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Old Inlet Bait & Tackle Fishing Report

Updated: March 27th, 2017 @ 10:50am
As anticipated the pretty weather on Saturday brought out the fishermen and the fish decided to cooperate a bit. We had reports of short stripers on the beach in Assateague, Fenwick and on in the south pocket of the Indian River Inlet on Saturday. Also heard about a couple of keepers on the south side as well. It's starting! March 25 - We have fresh bunker and live bloodworms. Reports of seals in the Inlet chasing bait and the ospreys are here. 70 degrees already. Spring has sprung! March 23 - A bit chilly today but we have a good looking forecast for the weekend with high Saturday pushing toward 70. We are trying to locate some fresh bunker. We will have live bloodworms. Time to shake off winter and go fishing! March 16 - BRRRRRRRRR!!! Deep freeze has stalled the start of our fishing season. Good news - they caught blues and drum on the OBX this week. The fish are coming! March 16 - A couple of warm days and then winter looks to make a comeback over the weekend. People are out and about and few have tried the surf and the Inlet to no avail. Water temp is slowly creeping up. So out best guess is now late March for striped bass and flounder to start biting. Effective April 1 the minimum size for summer flounder will be 17 inches. Possession limit is still 4 fish and no close seasons. March 4 - BRRRR! After a brief Spring Tease, Winter has come back for a few days. Wish there was more to report. More later as events warrant. Feb 22- It was a beautiful holiday weekend. Warm weather brought quite a few people out and many went fishing. But there was not too much catching as the water temperature is lagging the warmer than usual winter temperatures. The 10 day forecast looks really good and barring any serious cold snap in March we may be in luck of getting an early spring. With that in mind we are trying to get bait available earlier than usual. We have live green crabs, live eels and live minnows. Bloodworms and night crawlers are due in by the weekend. Spoke to a netter up in the DE bay and he reported stripers and bunker in the nets. Notice - Summer flounder regulations will change on April 1. New minimum size is 17 inches with a 4 fish limit. No closed season. Spring is coming! Feb 16 - Perch! Finally some fish to report. A few white and yellow perch have been found in Broad Creek and in Milton. Gavin Murray, Frankford, weighed a 1.25 pound yellow perch from Broad Creek this week. Nothing to report from the Inlet. Water temp is 40. BRRR! Tautog fishing on the wrecks and reefs is good. Weather permitting.' We hoep to have green crabs Friday afternoon. See you at our Scratch and Dent Sale this weekend! Jan 28 - We are open. Got the place dried out. Our biggest event of the Off Season - Scratch and Dent/Inventory Reduction Sale is set for Friday, Saturday and Sunday, February 17-19 Deep Discounts on Closeout, Cosmetic Blemish and Discontinued Items! Jan 24 Notice - Route One has reopened. Had an inch of water in the store from storm. All is well. Drying out. Route One closed at present likely to reopen later today. Jan 23 - Blowing ENE at 25 plus knots. Raining sideways. Minor coastal flooding, Fishing cancelled until better weather comes later in the week. Jan 18 Water temp is hovering around 44 degrees. Had a report of some short stripers caught at the Coast Guard Station over the weekend. We have live green crabs! Winter sucks! Not a whole lot going. Larry Vetter weighed a nice 15 pound 30 inch tautog earlier this. Caught at Reef Site 11 while fishing on the Wreckaholic. We have started getting some of our spring stocking orders in and have some new items. Stop and and see whats new if you are passing by. Our big Off Season - Scratch and Dent/Inventory Reduction Sale is set for Friday, Saturday and Sunday, February 17-19 Deep Discounts on Closeout, Cosmetic Blemish and Discontinued Items! Jan 12 We were blanketed by about a foot of snow over the weekend. It put an even bigger damper on the already nonexistent fishing. Temps are back up to the low 60's and most of the sown has melted. More cold weather and the possibility of snow showers again this weekend. There are still a few people trying for stripers in the Inlet. Have not heard much of anything form Jersey so no indication if there are still fish north of us. We will report it if it happens. Best fishing lately has been for tautog on the nearshore wrecks and reefs, weather permitting. Jan 3 - Had a couple of nice tautog checked in on New Years Day. Chris Huk of Milford had a 7 pound 4 ounce caught on reef Site 11 on board the Wreckaholic with