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Delaware beaches are filling back in

3R's beach and south beach in Delaware Seashore State Park

3R’s beach and south beach in Delaware Seashore State Park

The beaches are finally filling back in, but it will still take some time to get back to where they were before the storm.  Reading the beaches is a little harder since the cuts are constantly moving.  Your best bet is to look for rip currents, or a wave that pyramids or looks taller in the center.  Waves that wash on top of one another are good indicators of where a cut is located.  The cut will cause a wave to break on top of itself from both directions.  The shape of the cut, causes the wave to break up and the back wash from the receding water in the cut will force the wave to pyramid by creating a strong back current under the wave.  It is hard to describe this scene so you can see it in your head.  The beach will start to take the scalloped shape back on soon and that will help as well.  The points of the scalloping are good places to look for nice cuts.  The sandbars are moving as well and soon the holes will hopefully be carved back out as well.  I would like to see some of my fishing spots come back to life so to speak.  On Saturday and Sunday I did a little fishing with a friend.  When the tides were shifting I took a break and hiked around the trail at Burton’s Island.  This is a nice walk through the woods and marsh area of the island.  There are bridges that traverse the marsh areas.  You can access this trail behind the marina at the Indian River Inlet.  Oh and keep in mind this weekend we have Sea Witch Festival going on in Rehoboth so the roads will be a tad jammed up at times, plan accordingly.

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Striped Bass … Trini Dadian ….. Rattle trap action!!!!! … Old New Castle

The action in the surf has been hit or miss.  Some days one beach is good and then the next there is nothing there.  On Saturday we fished Fenwick Island and the beaches at low tide were wild looking.  The cuts and sandbars were very defined and obvious.  Some of the tide pools at the top of cuts between sandbars were almost five feet deep.  The water is much cleaner now and in some cases looks blue green.  On Sunday we relocated to Conquest beach and Key Box in Delaware Seashore State Park.  While we were getting skunked, a few nice king fish and blues were being caught on Fenwick Island.  Wrong place, right time … fishing, it is what it is.  Cape Henlopen has been hot to not depending on the tide and time.  There isn’t really any good recommendation of when and where to go, it has been random.  A few shorty striped bass have been pulled form the surf and some nice keeper redfish (puppy drum). The tautog action at Indian River Inlet has been heavy, and Massey’s Landing has been decent.  The inner and outer walls have been producing some nice tautog as well as the wrecks in the Delaware Bay.  The Lewes Charter and head boats have been doing well.  Triggers are still in the mix as well as a few sheepshead.  Keeper striped bass are even being caught out there in the Delaware Bay.  The past few days the bluefish action and striped bass has been good at the Indian River Inlet, and mostly in boats.  Spot, live mullet, and metals are doing well catching.  Fishbites are doing nicely still in the surf when fish are around or mullet chunks for kings and spot.  Top and bottom rigs with 2/0 circle hooks are my favorite.  Colors for the floats has not seemed to matter.  The water at the inlet has been cleaning up and a few guys have said they think the fishing was better when the water was cloudier.  Jig heads with soft plastics, white or pink have done well.


Trash bags tied to the rail at Indian River Inlet

Trash bags tied to the rail at Indian River Inlet

Otherwise there have been plenty of skates and dog fish in the surf.  James and his crew were on Beach Plum the other day and jay hit his first striped bass on a spoon.  It was a shorty, but it was his first fish on a lure.  I prefer using lures, the hit when a fish crushes a spoon or plug is what I like the most.  Throwing meat and drowning bait produces just as well if not better, but I prefer the action from throwing lures.  Silver spoons are doing good and my go to Deadly Dick two ounce green does well when fish are around.  Everyone has their preferences, and whatever that may be it is still fishing.  The boys up north on the Delaware River in the Old New Castle and Dobbinsville area have been doing well on shorty striped bass and a few keepers.  Bunker chunks and even rattle traps.  Farther up north in New Jersey the bluefish are topping out at thirty pounds, lots of nice weakfish, and slob keeper stripers.  Just the other day the surf in Atlantic City produced some nice big striped bass.  They are on their way and everyone is eagerly awaiting the fall run.  As usual it will come in waves, a few random schools ahead of the main pack.  It is not like there is one giant school of fish that move in unison, though it would seem that way at times.  They will really start up soon, and hopefully come in close to shore.  I prefer catching these in the surf or at the rail then going for them in boats.  If you want to get in on some striped bass trips with charters contact Captain Brian Wazlavek with Delaware Family Fishing for a few DSF striped bass trips we will be organizing.

