Water temperatures have been slowly rising with warmer days and nights, and flounder action has improved in the Lewes Canal. Anglers reported fair numbers of keeper flatties while using minnows, shiners, smelt and herring. The Berkely Gulp! artificials have proven effective as well. Young fisherman Ronin Max used a minnow on a green jighead to tempt a 21 inch 3.5 pounder from the Canal on Monday. Rebecca West weighed in a 5.33 pound flatfish she pulled in using cut herring. Remember the annual Lewes Harbour Canal Flounder Tournament Friday May 20.
Folks fishing the rails at Cape Henlopen pier had flounder at night on Speck Rigs and other small jigs tipped with cut bait. Bluefish and stripers were also caught from the pier. Shore casters at Roosevelt Inlet hooked bluefish, stripers and flounder as well. Stripers were reported too from Broadkill Beach by guys employing bloodworms and cut bunker and herring. Will Wiedmann was surprised when a 14 pound black drum grabbed the chunk of herring he was using to try and catch stripers on Broadkill Monday. Commercial netters have been getting numerous drum in Broadkill Slough, so boat fishermen should have success on the Coral Beds soon. Wind has been a problem for boaters most days, but when crews were able to get out to the reef sites, they found tautog cooperative. Last Saturday, Captain Brent's toggers on Katy Did returned with a limit of nice blackfish. The Angler headboat also had a good catch Saturday. Captain Chet's group on the Lil' Angler limited out on Monday. Tyler and Austin Brown were on board, and scored citation tog of 7.14 and 7.3 pounds on their first Delaware Bay tautog trip. Captain Pete's patrons had a limit aboard Top Fin Tuesday. Ok Chiu Kim boated a 9.88 pound bruiser.
In addition togging has been good along the Inner and Outer Walls. Bob Murphy and Edwin Maxwell culled a limit of quality tog from many they caught at the Inner Wall Monday, including Max's 8.26 pound citation winner. Striped bass continue to be caught along the Ocean beaches. Bert Long brought in a 19 pound rock using bunker in the surf at Herring Point. Jack Austin beached a 28.6 pound bass with bunker at Conquest Road. Jack said he released some large smooth dogfish, and a couple pretty good sized brown sharks.