Capt Rodney Jones. John Azato of Millsboro weighed a 9 pound 8 ounce tautog on the same trip to Reef Site 11 Got a report of a alot large bunker in the Inlet yesterday. No stripers tho. We have live green crabs! Happy New Year from Old Inlet! Not alot to report. We did have one customer tell us they caught keeper stripers in the north pocket on live eels Christmas eve. Our winter hours are 8am-4pm Monday-Saturday and 8am-3pm on Sunday Just got our second shipment of the much anticipated Penn Slammer III. 4500, 5500 and 6500 Dec 21- Merry Christmas! Not much to report about the fishing. A few people trying the inlet every day and finding short stripers with the occasional keeper reported. No word from the boats looking for stripers on the troll lately. Wind and rain has made it difficult. Above average temps forecasted for the Christmas holiday so we expect that people will get out and fish. Hopefully we will have some thing to report soon. We will be open on Saturday - Christmas Eve - from 9am-2pm Closed Sunday Christmas Day Reopen Monday December 26 Winter Hours Monday-Saturday 8am-4pm Sunday 8Am-3pm The Fleet was out in force yesterday looking for the fish. No fish found. Raining and warm today. Cold weather in the forecast later this week! Just got a report that the bite is still on in mid Jersey. So the fish that were found last Monday were likely just the first wave. Tis the Season for the Old Inlet Christmas Party Saturday December 17. Noon til 3pm All Welcome Complimentary Food and Beverages Dec 7 - No report from Monday - Blew hard out of east and would have been a bit too sporty out there. Wind is laying out a bit and sounds like some boats are gonna give it a try this afternoon. A couple of people hitting the surf as well today. Going to get cold the next few days. Dec 5 - The striped bass trolling bite fired off on Sunday and Monday. An armada of boats was working 3/4 miles off the Indian River Inlet both days. One of our customers weighed a 28 pounder and said they had 17 fish on Monday. Birds were working and fish were surfacing as well as down deep. Stretch lures and top water plugs were used. And of course today its 15 plus knots out of the east. Supposed to layout tomorrow afternoon and get cold! Dec 5 - New Pending State Record Striped Bass Caught on Over Falls Shoals Sunday - 62 pounds! Dec 2 - We have fresh bunker and live sand fleas! Nov28 - Not much has changed in the fishing report. One thing is that they have started trolling near shore looking for migrating stripers. We heard about a 50 pounder caught down off Ocean City over the weekend. Looks like live sand fleas are done for the season as are live bloodworms. We've heard numerous reports of an epic run of striped bass on the beaches in mid Jersey since just before Thanksgiving. Hope they cross the bay and give us a visit soon. Nov 22 - Back a day early - Not a whole lot of change in the fishing report. Everyone asking about fresh bunker - looks like we will not get any until Saturday - IF we get it. So none for Turkey Day. A few more striped bass keepers in the mix in the Inlet. Larry Linder, West Mifflin PA, sent a pic of a 40 pounder caught in the Inlet on an eel. The surf is covered up with skates and spiny dogs. We will be open Thanksgiving Day from 6am-12pm. Gobble Gobble! Nov 15 Note - the Old Inlet webmaster will be out of town from Wednesday Nov 16 through Nov 22. Please call 302-227-7974 for the latest fishing report. Still waiting on the run of big fish. The migration has started but the fish are still to the north in mid Jersey. Water temperature and weather will dictate when they get here. No crystal ball here. Wish we had one. Until then there are short stripers, small blues and shad in the Inlet on most every day time incoming tides. One day they are thick the next they just pick as them. No rhyme or reason. They are using bucktails and spoons during the day. A couple of keepers caught most nights. Sammy C sent a pic of a 15 pounder caught over the weekend. Live eels, swim shads and plugs are working. Short stripers and blues on the beach as well. Tog fishing in the Inlet is good as well. Still some live sand fleas around. Weather permitting the boats are finding seabass and tog on the inshore wrecks and reefs. Trolling for stripers should start most any day. Nov 9 Mixed bag of small stripers, shad and small blues in the Inlet almost every day. Occasional small red drum and the odd trout in the mix too. Tautog fishing has been decent as well. Small blues on the surf. Cooler weather and bigger fish coming! Nov 4 - A very noticeable uptick in the striper bite over the last few days. Mostly shorts but the bite is getting better and there