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Old Inlet Bait & Tackle Fishing Report
Updated: August 31st, 2015 @ 1:06pm
Reminder - Tautog season closes in DE waters on Tuesday September 1 through September 28.
The water is bath tub warm. Good news - croakers in the inlet are getting bigger. Bad news - the numbers are reducing.
Had a couple of good nights of striper bite on live eels last week. From the Coast Guard station up to the handicap pier.
Saw a few keeper flounder on the beach last week.
Water temp should start dropping soon which will slowly start to improve the fall fishing.
Aug 17 -
Croakers, croakers, and more croakers!
The croakers have been in the Inlet pretty steady for more than a month now. Most in the 8-10 inch range but we are starting to see some up to 18 inches. They like bloodworms and squid.
Still a few short flounder hanging around in the Inlet. The best flounder bite is on the Old Grounds Southeast of B Buoy in 9 feet of water. Capt Scotty on the Rehoboth Star reported a good bite over the weekend. The majority of the people catching a limit or at least 3 keepers.
Capt Quigley on the Razorback reported a good catch of croakers on reef site 10 Saturday.
Croakers on the beach too but the bite is hit and miss. More sharks than anything on the beach this summer. Shark anglers report good numbers on 4-5 footers out there.
Also, starting to see a few more spot on the beach now. Not many. It has been a slow year for spot all around.
Look for some pompano to show up on the beach any day. They love sand fleas!
Still picking at the stripers on the night time bite in the Inlet. Typical of the hot summer months. Live eels and floating fleas has been successful.
Daytime incoming water has produced snapper blues for the last week or so.
Many anglers are reporting sharks biting of the blues and stripers in the Inlet. So be careful!
Fall is coming! That means its Surf Fishing Tournament time.
The 18th Annual Delaware Seashore Fall Surf Fishing Classic will be held on Saturday and Sunday, September 19-20. Info available at Old Inlet and on our website.
October 3 - Cast for a Cure Team Surf Fishing Tournament
October 9-11 DMS Annual Surf Fishing Tournament
Aug 10 -
Bluefish in the inlet on the incoming tide the last few days. Snapper size on bucktails, spoons etc.
Starting to see some warm water fish around. Had a guy bring in a lady fish over the weekend. While tog fishing may be slow this means there could be some triggerfish, sheepshead and black drum around.
Got a report that there was a check point at the drive-ons at the Cape yesterday. Lots of truck without all of the necessary gear turned away. They also were turning away trucks that the people did not even have any bait with them. Its a drive on fishing permit folks. Not a party permit.
Aug 2 -
Trout alert: Brian Whitaker caught a 30 inch 3.5 pound sea trout Saturday evening in the Inlet. Bait not specified.
Still lots of croakers around. They are getting bigger. Mostly 10-12 inches with a few up to 15 inches. Short flounder tight to the rocks.
Picking at the keeper stripers at night. Live eels!
Capt Scotty on the Rehoboth Star reported a decent flounder bite on Friday and Saturday.
Good luck to all of the boats fishing Ocean City White Marlin Open!
Snapper blues and croakers reported in the Inlet this afternoon on the incoming tide
Summer shark surf fishing season is in full swing. Lots of people trying for sharks off the beach.
Be sure to know the Shark Regulations before you go. The regulations are on page 13 of the Delaware Fishing Guide. DNREC is aggressively enforcing the regulations! Don't get fined for beaching protected shark species.
Croakers croakers and more croakers!. Inlet is loaded with them in the 8-10 inch range.
Everything else is a victim of the summer slow down. Water temp is like bath water.
July 14th -
Snapper blues hit the Inlet this morning on the last part of the incoming tide. Hope they stick around for a while.
Other than that the fishing report is pretty much the same.
Did see a juvenile hammer head shark caught on the surf at Conquest Sunday morning.
Tautog season reopens on Friday July 17. 15" minimum size 5 a day
July 7 -
Hard to believe that July 4th has already come and gone! The summer season is in full swing!
The Inlet is offering croakers and flounder during the day. Squid strips and bloodworms are doing the trick. Hearing about a few blues and shad on the daytime incoming tide as well.
The best striper bite is at night floating sand fleas and eels. Mostly shorts but those willing to put the time in have a a better chance of being rewarded with the elusive keeper.
The surf is a mixed bag of pan fish. Croakers, blues and kingfish. No spot yet. Fresh bunker, frozen mullet and live bloods are the most popular baits.
Starting to hear about mullet in the bay. These are the black back river mullet. Not the same mullet that run in late August and September.
The summer surf fishing season is starting. Please know the rules before you go!
Pretty good flounder action reported at B Buoy, the Old grounds and Site 10. Big Spro bucktails tipped with a long squid trailer are the preferred bait.