THE STAFF OF BILL’S SPORT SHOP
18388 Coastal Highway
Lewes, De. 19958
We are bursting at the seams! With so many new arrivals, including lots of Guy Harvey, Pelagic, Salt Life, racks, crab pots, rods, reels, nets, all kinds of terminal tackle and beach goods, you will find many ideas for that angler in your life for Father’s Day. Our employees are always willing to help you in your search for just the right gift. If you’re unsure, then a Gift Card would be a great idea.
DOVER (May 31, 2013) – Been thinking of casting a line into a nearby stream or daydreaming about a sunny afternoon at the beach with your surf rod, but just haven’t gotten around to purchasing your 2013 Delaware fishing license yet? Then you’ve got an angler’s good luck already for catching the opportunity to try fishing for free for a couple of days, thanks to DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife. To celebrate National Fishing Week, June 1-9, the DNREC Division of Fish and Wildlife invites you to test your favorite Delaware waters for a taste of this year’s fishing, clamming and crabbing seasons by offering free fishing days on Saturday and Sunday, June 8 and 9. On these two days, anyone may fish the state’s waters without a fishing license. More Info below!
****SHARKING IS HOT HOT NOW ****
>> Various reports from yesterday: croaker, spot, weakfish, kingfish, puffers, striper and keeper flounder were being pulled from the surf. Anglers were using blood worms, Fishbites, bunker and clams.
>> Customers have been reporting many stripers being caught at night from the jetty at IRI.
>> Sea bass have been reported at Site 11 and the Old Grounds.
>> Mako and thresher are being reported from the Baltimore.
>> Chuck Nagle of Bill's Sport Shop caught a 3#, 21" weakfish at IRI on a Storm lure.
>> Allen Murray, Bolivia, N.C., caught a 3.25#, 21" flounder on a spec rig and Gulp! in the Lewes Canal.
>> Saltwater Fly Anglers of DE Report: Shawn, 7 croaker, 1 trout, Jim A. 4 rat bass, Ken, 1 rat bass, (all at Crisfield), Skip, 8”croaker, 10 to 12” weaks, 16” bass, Clyde, 7 croaker, 1 blue 13”, 22” Flounder, 1 14” bass, Ric, Shad + 2 rat bass at IRI, Ryan (a new member), 22” weak. All caught on fly at Henlopen except as noted.
>> Captain Mike Rivera, “On Delivery Charters”, South Shore Marina, Indian River, ventured out to the 20 fathom line on some wrecks and had a great sea bass day with 46 keepers , 10 of them were over 3# and one was 22" and 5#.
>> Noah Bliss, Harrington, DE. brought to the scales a 3.70#. 22” weakfish for a citation. His fish was caught on chicken in Lewes.
>> John Currie, Lincoln, DE, caught a 3.5#, 21.5” flounder at IRI on Gulp!
>> Tom Bailor called to report he crabbed in the Indian River Bay on Sunday and caught 2 bushels of crabs. It took about 6 hours but they were nice crabs.
>> Fishing Report by Sue Foster, Oyster Bay Tackle,OC.: “Water Temp is 60.3. Nice sized bluefish in the bay. Fair fishing for flounder this week. Surf started seeing some spot, kingfish, and sea trout. Sharks and skates are still around, but the stripers slacked off with the south wind. Heard of a couple. Stripers were reported from the South Jetty, Route 50 Bridge, and Indian River Inlet. Offshore, sea bass are picking up when anglers can get out. Further offshore saw mostly shark action.”
>> Got an email from Capt. Carey Evans of the “Grizzly Sport Fishing Charters” out of Fisherman’s Wharf in Lewes: “The black drum fishing is red hot! Give us a call if you would like to get out. We will be fishing for them thru June 10. Jim Weidman booked the boat himself Friday afternoon and had the trip of a lifetime. Jim caught a total of 14 drum fish keeping a limit and releasing the rest. Biggest of the afternoon was 67 lbs. Saturday afternoon Steve Henry and family experienced some more excellent drum fishing. We had them biting good till the wind came up directly against the tide. Despite the tough conditions to finish the trip the Henry family caught 10 drum up to 69 lbs for the night. Keeping one a piece and releasing the rest. Thanks for preserving the stock. We will begin flounder fishing both in the bay and in the ocean in the coming weeks. In the ocean while flounder fishing we will also catch some seabass and ling. In the bay while targeting the flounder we will also catch some seatrout and croakers. The first tuna are showing up offshore and we will have some in our reports by months end.”
>> 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, firstname.lastname@example.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!
>> More info on the free fishing weekend: Anglers are reminded that even though they don’t need a license on those two days, if they intend to fish June 8 or 9, they are still required to obtain a free Fisherman Identification Network (F.I.N.) number. A free F.I.N. number can be obtained online at www.delaware-fin.com or by calling 1-800-432-9228. Anglers also are required to comply with Delaware’s fishing regulations, including size and daily catch limits. National Fishing Week festivities will also include DNREC’s 27th Annual Youth Fishing Tournament from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, June 8. Sponsored by the Division of Fish and Wildlife’s Enforcement Section, the event will take place at a pond in each county: Ingrams Pond in Millsboro, Wyoming Pond in Wyoming’s Town Park and the dog training area at Lums Pond State Park in Bear.
>> 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. As always, I will be at Massey’s on most Saturday mornings and Lewes on Sundays. Thanks! Bill Tower, Flotilla Staff Officer for Vessel Examinations Flotilla 12-09 Indian River.”
>> 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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