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Releasing the hounds in the surf

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Tom Price and Matt Fetters … with some blues from Fenwick Island

Just a heads up, but rumor on campus is Gordon’s Pond will open up this Friday the eighteenth.  That is just a rumor, and has not been made official yet however we have heard tell it is true.  Looking forward to fishing the new Cape Henlopen airstrip again, more room on the beach is always a good thing.  The point will not reopen until September first as usual.  Maybe that will open a little earlier this year, but don’t count on it, however sometimes it happens.  Tautog season opens July 17 (tomorrow) until August 31, 15 inches and 5 a day limit.  I’m sure the usual spots will be crowded, and the charters will start booking up fast.  Great fish to eat, and can be tricky to catch.  Sand fleas are abundant in the surf if you want to put in the time digging, it doesn’t take long to fill up a bucket.  Don’t forget it is still slot season for Striped bass in the Delaware bay and her tributaries.  I have seen some nice catches the past week for slot fish.  In fact fishing this past week has been decent, especially for flounder and croaker.   Crabbing and clamming has been okay when you get into them.  Not as good as past years for crabbing but not bad either depending on where you go and who you talk with.

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Anthony Purdy making the beaches safer one dogfish at a time

The flatties are all over the place from the inland bays, masseys ditch, Indian river inlet, Lewes canal, Broadkill river, Roosevelt Inlet, Delaware bay, the old Grounds, and B buoy.  The Henlopen pier has been decent to spotty.  Gulp, squid and minnows have been the best baits.   Croaker and spot are popping up everywhere still.  Spot used for chunk bait or stripped out make decent flounder bait as well.  Some people like to use flounder belly meat for flounder bait and that is okay so long as you have the carcass the belly meat came from with you at the time.  Obviously it must be from a keeper flounder.  Small chunks of bluefish work well too in the surf as well as sandfleas.  fish for them in the first 10 feet of water just behind the first wave.  The flounder are in there feeding on sand fleas and small baitfish.  Minnows work okay in the surf but don’t last long in the saltwater.  Keeping them in brackish to freshwater is the best, and if you do take them to the beach do not add saltwater to their container it will kill them off faster.  Keeping  them wrapped up in a cool wet towel is really the best way to keep the mummichug minnows.

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Carly Breen’s casting has paid off with a nice kingfish. Look out boys she is becoming quite the Delaware Fisherwomen

You will still find skates, rays, dogfish, sharks, and the like in the surf as well as everywhere else.  You can’t get away from the scavenger fish and for the most part they are still fun to catch.  However a day of skating can get old, even on the beach. If you keep running into nothing but skates or scavengers change up your bait and rigs.  Most of your cut baits, if not all, will attract more scavengers.  Fishbites, peeler crab, and clam make for good baits to stay away from the scavengers and more towards the fishies like kingfish, spotted hake, croaker, spot, etc.  Mullet rigs have been producing bluefish the past few days from Fenwick Island state park to Cape Henlopen State park.  The craziest surf catch this week goes to Mike Fetters with a houndfish on a mullet rig.  These look like needlefish but get much larger and are notorious jumpers.  Mike said it leaped several times on the retrieve adding to the excitement.  Houndfish in some cases have been known to jump across the deck of low boats and kayaks, freaking out boaters and in some cases impaling them with their sharp “beaks” .  I wouldn’t worry about that here as much as in the warmer southern seas below North Carolina.

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Mike Fetters and his houndfish from the surf

The offshore action has been great with bluefin and yellow fin tuna, tilefish, and mahi mahi.  I am sure everyone saw the new state record mahi mahi recently caught.  The charters have been doing well.  The White Marlin Open starts August fourth and many people are already gearing up for the tournament.  Always an interesting time watching the boats come in and see the catches at the scales.  The water out in the deep blue is always clear and looks so much different than close to shore.  Recently we had clear water here and then the winds picked up and it got a little stirred up in the surf.  The water is looking good and the recent rains will stir it up a little more, but we should see clear water this weekend.  The cold front that came in was a relief from the high humidity and temperatures this week.  Hope Everyone has a great weekend, looking forward to some fishing and fun in the sun, despite the rough days working outside, the beach always seems much better.  The water today was a nice blueish green in the surf.  Hopefully that lasts until and throughout the weekend.

