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Old 04-15-2019, 04:55 AM
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Originally Posted by 1976K204x4 View Post
anybody fishing out of Solomon's area opening day?
No opening day but the next weekend I'll be out.
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Old 04-15-2019, 06:09 AM
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Originally Posted by mikie View Post
Well, the ever increasing human population has to eat. Sooner or later they'll probably have to go back to eating each other. Maybe China had it right about 30 years ago when they tried to limit the population by restricting the number of children that a couple could have. Wouldn't that be a hoot, China being right about World population growth?

Chicken is cheaper......just sayin.
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Old 04-15-2019, 06:43 AM
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Originally Posted by Hollywood9s View Post

Pretty much spot on. There was virtually no bite for trophy rock in the DE Bay last Spring. It was as bad, or worse, as the Chesapeake trophy season. The entire fishery around here is nothing like it was 30–35 years ago. We used to have phenomenal fishing from the shore, along the Oceanside, DE Bay, and the Chesapeake. Used to catch flounder from shore off Deal Island, schools of blues in the Tangier Sound at the mouth of the Nanticoke, with some up to 15 lbs, barrels of jumbo spot and perch, huge croakers, and epic runs of sea trout. All that was from shore, didn’t even need a boat back then. Fishing is a fraction of what it used to be. Pretty sad when I think back and compare it to my childhood days.
Do you fish wrecks outside the bay at all?
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Old 04-15-2019, 05:27 PM
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Originally Posted by Fishinreeltime View Post
No opening day but the next weekend I'll be out.
I won't be out opening day either. Was wondering if someone would post a report.
More than likely be out middle of the week.
If the weather holds out I will be glad to share info.

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Old 04-15-2019, 06:26 PM
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Originally Posted by BerlinBenson View Post
Do you fish wrecks outside the bay at all?
Yes
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Old 04-15-2019, 07:32 PM
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Originally Posted by scottdd1 View Post


^This

I have heard the DeBay is loaded and more fish than ever in the Hudson.


This is unfortunately one of the biggest bs statements I've ever heard. At least referring to the DE Bay. Charters don't even target them there are so few. Whoever told you that, was wildly incorrect. We, if lucky, get 2 decent weeks of striper fishing in December. Haven't had a good spring run in years. We almost don't even try to fish for them anymore. The migration stays offshore, and no substantial numbers of resident fish.
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Old 04-16-2019, 07:27 AM
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Originally Posted by TorFed View Post
This is unfortunately one of the biggest bs statements I've ever heard. At least referring to the DE Bay. Charters don't even target them there are so few. Whoever told you that, was wildly incorrect. We, if lucky, get 2 decent weeks of striper fishing in December. Haven't had a good spring run in years. We almost don't even try to fish for them anymore. The migration stays offshore, and no substantial numbers of resident fish.
Yes, DE Bay has not had a good run of striped bass in years. However on the Southern NJ side, there are more guides chasing the C&R fishery on smaller resident fish. Even former big CM Rips and DE Bay big bass Charters are getting skiffs and offering back water trips for small schoolie stripers. Stalker charters is one of a number: https://www.facebook.com/pg/stalkerf...harters/about/ My father is seeing more small stripers behind Avalon, Sea Isle City, and Strathmere in the summer months. Their big bass fishery has been out front in the ocean the last few years for a few weeks in the late fall.

With that said, the spring run for big bass has been hot off of Northern NJ outside the Hudson both in the spring and fall. THT'ers like FishStix Charters are currently doing very well. https://www.facebook.com/fishstixnj/

We will see how the MD trophy season shakes out. Opening day looks to have tough weather conditions. And while I am hearing the bay has been slow recently, I am also hearing that there are fish up on the spawning grounds. Even years when the bite has been hot, there is always that slow week. Hopefully that is now and we will see a decent run of post spawn fish.

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Old 04-16-2019, 08:35 AM
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A friend of mine has caught some big fish in the 48” and above up north on the spawning grounds.
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Old 04-16-2019, 11:09 AM
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opening day forecast looks like a blowout. steady 20 with gusts to 35. good times.




