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.
Capt. Bill Baker, Bill Jr, Joey Neely and Nick went east of the Hot Dog and hooked and released 7 mako.
John Morole and a friend fished the Poorman's Canyon and caught 17 mahi- mahi trolling with lures.
We got an email from Ed Lewandowski: "Hey Capt. Bill- Just wanted to share the following…. My father (also named Ed Lewandowski) and I fished aboard the “Reel Dreams” with Capt. Ron Savidge and his son Steve yesterday. We made a run to Poor Man’s Canyon hoping to find a good yellowfin bite. We didn’t get any tuna action, but instead, caught a few peanut dolphin and a 75#-80# white marlin! Ed (senior) brought the white marlin to the boat on a naked ballyhoo. We had another white marlin (~50#) in the spread for a few minutes, but we couldn’t get the hook-up after the fish made several short-strikes." Edward A. Lewandowski, Executive Director, Delaware Center for the Inland Bays.
Tom Bailor from Bill's Sport Shop, caught his limit of blue claws up to 6 1/2" using a trot line topped with chicken necks. He was crabbing in the back of IR Bay near Gull Point.
Capt. Steve on the "Four Play" and crew had 5 yellowfin up to 48 lbs on the 920 line in 70 fathoms of the south Poormans Canyon. He was using a mix of spreader bars, ballys and green machine.
Capt Billy on the "Stacey" caught 12 yellowfin, using the same mix-spreader bars, ballys and daisey chains. Bill Vernon
Bobby called from the Pier at Cape Henlopen and said they are catching spot and croakers up to 12".
Customers are reporting a good yellowfin bite with tuna, 30-50lb, fishing the Poormans and the Washington using ballyhoo.
Sue Foster of Oyster Bay Tackle is reporting flounder caught at the South Jetty and the 9th St.Pier on live minnows. The surf was up and down with sharks, kingfish, rays and some snapper blues. Inlet fishing saw flounder, stripers and tautog. The first triggerfish was reported
at the Inlet Wall and the South Jetty.
Our prayers go out for Ed Watcheski, who disappeared Wednesday night. He was later found. The accident occurred while he was cleaning his boat at his dock in Pot Nets.
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/Headboat 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 will reopen July 1. The size limit is 14" with a creel limit of 10 fish.
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.
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
*** 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.