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Delmarva Fishin' Reports - Winter 2024

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As always, this is the place for your reports... as little or as much detail as you care to share, with hopefully a good bit less focus posted on exact spots, times, and locations. Any and all word from the local waters welcome here, and "no fish" reports are welcome as well; always good to have gotten out there at least, wasn't it? 

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Jan and Feb 2024....

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Got an email from The University of Delaware for a fishing survey, worthwhile doing if you get it, doesn't take long. Some of the questions makes it seem like they are exploring some interesting changes for fishing in Delaware...

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On 1/5/2024 at 10:08 PM, ProSkateFisherman said:

Could you elaborate a bit on this please? I'm intrigued, don't really fish DE anymore but still.


Lot of shark-based questions.

 

And lots of hypotheticals that would impact non-shark targeting with bait rigs.

 

Potential licensing cost increases.

 

 

Wonder how many people will fill the survey out.

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On 1/9/2024 at 10:36 AM, Saltfruit said:


Lot of shark-based questions.

 

And lots of hypotheticals that would impact non-shark targeting with bait rigs.

 

Potential licensing cost increases.

 

 

Wonder how many people will fill the survey out.

I got a similar (maybe the same) survey last year and picked up on the same thing with a bunch of hypotheticals & proposals that could severely impact saltwater fishing in general if implemented as they’re written. 

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3 hours ago, Tyger92 said:

I got a similar (maybe the same) survey last year and picked up on the same thing with a bunch of hypotheticals & proposals that could severely impact saltwater fishing in general if implemented as they’re written. 


Oh interesting. I fished delaware probably more that year than last, but somehow wasn't surveyed.


Certainly interesting, I do wonder how long they'll collect data for until they submit findings.

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Not fishing, so much, as shelling.

I drove down the beach, and easily picked up a 5 gallon bucket of Whelk shells in a couple of kilometers. Those type of shells are usually not found on the beach. Several shells still had the snail in them, and got tossed into the surf.

 

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Material abundance without character is the path of destruction.
-Thomas Jefferson
There are two ways to be fooled. One is to believe what isn't true; the other is to refuse to believe what is true.
-Soren Kierkegaard

 

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"I've heard from that there's a population of Striped Bass that stay in the inlet all winter."  = usually true ..Havent heard anyone trying this winter..But there are some held over in the DE bay , that I have heard some friends are catching..schoolies - 36" as of late

 

"Red Drum that winter at AI/VA.  "   Don't think i'm buying that one...A little further south (Va beach area) yes, AIVA -I doubt it..

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1 hour ago, rwilliamsjr26 said:

I know it's slow, as for me I'm anxious to get out surf fishing again.  I've heard from that there's a population of Striped Bass that stay in the inlet all winter.  Similarly, I've heard that there's a population of 
Red Drum that winter at AI/VA.  Has anyone else heard this?  

 

I think fish move in and out of the inlet during the winter, depending on the weather. I see birds working some days, and no life to be found on other days.

 

I copied this snippet from Captain Monty's Tog report...the seals are eating good:

 

Brand new to my understanding of the region’s marine food web – on the way home the boys saw a huge seal on the surface chowing down on a 30+ inch striped bass. No pics but they both reported it the same.
With all the mystery behind the decline in stripers? Ah Ha!!
(Yes, it happened. A seal was eating a rockfish. But that’s not really cause of their decline!)

 

Also this... Whales are feeding on the same bunker Stripers eat.

 

Hunter from up Wilmington dropped our blocks on a new spot. We pressed on. About a mile before we arrived at my first piece the boat picked up a mammalian escort; a humpback whale headed the same direction. Seeing spout after spout – two whales? We closed on him just as I arrived. Vic got a pic; lousy, but got it, just as the fog set in again. I considered it a good omen.

 

 

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Material abundance without character is the path of destruction.
-Thomas Jefferson
There are two ways to be fooled. One is to believe what isn't true; the other is to refuse to believe what is true.
-Soren Kierkegaard

 

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16 hours ago, dena said:

Not fishing, so much, as shelling.

I drove down the beach, and easily picked up a 5 gallon bucket of Whelk shells in a couple of kilometers. Those type of shells are usually not found on the beach. Several shells still had the snail in them, and got tossed into the surf.

 

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So you kept the ones you can’t eat and tossed back the ones you can?!
 

No empty shells in this bag. And I found out that suckers will actually pay money for the leftover shells I needed to get rid of anyway. 
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13 hours ago, castnet said:

So you kept the ones you can’t eat and tossed back the ones you can?!
 

No empty shells in this bag. And I found out that suckers will actually pay money for the leftover shells I needed to get rid of anyway. 
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Nice, how do you prepare/eat them?

If only I could cast into it, hook up, and be connected to it. My line would be attached to the chaos and, for a moment, I would mainline the power of nature.
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13 hours ago, castnet said:

 

No empty shells in this bag. And I found out that suckers will actually pay money for the leftover shells I needed to get rid of anyway. 
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How do you get them out of the shell  

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7 hours ago, UncleJohn said:

 

How do you get them out of the shell  

 

7 hours ago, Wheeler said:

 

Nice, how do you prepare/eat them?

 

These questions are why I didn't keep the whole ones.

When I was last on the head boat, I saw some pots the mate said were Whelk pots, and they got $4 a pound for them, shells and all.

Material abundance without character is the path of destruction.
-Thomas Jefferson
There are two ways to be fooled. One is to believe what isn't true; the other is to refuse to believe what is true.
-Soren Kierkegaard

 

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