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Old Inlet Bait & Tackle Fishing Report
Updated: August 15th, 2016 @ 2:42pm
Wow! What a hot weekend. Cooled down to a balmy 91 today.
The water is bath tub warm. Fishing has been somewhat slow.
We are getting reports that the croaker fishing is picking up in the Inlet. More keepers in the mix too. Bloodworms and strips of squid are working.
A few flounder around in the Inlet as well along with the occasional schools of snapper blues.
Snappper blues, kingfish and some pompano in the suds on the beach. Fish early and late in the day out of the heat.
Quite a few people fishing for sharks on the beach. Please now the rules! Many species are protected and may not be beached. Please refer to the rules in the Delaware Fishing Guide. We will not post pics of protected species if they have been beached.
Aug 1 -
The dog days of summer...
Kingfish in the surf has been the best bet lately. Bloodworms, small hooks, tight to the beach, early and late in the day out of the heat. We cannot stress these three points enough. People that are not catching are doing the exact opposite.
Starting to hear about some nice flounder being picked up in the Inlet. Ryder Armstrong of Milroy PA landed a 21.5 inch flounder on 7/31 along the south camp ground wall.
DSSP Volunteer and Vietnam Vet Ritchie reports catching a couple of keepers over the last week.
Striper fishing in the Inlet is slow. Best opportunity is an early morning incoming tide or at night. Live fleas and live eels are the preferred baits.
Flounder bite out at the old grounds has slowed up. Our bet is to try southeast towards A bouy and find 80-90 feet of water.
It is hot hot hot!
Heat and boat traffic have really slowed down the daytime striper fishing in the inlet. Best fishing is at night floating sand fleas and eels. The bite is not fantastic but its way better than the daytime bite.
Jane Deamer, of Milroy PA, weighed a 15 pound striper caught on a live eel July 22.
Snapper blues having been coming in the inlet on the daytime incoming tide when it is early or late in the day.
A few flounder reported tight to the rocks as well.
They are picking at the flounder back in the bays and in the back part of the Inlet. Best flounder fishing has been reported out at the Old Grounds - Offshore.
Kingfish are dominating rh action on the surf. Many customers report catching all they want. Two things here to consider. Fish early and late out of the heat of the day. AND the fish are tight to the beach. casting as far as you can may be very macho but you just threw over the fish. On a low wave energy day the kingfish will be juts past the first breakers. You can literally underhand to them.
Live bloodworms on small hooks are the best approach.
Togging has been slow along the rockpile but they are reporting a few sheepshead and trigger fish in the mix.
July 20 -
A lot of boats drifting in the back part of the inlet between the marinas. Flounder bite must be decent.
Chunkin bite has been off the hook in Masseys canyon area. We have butters and sardines.
July 18 -
Tautog season has reopened in Delaware waters. Minimum size is 15 inches and a 5 fish a day limit. The season will remain open until September 1.
Kingfish bite has picked up on the beach. Live bloodworms.
They are tight to the beach. Cast juts over the first breakers.
Starting to hear about a few more croakers in the Inlet and bay.
July 8 -
A big eddie of warm water broke off the gulf stream and came very close to shore. It brought some warm water fish with it.
Pompano reported on 3R's road. Joe Blasetto of Chadsford PA released a 12 inch pompano yesterday. It hit a bloodworm. Pompano like sand fleas too! Fish for them right in the breakers. They are feeding on critters stirred out of the sand by the wave action.
Spanish mackerel reported on Fenwick Shoals and out around A buoy and the Light ship.
Striper bite in the inlet is slow. Heat and boat traffic have made the day time bite all but nonexistent. The stripers are that around are being found at night or in the early morning hours. Live fleas and eels have been popular baits.
Daytime incoming tide is producing a few small blues, croakers, flounder and shad in the Inlet.
Good flounder bite reported at B Buoy and the Old Grounds offshore.
The surf is offering a mixed bag of small fish including kings, blues, croaker and pompano.
June 30 -
July 4th Weekend coming up!
Kingfish bite has picked up on the beach. We have plenty of live bloodworms.
Croaker bite picking up in the Inlet.
June 24 -
Recent fish on the scales and pics:
Nickolas Hendricks weighed a 7 pound flounder caught at B Buoy on Thursday
Got a pic of 9 year old Megan Greene with doubleheader kingish caught at 3R's road Thursday.
Ken German weighed 5 and 7 pound sheepshead caught in the inlet on Wednesday.
June 22 -
Hard to believe 4ht of July is just around the corner. It has been busy around here!
