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Fishing Report 7/29/19

Written on: July 29th, 2019 in Fishing Report

Fishing has turned on again!!!

Offshore reports of Tuna (Bigeyes and Yellowfin), Wahoo, Mahi, Swordfish, Golden Tilefish, Blue Marlin and the White Marlin have exploded over the weekend which is just in time for the White Marlin Open in a week.  There have been some Barracuda landed and we do not usually see them this far North.

Inshore reports of nice Flounder, Seabass, Cobia, Croaker and Bluefish.  The fishing and weather are great so call Carolyn at 302-227-3071 and book a trip with our fleet.

Congrates to all of the anglers that fished the Big Fish Classic.  We are seeing alot of fish hitting our dock at the weigh station so come on down to Hammerheads for a cool drink and some fine eats or head into the Tackle Shop and take home some fresh fish for the grill from the Seafood Market.

Till next time Tight Lines and Coool Times!!!


Fishing Report 7/21/19

Written on: July 21st, 2019 in Fishing Report

Dave, Kerry and Dustin Wolf of Reading, PA caught this 371.4lb thresher shark was caught out at B-buoy using bunker.

We hope everyone is surviving this final day of the dangerous heat wave. The marina and the DSSP beaches have been pretty empty.


Offshore boats landed some nice sized gaffers, plenty of tilefish, and some scattered wahoo.

The tuna headed out for cooler, deeper water. We’re hoping the cool front Monday and Tuesday will bring them back.


Inshore reports of flounder, bluefish, and a couple nice cobias.

KUDOS to all the brave anglers that could stand the heat and finished the Paradise Bay flounder fishing tournament. We can’t wait to hear the results.

Here are some more pictures from this  week of fishing

Matt Bullock of Pasadena, MD, Bill Foster of Selbyville, DE, Capt. Randy Sparkman of Baltimore, MD, Rodney Evans of Lewes, DE and Kevin Hood of Severn, MD, from the Raven brought in the first Wahoo of the season for Indian River Marina. This 39.8lb wahoo and 3 mahi weighing up to 8lbs were caught out at the Baltimore Canyon using spreader bars with ballyhoo.
This tile trip on the No Limit with Capt. Jon Azato was a winner for Paul Elwood of Newark, DE, Felix Chong of Fairfax, VA, Peter Lee of Baltimore, MD, Ian Kim, Jay Chung and Goon Lee of Fairfax, VA. They caught both golden and blue line tile and were fishing in the Baltimore Canyon deep dropping squid. The largest weighed 12lbs.
Capt. Steve Danner, Jack Dye of Rising Sun, Pa, Mike Fleeman of Lancaster, PA, Mike Diller of Mechanicsburg, Pa, Phil Boyer of Boiling Springs, PA and mate Michael Hawkins fished Massey’s Canyon using Sterling Wide Trackers and caught this 81.3lb blue fin, Mahie that weighed 15.7lbs and 2 skip jacks.
Gavin German of Pottstown, PA caught this 7.6lb sheepshead while fishing on the north side of the Indian River Inlet using sand fleas.
This 13lb rock fish was caught by Chris Gratton of Pottstown, PA while fishing along the jetty at Indian River Inlet using artificial swim baits.
Jason Conrad of Fleetwood, PA fished with Capt. Travis Scott on the Canyon Hunter at the 19 Fathom Lump. This 22.6lb 35 inch length and 22.5 inch girth false albacore surpassed the one caught two weeks ago by 1.1lbs. It was caught on a Flippy Floppy thing
Reelin and Rockin got in to the big blue fish while out at Massey’s fishing with spreader bars with ballyhoo. Brian and Malone Grace of Centreville, MD and Marcy Robbins of Frankford, Capt. Lyon Ellison and mate Matt Cook brought in 24 blues with 12.5lbs being the biggest and 2 mahi and 2 false albacore.
Kristen Gorman of Leesburg, VA caught this 87lb bluefin tuna while using a ballyhoo on a 9oz glow head out at Massey’s Canyon while on The Black Pearl IV with Justin, Dan and Mike Gorman also from Leesburg, VA

As always, wishing everybody tight lines and good times!

Photos courtesy of Hook ’em & Cook ’em


Fishing Report 7/20/19

Written on: July 20th, 2019 in Fishing Report

While fishing in the Indian River Inlet, Gabby Baker out fished her grandfather, Mickey Payne of Georgetown, DE. Her largest fish weighed 3.8lbs and was using live spot.

Is it HOT enough for everyone? Please be careful during this epic heat wave.