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Wind looks bad and good fishing will probly be just a distant memory.
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Old 04-17-2019, 04:47 AM
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Sunday looks more doable. I plan to make an attempt
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Old 04-20-2019, 07:53 PM
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Nothing?

Today was opening day right?!
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Didn’t hear any fish caught. Leaving from lewisetta tomorrow morning. Fishdog on 68. Installed new radio so welcome anyone to call me
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Originally Posted by TorFed View Post
This is unfortunately one of the biggest bs statements I've ever heard. At least referring to the DE Bay. Charters don't even target them there are so few. Whoever told you that, was wildly incorrect. We, if lucky, get 2 decent weeks of striper fishing in December. Haven't had a good spring run in years. We almost don't even try to fish for them anymore. The migration stays offshore, and no substantial numbers of resident fish.
Untuck your panties-telling you what I heard from a guy that fishes a lot and a fisherman from LI.

Didn’t say they have been there for years or that it was game on all season. Guy actually that lives in Lewes said at least that week the Bay was loaded.
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Well we fished opening day on a buddy’s 34 express, and it was brutal. Lines in the water at gum thickets around 0730 and we were marking a lot of fish. picked up a shorty within 10 minutes and thought it might turn out to be a good day. we ended up trolling all the damned way to swan point without another bite.

we didn’t run any boards but there were a few boats out there using them... and that probably worked early. The swell really came up in the afternoon and I doubt you could’ve run them in those 3-5 ft rollers. We ran on plane all the back down to bloody point and then trolled with the swell back across to the south river.

only 3 fish on the board at the boat yard tournament as of last night — and only one of them was even a legal keeper at 40”!
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Old 04-21-2019, 08:40 AM
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I am glad I didnt fish yesterday. I canceled my charter for yesterday morning. However My son and one of his classmates from the Kings Point wanted to go for a boat ride yesterday afternoon. We left SPSP at around 2pm with a strong ebb against the southerly winds and the waves were stacked up out in the channel. We went and checked out some merchant ships (since that is their interest) and went for a ride through down town Annapolis . Trolling didnt look like it would have been too much fun. I hope to fish later this coming week.
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Saw miss Susie caught a few big fish. Not sure what they’re doing different but they consistently caught fish last year too.
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Old 04-21-2019, 03:35 PM
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Originally Posted by scottdd1 View Post


Untuck your panties-telling you what I heard from a guy that fishes a lot and a fisherman from LI.

Didn’t say they have been there for years or that it was game on all season. Guy actually that lives in Lewes said at least that week the Bay was loaded.

A few rats were caught, handful of keepers. Far from (loaded). I actually live in Lewes as well, about five minutes from the ramps. As much as I wish what you were saying is correct (it would be great for many reasons) it is just incorrect info. I mean you can pick at 15" fish all day that go back in, but I have seen maybe a dozen, at most, 28"+ fish. Probably half of that. I was at Indian River Inlet for the Dockside opening Friday, and everyone had the same to say. There has been no consistent bite for years. The guy you are talking to is likely wanting to make it sound better than it is so it doesn't sound like our fishing sucks so badly. Put it this way, I live here, and tomorrow I am driving to Kent Island to fish.
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Originally Posted by happyjack92 View Post
Well we fished opening day on a buddy’s 34 express, and it was brutal. Lines in the water at gum thickets around 0730 and we were marking a lot of fish. picked up a shorty within 10 minutes and thought it might turn out to be a good day. we ended up trolling all the damned way to swan point without another bite.

we didn’t run any boards but there were a few boats out there using them... and that probably worked early. The swell really came up in the afternoon and I doubt you could’ve run them in those 3-5 ft rollers. We ran on plane all the back down to bloody point and then trolled with the swell back across to the south river.

only 3 fish on the board at the boat yard tournament as of last night — and only one of them was even a legal keeper at 40”!
only one legal rockfish out of how many boats fishing? Maybe the rough water suppressed participation or maybe it just sucked....or both
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