Summer fishing patterns have set in with the warmer weather.
Short stripers in the inlet during the daytime - morning and late in the day. Heat and boat traffic driving the fish down during the day especially on the weekends.
Still picking up a few keepers at night on the incoming water. They get about an hour window on them most nights. No telling which part of the tide but most of the action has been toward the end of the rockpiles.
Live eels, dark plugs and floating fleas working at night. Bucktails and light colored swim shads are best during the day.
The surf is offering a mixed bag of small fish - blues croakers and kings. Summer sharking has started as well.
The best flounder fishing has been reported from the offshore grounds. Site 10 and B Buoy. Not much going on in the bays. Dirty cold water and wind being the main issues.
Cast for a Cure Team Surf Fishing Tournament Results
The 2nd Ever Cast for a Cure Tournament was held on Saturday, June 11 (last years event was cancelled due to a coastal storm. 14 teams participated.
First Place was taken by Team Lewes Harbor Marina #1 with 84 points. Second place went to Team Three Guys and Gal Fishing (Selbyville Elks). Third place was a three way tie - Team Red Dog, Team Retired/Working and Learning, and Team Lil Angler. Each team member received a trophy.
The largest bluefish - 34 inches - of the tournament was caught by Suzanne Martin on Team Lewes Harbor Marina #1. It was worth $220 in the Calcutta.
No keeper striped bass were recorded. There were several keeper sea trout and croakers caught as well as kingfish.
Proceeds of the tournament will be donated to the Tunnel Cancer Center Special Needs Fund this week. We estimate the donation will be more than $3,000 for this year. $1,000 was donated to the American Cancer Society last fall after the tournament was cancelled due to a coastal storm.
June 6 -
Night time striper bite in the Inlet on the incoming tide in the Inlet. Dark plugs and eels. Alot of fish in the throwback slot from 38-43 inches.
Still picking at some nice blues on the surf.
Robert Wright weighed a 9.5 blue from the surf at 3R's omn Saturday.
Caden Whitman had a 12 pounder on Sunday at Savages Ditch.
Also starting to hear about a few kingfish on the beach at Fenwick.
June 4 -
Some nice blues hitting the scales lately
Brenn Scott weighed a 15.5 pounder taken on the beach at Savages Ditch today
Jim Swatski weighed a 12 pounder yesterday from Savages
Jeff Galeski weighed a 14 pounder yesterday from Conquest
June 2 -
Decent striped bass bite reported from the Inlet th elast two nights on incoming tide. Dark plugs and eels are the best baits.
Had a couple of nice bluefish reported from the beach at Conquest yesterday.
Two reports of kingfish caught on the beach at south bethany north fenwick over the last few days.
May 31 -
Hope you all had a great holiday weekend! Beautiful weather made it off the hook here. At one point on Saturday morning they were quadruple parked in our lot. We counted 60 plus cars in the lot.
Lots of people went fishing but not much catching was reported. Several people sent pics of fish caught on the beach.
Anita Chandler released a 40 inch striper on the beach in Fenwick Sunday. It hit live bloodworms.
Stacy Gardner released a 36 inch striper on the beach at Conquest on Saturday. It hit Gulp.
Larry Von Arx hit a 32 inch striper on the beach at Savages on Saturday. It hit live sand fleas.
Brandon and Colby Waltman landed 8 and 10 pound bluefish on bunker at Conquest Road on Friday. It hit fresh bunker.
Eamonn Carey picked up an 8 pound bluefish from his boat in the Inlet on Friday. It hit a gulp nuclear chicken bait.
Tim Schickner caught a13 pound Striped bass in the Inlet on Friday on bunker.
As expected, the striper bite slowed down in the inlet over the weekend. Heat and boat traffic make the fish scarce especially during the daylight hours.
Good news is that the bite picked back up again last night. Stripers were hitting plugs after dark in the incoming tide.
May 24 -
News Flash - Cape Henlopen Pier reopens Wednesday May 25!
Just weighed 19 and 24 pound stripers caught in the Inlet last night
Big bluefish in the Inlet this morning. Keeper stripers caught on the northside of the inlet last night.
Chuck McKenzie of just weighed a 15 pound 8 ounce bluefish on the surf on fresh cut bunker.
May 23 -
Bluefish in the Inlet Saturday and Sunday on the morning incoming tide. Up to 24 inches!
Report of a 43" striped bass caught in the Inlet this morning.
They caught stripers on the beach in the rain over the weekend.
Jim Ruback landed a 37 inch striped bass on the surf north of the Inlet yesterday. On live sand fleas.
