THE STAFF OF BILL’S SPORT SHOP
18388 Coastal Highway
Lewes, De. 19958
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BEAT THE RUSH!! Stop by the shop and purchase your fishing license ASAP. You know what Memorial Day is like! Or, get the license on line.
***A reminder of our WUPIC meeting tonight, Tuesday May 6th at 5:30pm at the CIB office. Hopefully all of you can attend. Lots to discuss.***
>> Cas Hans, Lewes, caught a 20” 2.80# flounder in Lewes Canal on a minnow.
>> We are getting reports of black drum being caught on the Delaware Bay beaches. They are reportedly in the 40 to 50” range. Surf clams and sand fleas are the baits of choice. Great News!!!!
>> A 33” striper was caught at the Pier last night on a freezer burnt piece of bunker.
>> Keith Tolley and David Hoang went to the Pier last night and came away with a 19 and a 20” flounder using Gulp and strip bait.
>> Barry Barlow, Lewes, nailed a black drum off of Broadkill Beach weighing 26# and measuring 37” on bloodworms.
>> Butch Hicks and Justin Reynolds from Lewes and Milton caught 2 drum at 31.4 and 30.95# and a striper at 15.7 and 35” at Beach Plum Island. Pink Gulp was the good luck bait for the drum. The striper hit on bloodworms.
>> Blow fish are starting to show up on the beach at Fenwick.
>> Bill Jr fished Massey's on Friday, didn't even get a bite. Seals were all over. However, a boat came in and let us know the 2 of them caught 6 keeper flounder in the VFW slough.
>> David Adlington sent us a message on facebook of a 19” tog he caught: “Hey guy, I stopped in yesterday morning to get some crab and lead and you asked for some pics of saltwater fish. My biggest of the day got a limit at the walls.
>> Customers are coming in with camera pictures of blues up to 20” being caught at Cape Henlopen State Pier. Some are two at a time...Also hitting on the beach!!!
>> Stripers, black drum, blues and blow fish are being caught on the surf!
>> A 14# black drum was caught at 3 R's Rd. on Saturday in the surf with clams. KAREN WILKERSON
>> Capt. Brian of “Lil Angler II” went with the ladies of DFW and came back with a 4 man limit of tog up to 5 plus lbs.
>> Sounds like tog is at the Wall right now, lots of good reports!!
>> Facebook was showing weakfish caught in the canal in the 4 to 5# range, along with striper and flounder!
>> Tim Gola Sr., TJ Gola and Donna Wilkerson Gutridge fished the Broakill and caught upwards of 7 black drum on clams and bloodworms. TJ got his personal best and Donna caught her first ever! They also landed a keeper striper.
>> Our friend Phil McDade, (aka Scots Phil) fished this side of the Pond today and caught his first ever black drum, and, as he was releasing it, Tom Hudecheck told him it was perfect eating size! Well maybe on next year’s visit Phil!!!!
>> Cj of Striper King Gear and Bill's Sport Shop went out today and called in to say it was a hot bite. They were landing fish as he was speaking!
>> Since the black drum are hitting hot and heavy, we would like to remind everyone that the limit is 3 fish at 16” or better throughout the entire State. This is different from last year. Please make sure you are legal!
>> Fishing Report by Sue Foster, Oyster Bay Tackle, OC. “Water temperatures have finally reached that magic 50 degree mark. First flounder was caught from the Route 50 Bridge. The first kingfish was reported from the surf! The first pufferfish (blowfish) was caught from the surf and also from the Oceanic Pier! And to top it off, we also heard of the first bluefish and even the first croaker from the surf! On May 11th, Delaware will officially change their flounder size limit from 17-inches to 16 inches so Maryland and DE will have the same size limit! Anglers living in DE and fishing in MD are going to be happy campers this year!”
