First off, DSF would like to thank CBS 3 of Philadelphia for awarding DSF the “most valuable blog of 2011″ under their sports section. We do not know whom to thank personally, so we are thanking them here. Thank you, that award was for 2011 and we were only online for 6 months. Yes I am very proud right now, can ya tell.
This fishing report is sponsored by Port Dewey Beach … tonight is prime rib night! Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm
I dropped by Massey’s Landing this morning to check the tides and just “scope” the scene. Lot of boats put in today and fishing just outside the ditch. The shad have been hot under the lights at night and there are “shorty” Stripers mixed in with the shad. The Coast Guard Auxiliary is at Massey’s Landing providing a free boating safety check. I believe it will last all weekend, they were busy when I was leaving. I want to thank 2 gentlemen I observed this morning. After putting in his boat, this gentlemen struck up a conversation with a guy on the pier. What’s biting etc etc. The man in the boat, offered the man on the pier to go fishing with him. It was actually a funny conversation, that would make no sense if I tried to explain. Why do I want to thank both of these gentlemen? I saw character in a fishing community today, that I have not seen in a long time. Complete strangers sharing a boat and a hobby they love. Instead of fighting over a space in a public place. The “boater” gave a tour of the marsh, on the way out, and stopped to look at the Eagles on the island in front. I want to thank you boys for showing me their is still camaraderie in this world, you made me proud to be a Delaware angler today.
Joe Taylor, this is for you buddy, when you text me to “scope” out Cape Henlopen, I was on the CHSP pier talking with the boys down there. The tide is low, still receding, and the flats are exposed. I wet a line for a while and observed a new Osprey nest on the end of the old pier. There were a lot of people fishing here today for the first time. Seems the word on campus is Delaware is a good place to fish these days, I can not imagine who told anyone that. I ran into one of the fly tie guys, and was informed of flounder, blues, and mackerel in the flats. I believe high tide tonight and tomorrow should produce well around the pier. While I was fishing a few skates were pulled in, and a flounder just under the size limit. The boys were using bunker chunks and clams. Before I left, fish were starting to show in schools and hit the surface. The Osprey were having a field day. Someone needs to get the dead seagull off the end of the pier it has been there for 3 weeks, which is weird.
The surf fishing on all beaches …. HOT … in the mornings for Striped Bass. Great, big, honking Striped Bass on chunks in the a.m. Upwards of 40 inches was pulled form Herring Point Beach, I saw the pictures. Delaware Seashore State Park to Fenwick Island, is hot in the morning also, all of the beaches. The Inlet has been hot in the early a.m. and the evening. This “super” moon we will have this weekend is very reminiscent of last years epic Striped Bass blitz. I would imagine the fishing will jump off all weekend. I know a lot of you will be on the rails. The picture I have of the Striped Bass (huge) from the north rock wall yesterday, show a lot of people on the rocks. Be careful gang, look out for one another, and keep your cool. I know all to well how hard it is to fish shoulder to shoulder at the rail. If you are not sure how to fish the rail or rock wall, take 5 minutes, observe the boys that know what they are doing. Ask someone if you feel you need some advice, many of us will be more than willing to lend help. I am headed that way this evening as soon as I post this report, I have to go to work.