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Delaware State Seashore Park (DSSP)

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Surf fishing in Delaware Seashore state park

Delaware State Seashore Park (DSSP) stretches from Dewey Beach, Delaware to North Bethany Beach, Delaware and offers a variety of outdoor activities for even the most seasoned outdoor enthusiast. Bounded by the Atlantic Ocean to the east and the Indian River Bay and Rehoboth Bay to the west, DSSP covers 2825 acres and includes six-miles of pristine ocean side beach. The Delaware Division of Parks and Recreation began operating Delaware Seashore State Park in 1965. Today, the park is a major outdoor recreation facility enjoyed by millions of visitors who relish the large variety of water-related activities available along the Delaware coast. From boating and fishing to sun bathing and swimming there is something for everyone who visits DSSP to enjoy.

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Sea glass can be found all the park beaches

Along the 6 mile stretch of DSSP ocean side, there are four named beaches. From just below the town of Dewey Beach, Delware going south they are; Tower Beach followed by Keybox, Conquest, Faithful Steward (sometimes called savages ditch) and 3R’s Beach. All of the beaches have parking facilities for walk on beach access as well as drive on access. However to drive on to any of the DNREC Park System beaches your vehicle must meet these minimum requirements; 4 wheel drive, minimum ground clearance of 7 inches, and must be displaying a Delaware surf vehicle permit. To obtain a surf permit, you may visit any of the Delaware Park Service offices. The DSSP office is located on Inlet Road near the Indian River Marina. Inlet Road is on the SOUTHBOUND side of route 1 before you cross over the Inlet bridge. All of the DSSP areas are carry-in/carry-out facilities. This means; if you have trash when leaving the beach bag it up and take it home with you. Please, keep our beaches clean and the wildlife safe from our waste.

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Ben Smith with the Delaware State Striped bass record at 52 pounds

The Delaware State Seashore Park is a popular spot for surf fishing as it offers an array of fish through every season. In the spring and early summer months striper can be found in the surf and out beyond the break and black drum are often mixed in. Summer yields perennial favorites including summer flounder, king fish, and the occasional mackerel. Mid-summer brings the blue fish which increase in size and number through the fall when finally, the cycle completes with the fall and winter run of striper. Other species are also found along the DSSP beaches. The ever present skate, smooth and spiny dogfish and a host of small and large rays are always in the mix. A steady supply of bait fish are also likely to be seen. From schooling balls of bunker and mullet to smaller sud runners like bullhead minnows. As the saying goes, find the bait, find the fish. If you are handy with a cast net we recommend catching the local bait as it is truly what the sport fish are chasing after.

Parking at 3R's Beach

Parking at 3R’s Beach

3R’s – Just over the south side of Indian River Inlet is 3R’s Beach. 3R’s is accessible directly from Route 1 on the north bound (ocean side) of the highway. 3R’s has ample parking for those who do not have a Delware surf fishing vehicle tag. For those who do have a tag, access to the beach is directly through the parking lot. As always, remember to air your tires down. Once back in the parking lot, 3R’s offers several air stations to re-fill tires. Note that ALL air stations are FREE at Delaware drive on beach access areas.

Faithful Steward Surf Fishing Vehicle Crossing

Faithful Steward Beach Crossing – Faithful Steward is the first beach access road north of the Indian River Inlet. This beach is named after the famed merchant ship of the same name. Bound for Philadelphia,  this Irish merchant ship ran aground during a  one hundred yards off the beach. She was carrying 249 passengers, imported wares from Great Britain and barrels of British coins. To this day it is common for coins to wash up on the beach after storms and heavy tides.  The area beach is known as coin beach.

Conquest Road Beach Access in DSSP

Conquest Road – Conquest Road access area is approximately 2.5 miles north of Indian River inlet. As with all the ocean side beaches in Delaware State Seashore Park, a surf vehicle permit is required to drive on the beach. The vehicle beach crossing is on the right side of the parking lot beyond the air station.

Key Box Surf Fishing Vehicle Crossing

Key Box – Key Box Road beach access area is located approximately one-mile south of the town limits of Dewey Beach, Delaware. This access area, like the others on the ocean side offers parking and beach crossing access for walk-on anglers as well as those who have a Delaware Surf Fishing vehicle permit. The surf fishing vehicle access is located at the far right corner of the parking area. The access crossing winds slightly to the left and up through the dune. A small air station is located at the entrance to the beach crossing.

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  1. […] is gonna be a little chilly and windy but we will be checking out the surf at 3r’s beach in Delaware Seashore State Park.  Early in the morning on Saturday and Sunday.  It will be some serious fall surf fishing from […]

  2. […] was fishing 3r’s beach today in Delaware Seashore State Park.  She said the fishing was extremely random to non existant.  Her buddy caught a small sand […]

  3. […] due to road damage from the storms and king tides.  Yesterday she hit up 3R’s beach in Delaware Seashore State Park and today she hit up Fenwick Island State Park.  The beaches have definetly changed shape from her […]

  4. […] there I have heard about.  Not wanting to leave empty handed.  She hit up 3R’s beach in Delaware Seashore State Park.  As usual  she started tearing into snapper blues.  Producing some very nice sized fish for the […]

  5. […] headed south over the Indian River Inlet to 3R’s Beach in Delaware State Seashore Park. Maybe our luck would change. It wouldn’t. The wind wasn’t as bad on the front side of […]

