Finally a bright spot in our Flounder fishing this past week at the Wharf! I can honestly say that we have enjoyed some of the best Flounder fishing that we have seen all year.
After last weeks little blow that Mother Nature dished out to us it seems as though our Flounder fishing has seen a big improvement. For several days in a row now the Flounder have been biting very well at times, in fact almost as aggressive as Sea Bass get at certain times of the year. The kind of action where you just can't get your line to the bottom fast enough cause they are ripping up your baits! While the vast majority of these fish are still falling short of the required minimum size limit the action has been good and I have seen our highest landings of keeper size Flounder as well as the biggest number of limit or near limit catches of any week so far this year. We have also been doing lots of measuring, these fish have been fat and aggressive and there has been lots of 18 inch heartbreakers that fought their way hard to the surface.
I can't say for certain if these fish just showed up from elsewhere or if somebody rang the dinner bell and they just decided to turn on, but there have been fish in places where not long ago the action was either non-existent or just painfully slow. We had several days of east and southeast winds churning up the water and as a result we are now seeing some of that crystal clear "offshore like" water that sometimes reaches the inshore waters within just a few miles off of the beach. Along with this clean water we have been seeing massive schools of various types of baitfish, lots of Sharks, Sunfish, Turtles and even a few Mahi Mahi swimming around the boat. There is nothing like hooking a fish down in about eighty feet of water and being able to see it sometimes as close as thirty feet from the surface as you are reeling them up from the depths.
This is the time of year when you should expect to see sights like this and most definitely the time of year to see some good fishing. After somewhat of a slow pick fishing start of the season this has been a welcome relief to actually have an optimistic feeling at the start of the day about where you might fish and what you are going to catch. I mentioned last week that we had also started to see a few more Sea Bass some days and so far this trend has continued. Don't get me wrong we are not seeing that many of them but there does seem to be quite a few nice ones around that are willing to feed and we have been seeing several every day along with our Flatties for a little variety catch. Sea Bassing should only improve over the next several weeks. Conditions will continue to be the key to our success, however we have managed some decent fishing in some less than ideal conditions just recently which is hopefully a sign of some more of those potentially stellar days in the next few weeks on both the Flounder as well as the Bass.
Flounder are not the only species that shined bright this past week. Capt. Mike reports more good fishing on his Half-Day trips with Croakers. This fishery has also seen a big improvement in the last couple of weeks. More and more different schools of these scrappy bottom feeders have been showing up in and around the lower end of the Delaware Bay and along the beachfront in the Ocean. On the average they seem to be getting a little bigger also. The average size fish has frequently been in the foot long to fifteen inch range and at times just a little larger. The Croakers have pleased many a junior angler or first time fisherman lately and this action will continue to be strong for several more weeks and possibly even longer for those that target them even later in the fall. Along with the Croakers Capt. Mike has also been seeing some Snapper Blues, a few Small Sea Trout and the occasional keeper Flounder for a nice variety catch.
Even though the summer season is winding down now with the kids going back to school and parents getting back into the hectic end of summer routine, the fishing here at the Wharf will continue to go on strong. From a business standpoint it has been a very slow summer with the amount of fisherman we have been carrying with the exception of just a few crowded days. For the most part our boats have been sailing with very light crowds on almost a daily basis making for a very enjoyable fishing experience for everyone. I would expect this trend to follow on even after labor day has come and gone and the fishing outlook as far as I am concerned is looking very good there is a lot to look foreword to.
We will continue sailing daily with both Full and Half-Day trips. My Full-Day trips will depart the docks at 7:00 a.m. and we have been getting back to the docks usually between 4 o'clock and 4:30. I will continue drift fishing for Flounder every day and in the event that drifting is not possible we will be anchoring over some sort of structure bottom targeting both the Flounder and the Sea Bass. We also may start seeing a few Croakers and Blues as more of them begin showing up in the different locations. We will primarily be concentrating on the Flatties and the Bass and take anything else that might bite the hook as a bonus. Half-Day trips will continue running three times a day targeting primarily Croakers. Half-Day trips run at 8:00, 1:00, and then again at 6:00 for the evening run.
We are also in the planning stage for several more special trips including deep drop, overnight Tuna and some long-range wreck trips for the Sea Bass. I will try and get Capt. H.D. to post the dates as soon as they become available on our special trip link.
If you would like any more information about trips sailing out of the Wharf or you would like to book a private charter or reserve space on a special trip please give us a call at (302) 645-TUNA.
Until Next Week Happy Fishing!
Capt. Rick Yakimowicz
Thelma Dale IV