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Surf Fishing at the Seashore in Delaware State Parks

Posted by Michael Brown on Friday, June 24th, 2011 at 11:22am.

The Delaware seashore has fishing adventures to match a wide range of tastes.  It is possible to pursue surf fishing or deep offshore excursions just miles apart.  The Indian River Bay, Delaware Bay and Rehoboth Bay all offer some great fishing opportunities and of course there is the Atlantic Ocean for all the people that want to try their hand at offshore charters.

The height of surf fishing will start during the month of March and last until the middle of November.  The state parks in Delaware offer lots of good places for surf fishing.  A couple of hot spots are the Delaware Seashore which is located due south of the Dewey Beach and Cape Henlopen which can be found close to Lewes.  Each of these spots has some dune crossovers that can be reached by either drive-on anglers or walk-ons.  People who wish to drive an all-wheel drive automobile onto the beach can purchase a permit.

The state of Delaware requires everyone 16 years and older to purchase a state fishing license.

Great fishing opportunities abound on a quarter mile long pier located at Cape Henlopen.  This can be the spot for a first fish for young anglers and a relaxing spot to catch fish for people who enjoy the easy catches.  In addition there is a nice spot at Beach Plum Island where anglers can try their hand at surf fishing along the banks of the Delaware Bay.

Charter boats can be rented for anglers who want either the offshore or inshore fishing opportunities.  Angler’s Fishing Center is one place for charters located in Lewes or they can contact Fisherman’s Wharf.  Below Dewey Beach anglers can contact available charters at Indian River Inlet Marina.
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For people that like to just get out and fish immediately there are some really fine cottages available for rent at Indian River Marina.  Nestled within Delaware Seashore State Park, the cottages can be found all along Indian River’s north shore.  This area is home to six miles of bay shoreline as well as the ocean.  Renters can fish, swim, paddle, hike, surf, watch birds and sail throughout the waters in the park.

There is also a marina north of the Inlet and found on the bay side.  The marina offers several services that are helpful to anglers and boaters.  The marina sales tackle and live bait, offers to clean fish, recycles oil, sales sewage and fuel pumps, and can offer repairs on boats all year long.  During the summer customers can purchase great snacks at the snack bar.  The marina also has 295 boat slips and patrons can rent a slip annually.  The marina also has two boat launch ramps that lead to the bays and out to the ocean.  For people with boats registered outside of Delaware there is a mandatory annual ramp certificate.  The certificate can be bought for $35 at Hook ‘em Cook ‘em bait shop.

People can choose to rent a charter boat for as few as five hours or for an overnight excursion.  A day trip normally sells for around $400.  Overnight trips that are longer in nature will usually start at $2,200 for a minimum of six people.  Most of the time all of the necessary tackle that you will need is included in the price of the charter.  You will only have to bring sunscreen, sunglasses, snacks and any drinks you would like to have.  Also, make sure to bring along an appropriate cooler for taking home your catch as well as a good camera to record the big day!

You can get more detailed information about the charters from the marinas, local tackle and bait shops or from an internet search.

Although good fishing can be found in March, the best time for mackerel starts near the beginning of April.  After the mackerel the blues begin to arrive in April and last until November.

The month of May to October is the best time for kingfish, sea trout, and summer flounder.  Northern porgy, sea bass and weakfish can be caught all the way until November.

This article was written by the staff writer of Victory Outdoor Sports. Victory Outdoor Sports provides expert guide services for Salmon River fishing and Steelhead fishing adventures in upstate New York.

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