THE STAFF OF BILL’S SPORT SHOP
18388 Coastal Highway
Lewes, De. 19958
> .We have welcomed back Brian Elliott. Brian worked for us for many years and since we lost Bill Jr., Brian is glad to fill the void. He is very knowledgeable in fishing and happy to share his expertise. (The owners are still Bill and Kathy Baker)
>> Bill went to the Advisory Council on Recreational Fishing Funding meeting this week and you will find a synopsis below.
>> We at Bills Sport Shop are an official drop off store for your boxes of cookies. They must be dropped off here by December 5th, 2015. Every year before Christmas, we send home baked goods to our Troops serving overseas to show our support!! God bless our Troops!! Thank you Judy and Paul Mangini.
>> Synopsis of Fishing Report
> Walls in bay still producing good tog bite.
> Surf still producing blues some up to 12” plus.
> Flounder fishing is producing at the wrecks on Fenwick Shoals.
> Sea bass has been good at Site 11 and Radford and those fishing out of OC on the wrecks offshore.
> News from NJ said they are fighting big stripers, all you would want, at Brigantine and Spring Lake.
> We have fresh bunker and live clams.
>> Craig Maning, York, PA, wrangled in a 6.35#, 21.5” tog from the Outer Wall using fleas. He and his buddies ended up with 7 keepers.
>> Gary Mastracche, Lewes, stopped in to let us know he had a great day on the surf using mullet and catching blues up to 13”. He was fishing the Key Box/Conquest Road areas and mentioned he couldn't even put his rod in the holder the bite was so good.
>> Norman, Ed, Rich and Bill fished Conquest using mullet and had over two dozen blues in the 12 to 16” range..green floats seemed to be the best color.
>> Dave Vetter caught a 6.85#, 21.5” tog at the Outer Wall using green crabs.
>> F.Tackett and crew fished the Outer Wall and had their limit of tog using green crabs. They said they had to work at it but wound up with a nice group of tog.
>> John from EP Sales, caught stripers up to 43#, trolling the beach right in front of the Casinos in Atlantic City, 1 mile off the beach. He also had a lot of fish in the 25# range. He reported some at 30# at Avalon just 14 miles north of Cape May.
>> John Goshert caught 16-20 blues up to 16” at Dewey Beach on squid.
>> Cliff Neal and Rich Sealy, while fishing at Savages Ditch, each caught 2 small stripers in the wash on cut mullet.
>> Bill and Chuck fished Savages Ditch and caught small stripers on cut bait In the wash.
>> Rehoboth Star Head Boat: “Tog / blackfish report. nice day. the light wind was variable and anchor adjustments were done until around 11 am then things were as normal. as with tog fishing especially, experience plays a large part.. we had a large majority of new loggers onboard today.. there were fish around. once anchored up in the morning a few fish were thrown in the boat immediately. then we picked some fish through the day. fishing was slow but not sure how slow due to the experience level.. high hook had 7 keepers only keeping legal limit and the largest tog was just shy of 6 lbs.... sailing Fri- sun.. 6:30 am 302-727-6601 for reservations”
>> ”Just wanted to tell u guys that on Monday morning I caught two short stripers (15”) on cut frozen mullet that I bought at your place. Was using a black fish rig and the fish hit pretty close to shore near the Atlantic View Hotel.” Elliot Hersh, DMD, MS, Phd
>> Ocean City Maryland & Assateague Island - Delaware Beaches - Ocean n Bay By Bob Foster, Oyster Bay Tackle Shop, Ocean City MD: “The Ocean City offshore head boats are doing good on sea bass when the wind lets them get out. Paul from Oyster Bay Tackle took a trip on the Morning Star last week and limited out on sea bass. There are plenty of small bluefish in the surf along with some short stripers. Tog fishing has been very good on the jetty, the route 50 bridge and the 2nd-4th street bulkhead. Oyster Bay Tackle has live sand fleas and green crabs. Route 50 bridge fishermen are catching stripers at night on swim shads and jerk baits.”