are a few more keepers in the mix. Got a report from Long Island and north Jersey. The bite is on! They are on the way! Oct 31- Inlet loaded with small blues and shad Sunday afternoon. Lots of birds working in the Inlet this morning. Reports of small red drum in the Inlet last night on 4 inch sassy shads on a lead head. Oct 28 Several reports of small red rum and trout on the Inlet at night the last two nights. Small blues and shad during the day time. Night time striper bite has picked up a bit with the weather cooling down. Going to be a pretty weekend. Oct 24 - Wind blew all weekend. Put a damper on fishing. Small blues and shad reported in the Inlet. Daytime incoming tide. Good tautog bite reported along the rocks. Surf action is still mostly small blues. Bigger fish just south on Assateague. Black seabass season reopened on Saturday. 12.5 inch minimum size with a 15 fish a day limit. Wind was blowing so no report. Oct 17 - Beautiful weather Fall weather and the fishing is getting better! Bluefish on top water in the Inlet as this report going up (Monday morning). Small stripers, shad and small trout in the mix as well. Very good tautog bite in the Inlet over the weekend. We have green crabs and sand fleas. Small blues and short stripers on the beach. Fresh bunker due in this week. Looks like the fresh mullet run is done for the season. Availability will be limited if anything. Oct 10- The weather for the DMS tournament over the weekend was a bit sporty. Plenty of small blues in the 13-14 inch range. Heard of one 22 inch bluefish and a 35 inch striper. And a few short stripers as well. Even of few kingfish still around. Oh and a couple of 16 inch flounder. 10th Annual DMS Invitational Surf fishing Tournament. 206 Anglers battled Hurricane Matthew. Congratulations!! Overall Division: 1st place- Drew Stuchlik 2nd place- Ted Click 3rd place- Carl Koehn 4th place- Shaun Smith Women's Division 1st place- Anita Chandler 2nd place- Amy Ferguson 3rd place -Allison Stuart Youth Division 1st place Jace Griffith (16th place overall) Largest Fish- JR Griffith $750.00 Blue Fish Calcutta- Amy Ferguson $1860.00 Delaware Mobile Surf-fishermen's photo. Delaware Mobile Surf-fishermen's photo. Delaware Mobile Surf-fishermen's photo. Delaware Mobile Surf-fishermen's photo. +27 Oct 7 - The DMS tournament is a GO! We have fresh mullet and bunker. Get it while it lasts. Customer pre-fishing the tournament had plenty of small blues, a keeper flounder and cobia on the surf this morning. Oct 5- Final determination on status of DMS surf fishing tournament will be made at DMS meeting Thursday evening. All ramps open except Faithful Steward. Reports of a good tautog bite in the Inlet Oct 3 State Park Drive on ramps still closed. Just got a report from a gut that walked on Fenwick and caught 15 small stripers in the surf yesterday. Let's hope Matthew goes out to sea! Sept 30 - Delaware Seashore State Park beaches and drive on ramps are closed due to erosion. Will likely take several days to get them reopened. Sept 28 - Tautog Season Re-opens in Delaware Waters tomorrow Sept 29 - with a 5 fish and 15 inch minimum size. Sept 26 - 2016 Delaware Seashore Fall Surf Fishing Classic - Results 277 anglers fished some pretty sporty weather on Saturday and then much better weather on Sunday. Saturday started out beautiful but northeast winds quickly made it difficult to hold with less than 8 ounces. Regardless the fish were still biting. More than 100 fish were scored by 65 of the tournament anglers. 28 women and 18 kids participated. Small blues and kingfish dominated the action. A handful of short stripers were in the mix as well as some pompano puppy drum, croakers, flounder and black drum. Most Points: $800.00 + Bronze Figure Justin Lynch 76 points 2nd Most Points: $600.00 + Bronze Figure Darren Purcell 68 Points 3rd Most Points: $400.00 + Bronze Figure Scott Aiken Sr 62 Points 4th Most Points: $200.00 + Star Rod and/or Reynolds Rack Tie 60 Points Brad Wolters and Will Shahan 5th thru 20th Place Points awarded prizes. Women's Division: 1st Most Points: $200 + Rod & Reel + Nicole Born Memorial Trophy/Rod Tie 15 Points Lorretta Schickner and Katelyn Gore 3rd Most Points: $20 Each Tie 12 Points Deb Palm, Joan Fortner, Anita Chandler, Kelsey Cycyk Kids Division: 1st Most Points: Surf Rod & Reel + Trophy Jason Cain 30 Points 2nd Most Points: Jetty Rod & Reel + Trophy Tristan Stackhouse 15 Points 3rd Most Points Joey Griffith 12 Points Biggest Bluefish Calcutta - $2,500 Ryan Lewis Biggest Fish of Tournament Gary Wilson 21 inch Flounder Sept 19 - It Fall Classic Surf Fishing Tournament Week! The tournament will be held on Saturday and Sunday, Sept 24-25. Applications