Fish have become active in shallow water along Broadkill Beach over the past few days, and surf casters reported catches of Stripers and Black Drum. George Sharp stopped by the shop for bloodworms this morning and was back a couple hours later with a pretty 17.3 pound striper that fell for the bloods. George said he saw other stripers pulled from the wash at Broadkill as well. Mike Dittmann weighed in an 18 pound black drum that ate a clam at Beach Plum Island yesterday. Surf fishermen caught quite a few black drum along Broadkill Beach last spring, so maybe the bite will happen again this season. It's likely the first trout will be hooked by Broadkill surf casters soon. Anglers fishing the Ocean beach have had mostly skates and sharks, with an occasional rockfish. Bert Long released a 21 incher that bit a clam at Herring Point yesterday. Bert also beached an 18 pound black drum there. Lower Bay boaters haven't done much with stripers, but bass were taken in the northern section. Wayne Wilson reported crews anchored near 6L Buoy off Collins Beach got into good sized rockfish. Fresh bunker was the ticket. Tautog catching was good over the past week. Ocean Reef Sites 9 and 10 had been yielding tog, but blackfish began biting along the Inner and Outer Walls as water temps slowly rose into the 50's. Captain Brent on Katydid Brent ran tog trips Saturday, Sunday and Wednesday, all resulting in in limits of chunky tog to 7 pounds. Patrons on the Angler had good tautog action with Captain Don Saturday. Dick Yohe and family joined Captain Carey aboard Grizzly for a great outing Sunday. The group scored their limit of hefty tog, including an 8.5 pound citation winner for Adam Yohe. Flounder have been taken from Indian River Bay, and should start cooperating soon in shallow water around the Cape Henlopen Pier, and in Lewes Canal. Brett Jackson managed a keeper fluke in Broadkill River near Oyster Rocks. River fishermen also found white perch, catfish and small stripers while baiting with bloodworms. Petersfield Ditch was a good spot for perch. The annual Lewes Canal Flounder Tournament takes place Friday May 17th. Anglers may fish from boats or kayaks from 7am to 3pm within the confines of Lewes Canal, Roosevelt Inlet and Broadkill River. Entry fee is $25 per entrant, to be paid in cash before the Tournament at Lewes Harbour Marina. Five dollars of each entry will be donated to the Camp Awareness youth program.
Stripers And Drum In The Bay Surf
Lewes Harbour Marina - 4/18/2013 12:00:00 AM