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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!


Fishing Report 6/14/19

Written on: June 14th, 2019 in Fishing Report

Taylor Deemer, angler with Tyler Tribbitt and Capt. Tim Tribbett (on camera duty) fished 100 fathoms at the Baltimore canyon and boated and released the first white marlin of the season for Indian River Marina. This happened last weekend on 6/2

Not sure about you, but we’re pretty sick of the wind this week. Crossing our fingers and toes that this all blows through in time for a beautiful weekend for our Kids Catch All fishing tournament next weekend! Don’t forget to register if you haven’t already!


Angler Terry Hartlaub of Millsboro, DE caught this 99lb blue fin tuna while fishing in the Baltimore Canyon with Capt. Orville Henseler. They were trolling ballyhoo on spreader bars.

Offshore fishing was good for the boats that made it out. Bigeye bite was awesome. Anglers have had no trouble hooking up bluefin, yellowfin, mahi, and mako for the past couple weeks when they are able to go out.

Last Friday, the only good weather day forecasted for the weekend, the gang from the Reel Precision hooked up on these big eye tuna and mahi. The tuna weighed in at 85lbs and 89lbs with 120lbs of gaffer mahi weighing up to 22lbs and were caught using ballyhoo at the Baltimore Canyon. Pictured left to right Brent Huey of Houston, DE, Del Baker of Dagsboro, DE, Capt. Eddie Kehl of Baltimore, MD, Kevin Huey of Houston, DE and Jeff Strayer of Carlisle, PA.

Flounder also hitting the docks in limits when boaters get out.


George Simons of Mt.Airy MD caught this 44in 34.7lb cobia off the beach at South Bethany using a fresh bunker head.

Anglers fishing off the surf are having fun landing plenty of kingfish and small trout.

Nocturnal fishermen reporting that the rockfish come through the inlet after dark 

We have lots of boats out today and this weekend, so we will update again in a couple days.

As always, wishing everybody tight lines and good times!


Fishing Report 6/11/19

Written on: June 11th, 2019 in Fishing Report

Ed Dargush of Selbyville, DE, Glenn Meyers of Holts Landing, DE and Bob Swanson of Frankford, DE caught this 103.4lb big eye tuna while fishing in the Baltimore Canyon using skirted ballyhoo.

Had a good few days of northeastern storm winds blowing through – once the water clears up, the fish will be excited for some action.


Tuna getting hot, with fishermen hitting limits.

After a long day of fishing, the gang on the No Limit charter boat wound up with a limit of flounder. They fished several different inshore and offshore spots using Gulp bait on a Spro bucktail. The heaviest fished weighed in at 5.6lbs and 23.5 inches and was caught by Capt. Jon Azato along with his crew Haley Pruitt, of Newark, DE, Kellie Igo and Jimmy Coffiey of Wilmington, DE.

Limits of decent-sized flounder are hitting the decks with a few lucky large ones in the mix.

Reports of marlin, cobia, and mako.


Ryan Lewis of Roxanna, DE caught this 5.4lb trout while fishing on the south side of Indian River Inlet. He caught this fish using a jighead with a Z-Man rubber bait.

Surf-fishing and IR Inlet fishing are still good spots for plenty of kingfish.

Reports of weakfish coming out of the Inlet as well.

DON’T FORGET – our Kids Catch All fishing tournament is coming up quick! If you have already registered online, don’t forget to come get your info bag from the registration desk either Friday 6/21 between 6-8pm or Saturday 6/22 between 6-8am. Call us at 302-227-3071 or visit to find out more!

As always, wishing everybody tight lines and good times!


Fishing Report 6/4/2019

Written on: June 7th, 2019 in Fishing Report

Tavin Mullen of Milford, DE fished the Judy V. with Capt. Chris Adams, and caught this 2lb and 17 inch flounder using a bucktail tipped with fresh cut blue fish.

It’s the first Friday in June, and the fish are here – whose boat are you headed out on this weekend?! Call Miss Carolyn at 302-227-3071 to schedule your charter trip!


The canyons exploded with activity this past week, with the first report of white marlin release last weekend. Reports coming in of bigeye, bluefin, yellowfin, and even an albacore hitting the decks this week.

Plenty of mako being caught as well. Anglers hitting their limits of huge sea bass and mahi all week.

This 159lb Mako shark was caught while fishing in the Poor Man’s Canyon using bluefish on the “No Limit” with Capt. John Azato, John Motley of Pike Creek, DE, Vito DiFrancesco of Wilmington, DE, Mike Baumgartner of Rehoboth, DE and Luke Horney of Hockessin, DE.
My Girl fished the Baltimore Canyon using ballyhoo on spreader bars and caught this 157.4lb and 68 inch long blue fin tuna. John Klerlien, Billy Hein both of Millsboro, DE, Ralph Short and Jimmy Linus both of Lewes, DE.


Fishermen up and down the coast were happy to reel in some kingfish this week. Seems they go for live bloodworm most consistently.

Flounder fishing is also picking up off the shore and some off the jetty.

Nocturnal anglers have been reeling in keeper rockfish late at night.

Don’t forget that our Kids Catch All event is June 21-23. You can register in person Friday night or Saturday before 8:00 am, or you can register online before 8:00 pm. Click here to register online!

