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Fishing Report for 5/19/14

Written on: May 19th, 2014 in Fishing Report

The fishing action has been hot here at Indian River Marina.  Apparently the great spring weather not only brought out the crowds, but also the fish!

On IRM’s own Gale Force Charters, Brian Smith of Dallastown, PA, Michael O’Neill of York, PA and Jack Schenck of Dover, DE went fishing with Capt. Aaron Hurd and caught these nice stripers.  They weighed in at 19.8lbs and 12.4lbs and were caught using bucktails.


Josh Tryon of Lewes, DE, caught an 11lb rock fish and a 4.1lb weak fish while fishing with swim shads in the Indian River Inlet.


Tim, Breeze, Steve and Carl Parrill and Keith Carter, all of Bethany Beach, DE, went out fishing with Capt Phil Goote on the “Fish Magnet”out of Hooper’s Island and had their limit of trophy rock fish in 2 hours while they were trolling planer boards.


John Carr of North East, MD, Capt. Kenny Gray of Rehoboth, DE, Don and angler Joseph Foley of Warwick, MD and Brian Gray of Selinsgrove, PA caught the first thresher shark of the season just inside of B-buoy. This shark weighed in at 268.8lbs and was caught using whole mackerel on “Just Right 5”

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David Rice of Hellertown, PA, caught this 17.5lb and 36.5″ rock fish while fishing the Indian River Inlet using Tsunami swim shads.


John Lindsay of Dagsboro, DE, caught these 16.6lb and 18.4lb rock fish on the morning incoming tide using swim shads in the Indian River Inlet.


George Celia of Douglasville, PA, caught this 13.6lb black drum while trying to fish for flounder with a plain hook and a chartreuse swimming mullet Gulp bait.  He was fishing in front of the Coast Guard station in the Indian River Inlet.


All photos are courtesy of Hook ’em & Cook ’em

This weekend be sure to stop by the Indian River Marina.  On Saturday and Sunday Hook ’em & Cook ’em will be holding a Memorial Day Weekend sidewalk sale.  There will be plenty of awesome deals to start your fishing season off right!

Hammerheads Dockside is now open 7 days per week and starting after Memorial Day weekend there will be live entertainment every night.

Be sure to check back soon and tight lines and good times!


Fishing Report 5/4/14

Written on: May 4th, 2014 in Fishing Report

Boats are being splashed, the docks are filling up, and the boat ramp is getting busier everyday.  It was a rough winter for most, but the start of the season is finally here.  Hammerheads Dockside is open on weekends from 8 AM until 8 PM until May 16th when regular hours, 7 AM until 10 PM, 7 days per week will resume.

Here at Indian River Marina flounder, tog, and small rockfish have been reported.  Further south at Oregon Inlet anglers are slamming big eyes, yellowfins, bluefins, and even some nice gaffers.  We are hoping these fish make it up our way soon.

Tim Auman of Harrisburg, PA, caught a 22″, 3.6lb flounder while fishing along the Indian River Inlet near the Marina entrance.  He caught it with a handmade pink, blue and white fly that he tied.


Dan, Fran and Jake Okoniewski and Bob Ficaturo
of Wilmington, DE went fishing out at the Washingtonian and came back with
their limit of tog and one flounder.
They tog was caught on green crab and the flounder was caught using a
minnow on a bucktail.


All photos are courtesy of Hook ’em & Cook’em Outfitters


Fishing Report for 4/21/2014

Written on: April 21st, 2014 in Fishing Report

IRM is getting very close to being in full-swing once again.  The beautiful weather this past Saturday brought a lot of folks out to continue prepping their boats for the upcoming season and we even saw some boats heading out onto the water.  Hammerheads Dockside reopened on Saturday as well and will be open on weekends from 8 AM until 8 PM through May 16th when they will resume their regular schedule.  It was great seeing the restaurant and bar bustling, a sure sign of a great season to come.

For our slip holders, please stop in to the office to pick up your IRM codes and slip holder card, which entitles you to a $.05 per gallon fuel discount, 10% discount at the revamped Ship’s Store, and 5% off at Hammerheads Dockside.

Don’t forget that the IRM Kids Catch-All Tournament is fast approaching on June 27th, 28th, and 29th for individuals 3 to 18 years of age.  All registered participants will recieve a rod and reel donated by Hook ’em & Cook ’em and a t-shirt.  More information on the tournament can be found by visiting on the marina web site.

Last, but not least, be sure to mark your calendars for the 6th annual IRM Seafood and Arts Festival in July 26, 2014.  As always there will be plenty of vendors, great food, and fun games for the kids!



Fishing Report for 2/1/2014

Written on: February 1st, 2014 in Fishing Report

It is hard to believe that February is already here.  Fishing season is almost upon us and everyone at Indian River Marina has been working hard throughout the winter getting everything ready for the spring and summer.  We are all very excited to open the doors to the newly renovated marina store, which will carry many traditional items, but also new and exciting pieces of merchandise.   Be sure to stop in and check it out this spring!

In the meantime staff from the Indian River Marina and captains from the Indian River Marina Charter Fleet look forward to seeing old friends and meeting new ones at the OC Seaside Boat Show February 14 – 16 at the Ocean City Covention Center.  Stop by booths #159 and #160 to hear all about the exciting things we have going on at IRM.  We are going to have a fun-filled summer for people of all ages.

It is not too early to mark your calendars for the 1st Annual Kids Catch-All Fishing Tournament on June 27, 28, and 29 for youth 3 to 18 years old.  For more information on this great event that benefits the Lyme Disease Association of the Eastern Shore of Maryland, which serves Sussex County in Delaware please visit  If you know of a company or organization that would like to take advantage of the great marketing opportunities provided by the tournament please have them contact Scott Borino at 302-227-3071 or to learn about the varying levels of event sponsorship that are available.