Working on the sunken jetty cap at Indian River Inlet

Working on the sunken jetty cap at Indian River Inlet

The other day I was at the Indian River inlet and the Army Corp of Engineers is working on the north rock pile and jetty cap.  The front section is closed, while they are doing this, so keep that in mind.  The north beach is also closed near there and the replenishment has moved farther up the beach.  I know the timing is not choice, but this work needs to be done.  They are digging out along the wall where the jetty cap started to settle and filling it back in with these huge mats that are packed with small rip rap.  I am assuming this will help keep sand from back washing into the inlet.  There are huge rocks piled there, and I am again assuming to help rebuild the wall.  Hopefully they will be done soon, but the project was said to take ninety days which would be well into the end of November or middle of December.  Hopefully we will be able to fish that wall sooner than later.  I have some friends that have been talking about getting together a petition to have the inlet jetty rebuilt.  Did you know we lose almost two feet of length a year to wave action?  They are proposing to have it rebuilt like a jetty done recently that has a flat cement top, now that would be choice to fish.  I will keep you posted when the boys at surf rider foundation are planning on working on this with Delaware anglers.  We need to work with one another to help rebuild what we have lost, and to protect the beaches with sensible solutions instead of thirty million dollar bandaids.  This of course needs to be studied first.  We are having a serious trash issue at the inlet again and it is not just the toggers, but the frequency seems to increase during this season.  Please carry in and carry out.  There is also a dumpster in the parking lot of the marina near the fish store there.  If you see people littering or leaving trash tied to the rail, please say something to them.  We have to police our own areas.  Personally I am tired of picking up after people.  The parks need to get on the ball and start enforcing littering laws.  maybe even confiscate a few fishing licenses to help enforce this situation and make a point.  Everyone is at fault when this littering occurs it is not just one group of people.  I have seen regulars dump hot grill ashes into the water at the inlet and discard fish carcasses over the rail.  Both are not legal nor a good idea regardless of legality.  I have other things I would like to talk about at the moment, but it has been along day and week, climbing ladders, and walking roofs.  Until next time and good luck out there …


Fish On!!

Rich King

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DNREC : Delaware issues updated fish consumption advisory


Delaware issues updated fish consumption advisory
Updated advisory for the tidal Delaware River reflects long-term environmental improvements

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DOVER (Oct. 23, 2013) – The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control and the Department of Health and Social Services’ Division of Public Health today updated the fish consumption advisory for fish caught in the tidal Delaware River. The updated advisory is a result of analysis of chemical contaminants in fish caught in the tidal Delaware River and elsewhere throughout the state. The change reflects long-term environmental improvements in the tidal Delaware River.

The fish consumption advisory for the tidal Delaware River from the Delaware/Pennsylvania/New Jersey border to the C&D Canal has been updated to a less restrictive advisory due to falling levels of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), dioxins and furans, chlorinated pesticides, and mercury. For the general adult population, the current advice has been changed from “eat no finfish caught in the tidal Delaware River north of the C&D Canal” to “eat no more than one eight ounce meal of finfish per year,” while retaining the “do not eat” advice for women of childbearing age and young children. This advisory is being issued today in collaboration with the New Jersey Toxics in Biota Committee and the Delaware River Basin Commission.

“This updated advisory in the tidal Delaware River is a very positive sign that water quality is improving and that our efforts, especially during the past few years, are working,” said DNREC Secretary Collin O’Mara. “Initiatives, such as those that clean up harmful wastes and reduce pollutants from entering our waterways, along with cooperative efforts of the Delaware River Basin Commission and our state, federal, and local partners to address PCBs, are making a difference. Our goals are to clean up the remaining sources of contaminants, accelerate improvement in fish and ultimately lift advisories when they are no longer necessary.”

Fishing is a popular activity in Delaware and many people eat their catch. Although eating fish in moderation as part of a healthy diet may provide health benefits, fish can accumulate contaminants from the water, sediment and from the food they eat. Contaminants may build up over time in fish tissues even with extremely small amounts of chemicals in the water. The amount of contaminants in fish depends on the species, size, age, sex and feeding area of the fish. Chemicals, such as PCBs, mercury and dioxin in fish are a health risk for people who regularly consume their catch.

In addition to the advisory mentioned above, DNREC and DHSS remind the public of the general statewide fish consumption advisory first issued in 2007:

  • Eat no more than one meal per week of any fish caught in Delaware’s fresh, estuarine and marine waters.  This advisory applies to all waters and fish species not otherwise explicitly covered by an advisory.

