I joined the volunteers today for the Indian River and Rehoboth Bay Cleanup 2012, sponsored by … Delaware Center for the Inland Bays, Delaware State parks, Delaware Division of Fish and Wildlife Enforcement division, Dewey Beach Lions Club, Blue Hen Disposal, and State Farm. Delaware Paddlesports was also there to loan rental kayaks to anyone who wanted to help, and Brian Kidd and crew did a good bit of cleanup, as well. Delaware Surf Fishing was there taking pictures, and helping unload boats. Massey’s was full of people, dropping in boats, between us unloading boats. It was a normal chaotic weekend at the “landing”. I met a lot of cool people today, and had a great time talking to everyone. It was good to see people turning out, and helping the bays. A lot of trash, old crab pots, and wood were removed from the shores. A few things collected were real “head scratchers”. Someone found a giant chain, like a bicycle, but industrial size, how and where is a good question. For the most part wood was the main thing found today. A lot of landscaping ties, plywood, and old pier pieces. The Little Assawoman Bay clean up will be scheduled soon and we will let you know when that occurs. The gang served up hot dogs with chips, and as always, the best dog is a free dog.
Speaking of dogs … Puppy drum are here, I heard this a week ago, but had yet to confirm until this morning. Several people were catching them on clam, at Massey’s Landing. A guy on the pier this morning popped a keeper flounder on gulp. We saw another keeper caught by a pontoon boater later in the day. There were a lot of people drifting the ditch, all fishing the incoming tide. I saw all the “food” pontoons, apparently we have 3 of them now. I ran into Captain Chuck Cook of First Light Charters, he was showing his passengers how to fillet a flounder. I heard one guy say, that should be easy enough, heeeheeeheee, Chuck made it look very easy. They were out front wreck fishing, and hit 4 keeper flounder out of 10, and a few sea bass. Chuck does the smaller than “6 pack” charters. I highly recommend you fish with him, if your looking for the “guy” to put you on the catch. Mike Behney is on Herring Point beach, catching kingfish on finger mullet. You can’t make that up. Bill, Ellen, and Hill caught puppy drum an hour ago, and just called. Andres just text, bluefish, surf fishing with bunker in Delaware Seashore State Park, 3R’s beach. I can vouch for this next one … pompano caught off the coast last week, he did not know on what. I can tell you this much, I know this guy has no reason to lie, he was as amazed as I was, and we have heard of this before. The boats were thick in the ditch, the fishing pier was full, as was the rail when I left around 3:30 p.m.
To all my boaters out there, please try to stay as far from the fishing pier as you can, when leaving or arriving at massey’s Landing. Granted, you have the right-of-way. However, spooling 30 lb. Power Pro Braided line onto your prop, could burn out your lower end. Running over the lines people have out is just not cool, and it is rather obvious people are fishing there. On the same note, you folks fishing the pier, if a boat is headed on a “path”, don’t cast in front of it, and then get angry when the boat runs over your line. The boat will pass by in no time, I “maneuver” my line through boats constantly, just give them a minute. The traffic at Massey’s can get a little crazy, we had a few shows today. I am camping out down there soon, and make a day of watching the mayhem. See you in the surf tomorrow.