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Our newest shirt in the apparel shop

We have new shirts available in the online store.  “There is a fine line between FISHING and just standing on the beach like an IDIOT!”  A very true statement if you do as much fishing as we do on a daily basis.  Standing there all day staring at a rod waiting for it to bounce.  Take your eyes away for a few seconds, miss the fish hit, and reel in a empty hook later.  My favorite is turning your back for a minute to flip a burger, or whatever, and when you look where your rod used to be, there is just a nice carved trench from what ever behemoth of the deep just dragged your rig out to sea.  That always makes ya feel a little dumb.  We just thought it was funny to put on a shirt and true on many levels.  Check it out in the online shop and our other apparel, or at Adkins Produce on Long Neck road.  Don’t forget we have the Gneaux More Gnaughty Gnat spray and it works like a charm on the no-see-ums.

Fish On!!

Rich King

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DNREC fishing photo contest

DNREC Division of Fish and Wildlife seeking
great summer shots of Delaware anglers for photo contest

Entries being accepted now through Oct. 15

 

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I take a lot of photos when I am out and about. Send in your best shot this year to DNREC

DOVER (July 8, 2014) – With the summer fishing season in full swing, DNREC’s Division of Fish and Wildlife invites angling and photography enthusiasts to enter the 2014 Delaware Fishing Photo Contest. The winning photo will be featured on the cover or inside of the 2015 Delaware Fishing Guide to be published early next year.

A judging panel comprised of DNREC staff will be looking for photos that best portray this year’s contest theme, “Taking Action for Conservation,” by depicting anglers of all ages using catch-and-release techniques or otherwise demonstrating a conservation-minded action. Judges also will be looking at technical criteria including resolution, clarity and composition.

“After the success of last year’s contest, we are hoping that once again photographers from all over the state will share some of their best images with us, so we can share them with the fishing public,” said Division of Fish and Wildlife Director David Saveikis. “This year we look forward to photos that catch the conservation actions of anglers as they enjoy our great outdoors.”

The contest is open to Delaware residents of all ages, with a maximum of three entries per person. To be eligible, photographs must have been taken in Delaware. Portrait orientation is preferred; landscape photos, if chosen among contest winners, may be cropped for presentation.

Photos must be submitted as 8 x 10 paper or photo quality prints, with no frames or mats and no markings or signatures on the front or back. Winning entries must be available in a digital version with resolution of 300 dpi or greater. Normal processing of RAW image files, minimal cropping and minor adjustments to color and contrast are acceptable. HDR and focus stacking are permitted as long as manipulation is disclosed upon entry. Nothing should be added to the image or, aside from dust spots, taken away. The entrant must hold all rights to the photograph and must not infringe on the rights of any other person. Images that involve unlawful harm to fish or damage to the environment should not be submitted and will not be accepted. Entries will not be returned.

Entries may be mailed to the DNREC Division of Fish and Wildlife, Attention: Crystal Beck, 89 Kings Highway, Dover, DE 19901. All entries must be postmarked or delivered by Wednesday, Oct. 15, and must include a completed and signed entry form and photo release form. Information and forms are available on the Division’s website at http://www.dnrec.delaware.gov/fw/Pages/FWphoto_contest.aspx and the Fish and Wildlife Facebook page (search Delaware Fish & Wildlife), or may be requested by calling Crystal Beck at 302-739-9911, or email crystal.beck@state.de.us.

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Weather, tides, moon, and temperatures

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Tuesday sunrise by Leah Reynolds

Morning Gang this is your mid week weather.  I usually do this every morning on Facebook, trying something different today … sunrise photo by Leah Reynolds … We got a bit wet yesterday but at least it has cooled off out there.

