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  1. Hi everyone hope you have been enjoying the summer like weather we have been having lately. Feels like it is July or August. Let's start this report in the surf....the skates and sharks are still the main catch out there, but word has it that at night you can get a nice catch of kingfish while fishing with either live or artificial bloodworms. Most people are using the surf king fish rigs or a top and bottom rig with small hooks. Flounder fishing continues to be a good choice for the inlet. There have been lots of throw backs with some keepers in the mix. I would say that for every 10 fish you catch you may find 1 keeper. A first time fisherman, Terry Stough, of York, PA came into the shop on Friday and asked for some advice on what to use and where to go. We suggested a 6" Pearl Storm lure and sent him out to the Inlet to try his luck and two hours later he returned with an 8.8lb flounder he landed. A lot of people are jealous of a first time fisherman that lands a fish that big. Sonny Maio, of Northern Virginia, caught a 6.5lb flounder while fishing over on the VFW Slough. He was using a minnow on a plain flounder hook. The rock fishing has slowed down considerably since last week. The water temperatures have risen and any that are being caught are being caught at night with Poppers or other artificial lures such as black Bombers, Tsunamis or black bucktails with black worms. The bluefish are still around in the inlet, they are running on the incoming and outgoing tides. Just look for the birds and the choppy water and throw out a bucktail, Hopkins lure or a Kastmaster. They like anything shiney, and they do not require bait. The offshore bite has slowed down if you are looking for yellow fin in the Poor Man's. The fish seem to have followed the edge of the warm water that has pushed north. Boats that did try their hand at it came back in with mostly dolphin, gaffer size to peanuts, and there were a few lucky ones that had a blue fin. But the best catch of Saturday was the boat Liquid Handler with Anton Burr, Larry Watson and Howard Deaughtry. They left at 5pm on Friday night and came back to the dock with 3 Big Eye Tuna. They weighed 170, 155.2 and 103.5, along with a 40 yellow fin. Two more big eye broke off and a story of a midnight Mako fight that was at least 250lbs. They were glad that it broke off because they weren't prepared for that big guy. They were fishing way out at the Lindenkohl Canyon. That is one heck of a ride, but was all worth it to those guys. Congratulations!! The head boat Judy V. continues to see improvement in the black sea bass fishing with more keepers showing up on the wrecks. The half day trips have been seeing on average 2-3 fish per person. Some times the morning is better, sometimes the afternoon is better. This all depends on the tides and the winds. I guess that is why it is called fishing and not catching. There have also been nice sized tautog caught and released, but that all changes July 1st when tog season opens back up. We can't wait for that. We are fishing everyday both morning and afternoon. Reservations are recommended. The full day trip on the Capt. Bob II saw a lot of keeper black bass and a flounder as well. The full day trip runs on the Capt. Bob II and is limited to 25 people, and reservations are required for this trip. Flounder fishing in the ocean is starting to improve with a few more flounder coming in to the scales. Now don't think that they are setting the world on fire, but they are starting to bite more. Well that's all for this week! Keep Casting, Deanna (Mrs. Bert)</p><p>
  2. On Sunday evening at 5pm I was about to close up the shop for the day when I received a phone call. It was from a cell phone and it was hard to hear. All I could make out was "is anyone going to be around to clean a tuna?" Then I heard "we won't be in until around 6-6:30." All I could think was...man I'm tired, but the first tuna of the year is coming in we had better stick around. So, I told the guy we would be here to take care of his fish. 5:30 comes around and here comes a boat. A boat that had decided to go out that morning to go sharking. I had thought they had already returned to the dock for the day. They surprised us with the First Thresher Shark of the season. The "Undertaker" with Bill, Bill Doherty, Jr and CJ Walus came to the dock with a 216lb shark. They had been out near the Twin Wrecks that afternoon and were using Hook 'em & Cook 'em's Special Chum Mix along with a blue fish fillet on the hook. Bill, Jr, the angler, said it took almost 2 hours to bring the fish to the boat. Congrats to them. No sooner had I looked at the clock ,it was about 6:10pm, I looked out the window and the boat that had called about the tuna had arrived!! "Margin" had come in with our first blue fin tuna of the year. It weighed 66.4lbs and was caught just north of the Norfolk. Tom Dorwalt, the angler, said they caught it on a blue Ilander while trolling. After Christopher had cleaned,steaked and bagged the fish all that was left was the clean up. So two and a half hours after that phone call we were finally on our way home. That was definitely worth it.
