It was a whale of a weekend!

August 14, 2014

Fishing this week has been decent in the surf.  Random bluefish, kingfish, croaker, and spot mostly on Fishbites bloodworm formula and squid.

Small sharks have been plentiful, from little sand sharks to dogfish. Skates galore as usual. I just saw a picture of skate wing meat selling for $11.88 a pound. Apparently Jersey flounder (skate) has some value. Who knew!

Flounder are still the hot fish for this year, and are all over the place on Gulp Chartreuse swim mullets or minnows.

Triggers are still on the walls, reef and wreck sites, and the best bait is sand fleas. There are still slot striped bass catches showing up in the Delaware Bay area. Keep in mind that is only the Delaware Bay and its tributaries where slot season counts. The Lewes Canal is a tributary from the train bridge to Roosevelt Inlet. Bluefish are still in the Delaware Bay and the catches have been decent. Small snappers but fun to catch and great in the smoker, and the carcasses make great crab trap bait.

Crabbing has been okay, still not as good as previous years. You just have to find them. Clamming is still decent but they are on the larger side. Offshore fishing has been great for mahi, tuna, and tilefish. Summer fishing at its finest!

August is usually like this and the traffic on weekends is insane. Summer season is coming to an end, but the fishing will continue.

Take a look at some of the photos; you can see the excitement in these people’s eyes when they are fishing and catching their first fish for the season or in their life. Just seeing a fish for the first time, kids have some of the best reactions.

Excited joy and amazement all at the same time. You never forget that first fish and the thrill continues every time you catch.  There are many reasons I love to fish, and the thrill of the catch is one of them.

Having a blast with your friends while fishing, and the cool things we see on the water. This weekend the Bluedogs surf fishing team was offshore in front of Bethany Beach flounder pounding. They were treated to a show by a humpback whale feeding on bunker. They said it was amazing to watch and will never forget that experience. Seeing the pictures are cool, of course, but to experience that is a once-in-a-lifetime experience for most people. That is everything that fishing is about - all rolled into one moment. I have memories of fishing when I was a kid that I have been reliving for the past week, and it’s been a refreshing experience.

People fish for fun, food, and/or a living, but no matter, they also do it for the thrill of the catch. Fishing is something we all do for the joy of the experience.  

Fish on!

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