Still not time to call it a fishing season just yet
of mid-week you would think it was a great time to at least give the reefs a shot. However, Irma and Jose have combined to make for a very large ground swell in the inlets and for what is out there it is not worth taking a few of those waves over your roof.
The water has started to cool just a bit and that should help bring in the catchable sized striped bass in the next few weeks.
Some of the big partyboats having been braving the ocean and they have been catching croakers, triggerfish, ling and porgies. They also are catching seabass but those go back into the water. I know of no boat that even attempted a canyon trip.
There continues to be good news on the crabbing front where the blue claws have shown no sign to burrowing into the mud for the coming winter.
Please keep a good thought for those affected by Irma and Jose. Those of us along the shore know what those folks have to contend with for probably months to come. ACROSS THE BAY » In Delaware and coastal Maryland the action also is confined to the inlets and back channels. Conquest Road has begun to produce a decent striper catch but the vast majority are too small to keep. A few larger stripers up to about 30-inches have been coming out of the Indian River Inlet. Check with your favorite tackle shop for suggestions on where to fish in the inlet. It appears that cut mullet is the bait of choice and that also is enticing hoards of very small bluefish, some anglers reporting half a hundred or more in a single afternoon. Blues also are reported massing around the Cape Henlopen State Park Pier. There also should be some summer flounder around and being in Delaware you can keep them.
And, like New Jersey, the crabbing remains hot.