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Fishing Report

 

Oct 5, 2018 Report

Lewes Harbour Marina - Friday, October 05, 2018

The temperatures have cooled down a bit, and the fishing seems to be getting better with each day. The Delaware bay is showing some small signs of life with catches of citation sheepshead, triggers and black drum being caught on sand fleas and clam. Small bluefish are still plentiful in the bay as well. Some keeper sea trout have been caught up in the bay as well.

The surf fishing is beginning to get a little better with snapper blues, kingfish, some pompano and some decent size stripers. The mullet are still hanging out and keeping the fish biting. Hopefully, this cool spell will cool the waters enough togged the menhaden migration moving and then the big stripers to follow. And with some extra luck we can get the big bluefish to come in as well. We are very optimistic about the fall fishing season this year.

Boats traveling out to do some inshore runs have had very good luck finding the black sea bass, flounder and even mahi-mahi still, even after the storm. The sea bass and flounder fishing seems to be steady and on the rise. We have seen some very nice founder and sea bass brought to the table from the local chartered head boats.

Tautog season is open, and has been since July 1st of this year.Though the waters were and still are a little warm to catch the big ones, I’m sure if you put the time in, you could catch some keeper tog. LHM sponsors a Tautog tournament annually, it is now going on. The fees are, $5 per day per angler, or $30 for the entire month. All fees are cash only, and you can register every day at the shop.

We have fresh mullet and sand fleas being delivered fresh every morning. We also have green crabs, asian box crabs, and fresh clams. Not to mention a full line of bait for whatever fishing you are planning on doing. Stop in and see us for all your fishing and boating needs. Stay tuned for info on LHM’s annual striper tournament coming in November.

Until next week everyone, Tightlines, Tommy Serbin.

Sept 24, 2018 Report

Lewes Harbour Marina - Monday, September 24, 2018

It's been a while since anyone has been able to get a good day of fishing in, but some of the local charter and head boats have been out in the last couple of days. Although the conditions have not been the greatest they came back to the dock with decent catches of trigger fish, flounder, sea bass, and sheepshead. If you venture up into the Delaware bay and find some good structure on the bottom you will find some trigger fish and sheepshead. Anglers have also pulled up some nice puppy black drum along with some kingfish and even a weakfish or two.

The surf action is starting to pick up a little bit with snapper blues, seal stripers and even some rumors of pompano being pulled out of the suds. I have spoken to a few surf anglers that frequent the point at Cape Henlopen and they are reporting that the bluefish are there and ion good numbers. Hopefully, the fall will produce some striper action and some bog bluefish. There are still a lot of baitfish in the area. This is a good sign of things to come, we hope they hang around and get the big fish to come and snack for a while this fall.

We are still open 7 days a week, so stop by and get all your bait and tackle needs before you take to the water to catch the fish of a lifetime. We have fresh bait in stock and are always getting fresh bait every couple of days. And don't forget that we have an extensive selection of terminal tackle, rods and reels. Also, we have cold drinks, snacks, ice and bug spray or sun tan lotion. If you forgot your rain gear or your sweatshirt when you left the house, no worries we have plenty in stock for you to choose from, stop by and see us.

Tightines everyone, Tommy Serbin

Aug 28, 2018 Report

Lewes Harbour Marina - Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Any angler knows right now that the fishing is slow, but if you are willing to put the time in and possibly cover a lot of ocean or bay, you will find fish. The water temperature is not doing us any favors at all. These next couple of days aside, I am hoping that the waters cool down some so the bite will turn back on.

The inshore bite is starting to get good with Mahi-mahi coming in very close in large numbers. There are rumors that some have been spotted and caught at site 11. I'm hearing reports that the dolphin are all over the place from the lightship to the lobster balls, and like i just said even reports from site 11. The flounder have been hiding on some deep-water structure and we have seen some big ones coming in the last couple of days. They aren't being caught in great numbers but being caught just the same. The sea bass action seems to be picking up for the boats willing to go deep. Some really big sea bass have been scooped up by the local charter boats and local head boats as well.

The offshore reports are mainly coming in about white and blue marlin. They are plentiful and seem to be just about everywhere. Some anglers are going after wahoo right now as well, I haven't seen any hit our dock yet but I'm pretty sure it’s just a matter of time before the heavy hitters start hooking up on the toothy critters. Some yellowfin tuna have still been mixed in, but not like it was a couple of weeks ago. Seems that the tuna have headed north in search of cooler waters to feed.

