Good weather and calm seas have actually allowed me to get away from the dock six of the last seven days!
As far as the fishing goes; it has been just about everything that you would expect at this time of the year and maybe then some.
Most of my time has been spent running to offshore wrecks fishing for the Sea Bass and I have had just a couple of days close to home fishing for the Tog. We have been enjoying some of the best Sea Bass fishing of the fall season in my last several trips offshore. Despite the long ride many anglers have been able to fill their coolers with good numbers of nice sized Sea Bass and a few slammer sized Bluefish. I was offshore Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Tuesday and each trip met with similar success. Top hooks would land a limit of Sea Bass and just about everyone
on board would have a double digit or near limit catch by days end. Constant action with the throwbacks and several blitzes with the big Blues and Sharks along with the occasional Fluke or Porgy made for some steady action around the rail!
On Monday with a light crowd I was up in the Delaware Bay fishing for the Tog. Fishing for these fish was good for just about every boat up there with the exception of me on this day. I may have zagged when I should have zigged! We did manage to catch some nice fish but not what I had hoped and the conditions killed us late in the day when twenty five to thirty knot northwest winds came up against the tide making anchoring impossible. I am back up in the Bay
again today baited with the crabs and sand fleas hoping to redeem myself after Monday’s trip. We already have a few in the boat and I expect to see some more by the time we are done. Tog fishing has gotten much better over the last few weeks as the water temperatures dip and the fish become more aggressive.
Water temperatures have been pretty stable out in the Ocean hanging around 58 degrees while the Bay is cooling a little faster and is down to about 53. Striper action continues to be somewhat frustrating with the bulk of the fish seeming to pass us by outside of the three mile line that we are not allowed to cross while fishing for Stripers, however as I write this a couple of the Lewes charter boats are having the best day so far this fall with big Rockfish
real close to home and well within the legal boundaries. Hopefully this action will continue there is no real reason for these fish not to bite until well after the holidays.
Fish migration is in full swing now I have covered a lot of miles of Ocean in the last several days and have witnessed some pretty cool stuff. We have seen large schools of Stripers and Blues working the surface, Bluefin Tuna crashing bait, Whales feeding on large schools of Bunker along with several Sea Turtles and Ocean Sunfish lollygagging in the crystal clear water that lies off our coast right now.
Just for a reminder this is going to be our last week for our daily schedule, starting next week we will be sailing on just Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday’s with the wreck trips. Provided that I have enough people on board we will be making the run offshore for the Sea Bass and on any days with just a light crowd or too much wind I will be fishing for the Tautog. We will continue trying to sail with the Striper trips on these days also. The Striper
trip departs at 8:00 a.m. and the Wreck trips will be departing at 7:00 a.m.
I expect to continue seeing good action with the Sea Bass whenever we can venture offshore to catch them. Some of my best trips have been a couple of hours out away from the dock so I do need a decent size crowd to make the run. Tog will continue throughout the rest of the year. By dropping back to just four days a week we should be able to muster enough folks to make the trip each day as long as the weather stays good.
We also have several long range trips on the schedule coming up there is a complete list of dates posted on the special trip link from the home page. Remember these long-range trips do require reservations in advance to reserve your spot.
If you would like any more information about trips sailing out of the Wharf or you would like book a private charter or reserve a slot for a special trip please give us a call at (302) 645-TUNA.
Until Next Week Happy Fishing!
Capt. Rick Yakimowicz
Thelma Dale V