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  1. Delaware Division of Fish and Wildlife Fishing Report Updated: Dec. 22, 2016 DELAWARE BAY The recent up and down weather has made fishing, let alone catching, very difficult. When we have a temperature that swings from 70 to 20 and gale force winds not even mad dogs and Englishmen go out. The forecast is looking better, but I have no idea if there will be any rockfish left in the bay or the Rips when the boats finally get away from the dock. I have no doubt that anglers will be out there and that is the only way we can tell if the fish are available. Further up the bay I would expect to find white perch in the tidal rivers and creeks. Some may also be caught from the piers at Woodland Beach and Port Mahon. Bloodworms or earthworms will be the best baits. INSHORE OCEAN If the weather settles down before the end of the year, there should be some good sea bass action beyond the 20-Fathom Line. The problem will be finding a captain willing to run during Christmas week. The same situation will occur if you want to catch tog. SURF FISHING Even the most radical surf caster is unlikely to go out in 20-degree temperatures and 40-knot winds. I did see a surf report from Sunday when the high was 70 degrees, unfortunately, no fish were caught. FRESHWATER Red Mill Pond did have skim ice late last week, but it was gone on Saturday. Still, these 50 degree temperature changes are bound to confuse the bass, crappie and pickerel. If you decide to do some pond fishing I believe live bait will be your best bet. HAPPY HOLIDAYS! Source: http://www.dnrec.delaware.gov/fw/fisheries/pages/fishingreport.aspx
  2. As usual, I read through the many fishing reports and see the amazing pictures of anglers proudly posing with their catch. By the time I have finished looking at the photos for the fourth time, the “fishy” part of my brain is creating a new list of excuses that may convince my wife to let me go fishing. Once I have finished explaining how the tide will be perfect for the next few hours, the weather forecast could not get any better and the tackle shop just received fresh bait, she usually gives her approval. In a rush to get out the door before she changes her mind, I find myself quickly going through my mental list of surf fishing necessities. Before I know it, I am on the sand wishing I had spent a little more time on that mental list. Depending on where you fish, having to run back to your house or the nearest tackle shop may not be a big deal, however if you fish areas like the southern end of Assateague Island, having to admit to your fishing buddy how you managed to forget the bait knife is not a good feeling. Some anglers like to step out for an hour or two and they don’t need to take much with them. On the other hand, if you are like me and can’t help but fish until it hurts, there are many items you can bring that will ease the pain. First of all, make sure you know the license requirements, regulations and creel limits for the beach you will be fishing. It is also a good idea to keep a fish species reference guide with you to help identify your catch. If you are not sure what you have caught, safely remove the hook and get it back into the water as fast as possible. A good photo will last much longer than any fish you will catch, so don’t hesitate to snap a quick picture. You will need something to help carry your gear through the soft sand. A surf fishing cart can be a great investment for fishing spots such as the North end of Assateague Island. On some beaches, such as the federal side of Assateague Island, you are allowed to drive your vehicle on the beach. This is very convenient for longer fishing trips that require more fishing gear. Of course you will need your surf fishing rod and reel, sinkers, hooks, and other basic fishing tackle. Choosing the type of tackle needed always depends on the species of fish you will be targeting. There are numerous options when it comes to choosing your tackle, however don’t let it overwhelm you. Your best bet will be checking out the fishing reports on the Internet and spending some time talking to the folks at our local tackle shops. They will be able to help you get an idea which rigs are best for your tackle box. You are going to need a cooler with ice to keep your bait fresh. It does not take long for the sun and warm air to dry out even the freshest bait. In the spring, the most commonly used baits, such as bunker or peeler crabs are going to need to be cut into pieces, so having a strong, serrated knife and cutting board are essential. The springtime sun can feel very warm at home; however the ocean breeze can feel surprisingly cold! Make sure you dress appropriately and have a good idea of the weather forecast. Even on those cloudy days, you will get sunburned so don’t forget sunscreen. Having a hat and a pair of polarized sunglasses will not only help with the sun’s glare on the water, it will also keep you from getting the painful “squint eye” headache. Wearing a comfortable pair of waterproof waders will certainly help keep your legs warm and dry when that unexpected wave sneaks up on you right in the middle of your cast. After you have heaved your bait into the surf, you are going to need a sturdy sand spike to hold your rod. When choosing your sand spike, make sure the bottom of your rod