THE STAFF OF BILL’S SPORT SHOP
18388 Coastal Highway
Lewes, De. 19958
Bill' Sport Shop/Irish Eyes Striper Tournament
last day for sign up is November 2nd
Pot roast was served last week. It was delicious!
It was fun to see everyone again and of course catch up on the fish caught during the summer. It was a little crowded the first night but Tom Jones let us use the restaurant seating and of course along the bar area. He also said that he is installing a sound system to make it easier to hear in the back of the room.
We gave away 29 door prizes the first night and will be giving away at least 23 every Friday. Over $20,000.00 in prizes and cash will be awarded during the course of the Tournament. The weekly heaviest striper is now up to $165.00.
A special thanks to Bryan Hecksher, Auto Gallery of Delaware, through Delaware-Surf-fishing.com for sweetening the pot by awarding a 2004 Toyota Rav4 Suv to the angler catching a new State record striper weighing a minimum of 56 lbs., 12 oz. The rules are on our web site. Bill senior and jr. will let you know how to contact them should your catch happen during hours that the store is closed.
Many thanks also to the Captains, local businesses and venders who generously donated gifts and charters for door prizes and wild card prizes. Just got news of another door prize. One of our bait venders has donated a ten pound box of edible shrimp.
Please visit our web site if you missed anything.
>> Lee Conklin, Lewes, DE., caught a 4.29#, 19” tog at IRI on sand flees.
>> Dave Ammon, Pottstown, nailed a 19”, 4.25# black drum caught on sand flees at IRI.
>> Mark Couchman caught a 5.55# tog on a greencrab Outer Wall which was 20.5” long for the first weigh-in of the tournament. On another trip to the Wall, he pulled a 4.35#, 18” tog out of the rocks also caught on a greencrab.
>> Evan Noorwood also a tournament member. weighed in an 18”, 3.85# tog from the Outer Wall using crabs. On a return trip, he caught a 4.45#, 19.5” tog.
>> John and Bonnie C from Preston called from the Point saying they were catching a lot of blues and drum up to 16”.
>> Ran into Mike Rivera, “On Delivery Charters”, in the store and he said they were catching wahoo, yellowfin and dolphin in the Washington Canyon.
>> Mike DeBlasis caught a 19”, 4.25# black drum on sand fleas at IRI.
>> At Masseys Landing, on the incoming tide, Bill Kaper, Wilmington. used a sand flea to catch and release a 12.5” tog.
>> Received an email from Chuck Cook, “First Light Charters” 302-853-5717 firstname.lastname@example.org>: “Bill & Kathy, Joe Marvich of Williamsburg, PA. fly fished I.R.I. with Capt. Chuck...Joe managed to catch 22 stripers using deceivers with a 325 grain sinking line. No keepers but several quality fish in the mix.”
This is a little bit of history and current update on the Pier
LEWES (September 4, 2012) – DNREC Secretary Collin O’Mara has ordered the demolition and removal of the outermost tee-head section of the aging Cape Henlopen Fishing Pier as an immediate safety measure after the structure began to collapse and debris from it was seen as posing navigational and environmental hazards.
The tee-head section of the pier, which has been closed to the public since 2006, recently was found to be rapidly deteriorating as a result of prolonged storm and wave damage, prompting the emergency measures, Sec. O’Mara said. Demolition and removal will be confined to the tee-head, or outer span, at the end of the 1,800-foot-long pier on the Delaware Bay. Contractors are expected to be onsite with equipment later this week.
The all-wooden pier was built during World War II by the US Army as a mining wharf. Several rehabilitative efforts have been undertaken since 2007 to the pilings beneath the section that remains open for public use.
There will be no additional closure of the fishing pier during demolition activity. An adjacent bait-and-tackle shop, parking lot for pier-goers and public restrooms will remain open during the demolition project. Meanwhile, fishermen, boaters, kayakers are cautioned to stay clear of the deteriorated sections per a Notice-to-Mariners posted by the US Coast Guard.
>> Sea Bass closes 10-15-12 and reopens on 11-1-12
>> Flounder closes 10-24-12 through 12-31-12
>> Oct. 19 - Dec - 7 - Bill’s Sport Shop Striper Tournament
*****Hours 10/24/12*****Notice change in hours
Mon. – Thurs - 6 AM – 7 PM
Fri. - 6 AM – 10 PM
Sat., - 5 AM - 8 PM
Sun. - 5 AM - 5 - PM