Boats heading offshore are coming back with wahoo, tuna, mahi, along with many white marlin releases.


Inshore vessels and surf fishermen reporting flounder, blues, sea bass, sheepshead, and even some rockfish.

Bay fishing has been fun as well so give us a call and get hooked on one of our charter vessels – call Miss Carolyn at 302-227-3071.

The Bay Flounder Tournament is taking place this weekend with over 200 boats fishing.

Here are some pictures of this week’s flounder power.

Bob Ebersole and Andrew Biddle, both from Bayshore Campground, fished out at B-Buoy and caught these 5 keeper flounder weighing up to 4.1lbs using Gulp bait.
Trey and Jack Isaacs of Greenville, SC, caught these three keeper flounder while fishing in the Indian River Inlet using Gulp and bunker strips.
Ken Schuchart of Wrightsville, PA caught these 4 keeper flounder, weighing up to 2.3lbs using Gulp bait on the north side of the Indian River Inlet
Beckum Schuchart of Wrightsville, PA was fishing with his father Ken on the North side of the Indian River Inlet when he caught this keeper flounder. He was using Gulp bait to hook this fish.
Matthew and Chad Mitchell of Frankford, DE fished along Massey’s Ditch and caught these 8 keeper flounder with the largest one weighing 4.3lbs. They were using shiners to land these flatties.

Stay cool and have a great weekend. and of course, wishing everyone tight lines & good times!

Photos courtesy of Hook ’em & Cook ’em


Fishing Report for 7/12/19

Written on: July 12th, 2019 in Fishing Report

Great fishing and weather makes for a great day on the water!!

Offshore reports of scattered Yellowfins, Bluefins and False Albacore Tuna.  Some nice Bluefish are also being landed.  There have been more Blue Marlin and White Releases this week which is good to hear as the White Marlin Open approaches.

Inshore reports of Flounder, Croaker, Triggerfish, Bluefish and some nice size Spot for the Kid’s.   Be sure to give Carolyn a call to book a trip.

We want to wish all of our Customers good luck if you are fishing the Tuna Tournamnet this weekend.  Let’s bring in the Big One IRM!!!!

The Indian River Marina is hiring all positions please pass the word or stop in the office and pick up an application.

Till next time Tight Lines and Great Times!!!


Fishing Report 7/6/19

Written on: July 6th, 2019 in Fishing Report

Hot Hot Hot!!!! The weather and fishing are HOT!.

Inshore reports plenty of nice size Bluefish and keeper Flounder. Offshore reports scattered Yellowfin, Bluefins, Albacore, Mahi and Tilefish and quite a few reports of White Marlin releases.

We wanted to share some pics of the 3rd Annual Slipholder Tuna Blast Tournament. The weather and fish work in our favor this year for quite and event.


Fishing Report 6/30/19

Written on: June 30th, 2019 in Fishing Report

Fishing the afternoon trip on the Judy V., Capt. Chris Adams found the flounder and they were hungry. The boat was fishing at the Old Grounds using cut bait and shiners the largest weighed in at 4.1lbs. Pictured are Macel Maican and Alex Lee from Maryland, Keith Gochenour of Enola, PA, Tanner and Tom Haugh of Gettysburg, PA, Drew Maguire of Great Falls, VA, Berry Bankert of Hanover, PA, Bob Gould of Aspers, PA, Jerry Kennedy of Germantown, MD, Bob Pare of Hanover, PA and Don Miller of Willow Street, PA.

Well, we asked for it – summer is here and the sun is shining down. It’s a little breezier about 15 miles out, so hop on your boat, a friend’s, or one from our charter fleet to escape the heat! Call Miss Carolyn at 302-227-3071 to hook you up!


Tuna, tuna, tuna! While the bite is a little slower compared to last week’s epic frenzy, yellowfin continue to hit the deck in decent numbers. Most brought in to IRM have been 50lb or over.

Jake McGuire of Middletown, DE caught this 50lb blue fin tuna on the Last Call using a pink lure Daisy chain out at Poor Man’s Canyon.

Anglers hooking bigger blues as the summer rolls through. Mr. Fisher (apt name) snagged this near 16lb blue out at the Hot Dog.

This 15.6lb blue fish was caught by John Fisher of Baltimore, MD using ballyhoo out at the Hot Dog.


Pete Hesson of Dagsboro, DE finally caught his “white whale”. This sheepshead was caught using sand fleas on the south side of the Indian River Inlet. It weighed in at 12.6lbs

Inshore anglers are still coming home with a mixed bag. Sheepshead, bluefish, kingfish, and now mackerel are a consistent catch. Pompano, spot, ling, flounder, and late-night rockfish are will grab a lucky angler’s line here and there.