The statewide advisory is issued to protect against eating large amounts of fish and fish that have not been tested or that may contain unidentified chemical contaminants. One meal is defined as an eight-ounce serving for adults and as a three-ounce serving for children. The statewide general advisory is consistent with a national advisory issued by the EPA and FDA, and with general advice given by many states throughout the country.  Delaware issues more stringent advice for specific waters when justified by the data.

People who choose to eat species under advisories can take steps to reduce exposure. Contaminants tend to concentrate in the fatty tissue, so proper cleaning and cooking techniques can significantly reduce levels of PCBs, dioxins, chlorinated pesticides and other organic chemicals. Larger fish of a given species will likely have higher concentrations. To reduce your risks of ingesting these chemical contaminants:

  • Remove all skin.
  • Slice off fat belly meat along the bottom of the fish.
  • Cut away any fat above the fish’s backbone.
  • Cut away the V-shaped wedge of fat along the lateral line on each side of the fish.
  • Bake or broil trimmed fish on a rack or grill so some of the remaining fat drips away.
  • Discard any drippings. Do not eat drippings or use them for cooking other foods.

However, these techniques will not reduce or remove unsafe levels of mercury from fish.

The Delaware Fish Contaminants Committee, with representatives from DNREC and the Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS), recommends sampling and has overseen the collection of fish tissue samples from Delaware’s streams, ponds, estuaries, and ocean waters. The committee makes recommendations to the Secretaries of DNREC and DHSS as to the appropriate advisories to put into place.

The revised fish consumption advisories chart with meal advice for fish caught in Delaware waterways and information on the monitoring program can be found on DNREC’s web site, http://www.fw.delaware.gov/Fisheries/Pages/Advisories.aspx.

In addition, the updated advisory will be listed in the fish consumption advisories chart in the 2014 Delaware Fishing Guide that will be available at local tackle shops and fishing license dealers in early 2014. The Department of Health and Social Services’ Division of Public Health also posts fish advisory signs along waterways with consumption advisories.

For more information, contact Rick Greene, DNREC Division of Watershed Stewardship, 302-739-9939.

Visit the following U.S. government websites for information on federal fish consumption advisories, on mercury in fish and shellfish, and on how to safely select and serve fresh and frozen fish.



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Sand Eels are in the surf … everywhere

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Sand Eels in the surf today .. photo by Matt Bomberger

The new profile of the beaches has been amazing to observe the last few days.  If you want to know how the bottom under the surf looks, go to a beach right now in Delaware at low tide.  What you will see may just show you a few things you have always wondered.  If you really want a treat stay there for the entire incoming tide.  The beaches in Fenwick Island and Bethany drive on today were very carved up and steep.  The cuts and sand bars are huge.  In fact we have 2 sets of sandbars in some places and in some spots you will sink to your knees in soft sand.  All of the beaches are loaded with sand eels too, pure striped bass candy.  Now we just need the fish (striped bass fall runners) to show up, we have the perfect fishing conditions for them.  Lots of food, and perfect sand bars to fish.  Steve and I worked the surf in Fenwick a bit today, he almost had a nice redfish on a plug but it didn’t take the hook.  I threw metals but mostly took video and pictures of the beach.  I just uploaded a video of today on the DSF U tube channel.  As Steve said, the place looked like a washing machine.  Water was going in all directions.  The contours of the beach will change daily, but for now we have some serious crazy surf out there.  The drop off is smooth but at least ten feet tall at dead low tide.  I was shocked when I first drove onto the beach.  I was not prepared to see that craziness.  A few commented on one video I posted that it looks like the Outer banks.  They are dead on with that description.  I have been out and about all day.  This morning the inlet was packed with toggers and a few boys were hitting shorty stripped bass (residents).  Small summer flounder are popping up in the surf for a few anglers.  We will see what the next few days brings.  I am eager to fish in the washing machine tomorrow, set to insane fishing and let her rip.

Fish On!!

Rich King

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Reading the beach to fish


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Reading the beach at Cape Henlopen State Park … the point