Currently it is 71 Degrees out
Surf temp .. 69.4
Waves: 4.3 ft.
Swell Period: 7 sec.
Wave direction … SE (142°)
wind …From the South Southwest at 7 mph … N (7°)
tide … incoming

DFM … 6 … DGM … 4

 

 

Masseys Landing temp … 70 dropped to 64 at high tide
Delaware bay Lewes DE … 68.5
Ship John Shoal … 79.3
Reedy Point … 81.3
Delaware City … 81.3

Sun & Moon Times
Sunset Wed: 8:24 pm
Sunrise Thu: 5:50 am
Moonset Wed: 10:46 am
Moonrise Wed: 11:11 pm
Moon Phase … waning gibbous
TIDES …
Indian River Inlet (IRI) …
07/16 Wed 12:04 AM 3.25 H
07/16 Wed 05:57 AM -0.34 L
07/16 Wed 12:37 PM 2.88 H
07/16 Wed 06:14 PM -0.17 L
07/17 Thu 12:56 AM 3.03 H
07/17 Thu 06:49 AM -0.26 L
07/17 Thu 01:36 PM 2.88 H
07/17 Thu 07:16 PM 0.03 L
Lewes DE …
07/16 Wed 12:07 AM 5.29 H
07/16 Wed 06:17 AM -0.6 L
07/16 Wed 12:39 PM 4.72 H
07/16 Wed 06:36 PM -0.24 L
07/17 Thu 01:00 AM 4.96 H
07/17 Thu 07:09 AM -0.44 L
07/17 Thu 01:36 PM 4.7 H
07/17 Thu 07:37 PM 0.01 L
Ship John Shoal …
07/16 Wed 01:27 AM 7.13 H
07/16 Wed 08:13 AM -0.6 L
07/16 Wed 02:04 PM 6.5 H
07/16 Wed 08:34 PM -0.16 L
07/17 Thu 02:22 AM 6.81 H
07/17 Thu 09:04 AM -0.53 L
07/17 Thu 02:59 PM 6.45 H
07/17 Thu 09:31 PM -0.06 L
Reedy Point …
07/16 Wed 02:37 AM 6.49 H
07/16 Wed 09:42 AM -0.31 L
07/16 Wed 03:15 PM 5.97 H
07/16 Wed 10:02 PM 0.1 L
07/17 Thu 03:33 AM 6.25 H
07/17 Thu 10:32 AM -0.24 L
07/17 Thu 04:11 PM 6.0 H
07/17 Thu 10:58 PM 0.22 L
Delaware City …
07/16 Wed 02:47 AM 6.05 H
07/16 Wed 09:56 AM -0.41 L
07/16 Wed 03:27 PM 5.48 H
07/16 Wed 10:16 PM 0.03 L
07/17 Thu 03:43 AM 5.81 H
07/17 Thu 10:47 AM -0.36 L
07/17 Thu 04:24 PM 5.54 H
07/17 Thu 11:13 PM 0.14 L
From the NWS …
Humidity94%
Wind SpeedS 6 mph
Barometer29.79 in (1008.7 mb)
Dewpoint71°F (22°C)
Visibility6.00 mi

Today Scattered showers, mainly before 10am. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 82. Northwest wind around 8 mph becoming east in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 40%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.
Tonight Partly cloudy, with a low around 66. Southwest wind 5 to 8 mph becoming northwest after midnight.
Thursday Sunny, with a high near 83. North wind 7 to 9 mph becoming northeast in the afternoon.
Thursday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 65. Light west wind.
Friday Sunny, with a high near 82. North wind 6 to 9 mph becoming east in the afternoon.
Friday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 69.
Saturday Mostly cloudy, with a high near 82.
Saturday Night Mostly cloudy, with a low around 68.
Sunday Mostly cloudy, with a high near 79.
Sunday Night A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 69. Chance of precipitation is 30%.
Marine Forecast …
SYNOPSIS FOR THE COASTAL WATERS FROM SANDY HOOK NJ TO FENWICK ISLAND DE AND FOR DELAWARE BAY…