are available in the store. Tournament Packet pick up is Friday 12-8pm and Saturday morning 530-7am. Plenty of small bluefish reported in the surf. Still some kingfish around as well. Even a few cobia in the suds to boot. The weather forecast looks good! Hope to see you this weekend! Sept 9 - Good news! The drive on beaches are all open again! The storm has come and gone and we are still waiting for the fishing action to pick up. Water still very warm. Couple of boats headed out to Site 10 and the Old grounds for flounder and came up mostly empty. We figure as warm as the water is you gotta go a bit further to 110 or more feet of water. No report from the beach lately as the beaches just reopened today. Its that time of year when croakers and small trout should be found just off the beach. Usually in about 30 feet of water. The Inlet has been slow. We did get a couple of reports about a few 20-30 inch trout caught at night on mirrolures. This is welcome news. No fresh mullet yet. The run is sporadic and likely delayed by you guessed it - the warm water. It can only get better from here. Dont forget the Fall Classic Surf Fishing tournament will be held on Friday and Saturday Sept 24-25. Info is on oldinlet.com and you can sign up in the store. Sept 6 - Cape Henlopen - Herring Point and Gordon's Pond drive on are open. Beach Plum Island is open also. Sept 5 - Beach Closing Update - the beaches are still closed. It is anticipated that they will be reopened later this week. The beaches were subjected to sustained northeast winds for several days. The waves and tide were pushed all the way up to the dune line. This has caused erosion and has damaged some of the ramps. The beaches will be assessed after high tide today with repair work likely to start tomorrow. Also, be advised that the beach has a large trough full of water on it. DO NOT attempt to drive through this trough. You WILL get stuck. The over wash of the beach by the storm has made the sand very soft. Winds have switched to North and expected to go NW later today. Hermine is finally getting out of here! Notice - Bike to the Bay this weekend. Beginning Friday evening, September 9th at 4 PM until Sunday morning, September 11th at 10 AM the South Inlet Day Area parking lot at Delaware Seashore State Park will be closed for the Multiple Sclerosis Society Bike to the Bay event. Very limited parking has been set aside within the event area for those wishing to fish, but it is on a first come/first serve basis. Additional parking is available in the designated parking areas along Road 50 A as well as the parking lot just west of the entrance to the campground. Hermine Update - Good news - sun is out. Bad News - still blowing NE 15-20 knots. Beaches still closed and camp ground closed. Better weather in the forecast for Tuesday. Sept 3 - Wow. Take a little vacation and all hell breaks loose around here. State beaches are closed today as we await Hermine to pass by later in the day. The beaches have been closed most of the last several days. Beaches are overwashed by storm driven waves. Most of the beaches now have a large trough full of water on them. DO NOT attempt to drive through these troughs. You WILL get stuck. The sand is very spongy and will swallow your tires. The good news is that this storm will pass quickly and great weather is in the forecast starting Monday. We expect the fishing to improve greatly as it usually does after a storm. Aug 26 - Reminder Tautog Season will close in Delaware waters from Sept 1-28 The Old Inlet webmaster will be out of the office from Saturday August 27- through Friday Sept 2. Please call 302-227-7974 for updated fishing information. Hopefully the water will cool off some and the fishing will pick up by then! Until then, Happy Labor Day! Where did the summer go? Fall fishing season is fast approaching! Aug 24 - Good news! Croakers reported just outside the Inlet around the Bell Buoy. Decent flounder fishing out at the Old Grounds. There were plenty caught in the Paradise Island Flounder Pounder Tournament. 