Regional Reports-East

Cape Henelopen

For a small state, Delaware has a lot of coastline. The part you should focus on this spring is the shore from Cape Henelopen south to the Maryland border-a roughly 24-mile stretch that can be fished over a day or two. Cape Henelopen State Park, Delaware Seashore State Park and Fenwick Island State Park offer very good access to bluefish, flounder, weakfish and arriving stripers. Four-wheel-drive access is possible in some of these locations-check the regulations in the Delaware Surf Fishing brochure or on the state's Web site. Early in the season, the blues and weakfish hit cut mullet and flashy spoons, and the fluke hit bloodworms. Stripers should move in toward late April as the water warms and will hit big Bomber and Rapala plugs and clams on bottom rigs. A surf-fishing permit is needed on beaches that are state land. Contact: The brochure Delaware Surf Fishing, with complete beach access information, is available at state park offices, from surf-fishing permit agents or at the Delaware Division of Natural Resources (302-739-4702).