Today after work I went to the point in Cape Henlopen State Park.  The beach there is all carved up and washed out, but that is actually a helpful tool for any angler.  During the dead low tide you could see all of the mini sandbars and cuts.  These will move as the beach fills in, but it was neat to see what the bottom of the ocean would look like uncovered.  You can see from the carved contours in the sand how the troughs move (drain) water into cuts and create areas to fish.  Bait fish and crustaceans will explore these areas that look like tide pools.  The area where the water is pushed out by over flow or the action of waves (cut) is where you will find fish feeding on the unsuspecting baitfish and critters as they are washed out of these areas.  This is known as a cut.  It looks like a gully and is the area where you see two waves collide with one another (usually).  This wave action creates these cuts and make for great fishing holes.  I took a lot of pictures tonight and posted them to the Delaware Surf Fishing Facebook page.  You can view the pictures there.  I used one here with labels to give you an idea of what the bottom looks like under and behind the waves.  You have to use your imagination a little.  On a side note driving on the beach is a bit of a chore, but doable.  I saw Suzanne out there, chatted a bit, took lots of pictures of the sunset, and we followed each other off the beach.  The point gate was closed and we had to drive to Navy Crossing.  That was an adventure.  Over the hills and far away would be a good description, and my new rodeo handled it like a champ.  It was fun to be honest with you.  Have a great weekend and just keep in mind the full hunter’s moon will definitely effect our tides.  Right now it is almost as bright as the sun outside.  The fishing was no good when I was there this evening.  I had too may dolphins out front and one guy who decided to drive through the rip I was fishing with his boat.  He could have easily ridden the long way around, and I could have cast over his boat by a good thirty feet.  Oh well, there is always one, besides it was a beautiful night watching the sun set, and the moon rise over the ocean.  The fishing in the surf has been slow, Suzanne said she didn’t see anyone catch a thing today and she drowned a variety of baits.  The southern beaches were about the same as far as catching.

Fish On!!

Rich King

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Hunter’s Moon fishing report

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Photo by James …. Flounder today at Cape Henlopen pier … 10/14

The seas have calmed down and the water is clearing up rather fast.  The beaches are still flat in most areas but the sand bars and troughs will be reshaped.  Every incoming wave adds a little help.  And the waves never stop coming.  I have been working days and fishing in the evening as long as we get off early enough.  Waiting for the end of the day is a bonus.  Walking the beaches or hitting the rocks and rails is a treat.  Sore feet from climbing ladders all day and walking roofs, the pain goes away with a quick trip tot he water’s edge.  Wet a line smell, the brine in the air, and the screams of the gulls.  I saw an osprey today in the back bays, fishing a pond.  Reminded me we don’t have long till they all migrate to the south.  Winter is coming but the fishing is just starting back up for the better.  Many anglers wait all year for the season’s change.  I get fifty messages a day, “When will the bass be here?”  I answer them all the same, “when they arrive”.  The hunter’s moon is up in the sky now and it will not be long.  This is the full moon most of the old salts wait for, then they start to get excited for large striped bass.  I wouldn’t even waste time trying to “call” a time frame for arrival.  Besides if they get here too fast they will leave just as fast.  Then we will all be waiting for the spring run!

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south beach at IRI carved from the storm. The rest of the beaches are flat and starting to reshape

Striped bass and big bluefish are not the only fish out there this time of year.  Ling cod will be thick this winter if all goes well, and there  is nothing like freezing your laurels off on a beach in 20 mph winds and cold water spray from waves, surf fishing.  Tautog are in thick and the catches have been very nice.  The wrecks out front are producing well for the Lewes Charter boats.  I watched over thirty anglers today hammer tautog at Indian River Inlet.  They (the fish) are just getting warmed up, Massey’s Landing has produced some nice keepers.  Green crabs and sand fleas are working well for baits, and it is not too cold for tautog.  Their arrival which was roughly two weeks ago is all a few of my angling buddies would talk about. (Me) “Fishing has been good” … (them)  “yeah, but it will be better when the tog arrive, that is all I am waiting for.”  The same can be said for some striped bass anglers.  I have been tossing metals (Deadly Dicks/green/2 ounce) for bluefish and shorty striped bass.  We do have a large resident population of rockfish.  A few nice shorties were caught recently in the surf at Delaware Seashore State Park.  Spot are still out there and big as ever.  Have not seen many croaker in the past few days.  Puppy drum are still here and there.  Cut mullet and bunker have been the choice cut baits, no you don’t need to scale the baits when chunking, the fish is already cut into pieces.  In fact that makes it more difficult to keep your chunk bait on a hook, the scales help hold the bait on the hook.  I would try some bluefish if you can get a bait sized one to use.  Summer flounder are still around, and last year were being caught up and until just after Christmas.  The waters just need a little more time to calm down.  Birds have been working the Indian River Inlet hard on the incoming tides in the evenings.  Some decent blues have been caught at IRI and small snippers in the surf.  In short the storm hit us hard, but the area waters will recover and produce more fish soon.  Many were hoping the storm would blow in fish.  There has to be fish out there to blow in, that is the only catch. (pun intended)  The beach combing has been excellent for shells and sea glass.  I found a rivet from the old bridge tonight as well as a lot of concrete chunks and asphalt on the south beach near IRI, just not enough too make a driveway or patio.  Might explain why some surfers call it re-bar beach.  Be careful those concrete chunks were large, and could take out a toe.  Have fun this weekend and we will see you in the surf.