11.93 pounder won it. Inland bays are just too warm for good fishing but that should change as Labor Day and cooler temps draw near. Had a couple of nice kingfish on the scales lately. No citations but several pushing the one pound mark. Snapper blues on the surf and in the Inlet on the incoming tide. August 15 - Wow! What a hot weekend. Cooled down to a balmy 91 today. The water is bath tub warm. Fishing has been somewhat slow. We are getting reports that the croaker fishing is picking up in the Inlet. More keepers in the mix too. Bloodworms and strips of squid are working. A few flounder around in the Inlet as well along with the occasional schools of snapper blues. Snappper blues, kingfish and some pompano in the suds on the beach. Fish early and late in the day out of the heat. Quite a few people fishing for sharks on the beach. Please now the rules! Many species are protected and may not be beached. Please refer to the rules in the Delaware Fishing Guide. We will not post pics of protected species if they have been beached. Aug 1 - The dog days of summer... Kingfish in the surf has been the best bet lately. Bloodworms, small hooks, tight to the beach, early and late in the day out of the heat. We cannot stress these three points enough. People that are not catching are doing the exact opposite. Starting to hear about some nice flounder being picked up in the Inlet. Ryder Armstrong of Milroy PA landed a 21.5 inch flounder on 7/31 along the south camp ground wall. DSSP Volunteer and Vietnam Vet Ritchie reports catching a couple of keepers over the last week. Striper fishing in the Inlet is slow. Best opportunity is an early morning incoming tide or at night. Live fleas and live eels are the preferred baits. Flounder bite out at the old grounds has slowed up. Our bet is to try southeast towards A bouy and find 80-90 feet of water. It is hot hot hot! Heat and boat traffic have really slowed down the daytime striper fishing in the inlet. Best fishing is at night floating sand fleas and eels. The bite is not fantastic but its way better than the daytime bite. Jane Deamer, of Milroy PA, weighed a 15 pound striper caught on a live eel July 22. Snapper blues having been coming in the inlet on the daytime incoming tide when it is early or late in the day. A few flounder reported tight to the rocks as well. They are picking at the flounder back in the bays and in the back part of the Inlet. Best flounder fishing has been reported out at the Old Grounds - Offshore. Kingfish are dominating rh action on the surf. Many customers report catching all they want. Two things here to consider. Fish early and late out of the heat of the day. AND the fish are tight to the beach. casting as far as you can may be very macho but you just threw over the fish. On a low wave energy day the kingfish will be juts past the first breakers. You can literally underhand to them. Live bloodworms on small hooks are the best approach. Togging has been slow along the rockpile but they are reporting a few sheepshead and trigger fish in the mix. July 20 - A lot of boats drifting in the back part of the inlet between the marinas. Flounder bite must be decent. Chunkin bite has been off the hook in Masseys canyon area. We have butters and sardines. July 18 - Tautog season has reopened in Delaware waters. Minimum size is 15 inches and a 5 fish a day limit. The season will remain open until September 1. Kingfish bite has picked up on the beach. Live bloodworms. They are tight to the beach. Cast juts over the first breakers. Starting to hear about a few more croakers in the Inlet and bay. July 8 - A big eddie of warm water broke off the gulf stream and came very close to shore. It brought some warm water fish with it. Pompano reported on 3R's road. Joe Blasetto of Chadsford PA released a 12 inch pompano yesterday. It hit a bloodworm. Pompano like sand fleas too! Fish for them right in the breakers. They are feeding on critters stirred out of the sand by the wave action. Spanish mackerel reported on Fenwick Shoals and out around A buoy and the Light ship. Striper bite in the inlet is slow. Heat and boat traffic have made the day time bite all but nonexistent. The stripers are that around are being found at night or in the early morning hours. Live fleas and eels have been popular baits. Daytime incoming tide is producing a few small blues, croakers, flounder and shad in the Inlet. Good flounder bite reported at B Buoy and the Old Grounds offshore. The surf is offering a mixed bag of small fish including kings, blues, croaker and pompano. June 30 - July 4th Weekend coming up! Kingfish bite has picked up on the beach. We have plenty of live bloodworms. Croaker bite picking up in the Inlet. June 24 - Recent fish on the scales and pics: Nickolas Hendricks weighed a 7 pound flounder caught at B Buoy on Thursday Got a pic of 9 year old Megan Greene with doubleheader kingish caught at 3R's road Thursday. Ken German weighed 5 and 7 pound sheepshead caught in the inlet on Wednesday. June 22 - Hard to believe 4ht of July is just around the corner. It has been busy around here! Summer fishing patterns have set in with the warmer weather. Short stripers in the inlet during the daytime - morning and late in the day. Heat and boat traffic driving the fish down during the day especially on the weekends. Still