> >From the Coastal Fisherman: The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) is adjusting the Atlantic bluefin tuna (BFT) daily retention limits that apply to vessels permitted in the Highly Migratory Species (HMS) Angling category and the HMS Charter/Headboat category (when fishing recreationally for BFT) effective May 8 through December 31, 2014, as follows: Recreational: 1 school BFT (27 to <47") and 1 large school/small medium BFT (47 to <73")
HMS Charter/Headboat (when fishing recreationally for BFT) 2 school BFT (27 to <47") and 1 large school/small medium BFT (47 to <73")
>> Programs at Cape Henlopen State Park: Sunday, May 18th at 9:30...Driving on the Beach
Programs at DSSP: Friday May 16th at 2 pm Beach Driving Clinic at IRI Life Saving Station 2 PM. Learn park rules, licensing requirements and tips from park staff to maximize your safety while driving on the beach. Then, follow park staff out to the beach to practice driving on the sand (participants must have a valid surf tag and the necessary equipment.
Sunday, Friday May 9th,1 pm: Introduction to Surf Fishing at IRI Life Saving Station. Have you always wanted to try surf fishing but weren’t sure how to get started? If so, this program is for you! Everything from fish identification to proper casting techniques will be covered in this 3-hour program. Rods, reels and bait are provided.
>> DOVER (May 2, 2014) – Recreational anglers catching summer flounder in Delaware waters will be able to keep smaller fish this season when regulation changes take effect on Saturday, May 11. The changes allow anglers to keep four fish per day with a minimum size of 16 inches, with no closed season. Under the previous regulations, the minimum size for keepers was 17 inches.
In another change, the minimum size limit for black sea bass remains 12.5 inches, while the possession limit decreases from 20 to 15. For 2014, black sea bass season will run May 19-Sept. 18, and reopen Oct. 18-Dec. 31.
>> The May 21st Tidal Finfish Advisory Council meeting has been cancelled. The next regularly scheduled meeting is June 18, 2014.
>>Old Inlet Surf Tournament is May 10th.
>> The Canal Flounder Tournament is May 16th.
>> NEWS FROM THE DELAWARE DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES AND ENVIRONMENTAL CONTROL Contact: Pat Cooper, Delaware State Parks, 302-645-8983 CAPE HENLOPEN (April 24, 2014) – Beginning May 12, all of Dune Road, which provides access to Herring Point from the ocean, will be closed for approximately one week. This is to enable construction work to be completed on the Gordons Pond Trail, and associated parking lot, scheduled to open in June. Dune Road is scheduled to reopen on May 19th.
>> Senator Gerald Hocker and Rep. Gray are hosting a community meeting that DNREC officials will be attending to discuss issues that relate to the dredging of Delaware's Inland Bays and the Assawoman Canal, navigational aids in the Inland Bays and proposed improvements to Holts Landing State Park. The meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 13th at 7:30 p.m. at the Millville Fire Hall. Representatives from the Delaware Division of Watershed Stewardship and the Division of Parks and Recreation will be in attendance. An official with the Delaware Center for the Inland Bays will also be participating in the discussion. Senator Hocker and Rep. Gray have received a number of questions as they relate to the following topics: dredging of Delaware's Inland Bays and the Assawoman Canal; proposed removal of navigational aids in the Inland Bays; and plans to rejuvenate Holts Landing State Park. Rep. Gray stated, "By inviting officials from the Division of Watershed Stewardship, Parks and Recreation, and the Center for the Inland Bays we are hopeful that we can have an open dialogue about these topics in order to alleviate many of our constituents' concerns as they relate to the Inland Bays and access to these waterways for their recreational purposes and enjoyment. The meeting is open to the public and your attendance is welcome.
>> For information on use of the Michael N. Castle Trail, please call 302-739-9912, or visit www.trails.delaware.gov.
>> We are still in need of volunteers for Military (active) Appreciation Day. Please contact Bill Jr at 302-645-7654, and I will "Hook" you up!
HOURS – MAY 6, 2014 Call 302 645 7654
Sun. thru Sat. - 6 AM to 8 PM