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Fishing in Delaware Bay

Separating New Jersey from Delaware, Delaware Bay leads from its synonymous river to the Atlantic ocean, offering a mix of exciting fish. From the brackish waters through the central structures, all the way to the canyons in the Atlantic, there are plenty of opportunities to go fishing in Delaware Bay. These productive waters have it all, so come and explore!
 

What to Expect

With so many different fishing grounds on offer, there’s something for everyone in Delaware Bay. There’s plenty of fish around, so beginners can practice their angling skills, while there’s also the chance to go after some true monsters, which any avid angler will relish.

In the Bay

At the mouth of the bay, the fish take advantage of the shoals in the terrain – known as the Cape May rips. Take a charter out of Lewes or Cape May and make the most of it. Monster Stripers, Flounder, Croaker, Tautog, and Seabass make up the bulk of the fishing, giving you the chance to land a tasty treat.
 
During spring, your best bet is fishing the north of the bay. As the Stripers head to the river to spawn, you’ll hit them at their most productive. Fill the boat with the East Coast’s most loved fish, along with Whiting, Weakfish, Spot, Perch, and other fish that love the hybrid water.
 
Historically, the center of the bay was also a prime spot for fishing. Keep an eye on the weather during the year and, if it’s been dry, head to the structures around the Blake Channel for your fill of Bluefish, Croaker, and Flounder. You’ll also have the chance to land some Sharks here, so if sportfishing is the aim of the game, you’re in luck! 

On the Beach

“Fishing the surf” is popular with New Jersey anglers. Casting away and bottom fishing can be the most productive way of filling the boat here. A decent sample of Stripers, Bluefish, Weakfish, Whiting, Flounder, and Kingfish are sure to whet your appetite as they pass through during the season. 

Offshore

If you have some time to spend and know your way around a rod and reel, then an offshore trip out of Delaware Bay is a must. Spend at least 10 hours on a boat as you head out to the deep waters in search of big game fish. Not only is the fishing serious, but even in good weather the seas can be choppy, so make sure to have your sea legs ready!
 
At distances upwards of 25 miles from the mouth of the bay, you’ll hit the canyons that attract some monster fish. Yellowfin and Bluefin Tuna rub shoulders with Mahi Mahi, Sharks, and Wahoo, among many more, to give you the thrill of a lifetime. Get ready for an intense battle to hook these monsters aboard and head home with a prized catch.
 

How to Prepare

Whether aboard a downeast, offshore sportfishing boat, or smaller center console, you’ll most likely need to bring your own food and drink aboard. Make sure to pick the right trip, dress appropriately depending on the weather, and away you go!
 
With trips running from two hours to multiple days, you can test the waters or experience the ultimate fishing day out. There’s no reason to miss out on the incredible fishing in Delaware Bay so book your next charter and get on with it! 
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Delaware Bay Fishing Seasons

With most boats out of the water for repairs due to the lack of fish, why not engage in Delaware Bay’s wealth of cultural opportunities? The Rehoboth Beach Film Festival is just one of a number of events going on.

The fishing hasn’t quite warmed up yet, so you still have time to fit in some dry land excursions before the season starts. Discover the rich history of the “first state” in one of Lewes’ numerous museums

The fishing gets underway and it’s the bay that reigns supreme as the region’s top fishing destination. Get out on the water and land your first catch of the year as you target Tautog, Flounder, and even Sharks.
Just before the hordes of tourists arrive, the fishing is good enough for a thrilling adventure into the bay with Bluefish, Weakfish, and Tautog hitting their peak season, along with plenty of other tasty fish.
 
Peak bay fishing season is upon us as the weather warms up and the fishing follows suit. Get out for a full day and fill the boat with anything from a Seabass to a Tautog, Rockfish to a Weakfish, and many more. 
With calmer weather comes the opportunity to go offshore in search of big game fish. Bluefin Tuna make their way along the East Coast, while Mahi Mahi begins to arrive, too. Get your fish on and show off your strength.
 
Whether you’re looking for inshore, nearshore, or deep sea fishing, July has it all. Fish the bay for delicious Panfish, hit the reefs for bottom fishing action, while thrill-seekers can also target offshore beasts.
 
Blue and White Marlin join the offshore party as fishing the deep waters hits its peak. Meanwhile, the bay is overflowing with plenty of delicious creatures to target, such as Seabass, Flounder, and Weakfish.
The kids may be back in school but there’s no reason to give up on the fishing. Amberjack and Mahi Mahi will provide a treat offshore, while the last of the Marlin, while Seabass, Trout, and Flounder are abundant in the bay. 
Bluefin Tuna makes a late return in October but the choppy waters mean that conditions may be a bit tricky. It’ll be better to stay in the bay and fill the boat with some delicious bottom-dwelling creatures for a warming meal. 
The end of the season may be nigh, but it certainly doesn’t feel like it! Tautog come back into the fold, joining Seabass, Flounder, Stripers, and some Sharks as the prime target in the rich waters of the Delaware Bay.
 
If the weather permits, and a brave captain is ready to take you out, then you’ll have the pick of the fishing as the season is over. Rockfish and Seabass will make for a warming meal at the end of the day. 

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Top Targeted Species in Delaware Bay

Flounder

Flounder

Seabass (Black)

Seabass (Black)

Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)

Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)

Bass (Striped)

Bass (Striped)

Bluefish

Bluefish

Tuna (Bluefin)

Tuna (Bluefin)

Wahoo

Wahoo

Tuna (Yellowfin)

Tuna (Yellowfin)