easily fits into the sand spike. In my opinion, the longer the sand spike, the better. You will need to shove it down into the sand far enough to be able to put pressure against it without it falling over. As the tide comes in and the sand becomes soft, make sure you frequently check your sand spike to ensure it does not move easily. One of the most common critters you are likely to catch is the Clearnose skate. Trust me, having a quality pair of needle nose pliers and fishing gloves will come in very handy when removing the hook from these spine covered bottom dwellers, as well as many other fish. Being able to sit down and rest while you wait for that record fish to swim by will make your trip much more enjoyable. Although your cooler can also serve as a seat, I recommend a lightweight beach chair with a cup holder. It’s always a good idea to bring something to eat and plenty of fresh water for drinking and washing your hands. Most importantly, you must remember you will be in constant contact with things that can hurt you if you fail to respect them. Think about it, you are dealing with sharp hooks and lead weights that are being hurled at incredible speeds. Be aware of the power of the ocean and the heat of the sun. There is always the possibility that you will have to unhook many different types of critters and just about all of them have some sort of natural defense. Excitement and adrenaline can take over very quickly when surf fishing and you have to remember to stay focused. Always have a first-aid kit and cell phone, especially if you are fishing alone. Although it may not be on your list of surf fishing gear, being safe is without a doubt the last thing you want to forget. Whenever possible, bring a friend with you. Not only can they help you untangle that spiny dogfish from your line, but in my opinion, sharing a good day on the beach with a buddy is a reward in itself.
  3. well as per usual it would seem the striped bass avoided our coasts again this fall, still time to try and get one if your willing to brave the cold. as for me not so much i dont do the cold well lol. anyway post your reports fish or no fish.
  4. Question for you MA folks: I am thinking of moving to the Boston area (west of Boston, outside of 95, about 30min outside the city, don't want to say where yet as the details haven't been ironed out). Want to get a feel for the fishing in the area- any advice? Good spots to hit? Times of year? Good bait shops? Kayak fishing spots? I know there's a fair bit of information out there, just thought I'd see if I could glean anymore here. Really excited at the prospect of being so close to quality fishing, as opposed to the 6-8 hours I live from the ocean now. Also have a really good friend (best man in my wedding) that lives in New Haven, CT, so not too far, and we can fish on a regular basis which would be awesome.
  5. What is a good conventional reel that is star drag? I am new to surf fishing and I want a better reel, but I don't know a good strong reel that I can cast. I would like to stay in the $200 range. If anyone can help, that would be great. Thanks
  6. Going down to ocmd to surf fish. How's the bite? What boat shouting use?
  7. How is surf fishing? Did the ocean calm down in Ocean City Md? How is the striper bite? Anything else showing up? Brian
  8. A bunch of friends and I are heading down to Assateague March 13th through the end of the weekend. I an experienced fisherman but I've never been to the island. I've been doing research and was wondering is someone could tell me what I could expect to catch that time of year down there. I've seen a lot of the shark pictures and have the kayaks to bring bait far out but wanted to know if they'll even be active in-shore that early. Also I know most guys are tight lipped when it comes to spots but if someone could point me in the right direction as far as location it would be much appreciated although I'm not sure that that is really possible when it comes to surf fishing. Thanks for any help.
  9. Anyone know if I would have any realistic success surf fishing for sharks on Long Island. I'm worried that they remain too far from the coast to have decent odds at catching any. Thanks.
  10. My name is Dave Hollinger,I've been posting for awhile now.I live in York,Pa where I install inground swimming pools.We have a small trailer in Bishopville,Md where we try to spend as many weekends as possible.I love to fish and boat,and would like to get into surf fishing.I really injoy this site and the friendly people who frequent it. Hopfully with your help my fishing adiction will turn into a catching adiction. Daveh 8)
  11. So, heading to acadia in mid-June for honeymoon. I have fished the new hampshire and maine coast a handful of times, including acadia once when i was a kid. We caught some pollock, don't even remember the bait we were using. Any tips? Anyone ever have any luck? We'll try it from the rocks, probably from kayaks as well. May try out one of the party boats too, although not really my style. What gear should I bring? I've got just about everything from ultralight freshwater rigs to surf sharking rods.
  12. Please feel free to post your fishing experiences. It is a little slow right now except for the occational schools of croaker and spot. There has been some exceptional sharking this year! Keep Fishin!