Mr Pumpin Aint Easy Scotty West had a keeper on the surf yesterday as well.
May 21 -
Several keeper stripers caught on Fenwick surf yesterday.
Sam Caltagirone sent a pic of a 31 and 36 inch striper he caught in the Inlet last night.
May 20 -
Reports of a decent striped bass bite on the night time incoming tide in the Inlet. The end of the north jetty has been the hot spot. Dark colored plugs are the preferred bait.
Still catching some nice fish on the beach.
Craig Trott and Will Tyre sent in a pic of a 35 inch blue taken on 3R's Road Wednesday.
Deb Everingham sent in a pic of a 42.5 inch striped bass taken on the beach north of the Inlet Thursday.
Justin Lynch sent a pic of a 39 inch striper caught on the surf at Fenwick today. It hit fresh bunker and was released.
May 16 -
We, finally after 18 straight days, had a day with out rain. All the rain has been keeping the number of people of fishing down. So the number of fish being caught has been low as as well.
The bite is spotty. The fish are here. No hot spots. the fish are spread out.
The best surf fishing has been north of the bridge from the Life Saving Station toward Conquest Road.
Its been hit and miss in the Inlet.
You gotta have a line in the water to catch them. Eight days on east north east wind in the forecast. Full moon coming.
May 10 -
Notice - Tautog season closes in Delaware waters on Tuesday May 11 at midnight and reopens July 17.
May 9 -
Larry Von Arx just stopped in to show us two stripers over 36 inches taken on the beach north of the Inlet this morning. Both hit fresh cut bunker.
We just got fresh bunker!
Keeper stripers caught on the beach this morning across from the store. Most of the fish caught in our tournament over the weekend came from the Life Saving station and north toward Conquest.
Keeper stripers reported in the Inlet this morning on the last couple hours of the incoming tide.
May 7 -
Tournament Results - Old Inlet Annual Spring Surf Fishing Tournament
Big fish hit the beach! 6 stripers over 30 inches scored. More than 12 bluefish over 24 inches scored.
Conditions were rainy with heavy tide. But the big fish did not disappoint.
29 Women 22 kids
Open Division -
First Place 84 Points Rory Schuster $750 and Trophy
Second Place 63 Points Shaun Smith $500 and Trophy
Third Place 57 Points Joe Drupieski $350 and Trophy
Fourth Place (tie) 40 Points Chad Bayless and David Bloodsworth $75 Each
First Place 21 Points Kelsey Cycyk $250 and Trophy
Second Place 12 Points Carla Wright $100 and Trophy
Third Place 11 Points Suzanne Martin (the puffer queen) $50 and Trophy
Kids Division - none placed
Grand Slam Prize - none
Biggest Fish of Tournament - 44" Striped Bass $1,000 Rory Schuster
Biggest Bluefish Calcutta - $2,200 37" Blue fish Joe Drupieski
Chad Bayless checked in two stripers this morning 33-35 inches and nice blue caught on the beach while pre-fishing our spring surf fishing tournament.
May 3 - Proving that stripers like sloppy weather...
Mark Laros of Frankford weighed a 22 pound striper caught on bunker at 3R's road.
May 1 -
Jason Deittrick weighed a 12 pound 4 ounce bluefish taken on the south jetty (ocean side) Sunday morning
Aaron Lagerquist of Elk Ridge MD weighed a 9.5 pound bluefish caught on the surf at Keybox Road on a whole mullet rig.
April 29 -
Friday - Ryan Nys from Silver Spring MD weighed in a 14 pound bluefish taken from the Indian River Inlet on a bucktail!
Cant catch fish if you are afraid to fish in the rain!
We have started to see some nice blues on the beach and in the Inlet. No where near like the run last year. That was a once in thirty year occurrence. The bite is hit and miss. Just gotta pout your time in a be in the right place at the right time!
April 29 -
The weather has turned to.... Rainy, east north east wind for the last couple of days. That's the bad news. Now for the good news.
Reports of nice stripers in Ocean City Inlet on Thursday and big blues up in the Delaware Bay. Saw some pics of a bluefish blitz up in south Jersey earlier this week. Gator size.
Now if the weather would just cooperate...
April 25 -
Fishing picked up a bit over the weekend. Especially on the surf.
Emily Baptiste of Lewes sent us a pic of a 30 plus inch striper she landed on Keybox road Saturday. It hit fresh bunker.
Connor and Scott Shumaker from Landedburg PA weighed in a 9 pound 8 ounce bluefish on 3R's road Sunday. It hit whole mullet.
