Outdoors Delmarva’s Annual Black Sea Bass Trip in the Delaware Bay
After having to reschedule a couple of fishing trips, Outdoors Delmarva made it out for their annual black sea bass trip. Opening day for black sea bass in Delaware this year was May 15th, and given the wind and the rain, the crew had to delay a few days—but the wait was well worth it.
Outdoors Delmarva left from the Lewes, Del. on a sunny Friday morning, targeting black sea bass aboard the L’IL ANGLER II, and once again they were able to fish with a guy named Fishman, who is called that for a reason.
The crew passed lighthouses to their left and right, and went out past the shipping lanes to fish some of the wreck sites in the Delaware Bay. The group started on Reef Site #11 with about 80 feet of water. Site #11 lies about 16 miles off of Indian River and is one of 14 permitted artificial reef sites in the Delaware Bay.
According to the crew, about 80 feet below the site, you’ll find all sorts of old boats and vehicles that were cleaned up and sunk as part of Delaware’s successful artificial reef program. These reefs have become a magnet for fish. Just as soon as the group put their lines in the water, they felt a bite.
Sea bass have to be at least 12 and a half inches to keep, and before long Julie Cullen, who was also on the boat, caught one of the first keepers with 13 inches.
According to Captain Brian, this is a great time to target the sea bass, who are congregating on the wreck sites during spawning season. Captain Brian constantly kept the boat over the fish all day making it a full day of checking out various spots not far from site #11.
During the trip, the crew also brought up dogfish and some nice size tautog. In total, the crew managed to pull up 41 keepers.