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Old Inlet Bait & Tackle Fishing Report

Updated: May 24th, 2016 @ 12:37pm
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. 251 Participants 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 Ladies Division 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 May 6- 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 April 30 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. New Sale/Event Old Inlet Power Buy Night! 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Something you want not on this list? We Will Make A Deal if You Buy In Quantity! Delaware Fishing License Will Not Be Available, Repair Shop Will Not Be Open, and Reel Spooling Will Not Be Available During This Event ******************** 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. Jan 11 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.
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