Fishing slows with cooler bay temperatures

SUSSEX COUNTY – Rain and wind crashed the temperatures again around the inland bays.

That hasn’t stopped the fish – just slowed the bite down a little.

Flounder are being caught in the shallows on minnows and big bluefish have popped up in a few spots around Indian River Bay. But that is some hit or miss action.

The long-range forecast is not looking good for a lot of clear days. Hopefully the fish won’t mind.

Ricky Adkins with a bluefish caught from Cape Henlopen.  (Sussex County Post/submitted photo)

Ricky Adkins with a bluefish caught from Cape Henlopen. (Sussex County Post/submitted photo)


Short striped bass action has been good along the mud banks on the outgoing tide. And crabbing is still good even with the cold snap –  they are just moving a little slower.

If you are out after bluefish in the surf, once the schools get close to shore either cast a spoon or some type of metal or plug. Try to cast to the beachside of the school, so you don’t have to drag a fish through a melee of hungry bluefish. Food competition is fierce right now with these fish. Think of them like seagulls when it comes to that French fry – they will fight over that fry until it is gone.

If you want to toss bait, set your rig up close to the beachside of the school for the same reason; bluefish will shred your gear in the feeding frenzy. They will also hit your shiny swivels and cut the line with those razor sharp teeth.

Using flat black swivels and other parts of your terminal tackle is a good idea when fishing for these big yellow-eyed devils. The schools have been running the beaches looking for food, and when they come by you want to be ready for them.

Freshwater action has been great for bass and pickerel. Bass are starting to build beds and will soon spawn throughout most of the month.

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