  6. […] the inlet seem to have the larger bluefish.  3r’s Beach and  Faithful Steward Beach in Delaware Seashore State Park.  They packed it up by the evening and I now have a freezer full of mullet    thanks […]

  7. […] fishing weekend!!! It was July in October 3 Comments We started out for 3r’s beach at Delaware Seashore State Park saturday morning.  We hit Sharky’s grill on the way through Dewey Beach DE.   Picked up […]

  8. […] friend Kristen was out on 3R’s Beach in Delaware State Seashore Park (DSSP) this afternoon and had a good report on a full basket of fish. Several short blues, a dog […]

  9. […] grab a free cup of coffee and a good hot breakfast on the way to fish the Indian River Inlet or Delaware Seashore State Park.  I tried to catch mullet at the bay beaches but the wind was  howling today and the water was […]

  10. […] kayaking out in rough wind and waves in the cold is not fun.    We met up at 3r’s beach in Delaware Seashore State Park on Saturday morning and proceeded to tear into little snapper bluefish.  We were using Mullet rigs […]

  11. […] A grab bag of literature and some free fishing line and I was off to 3r’s beach in Delaware Seashore State Park.  Where to surf fish this tournament  has been bugging me all week.  I have talked to several […]

  12. […] There is a lot of garbage on the beaches its terrible looking.  All of our beaches in all of the Delaware Seashore State  Parks look like this.  So if your out there pick up some trash, but be careful.   Some folks today […]

  13. […] Check that gear and lines!!!  Remember some warm clothing it is getting chilly on the water at the Delaware Seashore State Park (D.S.S.P.) and Fenwick Island State Park.   Anglers might want to hit Sharky’s Grill in […]

  14. […] met Mikey, from Mikey’s Dried Cow Goodness, at 3R’s beach in Delaware Seashore State Park this morning.  He came down early this morning to tear up some of the bluefish we have been […]

  15. […] hit 3R’s beach in Delaware Seashore State Park and set up the gear and the fighting chair.  The bait was kayaked out for catching big fish.  […]

  16. […] Drop by the station and tell em the delaware-surf-fishing blog sent you by….then head to Delaware Seashore State Park or the Indian River […]

  17. […] have seen in a long time.  There are lots of kings and croakers in front of 3R’s beach in Delaware Seashore Park.  Get a boat kids.  Otherwise  Small flounder in the surf and keepers in the Indian River […]

  18. […] Started out at 9 am and hit Sharky’s in Dewey Beach on the way to 3R’s  beach in Delaware Seashore State  Park.  We did stop at the Kite beach as usual to catch mullet.  However today I had my neighbors […]

  19. […] drove onto Conquest beach in Delaware Seashore State Park and then decided to go all the way towards the  surfing beach.  There were a few vehicles out […]

  20. […] ran into a few friends this evening and have some reports from 3R’s beach in Delaware State Seashore Park and the Indian River Inlet.  One gentlemen at the Roosevelt Inlet in Lewes, DE told us he and his […]

  21. […] still producing spot and flounder.  We caught a  lot of snapper bluefish on 3R’s beach in Delaware State Seashore Park (DSSP) on Saturday and Sunday.   The best bait was squid or mullet chunks.  The mullet lasted a […]

  22. […] on the menu!!! Leave a comment » Very little action at 3R’s fishing beach  in Delaware Seashore State Park  yesterday.  Blues were caught at noon on the bottom of the outgoing tide.  On bunker chunks and […]

  23. […] most Saturdays, I hit 3R’s Beach in Delaware Seashore State Park yesterday. I was actually one of the first in our group to arrive. I got there at about 10:30a.m. in […]

  24. […] they were very active this morning.  This is as good a time to mention that the bathhouse in Delaware Seashore State Park at 3R’s […]

  25. […] spot and dogs are all over 3R’s beach in Delaware Seashore State Park today.  It seems they are hitting best on the incoming tide and the top end of the outgoing […]

  26. […] at 3R’s beach in the Delaware Seashore State Park  just below the Indian River Inlet today. The weather was beautiful; sunny and low 80′s, […]

  27. […] off the work I needed to do and fish, but it is what it is.  Kristen hit up 3R’s beach in Delaware Seashore State Park today.   Her picture of the beach shows a new drop off before the surf.  Friends of hers said the […]

  28. […] Welcome back Brad!!!  I know you will have a good time tonight.  I will see you and Kristen tomorrow on the beach at 3R’s in Delaware Seashore State Park. […]

  29. […] license with him so we just checked things out and went surf fishing on 3R’s beach in Delaware Seashore State Park.  We fished for roughly 45 minutes and bailed.  COLD! would not be a good description of the […]

  30. […] the water but nothing produced.  She fished there for a bit and then headed to 3R’s beach in DSSP.  She arrived and got all set up for a day of surf […]

  31. […] gang I made you a little video from the beach this morning.  I went to 3R’s beach in Delaware Seashore State Park,  with my elfishing buddy.  The sun was just about to rise and the tide was incoming.  The water […]

  32. […] tide was jut starting to turn at 1 p.m. when I left the inlet.  I dropped by 3R’s beach in Delaware Seashore State Park  just to check things out, there were a few trucks on the […]

  33. […] the way I went to Fresh Pond which is part of Delaware Seashore State Park.  It has a 3 mile loop trail in the woods with a small off shoot trail that over looks the bay. […]

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