  13. Good to get back on the sand & salt today (Saturday 8/14), my Baby Bird & I hit it late 10am to noon window. The Refuge Beach surf was up and rough when we first got there given the low pressure system/front with NE 5K. So initially lite tackle bottom fishin was out so I put two drum rods out on frozen mullet. No grass yet. High tide was ~1145am. At the top of the tide the current/surf dropped out so we could hold bottom w/lite tackle. Caught a small spot and a 15" sea mullet on BW fishbites ~ shunk off. Then the heaver goes for a short run with a fresh cut piece of spot resulting in a 3-4' Blacktip shark AKA toothy critter hitting the beach and released. Caught one more baby blacktip a 12" job before the grass set in on the out going tide making it unfishable. So we wrapped it on up and headed back to the house. Highlight was the little toothy critter for folks but a bit out matched on my 13' CTS rod. While the low spot was when my new custom 11' Wheels Reels rod (WRI 1143 rated 4-7oz) broke on the cast. Only the second surf rod I've broke on the cast in 20 yrs of surf fishing! Fortunately, our local rod builder Ronnie Hogwood of R&S Custom Rods Norfolk, VA (757) 588-0429 will give me credit towards a different blank as I sure as heck don't want another WRI rod anytime soon. All this is just practice and a part of gearing up for the Fall big red drum run Tight lines, `bucket
  14. It has slowed down just a bit with the hot temps. Kingfish, Spot and Croakers are still being taken from the suds. Sandtigers, Sandbars and a few other Sharks are still being caught up and down the coast. Saturday we went down to wet some lines and ended up with only 2 Kingies, but got 6 Sandkitties.
  15. Well the summer doldrums are here. The Spot are starting to show up in good numbers, as is the Kingfish. A variety of sharks are still being caught in the suds. I hope everyone is having a happy and safe summer. Now go wet a line and take a kid fishing.
  16. Hey guys, new to the site, semi-new to surf fishing! I mainly fish AI and wanted some input on my current rod/reel setups, conventionally i currently have: Diawa SL30 Penn 525mag Penn 12' stick (forget the model) Diawa 10' Emcast plus How would you guys match these up, diawa with diawa or would you mix them. Also, my casting distance on these conventionals is certainly not what it should be, what would you recommend as the best casting method for these as a beginner? I've watched many videos, i've tried different methods, I have a huge fear of the birds nest, What should i do?????? Thanks in advance!
  17. Part 1 - Reading the Water Why is this important? If what lies below the surf waters was thoroughly understood and embraced, the more success the surf fisherman would have at catching fish! Sounds simple, but truth is reading the water is difficult. So what is below the surf waters? Well, certainly there are fish, we already know this...and for many of us that is all that needs to be known... So, for those so inclined, I guess reading the water is not a prerequisite to successfully catching fish... And there is some truth in this...a surf fisherman can totally disregard what the water is telling him, make a cast, and put a fish on the beach...happens all the time. Why? Because the fisherman more than likely, but unknowingly, had put his offering into the surf where there happened to be a fish... The question though is why was that fish there? Was it by random chance that the fish happened to be swimming by at that exact moment? Well yes, maybe...but the fish may have very well been there for other reasons...one of those reasons is what I will call the physical environment or "structure" of the surf waters or more precisely the structure of the sandy bottom of the surf waters that attracts game fish... I'll address bottom fishing w/ bait along the sandy beaches of the the DelMarVa coast. Fishing the inlets, rock groins, piers and backwaters of the DelMarVa peninsula is a subject unto itself and perhaps can be discussed in another thread... Our beaches for all intended purposes are typically very flat w/ a gentle incline. This beach structure is rather common up and down the east coast and is deceptively uninteresting at first glance. The following is a simplistic drawing of a cross section of the beach and surf... Note, there are "generally" 2 main sandbars that run parallel to the beach...in the drawing they are labeled the outer and near shore sandbars... Also, there are "generally" 2 main sloughs (troughs) that too run parallel to the beach... The location of sandbars is revealed above the surf waters where waves initially crest and rollover...these crashing waves are called "breakers." The outer sandbar of course has larger breakers, while the near shore sandbar breakers are smaller... The sloughs also are revealed above the waters where there are little to no breakers. The next image is a picture of a typical looking surf on the DelMarVa coast... The above picture I took not for the waves but something else...let's see if any of you sharpies can identify what is going on... Now that