Brandy Timmons of the Delaware Fisherwomen sent a pic of a nice Black Drum that she released on Herring Point - Cape Henlopen Sunday morning. It his live sand fleas.
We also heard about small stripers, some 20 inch blues, blowfish and kingsfish in the mix. No great numbers but improving. Fish are still scattered up and down the beach. No hot spot.
A few short stripers and few blue fish reported from the Inlet. Along with some tautog.
April 22 -
Fish are here but scattered. Gotta be at the right place right time. Can't catch em if you dont have a line in the water.
We have fresh bunker and live bloods. Green crabs due in today. Surf clams due in Saturday morning.
Reports of flounder back by Masseys and in the Lewes Canal.
April 18 -
Pretty weather here to start the week and the forecast looks good for the coming weekend.
The weather improved just enough over this past weekend and we were busy. Lots of people shook off the slow start to the spring and hit the beach and inlet.
Reports from the beach were spotty. Fish spread up and down the coast. The bite was not hot by any means but we got reports of small stripers, a few nice blues, a kingfish and some puffers.
The surf was a bit rough and there was some grass to deal with.
Starting to see some decent keeper tautog in the Inlet. We even had live sand fleas to start the day. Sand flea availability will be sporadic to start.
Hearing about a few short stripers from the Inlet. No real flounder report from the weekend. Too windy to get a good drift.
Several boats out trying today so we should know more soon.
Its only going to get better from here on this Spring!
April 14 -
Just had a reliable report of a a couple short stripers and one keeper caught in the Inlet this morning.
Clear and cool. Not as windy.
Saw pics of a couple blues caught on Conquest yesterday. Whole mullet rigs.
we have fresh bunker, live bloodworms, live green crabs, live minnows and live eels.
Starting to pick up a few tautog in the Inlet as well.
Pretty weather in the forecast. Gonna be a great weekend.
April 11 -
Wind a rain have really slowed the start of the season down over the last 10 days.
Wind finally laid out a little yesterday. We saw a pick of 24 inch blue taken on the beach at Conquest yesterday afternoon. On a whole mullet rig. Finally a nice bluefish on the beach.
Hearing about some nice tog in the Inlet. We have green crabs.
The flounder are here. Bite should pick back up when the wind lays out.
Saw a pic of some short stripers from the surf at Herring Point over the weekend. On bloodworms.
Several people out on the surf trying today.
Spoke to a netter yesterday. He is seeing some nice blues, trout and a few stripers. Reason for optimism.
Rain on Tuesday and then it looks like we may get some good fishing weather for the weekend.
April 7 -
Several netters have told us they have had large bluefish in their nets up in the DE bay over the last couple of days. That's exciting.
Now if this weather would just straighten itself out...
April 5 -
Short stripers hit the beach during the good weather in late March. Customers were reporting as many as 20 fish a day in some cases. Bloodworms were the hot bait.
Flounder reported in the Indian River bay during that time as well.
Then the weather turned cold and windy. Nothing happening over the last week. And the forecast for this weekend does not look good.
So its a good new - bad news forecast. Fish are here but the weather is not cooperating. Been too windy and the water is dirty.
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April 23: Power Buy Event
May 7: Old Inlet Annual Spring Surf Fishing Tournament
May 27-29: Memorial Day Weekend Tent Sale
June 11: Cast for a Cure Surf Fishing Tournament
September 24-25: Delaware Seashore Fall Surf Fishing Classic
October 8-9: Delaware Mobile Surf-Fishermen Invitational Surf Fishing Tournament
December 17: Old Inlet Christmas Party
Jan 13 -
BRRRR! Windy and cold. Looks like a couple of 50 degree days coming on Friday and Saturday. Still have fish to the north of us.
No fresh bunker around.
Several reports out of Cape May last week that they had stripers on the beach and on the troll out to 1.5 miles on the beach.
Water temp is still in the mid 50's about 6-8 degrees warmer than usual. So there is still the possibility that these fish will slide across the Delaware Bay into Delaware waters.
Also, heard they still have stripers in mid Jersey around Island State Park with bluefish mixed in them. That tells you just how warm the water is and how far north the bait still is.
Until then - Big shad in the Inlet on saltwater flies.
Good tautog fishing on the offshore wrecks. Capt Scotty reported fish up to 11 pounds over the weekend. with 9 anglers catching 38 keeper sized fish.
Paul form New Castle weighed in two tautog over 9 pounds taken on the Katydid out of Lewes last week.