A COLD FRONT OVER THE DELAWARE VALLEY WILL EASE SLOWLY OFFSHORE TODAY AND TONIGHT. A HIGH PRESSURE SYSTEM OVER THE NORTHERN PLAINS WILL SPREAD EAST, REACH THE MID ATLANTIC STATES FRIDAY AND THEN TRUNDLE THROUGH NEW ENGLAND AND ITS COASTAL WATERS OVER THE WEEKEND.

COASTAL WATERS FROM CAPE MAY NJ TO CAPE HENLOPEN DE OUT 20 NM-
COASTAL WATERS FROM CAPE HENLOPEN TO FENWICK ISLAND DE OUT 20 NM-
601 AM EDT WED JUL 16 2014

TODAY
SW WINDS 5 TO 10 KT…BECOMING W LATE THIS MORNING…
THEN BECOMING S EARLY THIS AFTERNOON…BECOMING SE LATE. SEAS 2
TO 4 FT. MAINLY IN SE SWELL WITH A DOMINANT PERIOD OF 7 SECONDS.
SHOWERS LIKELY EARLY THIS MORNING…THEN SCATTERED SHOWERS LATE
THIS MORNING. ISOLATED SHOWERS EARLY THIS AFTERNOON.

TONIGHT
S WINDS AROUND 5 KT…BECOMING W IN THE LATE EVENING
AND EARLY MORNING…THEN BECOMING NW 10 TO 15 KT LATE. SEAS 3 TO
4 FT. MAINLY IN SE SWELL WITH A DOMINANT PERIOD OF 8 SECONDS.

THU
N WINDS 10 TO 15 KT…DIMINISHING TO 5 TO 10 KT EARLY IN
THE AFTERNOON…THEN BECOMING SE LATE. SEAS 2 TO 4 FT. MAINLY IN
SE SWELL WITH A DOMINANT PERIOD OF 8 SECONDS.

THU NIGHT
SW WINDS AROUND 5 KT…BECOMING W LATE. SEAS 2 TO
3 FT. MAINLY IN SE SWELL WITH A DOMINANT PERIOD OF 8 SECONDS.

FRI
N WINDS 5 TO 10 KT…BECOMING E IN THE AFTERNOON. SEAS
2 TO 3 FT.

FRI NIGHT
E WINDS 5 TO 10 KT. SEAS 2 TO 3 FT.

SAT
E WINDS 5 TO 10 KT. SEAS 3 TO 4 FT.

SUN
SE WINDS 5 TO 10 KT. SEAS 3 TO 4 FT. A CHANCE OF SHOWERS
AND TSTMS THROUGH THE NIGHT.

WINDS AND SEAS HIGHER IN AND NEAR TSTMS.
ANZ431-162130-
DELAWARE BAY WATERS SOUTH OF EAST POINT NJ TO SLAUGHTER BEACH DE-
601 AM EDT WED JUL 16 2014

TODAY
SW WINDS 5 TO 10 KT…BECOMING SE LATE. SEAS 1 TO 2 FT
UNTIL LATE AFTERNOON…THEN 1 FOOT OR LESS. SHOWERS LIKELY EARLY
THIS MORNING…THEN ISOLATED SHOWERS LATE THIS MORNING AND EARLY
AFTERNOON.

TONIGHT
NW WINDS 5 TO 10 KT. SEAS 1 TO 2 FT.

THU
N WINDS 5 TO 10 KT…BECOMING W LATE. SEAS 1 TO 2 FT.

THU NIGHT
W WINDS AROUND 5 KT. SEAS 1 TO 2 FT.

FRI
N WINDS AROUND 5 KT…BECOMING E IN THE AFTERNOON. SEAS
2 TO 3 FT.

FRI NIGHT
E WINDS 5 TO 10 KT. SEAS 2 TO 3 FT.