picking up a few keepers at night on the incoming water. They get about an hour window on them most nights. No telling which part of the tide but most of the action has been toward the end of the rockpiles. Live eels, dark plugs and floating fleas working at night. Bucktails and light colored swim shads are best during the day. The surf is offering a mixed bag of small fish - blues croakers and kings. Summer sharking has started as well. The best flounder fishing has been reported from the offshore grounds. Site 10 and B Buoy. Not much going on in the bays. Dirty cold water and wind being the main issues. June 13 Cast for a Cure Team Surf Fishing Tournament Results The 2nd Ever Cast for a Cure Tournament was held on Saturday, June 11 (last years event was cancelled due to a coastal storm. 14 teams participated. First Place was taken by Team Lewes Harbor Marina #1 with 84 points. Second place went to Team Three Guys and Gal Fishing (Selbyville Elks). Third place was a three way tie - Team Red Dog, Team Retired/Working and Learning, and Team Lil Angler. Each team member received a trophy. The largest bluefish - 34 inches - of the tournament was caught by Suzanne Martin on Team Lewes Harbor Marina #1. It was worth $220 in the Calcutta. No keeper striped bass were recorded. There were several keeper sea trout and croakers caught as well as kingfish. Proceeds of the tournament will be donated to the Tunnel Cancer Center Special Needs Fund this week. We estimate the donation will be more than $3,000 for this year. $1,000 was donated to the American Cancer Society last fall after the tournament was cancelled due to a coastal storm. June 6 - Night time striper bite in the Inlet on the incoming tide in the Inlet. Dark plugs and eels. Alot of fish in the throwback slot from 38-43 inches. Still picking at some nice blues on the surf. Robert Wright weighed a 9.5 blue from the surf at 3R's omn Saturday. Caden Whitman had a 12 pounder on Sunday at Savages Ditch. Also starting to hear about a few kingfish on the beach at Fenwick. June 4 - Some nice blues hitting the scales lately Brenn Scott weighed a 15.5 pounder taken on the beach at Savages Ditch today Jim Swatski weighed a 12 pounder yesterday from Savages Jeff Galeski weighed a 14 pounder yesterday from Conquest June 2 - Decent striped bass bite reported from the Inlet th elast two nights on incoming tide. Dark plugs and eels are the best baits. Had a couple of nice bluefish reported from the beach at Conquest yesterday. Two reports of kingfish caught on the beach at south bethany north fenwick over the last few days. May 31 - Hope you all had a great holiday weekend! Beautiful weather made it off the hook here. At one point on Saturday morning they were quadruple parked in our lot. We counted 60 plus cars in the lot. Lots of people went fishing but not much catching was reported. Several people sent pics of fish caught on the beach. Anita Chandler released a 40 inch striper on the beach in Fenwick Sunday. It hit live bloodworms. Stacy Gardner released a 36 inch striper on the beach at Conquest on Saturday. It hit Gulp. Larry Von Arx hit a 32 inch striper on the beach at Savages on Saturday. It hit live sand fleas. Brandon and Colby Waltman landed 8 and 10 pound bluefish on bunker at Conquest Road on Friday. It hit fresh bunker. Eamonn Carey picked up an 8 pound bluefish from his boat in the Inlet on Friday. It hit a gulp nuclear chicken bait. Tim Schickner caught a13 pound Striped bass in the Inlet on Friday on bunker. As expected, the striper bite slowed down in the inlet over the weekend. Heat and boat traffic make the fish scarce especially during the daylight hours. Good news is that the bite picked back up again last night. Stripers were hitting plugs after dark in the incoming tide. May 24 - News Flash - Cape Henlopen Pier reopens Wednesday May 25! Just weighed 19 and 24 pound stripers caught in the Inlet last night Big bluefish in the Inlet this morning. Keeper stripers caught on the northside of the inlet last night. Chuck McKenzie of just weighed a 15 pound 8 ounce bluefish on the surf on fresh cut bunker. May 23 - Bluefish in the Inlet Saturday and Sunday on the morning incoming tide. Up to 24 inches! Report of a 43" striped bass caught in the Inlet this morning. They caught stripers on the beach in the rain over the weekend. Jim Ruback landed a 37 inch striped bass on the surf north of the Inlet yesterday. On live sand fleas. Mr Pumpin Aint Easy Scotty West had a keeper on the surf yesterday as well. May 21 - Several keeper stripers caught on Fenwick surf yesterday. Sam Caltagirone sent a pic of a 31 and 36 inch striper he caught in the Inlet last night. May 20 - Reports