Fish On!!

Rich King

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Post Nor’easter update : beach conditions


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Skate at Beach Plum Island … you can see the beach conditions and waves in the background

The wind is dying down, the storm is gone and the sun came out today.  Finally, we all really missed our normal nice days at the beach.  The water is even getting a little clearer.  It will take a few days for it to really clear up and hopefully the coming rains this weekend will not inhibit that either.  We will have to wait and see.  The parks had to shut down the drive on beaches during the brunt of the storm.  The point in CHSP and 3R’s was opened today.  You can walk on to any other beach.  As soon as the parks have the drive on access ramps clear you will be able to access the rest of beaches with your vehicle.  Many of the drive on access areas were filled in with windblown sand and some were chopped off a bit from high tides. The waves are still stacked out there, but are calming down.  Foam is still being pushed onto the beach, but that has slowed as well.  The “wash” is probably a good 20 yards wide until you get to the first wave.  The beaches for the most part look just like after Hurricane Sandy.  It will take a couple of weeks for the beaches to fill back in and the cuts reestablished.  The fishing will just be different until then.  Boots or waders will be necessary unless you plan on getting wet.  The surf temps have averaged sixty six degrees.  A tad chilly for barefeet but with the nice weather we are seeing now it is bearable.  Ladies it is a beach comber’s delight out there, I found a lot of sea glass in minutes of hitting the sand.  Low tide is your best bet, and that will be early in the morning this week into the late morning.

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Conquest beach in Delaware Seashore State Park .. the “wash” is almost 20 yards wide, but the water is getting a bit clearer. Just expect more sand to be moving around clouding the water

DSSP, CHSP, and FI were all effected about the same as far as beaches washing out and will fill back.  Beach Plum Island and Broadkill beach were flattened out a good bit as well.  The replenishment at the north beach near IRI helped save the bridge area.  Now there will need to be some serious consideration to fix the jetty or come up with a long term solution.  One more storm like that and the sand will erode away.  This storm was a typical Nor’easter, except for the fact it sat on top of us and hammered the county for six days.  Not the typical time frame we are used to seeing.  The Northern bay beaches such as Bowers Beach faired okay but took a beating.  The breach at Fowlers Beach is even worse now and that needs to be addressed soon, not a year from now.  We traveled north over the weekend and the farther north the less damage and flooding occurred.  The Delaware Bay definitely was higher than normal as was the bay.  The winds were relentless.  All in all it was not so bad, some damage occurred in Sussex county from high winds and flood waters, but nothing we are not accustomed to.  Fishing was impossible from the surf, casting was not happening.  Holding bottom would have been impossible save for using cinder blocks.  The inlet and back bays were not too bad to fish, but the fish were not very active.  A few toggers got lucky and the Indian river inlet, and possibly a few shorty striped ass.  The water looked like grey chocolate milk.  I watched a guy catch a catfish at Woodland Beach on Saturday.

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We were treated to nice sunset over a calm bay this evening … amazing the difference one day can make

This afternoon a few small blue fish were caught at Beach Plum Island and skates.  Mullet chunks and squid were the baits.  A decent flounder was caught at the Henlopen pier today as well (Monday).  On Friday a few die hards, or crazy guys, depending on how you look at it, picked up a few snapper bluefish at the Cape Henlopen fishing pier when I dropped by there to check beach conditions.  The point was covered with a foot of water for most of the weekend.  A few folks I know tried to go out there, but the wind made casting a chore and a half.  All in all an interesting weekend, and we will see how the fishing does over the next few days.  The Indian River Inlet still looks cloudy as does the back bays and Massey’s Landing.  Roosevelt Inlet always looks stirred up, and everything should go back to normal in a couple of days.  There is still a lot of water that has to drain out of the bays.  Hopefully mother nature gave us a good cleaning.  I don’t think any fish were blown in so to speak, they would have to be out there to get pushed this way.  We will probably go right back to where we left off last week.  Tog, triggers, sheepshead, and some keeper stripers at the walls in the Delaware bay.  Tog at IRI and Massey’s Landing.  Huge spot all over the place, monster croaker when you can catch them.  Some decent trout here and there, shorty striped bass everywhere, as well as small blues.  Hoping the blues get bigger, a few schools of larger ones moved through the inlet last week.  I bought an array of new spoons and plugs at Tackle Direct this weekend to try out, and we will see how much of it I manage to feed the rockpile at IRI.  I will keep you updated over the next few days, we have all been dying to get a line wet.  For now it is back to work, and fish in the evenings, the best of both worlds.


Fish On!!

RIch King

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