THE STAFF OF BILL’S SPORT SHOP
18388 Coastal Highway
Lewes, De. 19958
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>> Rep. Gray is giving praise following a water rescue in the Indian River Inlet recently.
Bethany Beach Volunteer Fire Company (BBVFC) officials report that a Rehoboth man, who was swimming near the rocks on the Inlet Beach, was rescued after being pulled by the current. BBVFC officials report that while area volunteer emergency personnel were in the process of responding, a bystander grabbed a life ring that was attached to a box along the rail of outer wall of the Inlet. The man was pulled to safety and the victim refused medical treatment.
"This situation is significant because the life rings were installed early this year as the Eagle Scout Project of Jacob Martin. Jacob worked with DNREC officials and solicited private donations to install the life rings. Without the life rings available this situation could have had a tragic outcome. Over the past several years several individuals have lost their lives as a result of drownings in the Inlet."
>> The brothers, Jack and Dave Brzoska, connected with a stringer of flounder (6) in Rehoboth Bay. They tipped the scales at 4.6#, and 24” length. Gulp was their bait of choice.
>> Offshore fishing forecast still looks really promising with large numbers of yellow fin tuna being caught at the Washington Canyon south to the Norfolk. Big eye tuna are still biting as well both early in the morning and around sunset around home plate of the 800/800. The largest dolphin of the year was caught this week in the Norfolk Canyon, tipping the scaled at a little over 50#. The Norfolk is producing the most marlin bites of any of the canyons. The Baltimore and Poorman Canyons are producing smaller numbers of yellow fin and mahi around 500 fathoms. The Hotdog is still holding under and over blue fins mainly on the chunk. Mahi's are moving closer and closer to shore and have been spotted around the Delaware Lightship out to the rock pile and the parking lot for the guys with smaller boats. It makes for a fun day. With the annual White Marlin open tournament, be sure to stay tuned for live updates from CaptTrey Parker as he and his crew look for the marlin bite that will earn them a nice payday. Historically large numbers of boats fishing will uncover new fishing hot spots as the canyons come alive with a lot of boat traffic. We have flats of butter fish, mackerel chum and large trolling squids. We just stocked the shelves with dredge bars, spreader bars, daisy chains, islanders, and tournament approved circle hooks. Call today to talk to our experienced and knowledgeable staff to put the fish of a lifetime in your ice box. Good luck to all our customers participating in the largest billfish tournament in the world.
>> There are good reports of flounder and seabass at the Old Grounds and near A Bouy.
>> Bill Jr called in after his morning shift at the bait shop to report that Daulton Rigney caught a 32" striper at the Coast Guard Station on live spot while drifting in his boat on the incoming tide. DJ, Joey, and Joe Sr., all Rigneys, on the same trip today with Daulton, landed 6 nice chomper blues up to 20" in the IRI on spot.
>> Buddy Belczyk, Newark, DE, caught a 5.35#, 24” flounder fishing on the ‘Thelma Dale’ using minnie and squid combo and also won the pool for $150.00.
>> Jim Hitchens, Georgetown , DE., caught a citation flounder at IRI live-lining a live mullet. The fish came in at 7.10#, and was 25” long.
>> Bill Jr, Bill's Sport Shop, landed a 19” flounder caught at Massey's Landing from the dock on spec rigs and chartreuse Gulp.
>> Scott Keller called asking what the minimum size is for red drum. When told 20”, he got out the measuring tape and told us that this one goes in the box at 22”. He called back a 1/2 hour later, asking what the creel limit was. We told him 5 per person, to which he replied, well, “there's 2 in the box”. He said he would try to get by to get his picture taken.
>> Ron Capone, Milford, caught a 22”, 6.23# drum at Massey's Landing on bloodworms.
>> John and Linda Brzoska, Lewes, caught 7 flounder to 21” at Burton's Island on Gulp.
>> Jeremy Keller, Miltin DE, caught 2 redfish, 4.4l# 22” and 3.7#, 20” IRI.
>> ”I caught a 2”, 4.1# flounder drifting through Massey's this evening. Mike Orendorf”
>> Fishing Report by Sue Foster, Oyster Bay Tackle, OC,: “Water Temp: 73.6” Hot drum fishing on the MD/Del Line on the bayside. Kingfish, spot and small croaker in the surf, along with big rays and sand sharks. Flounder fishing is good offshore. Sea bass fishing is happening. Further offshore we have tuna, wahoo, marlin, and dolphin. Crabbing and clamming has been decent.”
“262 Boats Entered in the 40th Annual White Marlin Open
$2.4 Million in Prize Money (estimated)
202 Boats Fishing Monday
the drama begins, will a bigger and heavier fish take over the lead in the next 4 days? The waiting is excruciating.
08/05 ‘Tarheel’, Rick Stavola, Red Bank, NJ - 226.0 Tuna $360,000.00
‘No Quarter’, Mike Peke, Mako - 133.5 Lb $4000.00
‘Incorrigible’ has a dolphin 29.50 lbs * Gregg Fellers Fairless Hills Pa.”
>> White Marlin Open Tournament Dates The 2013 White Marlin Open is now in full swing and will run through the 9th in Ocean City, Maryland. Fishing 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM. Fish Any 3 Days Weigh-in 4:00 PM – 9:15 PM At Harbor Island Marina
>> Send your best summer shots of anglers to the Division of Fish and Wildlife’s Fishing Photo Contest Entries being accepted now through Oct. 15. The winning photo will be featured on the cover or inside of the 2014 Delaware Fishing Guide to be published next spring.
>> 2013 Mid-Atlantic $500,000. in its 22nd year. This year’s event is set for August 18-23. Canyon Club Resort Marina, Cape May, New Jersey, will serve as the host facility and tournament headquarters for boats fishing out of Cape May. Sunset Marina, Ocean City, Maryland, has again been enlisted to serve as tournament headquarters for those who desire to fish from that port.
>> State funding has been allocated in this year's Bond Bill for the dredging of Indian River and Massey's Landing in Long Neck. Rep. Gray voted in favor of the Bond Bill, which contains $4 million for shoreline and waterway management. According to DNREC, part of this funding will be used for "beach replenishment and other related projects" and some of the money will go towards the dredging of these two waterways. As many of you are already aware, these shallow areas have caused ongoing problems for recreational boaters and commercial fishermen. DNREC officials say before the dredging can begin, the department must go through the necessary state and federal permitting associated with such projects. This process will include "the design, engineering and bid specifications for prospective dredging contractors." DNREC said the actual dredging will not likely start this year, but the department will keep legislators updated as the planning and permitting process proceeds.
Tau Tog Regulations
July 17 through Aug. 31 5 fish possession limit
Sept. 1 through Sept. 28 Closed season
Sept. 29 through Dec. 31 5 fish possession limit
Mon. thru Thurs. – 5 AM – 9 AM
Fri. – 5 AM – 10 PM
Sat. – 5 AM – 9 PM
Sun. – 5 AM – 8 PM