of a decent striped bass bite on the night time incoming tide in the Inlet. The end of the north jetty has been the hot spot. Dark colored plugs are the preferred bait. Still catching some nice fish on the beach. Craig Trott and Will Tyre sent in a pic of a 35 inch blue taken on 3R's Road Wednesday. Deb Everingham sent in a pic of a 42.5 inch striped bass taken on the beach north of the Inlet Thursday. Justin Lynch sent a pic of a 39 inch striper caught on the surf at Fenwick today. It hit fresh bunker and was released. May 16 - We, finally after 18 straight days, had a day with out rain. All the rain has been keeping the number of people of fishing down. So the number of fish being caught has been low as as well. The bite is spotty. The fish are here. No hot spots. the fish are spread out. The best surf fishing has been north of the bridge from the Life Saving Station toward Conquest Road. Its been hit and miss in the Inlet. You gotta have a line in the water to catch them. Eight days on east north east wind in the forecast. Full moon coming. May 10 - Notice - Tautog season closes in Delaware waters on Tuesday May 11 at midnight and reopens July 17. May 9 - Larry Von Arx just stopped in to show us two stripers over 36 inches taken on the beach north of the Inlet this morning. Both hit fresh cut bunker. We just got fresh bunker! Keeper stripers caught on the beach this morning across from the store. Most of the fish caught in our tournament over the weekend came from the Life Saving station and north toward Conquest. Keeper stripers reported in the Inlet this morning on the last couple hours of the incoming tide. May 7 - Tournament Results - Old Inlet Annual Spring Surf Fishing Tournament Big fish hit the beach! 6 stripers over 30 inches scored. More than 12 bluefish over 24 inches scored. Conditions were rainy with heavy tide. But the big fish did not disappoint. 251 Participants 29 Women 22 kids Open Division - First Place 84 Points Rory Schuster $750 and Trophy Second Place 63 Points Shaun Smith $500 and Trophy Third Place 57 Points Joe Drupieski $350 and Trophy Fourth Place (tie) 40 Points Chad Bayless and David Bloodsworth $75 Each Ladies Division First Place 21 Points Kelsey Cycyk $250 and Trophy Second Place 12 Points Carla Wright $100 and Trophy Third Place 11 Points Suzanne Martin (the puffer queen) $50 and Trophy Kids Division - none placed Grand Slam Prize - none Biggest Fish of Tournament - 44" Striped Bass $1,000 Rory Schuster Biggest Bluefish Calcutta - $2,200 37" Blue fish Joe Drupieski May 6- Chad Bayless checked in two stripers this morning 33-35 inches and nice blue caught on the beach while pre-fishing our spring surf fishing tournament. May 3 - Proving that stripers like sloppy weather... Mark Laros of Frankford weighed a 22 pound striper caught on bunker at 3R's road. May 1 - Jason Deittrick weighed a 12 pound 4 ounce bluefish taken on the south jetty (ocean side) Sunday morning April 30 Aaron Lagerquist of Elk Ridge MD weighed a 9.5 pound bluefish caught on the surf at Keybox Road on a whole mullet rig. April 29 - Friday - Ryan Nys from Silver Spring MD weighed in a 14 pound bluefish taken from the Indian River Inlet on a bucktail! Cant catch fish if you are afraid to fish in the rain! We have started to see some nice blues on the beach and in the Inlet. No where near like the run last year. That was a once in thirty year occurrence. The bite is hit and miss. Just gotta pout your time in a be in the right place at the right time! April 29 - The weather has turned to.... Rainy, east north east wind for the last couple of days. That's the bad news. Now for the good news. Reports of nice stripers in Ocean City Inlet on Thursday and big blues up in the Delaware Bay. Saw some pics of a bluefish blitz up in south Jersey earlier this week. Gator size. Now if the weather would just cooperate... April 25 - Fishing picked up a bit over the weekend. Especially on the surf. Emily Baptiste of Lewes sent us a pic of a 30 plus inch striper she landed on Keybox road Saturday. It hit fresh bunker. Connor and Scott Shumaker from Landedburg PA weighed in a 9 pound 8 ounce bluefish on 3R's road Sunday. It hit whole mullet. Brandy Timmons of the Delaware Fisherwomen sent a pic of a nice Black Drum that she released on Herring Point - Cape Henlopen Sunday morning. It his live sand fleas. We also heard about small stripers, some 20 inch blues, blowfish and kingsfish in the mix. No great numbers but improving. Fish are still scattered up and down the beach. No hot spot. A few short stripers and few blue fish reported from the Inlet. Along with some tautog. April 22 - Fish are here but scattered. Gotta be at the right place