  3. If you were looking for good fishing action, then it was a great week to fish the inlet and a bad week to be a rock fish. The week had a slow start but then around Thursday that all changed. Rock fish started showing up on Thursday at the mouth of the jetty and steadily moved in for this week-end. Over all the bite improved both day and night. Sometimes it didn't seem to matter if it was day or night or what tide you were fishing on. The night bite was great on Friday with some people refering to it as a "Frenzy" all along the inlet. This all happened between the beginning and the end of the tide with many fisherman catching there limits with an hour or two. Paul Cronshaw and John Quattlebaum caught their limits Friday night before the thunderstorms. Others said they fished after the storms around 3am and they were still landing fish off the rocks or by boat. Fisherman reported catching anywhere from the bridge to the Coast Guard Station on both the North and South sides of the Inlet. Most fisherman have been catching there keepers using white bucktails with white worms, some have been fishing with Tsunami and Storm Lures. 5" & 6" lures in colors that range from golden mullet, shad or blue back herring. Most of the fish have been reported from 30" up to 45". We have had several brought in to the fish cleaning table that ranged in weight from 13-24lbs. Not to be out done by the inlet the surf had a few rock fish on Friday evening, before sunset. A 19lber was brought to our southern store in South Bethany from the surf at Bethany Beach. It was caught on a finger mullet. So you better have finger mullet along with that tried and true bunker bait. Blue fish were also reportedly being caught in the inlet, but not in any large numbers yet. They were of the snapper variety and ranging from 12"-16". Along with the blue fish the shad are schooling out in the inlet too. Most are snagging these fish with spec rigs of various sizes and colors. One man reported that he caught shad for almost 2 hours the other night. Flounder action has slowed a bit, but only more fisherman have turned their attention to fishing for the striper right now. A few flounder were brought in on Saturday. Minnows on plain hooks or bucktails, or Gulp "Pearl White Swimming Mullet" on a 1/2 oz jig head are still the ticket when fishing for the flatties. These fish are still being caught in the back bay around the same areas....Massey's Ditch and the VFW Slough. It is still is too early to see them out in the ocean. And while tog fishing is closed and black sea bass is still closed, ocean fishing is still in limbo. Only one week left until we can fish for those sea bass, we are counting down the days!!! Come on May 22nd. Until next time...keep casting, Mrs Bert (Deanna)
  4. What a beautiful week it has been. Hope everyone has gotten out and enjoyed it whether you are a fisherman or not. (Hopefully you are, but I won't hold it against you! Rock fish have still been hitting in the Indian River Inlet, but have admittedly it has slowed down some now that the water temperature is on the rise. You will probably see smaller ones being brought in than the larger ones now. But with that said, Bill Winkler, of Frankford, brought in a 42.9lber that he caught while in the Inlet and using a live hickory shad. For fishing the Inlet, Storm Lures and flies are the tackle that most are choosing, but if you are able to catch bunker, herring or even a shad (and keep them alive) you can use them to land a nice keeper as well. Rock fish are still in the surf, but word has it that the blues are starting to make it in to the shore too. Most are still using fresh bunker. Remember, the key to using bunker is to cut the head off about a 1/2" back from the gill and use that part. Use the remainder as chunks for the blue fish. Tautogs have slowed a bit in the Inlet. Most are reporting that they are catching much smaller ones now. Marcus Munday of Felton, De brought a 6.6lber in Thursday. He beat his father fishing, but we won't rub it in. REMEMBER: THE LAST DAY OF TOG FISHING IS MAY 11TH. SO GET THIS LAST WEEK-END IN!!!! Flounder are still being caught in the back bays, Debbie Roach , of Wilm., DE brought in a 4lb flounder on Sunday. She was fishing with her family (the only girl and the only one to catch a fish and on a pink rod) in the inlet. She was using a minnow on a bucktail. The bait of choice has now changed to minnows and squid. The tackle has been a variety of things...from plain bottom hooks to bucktails to green machines. I guess the fish are hungry and not too picky about color. Off-shore fishing has not started yet, but we can't wait to see the first yellow fin to hit the table. I have not heard of any blues being fished for out in the ocean…...let's hope that they will fill the void when tog closes and while we wait for sea bass to open. Let's all pray to the fishing gods to make something happen!! Until next time, keep fishing. Mrs. Bert (Deanna) Hook 'em & Cook 'em
  5. Unfortunately this time of year things are not opening as early as in the summer months, that will all change soon. Hook 'em & Cook 'em at both Indian River and South Bethany are open at 6am on Friday and Saturday. Fresh bunker all depends on our commercial guys getting out that determines if we get fresh bunker or not. Best thing is to call either 302-226-8220 or 305-539-6243 to find out if the bait came in.