This 6lb sheepshead was caught by Trevor Reitenbach of Tower City, PA while fishing with sand fleas on the south side of Indian River Inlet.

Once again, thank you to everyone who participated in the 5th Annual Kids Catch All event. Click here to see the wrap-up video done by Unscene Productions!

Signing off, and wishing everybody tight lines and good times this week!


Fishing Report 6/29/19

Written on: June 29th, 2019 in Fishing Report

Family fishing at its finest, the Ocean Drifter fished an overnighter at the Eenan Square tuna weighing up to 39.3lbs and a 39.3lb swordfish. They caught the sword fish using a skip jack fillet. John, David, Carmen and Christian Ostrowski of Wilmington, DE.

Fishing is still red hot as we head into the weekend before Independence Day. Whether you’re celebrating this weekend or next, be sure to wear sunscreen and drink plenty of water. Looks like we’re in for a sunny couple of weeks!


The tuna bite is consistent, with anglers landing mostly yellowfin, but bigeye and bluefin are in the mix. The canyons remain the hotspot for fishing activity, with record numbers of boats heading out every day.

Doc Peoples of Dagsboro, DE, Lex Robertson of Lewes, DE, Kenny Vincent of Dewey Beach, DE, George Kolodi of Smyrna, DE and Jeff Kovatch of Frankford, DE caught 11 yellow fin and 2 mahi fishing the lower end of the Baltimore Canyon using spreader bars and ballyhoo. The largest weighed in at 43lbs.

One lucky angler might have scored the Delaware state record for false albacore on the Last $ with Capt. Rodney Meyers, one of IRM’s charter fleet! This is unconfirmed as of now, but we will update once we get more information.

Jonathan Buchanan, Zac Malanka, Debbie Mumford and Matt Buchanan all from Dagsboro, DE fishing on the Last $ with Capt. Rodney Meyers caught an 83.7lb blue fin and a new pending state record False Albacore weighing in at 21.5lbs. The were fishing Massey’s Canyon using ballyhoo and spreader bars. Jonathan Buchanan was the angler of the potential state record fish.

Heavy flounder have been hitting the deck consistently, as have mahi.

John Engler of Perkiomenville, PA caught this citation 9.1lb 28 inch flounder while fishing out at the Old Grounds using minnows and squid.


As the water temperature rises, we’re seeing more species reeled in along the surf and inshore.

Sheepshead, croaker, triggerfish, trout, and spot made up the “mixed-bag” catches that anglers have reported.

Fishermen seeing more consistent bites with kings, sea bass, flounder, and blues. Rockfish are good at the inlet after dark.

Ken German was fishing the Indian River Inlet using sand fleas and caught these nice 8.2lb black drum and a 3.5lb weakfish.

Don’t wait – take advantage of the good fishing and good weather before it goes away! Call Miss Carolyn at 302-227-3071 to book your charter trip with one of our 26 charter fleet vessels. Trips are booking FAST so call ahead.

As always, wishing everybody tight lines and good times!


Fishing Report 6/25/19

Written on: June 25th, 2019 in Fishing Report

It’s a humid day down here at the marina. It seems most boaters went home after this weekend’s mayhem.


Yellowfin bite is still hot, and offshore anglers are hauling in plenty of flounder too.


Reports of surf-fishermen reeling up pompanos in good numbers this weekend. Croaker, blues, kings, spot, and small trout also in the mix.

Wishing y’all tight lines and good times!


Fishing Report 6/24/19 – 5th Annual Kids Catch All

Written on: June 24th, 2019 in Fishing Report

 Our trophy winners for this tournament! Out of 15 divisions, we gave out 12 trophies. Congratulations everyone!

Wow, what an amazing weekend! Thank you to everyone who showed up to support this event and the Lyme Disease Association of Delmarva (LDAD). We had 107 young anglers enter, and 12 went home with trophies. This event raised almost $15,000 dollars for LDAD to further spread the education of the Delmarva community about tick-borne diseases, an increasingly important cause.

Special thanks to Senator Ernie Lopez for taking time from his busy schedule to come down and present the awards and to speak further about the Lyme disease epidemic.

Pictured second to the left of the board is Isabella Abbonizio with her prize winning yellowfin tuna. She stands with her family, who were also entered into the tournament.


