THE STAFF OF BILL’S SPORT SHOP
18388 Coastal Highway
Lewes, De. 19958
www.billssportshop.com and ‘Like’ us on Facebook
When you arrive, pick up a copy of the Coastal Fisherman and check out page 5 in the May 14th issue or look for it in the next issue. Our add says it all – well not quite all – as our staff is well trained and ready to assist you and recommend what you will need for the fishing or crabbing you are doing.
We have a huge selection of rods, reels, nets, shirts, shorts, hats, flip flops in all sizes and in many different colors. Father’s Day is right around the corner so come in and check out the selection. We also have unique gifts that any fisherman would love to receive. One of the best ideas would be a gift card that can be used during the summer for bait and terminal tackle.
>> Last night, once again, Cape Henlopen SW Fly Anglers of DE reports Lloyd catching a 21" striper and 19.5" fluke. Clyde had 2 blues that were cut off due to lack of a wire trace. Bill, Skip and Clyde, club members, caught a 20" and 16" striper respectively this past week at night within the Henlopen flats.
>> Ron Capone, AKA The Drum King, is at it again surf fishing in South Fenwick catching a drum and several bluefish on bunker and clam.
>> Corey Rutledge sent in: My friend, Jason, and I got 14 blues 14 to 18” and shad in about 2 hours at the inlet.
>> Henry Busby wrote us on facebook: “Caught 38” and 29” stripers off Bethany Beach using fresh bunker. Fifty two hours of fishing on the surf pays off!”
>> Eddie Kim and Kwan Chon, Rockville, Md., caught their limit of flounder at the Pier on pink Gulp! On another trip, Eddie Kim picked up a 25”, 6.54# flounder at the Pier again on pink Gulp.
> >From Brenton Wallace: “The pier was on fire tonight between 8:45 and 10:30. Two keeper flounder (19” and 21”) for myself, both on minnows I picked up at your shop earlier this evening. I saw several people landing keeper flatties all over the pier on pink Gulp, minnows and shiners. The gentleman fishing right next to me landed a rockfish that I measured for him at 37”, caught on cut bunker - ‘beautiful fish’! It’s the biggest fish I have ever seen taken from the pier.”
>> Kyle Fortney of ‘Fortney's Outdoors Charters’ in Lewes caught a 23.5” 4.65# flounder and a 38”, 20.4# striper in the IRI.
>> Just got an unconfirmed report of a striper blitz at the inlet!!!!
They are hitting on anything you throw in the water. As we hear more, we will let you know.
>> We have reports of blues at 3R's.
>> Matty Slentz nailed a 25” black drum at Broadkill Beach on sand fleas.
>> Young Owen Grossi and his father Ross, Wilmington, caught 2 trout on Broadkill Beach using swim baits. Owen’s fish is a citation at 4.85# meausuring 24”.
>> Mike Perry, Southern Delaware Jeep Club, snagged a black drum on clams at Delaware Seashore State Park.
>> Bobby Scollier, Wilmington, landed a 30", 40# black drum at the Broadkill Slough with fresh clams.
>> Al Boyde, Lancaster, PA, snagged a 22.8l#, 41" beautiful striper on Storms at IRI.
>> Mike Williamson, New Castle, caught a 24.6#, 39” striper at 3R's Rd. bloodworms.
>> Keith Tolley wrote on facebook: “Friday night at the pier....2 limits of flounder on strip baits, sometimes Gulp. At 1:30 a.m. had 5 fish in less than 5 min. with 2 keepers and a double header lol. It was fun.”
>> Kevin sent us a text from the Pier of a 20” flounder he caught and also told us about 16 to 24” blues coming over the rail.
>> Jeff Erickson posted on facebook that he caught 6 drum, a blue and a 43” striper...all by 8 am on the surf.
>> Rodney Hawk sent us this message: “Huge blitz in the inlet early this morning.. outgoing tide.. Blues were in there thick as could be. Didn't matter what you threw at em.. It was great.”
>> Jim Hitchens, Georgetown, weighed in a nice citation weakfish, caught in the Indian River, this morning 5/19/2014. Jim's trout weighed 7.35#, was 27 ¾” long with a girth of 13”.
>> Bill Jr visited IRI this morning (Monday 5-19) and posted several videos on facebook of blues and stripers being landed.
>> Fishing Report by Sue Foster, Oyster Bay Tackle, OC: “Water temp is 57.2. Bluefish still in the surf along with a few nice stripers. Sharks, skates, and blowfish are also biting in the surf. A few black drum on Assateague plus one red drum that we heard of. Keeper stripers hit the Indian River Inlet and the Rt. 50 Bridge. The first Norfolk spot were caught up in Delaware around the Roosevelt Inlet area. Some early croakers were reported from the Oceanic Pier!”
>> LEWES (May 14, 2014) – Delaware beachnesting bird monitors discovered the first piping plover nests of the season at Cape Henlopen State Park last week, with one at Gordons Pond and two on the Point. All three pairs are now incubating their nests. Since it is early in the season, more nests are expected in both locations. To minimize disturbances to the tiny shorebirds, a half-mile stretch of beach at Gordons Pond between the Observation Towers and the Herring Point crossover will be closed to the public this week with signs, twine and PVC posts cordoning off the area. As with previous seasons, a portion of the beach at the Point was closed in March. “Closing off plover nesting areas is an established protocol every year at Cape Henlopen, and this closing is in the typical area that beachgoers are accustomed to. This area will remain closed until the last of our plover chicks are fledged, usually in late August,” said Wildlife Biologist Matthew Bailey, who coordinates the Division of Fish and Wildlife’s Piping Plover Protection Program.
>> Tog is closed and will reopen July 17. (last week I made an error and said July 1 – sorry)
>> Sea Bass is open 5/19 to 9/18 and 10/18 to 12/31 and 15 fish at 12.5”. Black Drum limits are 3 fish at 16” or better throughout the entire State.
>> The May 21st Tidal Finfish Advisory Council meeting has been cancelled. The next regularly scheduled meeting is June 18, 2014.
>> South Jersey Shark Tournament - The 2014 competitive fishing season gets underway June 4th through 7th with our 34th Annual Shark Tournament. This year the tournament will feature a new, Fish 2 of 3 days, Captain’s Choice format with no weather committee. You decide what days to fish! You asked for it, we listened, and we think it’s going to make the event better than ever. Often referred to as the “Big One,” the “Cape May Shark Tournament” or even the “New Jersey Shark Tournament”, make no mistake, it is the richest shark fishing event in New Jersey and the one in which to compete if you like high stakes, lots of fun and the camaraderie that tournament fishing breeds.
HOURS – MAY 19, 2014 Call 302 645 - 7654
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Fri. – 6 AM to 10 PM
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