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Lewes Delaware Fishing Report
Bill's Sport Shop


Date: 5/30/13



18388 Coastal Highway

Lewes, De. 19958




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Thanks Bill's Sport Shop for your generous support of the 2013 Friends of Cape Henlopen Youth Fishing Tournament. This year we had 31 kids and the winning fish was a 21 inch flounder. Ed Crawford, Chairman


Plenty of kingfish, croaker and spot at Beachplum Island

Drum in the DE Bay

Weakfish and blues in the Broadkill

Kingfish, blowfish, blues, croaker, striper, sharks and skate in the surf

CHSP Pier - blues, flounder ,weakfish, striper, coaker

IRI - striper flounder and shad

Masseys and Rehoboth Bay - striper, blues, flounder, blowfish

Reef sites and wrecks in the ocean and DE Bay - sea bass, sharks.

Offshore – mako

>> Capt. Aaron Hurd, Peter Hitchen and Tom Marks aboard “Gale Force Charters” stopped in with pictures of stripers up to 18#, 38". He was fishing the IRI and using white buckktails with white worms. Later in the week, Capt. Aaron reported that the inlet has been hot for a couple mornings. He had a 3 man limit of stripers 3 days in a row within an hour also using bucktails.

>> Chris Wagner went to the Coral Beds and came back with an 80# drum caught on clams. He also caught a king fish that could have been a citation, but no B&T shops were open to weigh it in! On another trip, he caught 3 drum on clams ranging from 25 to 45#.

> >From Bill Jr,: “Ellen White, Tim Pisarski, Ben Feezer and I had a great day yesterday aboard the "Lil Angler II" with Capt. Brian and his mate Jonathan. Ended up with the 2 drum and about 30 smooth doggies, along with a bunch of skates and a very large ray! A great time was had by all...Thanks Captain! Tim boated a 30# drum at the Coral Beds on a clam and Ben caught a 20 pounder on the trip. “

>> Jerry Tomczyk writes: “At the Henlopen Pier…pulled up a 16” flounder on a minnow/spec rig, and 2 blowfish. Helped a guy behind me net a 22” weakie. Heard of 1 other short flounder, 2 kingfish, and a couple small croakers caught there. High to outgoing, approx. 6 p.m. - 9:45 p.m. “

>> Gage Taylor, Dover, caught a 23”, 2.95# weakfish on a minnow at the Pier.

>> Customers are reporting white perch are still being caught at Petersfield Ditch.

>> Reports of the IRI was blowing up with keeper and short stripers and shad also!

>> Hollie Melhorn, Elizabethtown, Pa, caught a 18.25” flounder at the Pier on silversides.

>> Kayak John from Massey's Landing stopped at the south side of IRI, back by the condos, and caught a 21” flounder on Gulp!

>> Scott Donaway’s father stopped in for fresh bunker and mentioned his son caught a nice 37” keepr striper from CHSP last night and also some shorts.

>> Fonda Shearer, Harbeson, DE, caught 2 flounder 18 ½” and 18 ¾” in Rehoboth Bay along with 6 blow fish the same day.

>> Clare Shearer, Harbeson, DE caught 1 flounder 18 1/4" at the IRI on Tuesday.

> >From Old Inlet: “Weighed a 35# striper from the Inlet this morning and just weighed a 24# striper taken from the surf. Heard about some nice black drum on the beach too.”

>> Ron Capone, Milford, did it again! He caught 15.2#, 37” striper on clam at S. Fenwick.

>> Lucinda and Martin Formento fished IRI Thursday night and Lucinda out fished Martin by 2 to 1. She pulled in a 36 and 32” striper. Martin got a 32” all on Storm lures.

>> Tyronne and Mickey D fished the Pier and caught plenty of croakers and trout.

>> Fishing Report by Sue Foster, Oyster Bay Tackle, OC,: “Water Temp: 57.0; …It finally got warmer on Sunday and the wind quit on Monday. Despite it all, we saw some fish. Before the blow we saw a LOT of nice stripers from the Inlet and Surf. So many sharks from the surf were reported I'm not even sure what kind they all were. Some were toothy while others had no teeth. I know some were smooth dogfish and some were black tip sharks. One picture looked like to be a dusky. Some good sized sea trout were reported from the sea wall in Ocean City and the Indian River Inlet. Some nice flounder were caught from the bay and inlet area. Blues were running from the Route 50 Bridge along with some catches of stripers. Tautog really picked up inshore on Sunday. Some black drum were reported by the Verrazano Bridge. Offshore, the sea bass bite was so-so. Weather didn't help...Further offshore the first threasher shark was caught.


WE NEED BOATS! The Inland Bays Clean Up is Saturday, June 8th from 9am to 1pm, at Massey's Landing, and we are looking for people with boats to volunteer to come out and help. And besides the good feeling you'll get helping to clean up the Bays, we will give the first 20 boats that sign up a $20 Visa gift card to pay for your gas! Email or call EJ for info, restoration@inlandbays.org or 302-226-8105.

We also need plenty of people to come out and help that morning as well, hope to see you there!

The 33rd Annual SOUTH JERSEY SHARK TOURNAMENT June 6-9, 2013

The annual South Jersey Shark Tournament is the first competitive big-game fishing opportunity of the season and takes place when the bite is historically at its best in our productive waters off of Cape May.

Bill, You could remind your patrons to get a Vessel Satety Check for National Safe Boating Week. As always, I will be at Masseys on most Saturday mornings and Lewes on Sundays. Thanks Bill Tower Flotilla Staff Officer for Vessel Examinations Flotilla 12-09 Indian River

Northwest portion of Love Creek, a tributary of Rehoboth Bay, closed to shellfish harvesting. REHOBOTH BEACH (May 16, 2013) – Effective immediately, the northwest portion of Love Creek, a tributary of Rehoboth Bay, is closed to all commercial and recreational shellfish harvesting.

>> Saturday June 1st is the date for the Bassmasters annual youth Fishing tournament for kids ages 0 up to 15yrs. (rain date June 2nd) to kicked off at the Municipal park in Milton De, andd then at the Prime Hok Natiional wildlife refuge in the upper Broadkill river. It's all free for the kids and everything is provided including hot dogs , soda etc. Train rides and fishing from the banks and from boats provided by club members. Last year we had 110 participants, youth must have parent or guardian with and fish are checked by measurement.

>> Sea Bass is now open for the remainder of 2013 and it will be 12 1/2” and 20 per angler per day.

>> Tautog is now closed. It will reopen July 17 through Aug. 31, 5 fish possession limit

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