The Delaware Bay is still producing some croakers, kingfish and now snapper blues. Some flounder have been pulled off the reef sites but not like in years past, but there aren't many places producing fish like the old days be it ocean waters or up in the bay. But then again if it was called catching everyone would be doing it. Take your time, cover as much ground as possible, be patient, and it will more than likely payoff for you. Well till next Monday, stay cool, enjoy what’s left of the summer and Tightlines, Tommy Serbin.

Aug 20, 2018 Report

Lewes Harbour Marina - Monday, August 20, 2018

The fishing has been slow. I don't know if it is the heat that is causing the bite to slow up or the weather, either way it has not been on fire. There are fish to be caught, but they are mostly out on the wrecks and sites in the ocean. Finding the flounder bite has proved to be an undertaking in itself. The flounder are there, its’ just not a steady bite from day to day, as a lot of anglers have found out in the last week or so.

The Paradise Grill Flounder Pounder open was held last week and the anglers that were fishing that tournament were definitely tested by the fish gods in order to catch up some scale worthy fish. Again, it went very slow for a lot of the boats, not many big fish were hungry at all. Hopefully within the next coming days and weeks, we will get some cooler weather and rain free days so all the fishing can return to normal.

The Charter boats and local head boats heading up the Delaware Bay are having good luck with small croakers, some small snapper blues and the occasional flounder. Some anglers have been lucky enough to bag a few keeper sea trout. Every now and then a trigger fish shows up on one of the reef sites. The bait fish are still hanging around which would mean we should have a decent fall fishing season for stripers, keep your fingers crossed.

The offshore tuna bite has fizzled out, but the white marlin have certainly been showing up in good numbers. Some mahi-mahi are still giving up a good fight and are still around to be caught. Some yellowfins have also been mixed in from time to time. Most of the tuna are headed north in search of cooler waters to feed in, hopefully in the early fall they will come back and hang out for a decent fall offshore season.

We have an “end of the season” sale on apparel, and some selected rod & reel combinations for those of you looking for a great deal. Stop by and check out our selection of T-shirts, Oofos, shimano shoes and extra tuff deck boots. We carry an extensive line of terminal tackle, offshore lures, rods and reels. Some of the major brands we have in stock are Penn, Shimano, Diawa, Seigler reels, and a large selection of offshore rod & reel combos ready to go…

Tightlines everyone, Tommy Serbin…

Aug 9, 2018 Report

Lewes Harbour Marina - Thursday, August 09, 2018

The wind should not be a factor this week….by all reports that I have seen it should be a good fishing week both inshore and offshore. This is what we have all been waiting for, a week without wind. The White Marlin Open kicked off today, hopefully we will have a waiting line at the scales this afternoon. There have been a good amount of good sized White marlin caught and released over the last 2 weeks. Good luck to all the boats and anglers in the tournament.

The flounder bite is starting to get better, and with the weather this week it should get better. Sites 10,11 and the old grounds have started to show better signs of life as far as the flounder fishing goes. The Delaware bay has turned up some fatties on the reef sites, but still not red hot. The kingfish, small bluefish, and sea trout along with some big sea robins being caught as well.

Catch and release shark fishing is still doing very well in the area, the sand tigers, duskies, and brown sharks will put up one heck of a fight. Most of our local charters do offer half/full day catch and release shark trips for the whole family.

Slot stripers in the canal are still biting everyday. We are seeing our share of keepers coming in everyday. They are being caught at Roosevelt inlet and in the Broadkill river as well as the canal by the drawbridge. Eels and bloodworms are working as well as soft swim baits.

Stop by and check out our selection of fishing tackle, rods, reels and an extensive selection of bait including offshore baits, inshore baits and bait for the back bay fishing. We also have a great apparel line up as well, from Salt Life, David Dunleavy, Huk, Guy Harvey and our own line of LHM T-shirts. We also carry Grundens foul weather gear. We are prepared to help you with all of your boating and fishing needs, stop by and see us.

The offshore bite is still doing well on the inshore lumps, chunking seems to be the working method now. We have butterfish, sardines and ballyhoo to round out your needs for offshore bait. We also carry all the terminal tackle and leader that you might need for your offshore trip.

Have a great week fishing everyone, Tightlines until next Monday. Tommy Serbin.

 

Aug 2, 2018 Report

Lewes Harbour Marina - Thursday, August 02, 2018

The fishing has been good, and by good I mean slow but steady. The flounder bite has picked up a little on the inshore wrecks and we are hearing the old grounds are producing some nice size flounder. The weather once again is not working in anglers favor. If you are lucky enough to be going on one of the good days, it usually works out well.