right time. Can't catch em if you dont have a line in the water. We have fresh bunker and live bloods. Green crabs due in today. Surf clams due in Saturday morning. Reports of flounder back by Masseys and in the Lewes Canal. April 18 - Pretty weather here to start the week and the forecast looks good for the coming weekend. The weather improved just enough over this past weekend and we were busy. Lots of people shook off the slow start to the spring and hit the beach and inlet. Reports from the beach were spotty. Fish spread up and down the coast. The bite was not hot by any means but we got reports of small stripers, a few nice blues, a kingfish and some puffers. The surf was a bit rough and there was some grass to deal with. Starting to see some decent keeper tautog in the Inlet. We even had live sand fleas to start the day. Sand flea availability will be sporadic to start. Hearing about a few short stripers from the Inlet. No real flounder report from the weekend. Too windy to get a good drift. Several boats out trying today so we should know more soon. Its only going to get better from here on this Spring! April 14 - Just had a reliable report of a a couple short stripers and one keeper caught in the Inlet this morning. Clear and cool. Not as windy. Saw pics of a couple blues caught on Conquest yesterday. Whole mullet rigs. we have fresh bunker, live bloodworms, live green crabs, live minnows and live eels. Starting to pick up a few tautog in the Inlet as well. Pretty weather in the forecast. Gonna be a great weekend. April 11 - Wind a rain have really slowed the start of the season down over the last 10 days. Wind finally laid out a little yesterday. We saw a pick of 24 inch blue taken on the beach at Conquest yesterday afternoon. On a whole mullet rig. Finally a nice bluefish on the beach. Hearing about some nice tog in the Inlet. We have green crabs. The flounder are here. Bite should pick back up when the wind lays out. Saw a pic of some short stripers from the surf at Herring Point over the weekend. On bloodworms. Several people out on the surf trying today. Spoke to a netter yesterday. He is seeing some nice blues, trout and a few stripers. Reason for optimism. Rain on Tuesday and then it looks like we may get some good fishing weather for the weekend. April 7 - Several netters have told us they have had large bluefish in their nets up in the DE bay over the last couple of days. That's exciting. Now if this weather would just straighten itself out... April 5 - Short stripers hit the beach during the good weather in late March. Customers were reporting as many as 20 fish a day in some cases. Bloodworms were the hot bait. Flounder reported in the Indian River bay during that time as well. Then the weather turned cold and windy. Nothing happening over the last week. And the forecast for this weekend does not look good. So its a good new - bad news forecast. Fish are here but the weather is not cooperating. Been too windy and the water is dirty. New Sale/Event Old Inlet Power Buy Night! 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Something you want not on this list? We Will Make A Deal if You Buy In Quantity! Delaware Fishing License Will Not Be Available, Repair Shop Will Not Be Open, and Reel Spooling Will Not Be Available During This Event ******************** April 23: Power Buy Event May 7: Old Inlet Annual Spring Surf Fishing Tournament May 27-29: Memorial Day Weekend Tent Sale June 11: Cast for a Cure Surf Fishing Tournament September 24-25: Delaware Seashore Fall Surf Fishing Classic October 8-9: Delaware Mobile Surf-Fishermen Invitational Surf Fishing Tournament December 17: Old Inlet Christmas Party Jan 13 - BRRRR! Windy and cold. Looks like a couple of 50 degree days coming on Friday and Saturday. Still have fish to the north of us. No fresh bunker around. Jan 11 Several reports out of Cape May last week that they had stripers on the beach and on the troll out to 1.5 miles on the beach. Water temp is still in the mid 50's about 6-8 degrees warmer than usual. So there is still the possibility that these fish will slide across the Delaware Bay into Delaware waters. Also, heard they still have stripers in mid Jersey around Island State Park with bluefish mixed in them. That tells you just how warm the water is and how far north the bait still is. Until then - Big shad in the Inlet on saltwater flies. Good tautog fishing on the offshore wrecks. Capt Scotty reported fish up to 11 pounds over the weekend. with 9 anglers catching 38 keeper sized fish. Paul form New Castle weighed in two tautog over 9 pounds taken on the Katydid out of Lewes last week.
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