THE STAFF OF BILL’S SPORT SHOP
18388 Coastal Highway
Lewes, De. 19958
Make Bill's Sport Shop your fishing 'vacation headquarters’. We have bait, rigs, rods, reels, carts, racks, t's, coolers, and beach supplies. Bring your catch into Bill's and we will take your picture and provide you with a 8 1/2 x 11 photo, suitable for framing, publish it in the Coastal Fisherman and mention it in our fishing report.
-Tom Flickenger fished east of the Dog and went 4 for 7 on sharks. The party kept 1, 110 lb mako, released 2 hammerheads and a thresher.
-Tim King was fishing the back bay of Indian River and caught 3 keeper flounder up to 5 lbs on minnows.
-Chuck Nagle caught 3 flounder to 20" at Massey's Landing on a Gulp Natural Eel.
-Tom Bailor, with his brother Frank and son Mike, caught their limit of 2 bushels of nice fat crabs using a trot line w/ chicken neckes near Gull Point....crabbing is excellent!!!!
-Walt and Sharon Donaldson fished an artificial reef, Site #11, on their boat, the “No Rulez”. Using clams for bait, they caught some nice keeper size black seabass.
-Dawn Olah and Brian Palmer from Baltimore, fished the Cape Henlopen Pier with minnows and came away with 2 keepers up to 22" with close to a dozen throw backs.
-Steve Johnson from Lebanon, Pa, caught a 3.25 lb, 21" flounder at Cape Henlopen Pier using squid.
-Received an email from Charlie Helmer of the "Tranquila Sport Fishing": "Hey Bill on Fri. we had a seabass trip to Site 11 and we caught seabass pretty steady with 6 keepers and a 22” flounder. On Sat. we went to the Balt. Canyon and found some life in 70 fathoms East Wall of the notch. We caught a 50 lb. yellowfin, 20 lb. dolphin, 5lb dolphin, and raised a white marlin. Fishing is heating up and should be a good year offshore."
-Heard from Sue Foster, Oyster Bay Tackle in Ocean City, who reports flounder fishing is spotty. The surf is producing a good run of kingfish and spot. Sharks, rays and small blues are in the mix. The bay is giving up croaker and spot. Blues, shad and stripers are showing up at night from the Rt. 50 Bridge and Oceanic Pier, triggerfish at the inlets and bulkhead, and sharks, tuna and dolphin, Offshore.
-From Capt. Carey Evans, "Grizzly Sportfishing": "We are finally seeing some good action on the flounder and the first of the croakers have been caught as well. It has been a tough month of fishing during this annual transition from our cool water species to our warm water species. The early bite of yellowfin tuna was good for a couple of weeks which is hopefully a good sign for the summer. Inshore shark fishing has shown some good action."
2010 Recreational Atlantic Tunas Retention Limits
The current recreational daily bluefin tuna (BFT) retention for limit for HMS Angling (private recreational) vessels will be one school or large school BFT (measuring 27 to less than 59 inches) per vessel per day/trip. The current recreational daily BFT retention for limit for HMS Charter/Head boat vessels (fishing recreationally) is one school BFT (measuring 27 to less than 47 inches) and one large school BFT (measuring 47 to less than 59 inches) per vessel per day/trip.
Tautog fishery has reopened as of July 1. The size limit is 14" with a creel limit of 10 fish.
Striper Slot Season
Striper slot fishing opens in the DE Bay and tributaries July 1 to Aug 31. The creel limit is 2 per day per angler, 20" to 26".
ASMFC VOTES TO INCREASE SEA BASS SEASON
In a vote supported by all member states of the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission's (ASMFC) Summer Flounder, Scup and Black Sea Bass Management Board today, states will now have the option to liberalize the 2010 black sea bass season in state waters by an additional 90 days. The proposed new season will run from May 22 through October 11, with an additional open period of November 1 through December 31. The proposal would keep the size and bag limit the same of 12-1/2 inches and 25 fish per angler.
Annual TaTa Tuna Tournament
Indian River Boat Association is holding its 3rd Annual TaTa Tuna Tournament this comming week. Fish 2 out of 7 days, July 4th to 10th.
Checking stations are Lewes Harbor Marina and in OC, White Marlin Marina. Entry forms are available at Bill's Sport Shop. Proceeds to benefit Delaware Breast Cancer.
Del-Jersey-Land Inshore Reef Site
Preparations for the ex-"USS Arthur W. Radford" sinking is under way.
The 563-foot-long "Radford" is scheduled to go down later this year onto the Del-Jersey-Land Inshore Reef site, located 26 miles southeast of the Indian River Inlet.
Bill's Radio Fishing Report
Captain Bill Baker's fishing report is broadcast daily on WGMD, 92.7, after the 7 am and 5 pm news. His sports talk show airs on Friday from 5pm till 7pm.
July 1 - Tautog season opens - 14", 10 fish per angler per day
July 1 - Aug. 31 - Striper slot fishing opens in De Bay and tributaries, 20" to 26" - 2 per angler per day
July 4 - 10 - Indian River Boating Association Annual TaTa Tournament
*** SPRING/SUMMER HOURS *****
Mon. thru Thurs. 5:00a.m. - 9:p.m.
Fri. 5:00a.m. - 10:00p.m.
Sat. 5:00a.m. - 10:00p.m.
Sun. 5:00a.m. - 9:00p.m.