>> Talk about an awesome alligator! Dr. Luis Mispireta landed what will likely become the new Delaware State Record Bluefish while wreck fishing today in Del-Jersey Land aboard Katydid, with Captain Brent Wiest and Mate Chris Vann. Luis was winding in a sea bass caught on a butterfly jig when the 24.8 pound monster grabbed the struggling bass, and also became hooked up. After a hectic battle, the big slammer was finally brought aboard, and all on the boat realized the impressive 43 incher was not just another average blue. The fish was weighed in on Lewes Harbour Marina's certified scale, and the catch was verified by a DNREC officer, so the process is in motion for the blue to receive record status. Bill Thoroughgood captured the existing 21 pound 15 ounce State Record back in 1980. Congratulations to Dr. Luis and the crew of Katydid! Its official! The record 24.8# bluefish bests previous high Delaware catch for species by almost 3#.
>> They're here!!! Harry Leininger weighed in the 50", 48.4# striper. Harry was fishing with Capt. Eric Ludwig on the "Hook & Cook". The fish hit a trolled stretch 25 off Bethany Beach. Awesome fish Harry!!
>> Paul P and Chuck Nagle fished IRI inlet and caught short stripers yesterday. Some of the stripers had sea lice indicating they are migrating fish. It’s an encouraging sign for the days ahead.
>> Despite rough (5 to 6 foot) Paul p went on a sea bass fishing trip offshore yesterday on the Thelma Dale aprox 30 miles out and the sea bass fishing was tremendous with most anglers limiting out.
>> 2015 Coastal Cleanup drew nearly 1,500 volunteers who collected almost 8 tons of trash and recyclables from 50 sites.
>> Conquest Rd. drive-on was closed and the air pumps are down major work going on there.
>> Atlantic Striped Bass Fishing in the EEZ: Restrictions Support Sustainability of Species: In an effort to ensure the healthy population of the striped bass in the Mid-Atlantic region, NOAA’s Office of Law Enforcement (OLE) is raising awareness of the federal regulations governing striped bass in the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) and increasing targeted enforcement efforts to protect the species from illegal poaching activities. “Right now, the striped bass are beginning to migrate south from the northern states,” said Lt. Wynn Carney, OLE supervisory enforcement officer. “The striped bass will follow the bait south near the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay, and in spring they will begin making their way up our streams and rivers to lay eggs.” According to the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission, overfishing and poor environmental conditions lead to the collapse of the Atlantic striped bass fishery in the 1980s.
>> LEWES (Nov. 12, 2015) – Intermittent partial closures will continue at the Division of Fish & Wildlife’s Lewes Public Boat Ramp parking lot next week, Monday, Nov. 16 through Friday, Nov. 20 to allow contractors to complete the parking lot re-striping project, the Division announced today.
>> DMS Intra Club Tournament November 21st and 22nd. Turn your score sheet into Bills Sport Shop by 4pm Sunday. Score sheets also available at Bills Sport Shop
>> ASMFC Summer Flounder, Scup and Black Sea Bass Board Revises 2016 Black Sea Bass Specifications & Initiates Draft Addendum for Regional Management of 2016 Summer
Flounder and Black Sea Bass Recreational Fisheries. The increased quota for black sea bass was based on updated catch and survey information. A black sea bass benchmark stock assessment is underway for completion in December 2016. For the 2016 recreational summer flounder fishery, including an option that would allow for a Delaware Bay specific region. In the event the options in Draft Addendum are not approved for management, the Board extended the current summer flounder regional management approach for use in 2016.
DOVER (Nov. 3, 2015) – The north parking lot and fishing footbridge at Garrisons Lake near Smyrna have reopened, with dam repairs completed and full access restored, DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife announced today. Access to the south parking lot and boat ramp at Garrisons Lake was unaffected
>> Synopsis of Meeting at Leg Hall:
> Rosedale beach is completed with two new metal floating docks, parking lot repaired and the ramp repaired.
> Phillips Landing will get new floating docks but expansion of the parking area is on hold because archeological artifacts from indian pottery from 500ad have been discovered.
> Millsboro Pond is scheduled for 2016 to get a new courtesy dock and boat launch ramp and parking lot.
> Replacement of courtesy docks and parking lot maintenance at Augustine beach will commence in 2016
> Dams to be replaced at Hearns, Records and Garrisons Ponds
> A new fishing pier is going to be built at the "fishing beach" south of Dobbinsville on Rt 9 within the city of New Castle to be constructed and maintained by DNREC Fish & Wildlife. This pier will be lighted and open 24-7 and free access for anglers.
>> Hours - Mon. thru Thurs: 6 - 6 Fri:.: 6 - 9 Sun. 5 - 5
Sat. 5 - 7 Call 302 645 7654