The Lewes-Rehoboth canal is still showing signs of life with flounder, spot, croaker and slot stripers. The slot stripers are still around, but as the water warms up, normally they get harder to catch. The anglers chasing the stripers are still having good luck. They are using eels, bloodworms and some soft plastics. Good size spot and croakers are being caught in the canal as well. The fish bites bloodworm flavor seems to be working well along with the normal fresh bloodworms. The flounder bite is still there, some big flounder have been caught on flashy top and bottom rigs, tipped with gulp, strip baits and/or minnows.

The offshore bite continues to be surprisingly good even with the weather bing not so good. The trolling bite seems to be slow but steady. Boats are chunking as well and have had good catches on the chunk bite. The 12 fathom lumps, and outside massey’s are still holding some big bluefin, yellowfin tuna plus white marlin. The dolphin action is still good around the lobster balls as well as at “DB” buoy. We are hearing the white marlin have good size to them, which will make for an interesting White Marlin Open if the fish decide to hang around.

Crabbing seems to be getting hotter in Rehoboth bay, all of the usual areas like love creek, mulberry knoll, and right in front of the country club. Crabs are heavy and clean. As the summer goes on and the temps go up, the crabbing should get better. Crabbers are not having any problems getting a full bushel in no time at all. Crabbing is the best way to spend the day with the family and have some fun. We have all your crabbing gear needs at the shop, stop in and take a look. We have Maryland style pots in half and full sizes. We also carry topless traps and metal and cloth hoop style nets. We also carry chicken necks and bunker. For the serious crabbers we also have full flats of bunker for sale. Please remember to take a kid fishing….

Tightlines everyone, Tommy Serbin.

July 24, 2018 Report

Lewes Harbour Marina - Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Once again mother nature decides to test our patience with wind and rain. The next couple of days do not look to be favorable. Hopefully anglers can sneak in a few hours of fishing in between the gusts of wind and the pop-up showers. The canal is still producing good numbers of flounder, although you will need to still deal with shorts in order to catch a good one. Some croaker have started to show up in the canal. We are hearing some of them have been up to 10”. The slot stripers are still around, remember the slot size is 20” to 25” in order to keep them. The soft plastics as well as good ole fashioned eels seem to be doing the trick.

At the outer wall and the ice breakers there are trigger fish and sheepshead waiting for the brave anglers to hook up and catch em up….. there are some croaker and sea trout as well.

The catch and release shark fishing is still going very well in the Delaware bay as well as by the walls and ice breakers.

The offshore bite was good before the blow. Bluefin, yellowfin tuna as well as dolphin have been caught at the inshore lumps. Massey’s, the hotdog, and the hambone have turned up decent catches when the fish were chomping. We are also getting reports that B-buoy has seen some flounder being caught there as well as dolphin. The old grounds have been producing some nice flounder catches when the weather permits boats to get out there.

Stop by and see us at the shop and check out our amazing selection of rods, reels, tackle, and clothing. We also carry cold drinks, ice, sun tan lotion, and a variety of gifts for men, women and children.

Tight lines everyone, Tommy Serbin.

July 18, 2018 Report

Lewes Harbour Marina - Wednesday, July 18, 2018

The fishing has slowed up a bit, for whatever reason, be it moon phases, storms off coast out at sea, water getting too warm. We cannot predict what mother nature is going to throw at us, we can only prepare for what we think is going to happen. The bay is showing small signs of life with croaker, small blues, and some keeper sea trout. The Cape Henlopen Pier is producing some bigger croaker, some keeper flounder and even some spot.

The flounder are still being picked at in the Lewes canal with flashy chartreuse rigs with gulp and strip bait or minnows. Some keeper slot stripers are still being caught with eels and soft plastics with jig heads as well. Some bigger croakers have also been caught off the local docks.

Shark fishing in the Delaware bay is still happening, the local charter boats that are targeting the big sharks are reporting decent numbers and catching some big sharks. If you want to go shark fishing come down to the dock and line up a trip with one of our local charter boats. This is catch and release on the sharks, none of the sharks are being harvested.

The inshore bottom fishing is to say the least, slow going. The flounder are slowly making their way to all of the usual spots but it’s not as hot as it usually is at this time of year. Boats are having to make long runs and hitting a lot of spots to get some fish on board. But, that’s why they call it fishing and not catching. Trigger fish and sheepshead can be caught at the outer and inner walls with sand fleas and clam.

