Crab pots starting to fill, bass biting in Millsboro-area ponds

SUSSEX COUNTY — The inland bays warmed up and came back to life after last week’s temperature crash.

Crabbing is picking up and the shallows have produced a lot of full pots for many folks.

Bobby Marcotte is back crabbing this year. He likes to eat crabs – so he spends as much time as he can checking his pots and keeping them baited. And he usually catches a few meals a week.

Bobby Marcotte Jr. shows off a few crabs he caught. (Sussex County Post/submitted photo)

Bobby Marcotte Jr. shows off a few crabs he caught. (Sussex County Post/submitted photo)

Bobby has a great system for eating crabs… Pizza boxes. You can make the same mess but it is more contained. The box is sturdy enough take the hammer and to keep the butter dish stable. Leftovers can be left in the box and put in the fridge for later – and then you recycle the box when you are done. Save your pizza boxes. Now the next question is how do you like your crabs? Clean or dirty?

Inland bay fish action has been slow.

There are some flounder here and there but they either don’t want to or are slow to feed. You have to put in some time to catch a few undersized fish.

The Lewes canal has seen some action but is also slow. The water needs to warm up just a bit more.

There are kingfish in the surf, and some of them should move into the inland bays near the inlet. The drum action along the coast has been good. We should see some puppy drum action soon enough.

Bass and pickerel have been hitting heavy in the ponds around Long Neck and at Ingram and Millsboro ponds. Crankbaits are doing well and there’s even some top-water action.

The shad action on the Nanticoke River is still great.

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