As always, wishing everybody tight lines and good times!


Fishing Report 5/31/19

Written on: May 31st, 2019 in EventsFishing ReportNews

Hope everyone enjoyed their Memorial Day weekend! We were due for a nice weekend, and we sure got it.



Reports of sea bass popping up more and more coming in from the surf. Fishermen consistently hitting their limits all week.


Blues have slowed down a little, with reports dropping off but still scattered.


Some ling and a couple flounder came in with the blues as well.



It was an okay week for tuna, but we’re still early in the season. Most bluesfin – haven’t heard of any more yellowfin, but that’s not to say they’re not out there.


A couple of thresher sharks brought in the past couple weeks. Heard there were a few mako as well.


Mahi also hitting the decks intermittently.



By now, everyone should know about our annual Kids Catch All youth fishing tournament on June 21-23 – we still have sponsorships opportunities available, so if you are interested in


Fishing Report 5/26/19

Written on: May 26th, 2019 in Fishing Report

Today’s the day, folks. Hot, humid, sunny, and a holiday! This weekend marks the official-unofficial first rush of the busy season for Delaware State Parks (and many other places I’m sure). We hope everyone has a fun, safe holiday weekend!



Tons of bluefish reports still coming up out of the jetty and from the beaches, especially between Bethany and Lewes. Some sea bass also reported, as well as scattered trout and small rockfish.



Offshore fishing is starting to get fun again with tuna reports popping up. First yellowfin were caught this weekend out of Ocean City and the Baltimore and plenty of dolphin. Limits of bluefin hitting the docks with tons of releases reported as well. Rumor has it that they’re even hooking some nice looking makos.


All that being said, IT’S FISHING SEASON!! Headboats are going on daily trips, call Hook ’em & Cook ’em for more info. Charter slots are filling up quickly so get your trip booked early with Miss Carolyn at 302-227-3071.



Also our EVENTS this year are:

June 21-23        Kids Catch All

September 7     Fishermen’s Flea Market

September 14   Autumn Art Fest


As always, wishing everybody tight lines and good times!!


Fishing Report 5/24/19

Written on: May 24th, 2019 in Fishing Report

Seems like it’s holiday after holiday this time of year… Happy Memorial Day to everyone – be sure to take some time to remember and honor those who lost their lives in service to our country.


If you are in the right place at the right time, you’re gonna get some bluefish. Seems that the “right time” is right on the edge of high tide. The “right place” is really anywhere between the South Inlet and the CHSP fishing pier. Bring some chunks of fresh mullet, and you’ll be sure to reel some in.


Rockfish are making some appearances at the Inlet and the nearby coastline, but nothing too exciting in our area. There was a report that someone caught and released a 42in rock at the CHSP pier – pretty exciting, but not our area.


Reports of trout, namely a 4lb one, caught off the jetty at the inlet. I believe that’s currently on IRM’s leaderboard.


Last Saturday, Reel Precision brought in this season’s first bluefin tuna weighing in at 45lbs. Tom Healy just brought in a 77.5lb bluefin this past Wednesday. Plenty more where that came from!


Father’s Day is coming up, and what better gift than an offshore tuna fishing trip on a beautiful summer day??? I really can’t think of any. Call Miss Carolyn to hook you up with a charter captain. Also, our 2019 Charter Fleet shirts have hit the ship store, and they’re cooler than ever. Check them out and see the other new stuff we got!!


Final PSA – if you’re new here, check out our Kids Catch All information at . This is an awesome youth (ages 3-18) fishing tournament with 14 beautiful trophies to win, two great nights of dinner and raffles, and a free t-shirt for every entrant. Registration is June 21 from 6-


Fishing Report 5/17/19

Written on: May 17th, 2019 in Fishing Report

Coming to you live on this absolutely gorgeous Friday afternoon, looking like summer is going to be here right in time for Memorial Day weekend! The forecast is looking go so far for next weekend – sunny, warm, but very windy.


Bluefish are coming out of the woodwork along the shoreline from the Inlet up to the CHSP fishing pier. Catch them as the last of the high tide comes through on cut mullet or metal lures.


Keeper rockfish hauled in on the south side Inlet, but their appearance on the surf and in the Bay has been “rocky”… Hope y’all appreciated that fish pun.


Sea bass season started 5/15 and every boat that went out hit its limit so far.


Good news! Everyone’s favorite Miss Carolyn is back for her 15th season at IRM, and she is  getting back into the swing of things. The weather is looking great, so help her get some practice in by calling 302-227-3071 to book your charter fishing trip for next weekend!


Fishing Report 5/10/19

Written on: May 10th, 2019 in Fishing Report

Happy Mother’s Day weekend to all of life’s mothers and mother figures!


Bluefish are poking out more and more. Big blues over 10 lbs being reeled in at the Cape Henlopen fishing pier, the South Side surf at Delaware Seashore, and the jetty at the IR inlet. Heard that the bigger ones are caught on spoons and plugs OR frozen mullet chunks


As the blues roll in, the tog fade out. Haven’t heard of any boats hitting their limits lately, and what they do get is mostly shorts with a few keepers.


No word on how flounder were this week, so that usually means there were none.


Black sea bass season starts May 15!!


And don’t forget – Kids Catch All is June 21-23. Be there!!