  6. Sorry about not posting for a while, but I have been away in South Carolina attending a tackle trade show. It is a show that I purchase all the new gadgets and gizmos for the up and coming fishing season. I hope I picked right. But let me tell you about the fishing that happened while I was away. The inlet fishing, by boat, was good most days with reports of up to 35 stripers being caught but only 1, yes 1, keeper. Most are still trolling with stretch 25's. The guys fishing the rocks are also doing okay with short stripers and an occasional keeper. They are using bucktails and flies. The guys fishing both rocks and boat are using white bucktails with white worms or chartreuse worms. Well as you can probably guess the fishing has slowed down now due to the weather, but there are still a few die hard fisherman that try to brave the cold and wind and if they catch anything I will bring it to you.
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His group from MD wound up with a nice catch with the largest weighing in at 11.9lb, 25” length and 20” girth. Capt John reported that all the tog were caught using green crabs and that they fishing around site 10. The Karen Sue is available for charter by calling 539-1359.
  8. Hope everyone had a great Christmas and are ready to get back out there and go fishing. The fishing in the inlet has been slow but there is still life out there. The stripers are few and far between, with only 1 or 2 keepers being reported now and then. They are mostly being caught on the incoming tide with long line flies or bucktails. There are few tog being caught due to the lack of people out there fishing. The surf has been slow also with only a few stripers and horn dog sharks showing up. When the stripers show up they have been caught using mullet or a yellow school bus poppers. Hook 'em & Cook 'em Bait & Tackle 302-226-8220 www.hookemcookem.com
  9. The head boat Judy V. out of Indian River Marina, DE went out on Saturday (12/27) tog fishing. They started the day about 5 miles from the beach and wound up the day about 8 miles off the beach. They had a steady pick all day with a lot of missed fish, some throw backs. They averaged between 2-4 keepers per person. All were weighing about 4lbs. The pool fish winner weighed in 4.8lbs. They were using green crabs and catching the best using a flourocarbon tog rig with a size 2/0 Gamakatsu octopus hook. Mr. Phi, from Alexandria, Va, caught 4.7lb tog but got beat by 1 tenth of a pound by Rich Musselman of Bowmantown, Pa. He wound up with a 4.8lber. We will be fishing again this coming week-end (weather permitting) Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The cost is $75 per person, bait is included Call 302-226-2214 to make a reservation, walk-ons are welcome.
  10. Since it is the eve of Christmas eve, I thought I would wish all of you a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. May God Bless You All.
  11. We have a supply of eels,(don't know for how much longer) but most guys have been trolling with the stretch 25's, umbrella rigs, with chartreuse or pearl white sassy shad and silver "Chesapeake Lure" trolling spoons. In the inlet they have been casting buck tails, flies and Tsunami lures.
  12. We usually run out anywhere from 10-15 miles, but it can vary depending on wind, weather and how the bite is. The bait we carry on board are green crabs or asian box crabs. (they are supplied) Will try to get some pictures for the next report post.
  13. TACKLE/INLET Recently in the inlet, fishermen have been catching several short rockfish, some keepers but not many keepers. If you’re lucky enough to still have spot, they are working very well throughout the inlet. Trolling for rockfish in the inlet: *Stretch 25 *Eels *Bucktail with worm Cast & Jig *Bucktails with worm *Spro Bucktails Tautog fishing has been fairly slow in the inlet. Fishermen have been using Asian black crab, green crab and sand fleas (if available) to catch Tautog. Hours For Hook em’ & Cook em’ Monday - Thursday 7:00 am – 4:00 pm Friday – Saturday 6:00 am – 5:00 pm Sunday - 6:00 am – 4:00 pm Gift Certificates still available at Hook em’ & Cook em’ Any Questions Call: (302) 226-8220
  14. The Judy V. was held back on Friday and Saturday from fishing, due to weather conditions, but we were able to get out on Sunday the 14<SUP>th</SUP>. <?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /><o:p></o:p> The fishing was slow in the morning but picked up in the afternoon when they dropped anchor on their fourth spot. <o:p></o:p> Even though they were not catching early, they were having a lot of bites, they were just unable to hook up their fish. Judy V ended up on average about 3-4 fish per person. The high hook of the day was eight fish.<o:p></o:p> We have noticed throughout our trips that the braided line has had better results than the mono filament. The Judy V sails on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. $75.00 per person, $7.00 rod rental.<o:p></o:p> $5.00 off for paying in advance.<o:p></o:p> Please call for reservation: (302) 226-2214