boats at the Sites on fair weather days, so sometimes maneuvering on the structure was tricky. Open bottom of the Old Grounds continued to be productive as well, with spots southeast of DB Buoy and northwest of DA Buoy giving up fluke. Rigs sporting hair teasers baited with squid, shiners, smelt or strips of fresh cut croaker or sea robin were favored offerings. Bucktail jigs sweetened with 5 or 6 inch Gulp! artificials proved deadly for flatties. Captain Pete hosted the gang from Hidden Acres Sawmill Monday aboard Top Fin, and they jigged up a limit of 28 quality keepers at Site 10. Seven of the fish were over 5 pounds. Bill and Charlotte Hughes joined Captain Vince Keagy and Mate Bert Long for their limit of 16 flounder from Site 10 Tuesday on Miss Kirstin. John Lymaster checked in a 5.32 pounder he landed aboard Martha Marie. Captain Brent's Tuesday crew on Katydid returned with a boat limit of flatties. Bent took big fish of the day with a 7.73 pound doormat he caught from up top on the bridge. Wednesday's regulars on Katydid rounded up their limit of 40 keepers while drifting Ocean structure. Lou Pennella and Chris Vann each caught 7 pounders. Larry and Joe Coyle, along with Tyler Brown took their limit of flatfish Wednesday at Site 10. Joe landed the heaviest, weighing 6.37 pounds. Bill Hughes fished again Wednesday on Miss Kirstin and boated a 5.4 pound fluke. Wayne DeMarco, Joe Pergeorelis, Josh Wilkers and Doug Mickowski worked the Old Grounds Wednesday for their limit of flounder. Dave Walker took Matt Shoup, Amy and Patrick Conroy, and Clara Hollingsworth to Site 10 Wednesday to capture and bring back 20 flat ones. On Thursday, local flukers aboard Katydid put 28 keepers in the box, including John Gudknecht's 5.4 pounder. Katydid was back over Ocean reef rubble Friday, and returned with a full limit of 36 fluke to 4 plus pounds. Bill Hughes fished again Friday on Miss Kirstin for his limit that included specimens of 4.3 and 4.4 pounds. Captain Carey said fishermen aboard the Grizzly limited out with 24 flounder Friday at the Old Grounds, and were back at the dock early. In addition to flounder, bottom bouncers connected with plenty of croakers in Delaware Bay. Reef sites 5 and 8 and the edge of The Anchorage near G Buoy held hardheads. Kingfish, spike trout, puffers and sanpper blues were mixed in on reef structure. Croakers and big spot were also caught in Lewes Canal, Roosevelt Inlet, and in Broadkill River all the way up past Oyster Rocks. Rockfish roamed the Canal too. Slot stripers were caught around the drawbridge using pencil eels. Boaters working the rocks of the Outer Wall and Ice Breakers had some tog, triggerfish, sheepshead and spadefish. Rodney Shoemaker and "Booker" Bookwalter kept 9 chunky blackfish at the Wall Friday. Booker battled a citation tautog weighing 7.44 pounds. Bob Meyers tempted a 3 pound trigger from the Outer Wall with sandfleas. Offshore anglers encountered yellowfins,longfins and billfish in the Wilmington. Charlie Horning on the Fish Whistle trolled Wilmington's East Notch Tuesday evening, pulling ballyhoo skirted with Joe Shute lures, and landed 4 bigeyes. The crew laid over and went one for two on eyeballs at first light Wednesday. Back at the scales, the tuna ranged between 137 and 194 pounds. Inshore trollers found some pretty decent dolphin and a few white marlin at the Hot Dog. Nick Strait and Ethan Davis decked mahis of 15 and 18 pounds at the Dog aboard Chasin' Tail.