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Lewes Delaware Fishing Report
Bill's Sport Shop


Date: 3/18/14


18388 Coastal Highway

Lewes, De. 19958


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Annual Flea Market

>> As always, our annual flea market, April 5, very early in the morning, is free. We will also open very early. We ask that you use only one space and bring your own table or use the back of your pickup truck. This year we are having lots of sales in honor of our 20th Anniversary. As a matter of fact, the flea market specials will be available for Sunday as well. All clothing will be 50% off for starters. Stay tuned…

Everyone has our phrase memorized “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure”, so start packing up your unwanted items.

Skip’s Dogs has another job this year so we are in need of a food and coffee vendor. Call Bill Jr if you know anyone.

So far, for the flea market, we have the following Manufacturers reps attending: Tica, Danielson, Shimano, AFTCO, PowerPro, AquaClear, Normark, Eagle Claw, Daiwa, Rapala, Striper King Gear, and Suffix. There will be free goods given out with purchase as well as BOGO deals.

Outside vendors are Striper King Gear, Over the Waves Sand Sticks, Delaware Paddlesports, Lil Angler II Charters, Fish Whisperer Charters Delaware Fisherwoman and Nautical Art by Ellie.

Boat Inspection

>> April 12th, on our parking lot, we will have a US Coast Guard Auxiliary Commander. He will inspect your boat and give you an inspection sticker. Bill’s Sport Shop will have everything you need to purchase to pass this inspection. No need to leave and worry about not getting your sticker that day.

Military Appreciation Day, Delaware Chapter

>> Our goal is to take 100 troops out on the water for a day of fishing. Still in need of at least 20 more vessels! You do not have to be a licensed Captain. Please contact Bill Jr for information on volunteering and donating.


>> LEWES (Feb. 25, 2014) The Point at Cape Henlopen State Park, including a stretch of ocean beach and dunes, and a half mile along the bay shoreline, will close beginning Saturday, March 1, for the benefit of piping plovers, oystercatchers, least terns and other threatened and endangered beachnesters and migratory shorebirds.

>> If you fish the N.J. side of the Delaware Bay, you will need a free N.J. license and F.I.N. number. It can only be done on line, and everyone on your vessel will need it. Don't get caught without it!


Arlington, VA – The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission’s Summer Flounder, Scup and Black Sea Bass Management Board approved a combination of state and regional proposals for the 2014 summer flounder recreational fishery (see Table 1) and state proposals for the 2014 black sea bass recreational fishery in accordance with Addendum XXV to the Summer Flounder, Scup and Black Sea Bass Fishery Management Plan.

Table 1. Proposed 2014 Summer Flounder State Recreational Measures*


NEW JERSEY 18 5 128 To be determined

DELAWARE 16 4 365 January 1 – December 31

MARYLAND 16 4 365 January 1 – December 31

VIRGINIA 16 4 365 January 1 – December 31

NORTH CAROLINA 15 6 365 January 1 – December 31

*States are undergoing their administrative processes to adopt regulations. Once regulations are finalized, they will be available on state and Commission websites.

For the summer flounder fishery, the Board approved regional management measures for two regions (1) Delaware, Maryland, and Virginia, including the Potomac River Fisheries Commission, and (2) Connecticut, New York, and New Jersey. Adopted regulations for the first region (DE-VA) include a 16-inch minimum size limit, 4 fish bag limit, and a year-round season, while the second region’s (CT-NJ) regulations include an 18-inch minimum size, 5 fish bag limit, and 128 day open season with not more than 45 days open from May 1 – June 30. Further, states have the option to develop a program that allows for a 16-inch minimum size limit at state designated sites offering only shore-based fishing access. For North Carolina, the Board approved the state’s maintenance of 2013 regulations for the 2014 fishery. The overall intent of the regional management measures for the summer flounder recreational fishery is to provide more equity in recreational harvest opportunities along the coast.

>>The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control, Division of Fish & Wildlife will hold back-to-back Public Hearings for Black Sea Bass and Summer Flounder on Wednesday, March 26, 2014 beginning at 6:00 PM. Both hearings will take place at the new Dover Public Library, 35 Loockerman Plaza, Dover, DE 19901. For more details, please click the link to go to the State of Delaware Public Meetings Calendar and look for the DNREC, Division of Fish & Wildlife March 26 meeting postings for these two hearings: http://egov.delaware.gov/pmc/

>> NEWS FROM THE DELAWARE DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES AND ENVIRONMENTAL CONTROL Contact: Joanna Wilson, DNREC Public Affairs, 302-739-9902 DNREC offers rain barrels at discount price to Delawareans to encourage water conservation and promote wise use of water throughout the state. Barrels to be sold first-come, first-served April 8, 9, 15 and 16 at four locations. For more information, please call Nonpoint Source Program at 302-739-9922, or email sharon.webb@state.de.us. To check on availability during distribution, please call 302-739-9922.

>> Delawareans can help keep state cleaner through new TrashStoppers reporting app

>> DOVER (March 10, 2014) – Delawareans and frequent visitors to the First State can now report illegal dumping activities directly to state environmental officials using their smartphones. The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) has launched a new TrashStoppers app for Android, iPhone, and Windows phones. The app was developed for DNREC by Delaware Interactive, LLC (DI) as part of the state’s ongoing eGovernment initiative. The DNREC TrashStoppers app lets users provide tips to DNREC on illegal dumping of trash, tires, construction debris and other environmentally hazardous materials. Users can submit location information, descriptions of dumping they’ve seen and the people doing the dumping, motor vehicle information and photographs of the scene. Users can also make anonymous submissions if they wish. All illegal waste dumping tips are passed directly to the DNREC team for assessment

>> DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife Enforcement Section works to achieve public compliance through education and enforcement actions that help conserve Delaware’s fish and wildlife resources and ensure safe boating and public safety. Citizens are encouraged to report fish and wildlife and boating violations to the Delaware Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Section by calling 302-739-4580 or 800-523-3336.

>> NEWS FROM THE DELAWARE DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES AND ENVIRONMENTAL CONTROL Contact: Judi Jeffers, Delaware State Parks Northern Region Special Events, 302-761-6952, Judi.jeffers@state.de.us; or Necia Beck, Delaware State Parks, 302-739-9175, necia.beck@state.de.us First Annual “Woofstock” to be held at Bellevue State Park

>> Visit our facebook page for the dates of the Safe Boating Courses.

>> The 2014 Fresh Water Trout Season in Tidbury (Kent County) and Newton (Sussex County) Ponds is open.

>> Spoke with Lt. Doug Messig of DNREC F&W enforcement and was able to get clarification on some issues:

1) Fishing without a F.I.N. number is the same as fishing with no license. The fine is $50.00 plus court costs of $56.00 for $106.00.

This is to the individual, not the boat Captain. It is the individual's responsibility, not the boat owner.

2) The surf fishing permit is ONLY valid for the operator of the vehicle, and no one else. Enforcement will ask for the yellow copy that is to be kept with your vehicle and check against the driver's license.

>> DNREC’s Division of Fish and Wildlife to close Nanticoke Wildlife Area road due to ongoing problems with dumping, vandalism

LAUREL (March 14, 2014) – Beginning Friday, March 28, the Delaware Division of Fish and Wildlife will be installing gates and closing an unpaved cross road connecting Phillips Landing Road with Sharptown Road through the Robert L. Graham Nanticoke Wildlife Area near Laurel. The area continues to attract illegal activity including trash dumping and vandalism despite increased signage and public notification and increased law enforcement presence.

WINTER HOURS Flea Market Day we will open at 5 AM

9 - 5 - Sun 9 - 3 or call 302 645 7654

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