SAT
SE WINDS 5 TO 10 KT. SEAS 2 TO 3 FT.

SUN
SE WINDS 5 TO 10 KT. SEAS 2 TO 3 FT. A CHANCE OF SHOWERS
AND TSTMS THROUGH THE NIGHT.

WINDS AND WAVES HIGHER IN AND NEAR TSTMS.
ANZ430-162130-
DELAWARE BAY WATERS NORTH OF EAST POINT NJ TO SLAUGHTER BEACH DE-
601 AM EDT WED JUL 16 2014

TODAY
SW WINDS 5 TO 10 KT…BECOMING NW THIS MORNING. SEAS 1
FOOT OR LESS. SCATTERED SHOWERS EARLY THIS MORNING…THEN ISOLATED
SHOWERS LATE THIS MORNING.

TONIGHT
NW WINDS 5 TO 10 KT. SEAS 1 TO 2 FT.

THU
NW WINDS 5 TO 10 KT. SEAS 1 TO 2 FT.

THU NIGHT
W WINDS 5 TO 10 KT…DIMINISHING TO AROUND 5 KT IN
THE LATE EVENING AND OVERNIGHT. SEAS 1 TO 2 FT.

FRI
N WINDS AROUND 5 KT…BECOMING E IN THE AFTERNOON. SEAS
1 TO 2 FT.

FRI NIGHT
SE WINDS 5 TO 10 KT. SEAS 1 TO 2 FT.

SAT
SE WINDS 5 TO 10 KT. SEAS 1 TO 2 FT.

SUN
E WINDS 5 TO 10 KT. SEAS 1 TO 2 FT. A CHANCE OF SHOWERS
AND TSTMS.

WINDS AND SEAS HIGHER IN AND NEAR TSTMS.

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Delaware State Record Mahi Mahi Broken

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56.9 Delaware State record Mahi Mahi … Butch Emmert (second from right) holding his mahi-mahi … with (left to right) Gregg Catts, Jason King, Jamie King and Will Emmert .. photo from DNREC

On July 6 William Emmert caught a 56.9 pound mahi-mahi trolling the  Baltimore canyon.  This catch beats the previous record of  52 pounds, 15 ounces on Aug. 18, 2003, by Charles Ciociola.  Since the mahi mahi was caught by a boat that ported out of Delaware it qualifies as a Delaware State record in the Delaware Sport Fishing Tournament .  William Emmert was fishing on the Elizabeth Jane with captain Jason King.  The boat ported out of Indian River Inlet and the catch was verified by Fish and Wildlife enforcement officer Senior Cpl. Casey Zolper at Hook ‘Em and Cook ‘Em Outfitters  .  Mahi Mahi of this size are exceptional, usually averaging  fifteen to thirty pounds.  The Mahi Mahi is also known as a Dorado fish or dolphin fish.  It is a very popular fish to catch, for the action and to eat.   This catch is one huge bull of a mahi mahi.  Congratulations to William Emmert and crew they will have a story to tell for years to come.

Fish On!!

Rich King

Posted in DSF, Fishing Report, Surf Fishing News

The full moon on the 12th of July is not a super moon

full moon, lunar perigee, july super moon, The full moon on the 12th of July is not a super moon. However you can expect slightly higher tides and people to be more emotional.  Which is the norm for Facebook and most social media these days.  A super moon is when the moon is closest to the earth so it looks bigger in the sky. It is known as the Lunar perigee, which will be the August full moon next month.  This month’s full moon is known as, the Full Buck Moon.  July is normally the month when the new antlers of buck deer push out of their foreheads in coatings of velvety fur. It was also often called the Full Thunder Moon, for the reason that thunderstorms are most frequent during this time. Another name for this month’s Moon was the Full Hay Moon.  So have a fun weekend with a the full moon, it is great time to do night fishing especially on the beach you can see so much better.

Fish On!!

Rich King

Posted in DSF, Fishing Report, Surf Fishing News

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