Leo enjoys being outdoors and especially, hiking, fishing, camping and kayaking. The following sections offer a glimpse into his love for fishing.
Fishing in Delaware offers a wide variety of species. One of the hardest fish to catch is the tautog. It lives in the rocks by jetties and is caught by dropping a sinker with a hook and a piece of crab or sandflea. Once the "tog" starts nibbling the rod is jerked up and hopefully the fish is pulled up before it wedges itself in the rocks. Mostly the line gets caught and broken. However the fish is unbelievably good to eat and worth the effort.
Flounder are abundant in the waters off shore. An excellent way to beat the summer heat is to paddle around the breakwater in an ocean kayak. Live minnows are preferred. Recent changes have upped the keeper size to 17" so many smaller ones are tossed back. They are also very good to eat.
In early spring the large bluefish run up the coast. They are very aggressive put up a great fight. At that time of the year the weather can be cold, wet and windy so only the hardiest of folks are on the surf.
Triggerfish are slowly making their way to Delaware. We caught our first one in August 2017 while bottom fishing near pilings at Cape Henlopen State Park. They are a very hard fighting fish and have a trigger at the top that is used to dislodge barnacles from rocks and piling. The skin is like Kevlar but well worth the effort to clean. They taste extremely good and much like tautog.
Until the late 1980's seatrout (often called weakfish) were abundant. It was easy to limit out but in recent years they have become quite scarce and the limit now in Delaware coastal waters is one/day.
Rarely it is possible to catch a black drum off the surf. This beauty was caught in 2007.
Throughout the year large sand sharks can be hooked. They put up a great fight but are released to fight again.
Occasionally a small blowfish will bite and they are interesting for kids to see before they are returned to the surf.
For many years a group of us went to Alaska and fished of the northern most island of the Kodiaks. There is no better fishing in the world that I have experience. While many 40-60 lb halibut can be caught the largest that we every pulled in a zodiak was 152 lb. My son and I pulled this up from 600 feet of water and it took us about 2 hours with a single small hook. It dove back down twice before we finally harpooned it and pulled it in.
While halibut are fun to catch nothing beats the excitement of catching a 15-20 lb silver salmon (also known as coho salmon) on a 10 lb spinning real. Patience is key to success. Why rush such a thrill?
Perhaps one of the best tasting fish is the Lingcod. Big teeth, ugly but tastes like lobster.
Everythink is large in Alaska, in addition to the mosquitoes seabass are much larger that we see in Delaware. They are also excellent eating.
Sea robin are occasionally caught. They are a weird looking fish with an armor coat and spikes. Not sure how they taste, but fun to catch.
Ontario FishingFreshwater fishing for in Ontario is great. Since I was a kid I have fished in Northern Ontario for all kinds of fish. Largmouth and small mouth bass are hard to beat for a good fight and good eating.
Over the last 40 years Lake Erie has been cleaned up and fish are now thriving. The water is clear and pickeral are in good supply. They are great eating.