The offshore bite is going well with some tuna and dolphin being caught. The marlin action is picking up, both white and blue marlin. Tuna are also being caught chunking on the inshore lumps. Some boats have also had good luck trying in the deep for tile fish, golden, grays and blue line have been caught by those lucky anglers.

On these hot days stop by and grab some cold drinks and ice, suntan lotion and some snacks for your adventure on the water.

We have a full line of brand new Seigler reels in stock. These reels are 100% made in America, with a lifetime warranty on pets and labor. We have Shimano, Diawa, Penn, and Avet reels in stock as well. Stop by the shop and check out the sale racks we have set up, rods and reels set up and ready to fish from inexpensive to top of line inshore offshore, and surf/jetty rods. We have everything you need to complete your fishing trip. We also have a wide variety of T-shirts, 2018 White Marlin Open shirts and Slat Life apparel and stickers.

July 10, 2018 Report

Lewes Harbour Marina - Tuesday, July 10, 2018

The fishing around the peninsula is slow but steady. Flounder are still keeping anglers busy in the lewes canal, some big fish are being caught but anglers are having to weed through shorts for a keeper. Good news is the keepers are of better than average size in upwards of 22”-23”.The slot stripers are also keeping anglers busy in the canal as well as the creeks and ditches in the backwaters.The baits haven't changed for the flounder, flashy top and bottom rigs tipped with gulp and long strip baits.

The delaware bay is still producing some croaker, kingfish, and small snapper blues. Anglers have also got lucky with some keeper sea trout. The sharks are still being caught with mackerel, bunker, and bunker chum. We have shark rigs already tied up and ready to go.

The offshore bite has slowed up a bit, but the boats are still coming across some yellowfin and big eye tuna. Mahi-Mahi are still pretty much all over the place. Anglers that have been trying their luck with tile fish have been reeling some big tile fish from deep water, along with some ling cod and rose fish. We still haven't heard anything about a hot chunk bite, but that doesn't mean anglers aren't getting any bites one the chunk.

Stop by and see our wide selection of apparel from Salt Life, Huk, and David Dunleavy. We also carry a wide range of fishing rods, reels and tackle. Everything from inshore to offshore, jetty, surf, backwater baits and tackle. We carry Shimano, Diawa, Penn and Seigler reels. We also carry Diawa, Shimano, Penn, Tica and Tommy Farmers Carolina Cast Pro surf rods. Stop by and check out our selection.

Tight lines everyone, Tommy Serbin.

July 3, 2018 Report

Lewes Harbour Marina - Tuesday, July 03, 2018

One thing is for sure, we went straight from winter directly to the dog days of summer. The beach weather is awesome, but no wind on the water can make for a long trip. The fish have been testing everyone’s patience, but the anglers have not given in to the stealthy, wise, and often elusive fish. Flounder are still being caught in the canal here in Lewes. Today alone I have already seen 8-10 good size keepers come to our table. The baits have not changed, chartreuse, glow, and pearl white gulp are still doing their job. Along with squid, minnows, and strip baits. Do yourself a favor and don't pass up the canal while you are out fishing.

The striper slot opened yesterday, it runs from July 1st to Aug 31st 2018. The slot size of 20”-25” to keep them. The draw bridge area on the canal has turned up some good-sized fish, we have live eels and tomorrow the bloodworms will be here. Stop by and grab some fresh bait and some cool rinks and snacks on your way to catch up some of those linesiders.

The offshore bite is still going good from the tea cup, to the poor mans and up to the Baltimore canyons. The yellowfins, mahi, and some scattered blue fins are keeping the deep water anglers on a constant vigil. Trolling seems to be working, I know that some anglers are also taking baits along in case the chunk bite starts up. We haven't heard of any boats that are strictly chunking, but I'm sure it will be any day now. We have all of your offshore bait needs. Butterfish, sardines, chum, Ballyhoos, mullet, squids just about anything you may need.

Remember in this heat, drink plenty of fluids, stay out of the sun as much as possible and remember ton apply, then re-apply sun screen several times a day. We have sunscreen and ice, cold drinks and snacks. We also have UV protectant shirts and hats. Everyone, have a safe and glorious 4th of July.

The local charter boats are having success up in the bay with trips going after sharks. We have info on all the local charter boats at our shop stop in and grab some brochures. Most of the local boats are located in slips along the dock in front of the shop. They are also coming across some sea trout, puffer fish, king fish and the occasional flounder. All the charter boats have an add-board in front of their slips with all the info for you to book your next fishing adventure.

Have a great week, Tightlines everyone, Tommy Serbin.



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