this basic surf structure is understood visually the next step is easy... Fish will frequent the sloughs in the surf, especially Stripers. They like to get as low as possible w/ their bellies virtually touching the sand as they cruise the sloughs...it is here they are most comfortable plus the slough gives them a certain degree of stealth as they move about looking for food... So, placing your offerings in the slough would be optimal as shown in the next image... A less viable option IMHO would be to place the offering on the sandbar...if the slough does not produce fish I would considered placing the offering on the sandbar...but only during high tide and not at all on the near shore sandbar at low tide...the water would just be too skinny at that time and location... Part 2 - Reading the Water Lets look at another surf structure that probably accounts for more "fishy activity" than any other—the out-suck aka rip current aka hole aka riptide aka break in the sandbar, etc. Here is a drawing that depicts an out-suck...for simplicity purposes only 1 sandbar is shown... Note, not all "breaks in the sandbar" are out-sucks... This picture shows a wide break in the outer sandbar on AI...but there was no out-suck. Remember, Stripers like moving water and current...here they are masterful and powerful swimmers, using their broad tails to maneuver about in the surf... So the area around an out-suck from the feeders, through the neck (channel) and out into the head is prime Striper habitat... Why? Because at the out-suck water is swirling about, forming a current to and past the outer sandbar wherein small bait fish can get swept up or caught in the dynamics of the moving water and ending up as easy prey for the Striper. The place where Stripers will congregate the most at an out-suck of course is at the head or just outside the outer sandbar. Here they lie in wait to ambush their prey...sort of like a feeding station. Unfortunately, it is nearly impossible to place (cast) an offering beyond the outer sandbar as the distance is too great. However, the Stripers will come into the neck and even the near shore feeders of the out-suck when they are hungry (which is all the time) looking for prey... So optimally, you want to place (X) your offerings perhaps as follows...note, a very good area would be the ends of the sandbar which are sometimes called a shoulder... Out-sucks are hard to see at times, especially at water level... I'll climb a dune or stand on my truck to see better the water conditions. Also, out-sucks are more pronounce at or near low tide. Finally, here are some pic's of out-sucks... Standing on a beach they could look rather subtle and therefore easily overlooked... By: Rumble Fish aka Poppy on stripersonline.com
  18. I recently moved down to GA and like to surf fish when I can. I'd like to try and surf fish down here on weekends, but don't really know of any surf fishing spots, towns, or the regulations. Any recommendations would be greatly appreciated.
  19. The larger Stripers have moved off with the warmer water. The Kings, Sand Perch and Spot have made their presence known. Sharking is off the hook, with Spinners up to 6', Sandbars up to 7' and Sandtigers up to 9'. Best of luck and please be careful when Shark fishing.
  20. i will be vacationing in portland, maine for the last week of july. i am wondering if anyone can inform me on "on shore fishing" in the area. any information is welcomed....i.e.- spots, tackle, targeted species, surf fishing, fly fishing, gear (willing to purchase all necessary equiptment), regulations, bait shops, fresh/saltwater....etc. thank you for your responses!!!!! --steve
  21. Still getting reports of spotty Striper fishing in the surf. A few Flounder have been taken as well. Black Drum have been taken off of Bethany-Fenwick. The wind has not been in our favor lately, but things should turn around. Feel free to post your fishing reports here. Tight lines to everyone:happy3:
  22. I am coming down in a couple weeks and I am wondering if anyone can tell me a bit about surf fishing in myrtle beach. can you fish right in front of the hotels? Is anything biting right now...(or in 2 weeks,)
  23. I'm new to this site as well as sa********************************er fishing. I have fished the public beaches and have gone out on the charters. I am interested in surf fishing for shark. Does anyone have any experience shark fishing Connecticut shores? Any advice would be appreciated. GranbyFisherman
  24. Anyone been surf fishing there lately? Going down in 2 weeks and wondering whats hitting now. Thanks
  25. Ok, here we go boys and girls. Some great catches from the surf in Delaware. Stripers are here and should be increasing in appearances for the anglers. Keeper Flounder is also coming out of the surf as well. Blues up to 33" are being landed, but some are chewing through mono leader like it was butter. Feel free to post your Delaware surf reports here and good luck to all anglers. Just a friendly reminder to support the fishing clubs who are fighting to keep your access open to our wonderful beaches.