  • Bluefish – 1 lb 13 oz, Giovanni Baiocco
  • Croaker – 5 oz, Gavin German
  • Flounder – 4 lb 4 oz, Juliana Freeman
  • Mackerel – 1 lb 11.5 oz, Fisher Low
  • Mahi – 10 lb 8 oz, Levi Wingert
  • Sea Bass – 1 lb 5 oz, Briar Wingert
  • Shark – 470.2 lb, Thomas & Tanner Haugh
  • Spot – 5 oz, Matt Santoro
  • Triggerfish – 2 lb 12 oz, Nicky Niebauer
  • Trout – 1 lb 8 oz, Zane Winkler
  • Tuna – 39 lb 8 oz, Isabella Abbonizio
  • Unusual Catch – Look Down fish, Zachary Montague

All division winners were determined by weight except for the “Unusual Catch” division, which was left up to the Weighmaster to decide.

The trophy table with beautiful trophies thanks to Fish Unlimited Taxidermy in NJ.
We raised $14,855 for LDAD. Our final leaderboard will be displayed in the marina office for a couple weeks.
Weighing in a tuna that didn’t quite make it to the leaderboard.
This young fisherman hooked a pretty big tuna and a prize-winning mahi on the first day of the tournament.
I’m sure these boys will remember this day for the rest of their lives. They towed in this huge 470 lb thresher on little center console. They said the line snapped right as they got the beast with a catch stick.

The rest of the pictures will be posted on the Kids Catch All website soon.

Of course, thank you to all of our sponsors, whose generous donations of money and raffle items made this tournament happen.

The complete list of sponsors is available on the website.

Thank you again to everyone who came out for the tournament, especially to the parents, uncles/aunts, grandparents, guardians of the kids who fished this event. We hope everyone enjoyed it as much as we did.

As always, wishing everyone tight lines and good times!


Fishing Report 6/21/19

Written on: June 21st, 2019 in Fishing Report

Boy’s Toy went out to the Baltimore Canyon and used spreader bars to land yellowfins and a few skip jacks. Josh, Tommy, Francesca, Mary, Matthew, and Tom Gessler, Nolan Fraser, Fred Wetzstein, and Jay Marshall weighed their biggest tuna in at 52.7 pounds.

Fishing is HOT, and just in time for the Kids Catch All tournament! We have 15 divisions, and there have been reports of catches from EVERY division so far! Bluefish, croaker, flounder, mackerel, mahi, rockfish, sea bass, shark, spot, triggerfish, trout, tuna, billfish release, shark release, and unusual catch. There’s still time to sign up online by 8:00pm or onsite tonight or tomorrow morning! Click here to register or find out more.


Capt. Dave Eberly (not pictured), Wayne Smith of Ellendale, DE, Matt Purnell of Lewes, DE, Jason Hall of Milford, DE, Robb Warfel of Milford, DE, Carl Bittenbender of South Bethany, DE, and Mike Schimmel of Ellendale, DE went out to the Poormans on June 15th. This crew  brought in 13 yellowfin tuna using spreader bars.
The Charter boat No Limit went out to the Baltimore Canyon and went 18 for 37 on yellowfin tuna. Capt. Jon Azato, Mate Jason Dietterick, Colin Brennan, Nick Grupeich, Siraj Hussain, and Noah Hussain-Siraj of New Jersey, Greg Wilson, and George Nikoloff of PA landed most of their tuna on spreader bars but had a few on ballyhoo as well.

It was an awesome week for tuna, with most boats coming back with their limit. Mostly yellowfin hitting the deck this week with some bigeye in the mix.

This crew fished in the Baltimore Canyon using spreaders bars and ballyhoo to hook up with this 62.4lb yellow fin. Edward Mench of New Castle, DE, Trey Obermire of Felton, DE, Justin Strouse of Camden, DE and Capt. Aaron Piper of Camden, DE also caught 6 more keeper fish.

Good numbers of mahi hitting lines as well.


The churning water from last week’s wind gave us a pretty good assortment of catches, or “mixed bag” fishing.

Abby Meyer and Liv Meyer from Centre Hall, PA fished on the headboat Judy V. with Capt. Christopher Adams and caught a mixed bag of kingfish, spade fish and a weakfish while fishing along the beach at Fenwick.

Plenty of boats hitting flounder limits this week. 

Surf-fishermen reporting kings, blues, trout, spot, perch, croaker, and even shark getting reeled in to the shore.

This week gave us the first catches of hefty black drum and sheepshead.

The best place for striper still seems to be the IR inlet after dark.

Well folks, it’s looking like a beautiful weekend, so we hope to see you here.

As always, wishing you tight lines and good times!