For the sixth year in a row the Seafood and Arts Festival returns on Saturday July 26th.  There will be plenty of excellent seafood and nautical themed arts and crafts.  As usual, kids will have lots of games and crafts to choose from as well.

We hope that you are all having a great winter and look forward to seeing everyone on the docks soon!



Fishing Report for 1/3/14

Written on: January 3rd, 2014 in Fishing Report

Happy New Year Everyone!!!!  We are at the tail end of Winter Storm Hercules.  At this time we are reporting no visible rigger damage and no visible canvas damage.  We will be monitoring throughout the weekend with strong winds and colder temps expected.  At this time we are experiencing a king tide with NW winds pretty darn cold and miserable I must say.

On a better note Rockfish were still being landed earlier this week in front of Sea Colony and down off of Ocean City.  Nice fish with many boats hitting their limit within 2 hours of fishing.  We will keep you posted next week once we get through this weather.

The Indian River Marina is pleased to announce its first with more to come fishing tournament.  The Kids Catch-All T0urnament will be held at the Marina from June 27-29.  A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Lyme Disease Association of the Eastern Shore of Maryland ( which serves sussex county).  We will have a full web-page posted shortly.   Please sign your kids, grandchildren, freinds and neighbors up for this fun filled weekend!!

Come visit us at the Ocean City Boat Show Feb. 14.15, & 16 to find out what specials we will be offering.

Stay warm and remember tight lines and good times are not far away…………


Fishing Report for 11/24/13

Written on: November 24th, 2013 in Fishing Report

Happy Thanksgiving!!!!  Hope everyone is getting ready for some good eats next week.  It looks like winter has arrived with a vengeance.  Its blowing a steady 25-35 mph with higher gusts and a wind chill they say of 15!!  UGH…..  There have been some fish caught lately in and around the Indian River Inlet and the mouth of the Delaware Bay.  We have had no Offshore reports other than some long liners have had great success in the last couple weeks with Swordfish catches.

Joey Celano of Wilmington, DE landed this nice 30 lb 42.5 Rockfish while trolling Stretches in the Rips with his buddies Jake Smith and Carter DiRado.






Chris Graves of Georgetown, DE caught this Citation Rockfish while trolling with a white parachute rig at the mouth of the Delaware Bay weighing 38lbs and measured 44 inches.







Pictures courtesy of Hook’em and Cook’em

Be looking for our 1st Annual Kids Catch All Tournament this summer 2014 June 27-29 at the Indian River Marina!!!

Hammerheads Dockside is open Daily!!! some stop on in and warm up with a warm cocktail and some good eats.

We have been sending email blasts out to all of our customers in reference to weather, reminders, etc… if you HAVE NOT been receiving your email please contact the Marina office to ensure we have the proper email address.


Fishing Report for 10/29/2013

Written on: October 29th, 2013 in Fishing Report

Although it is late October we are lucky to have spring-like weather.  Winter haul outs are upon us, but there are still plenty of fish waiting to be caught.  If you are interested in winter land storage please give us a call at 302-227-3071.

Susan and John Byrd of Pike Creek, DE caught these fish while fishing in the Indian River inlet using live green crab.  Susan was using a top and bottom rig and hooked up a double header of Red drum. Her fish weighed in at 3.5lbs and 4lbs while John’s tog weighed in at 2.6lbs


— Picture courtesy of Hook ’em & Cook ’em



Fishing Report for 10/13/13

Written on: October 13th, 2013 in Fishing Report

Wind!, Wind!, Wind!  Wind and stormy conditions have left our boaters tied tight to the docks this past week.  It looks like the next fishable day will be Mid-Week!!! let’s keep our fingers crossed.  We will keep you updated on some end of week reports as they come in.

Come on down this Saturday October 19th to the First Annual Docktoberfest!!!  Hammerheads Dockside will have a German buffet of Beer Tastings, Live Music 4pm-7pm and plenty of Great Eats!!!!  Fun for the entire Family…….

Winter Haul outs have begun please get your vessel scheduled for your haul out date as soon as possible.

Lots of great things planned for next year until then Tight Lines and Good Times!!!


Fishing Report for 9/24/13

Written on: September 24th, 2013 in Fishing Report

The weather has held many of our boats to the docks this past week.  The Headboats are still running reporting good Flounder catches.  Offshore reports still coming in with great fishing, Tuna, Marlin, Wahoo.  There is still time to book a trip with us and get in on the fun!!

The New ” Indian River Marina Fishing Club” will be beginning in 2014 with lots of new events for your entire fishing family.  We will be hosting Certified IRM Fishing Tournaments, prizes for the First Marlin, Tuna and Mako caught and much more to be announced soon so stay tuned.

Tight Lines and Good Times continue……


Fishing Report for 9/18/13

Written on: September 18th, 2013 in Fishing Report

If yellowfin are what you are after then the Washington Canyon is where you want to be.  The Washington has been hot within the past few weeks.  The Rockpile has been turning up a good number of white marlin as well.

The Indian River Maina Charter fleet is still heading out into the action and there is plenty of time to get in on the fun.  The staff at Indian River Marina are happy to assist you in setting up your trip, whether for a half or full day or an overnight, just call 302-227-3071.

As a reminder to all of our slipholders, this Saturday is our 3rd annual customer appreciation party from 4pm-7pm.  The marina will provide hot dogs, burgers, soda, and water.  If you would like to attend and/or bring a covered dish please sign up in the office.