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Lewes Delaware Fishing Report
Bill's Sport Shop


Date: 9/3/14


18388 Coastal Highway

Lewes, De. 19958


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The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) will hold a public hearing on a draft addendum to the Atlantic Striped Bass Interstate Fisheries Management Plan at 6 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 11 in the DNREC Auditorium, 89 Kings Highway, Dover. Addendum includes management options to reduce recreational and commercial harvest along the coast and in the Chesapeake Bay under three reduction timeframes. The options are:

· Reducing fishing mortality to its target in one year with a 25 percent reduction from the 2013 harvest numbers starting in 2015; or

· Reducing fishing mortality to its target within three years with a 17 percent reduction from the 2013 harvest numbers starting in 2015; or

· Reducing fishing mortality to its target within three years with a 7 percent reduction from the 2013 harvest for three consecutive years starting in 2015.

Specific options to be considered to achieve the necessary reductions include bag, size, slot and trophy size limits for the recreational fishery, and quota reductions for the commercial fishery.

Stay Informed and Speak Up at Striped Bass Public Meetings

Here’s what you need to know:

In response to declining populations of striped bass, the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission is considering a reduction in recreational and commercial fishing mortality by 25 percent. Changes to striped bass regulations could have a significant impact on anglers like you, so your input can help ensure that these decisions are made in the best interest of the resource and all those who depend on it.

Striped bass are arguably the most important saltwater recreational fish on the Atlantic Coast, so it’s critically important that managers get this right. If we don’t tell them what’s best for anglers, who will? Here is the time and place to tell them.

September 11, 2014; 6 - 8 PM - DNREC Auditorium - 89 Kings Highway - Dover,

Contact: John Clark at 302.739.9914 - The public is free to attend. As a stakeholder in this decision, we encourage you to go.

>> With a little over a month to go, the committee for Military Appreciation Day, informs me that we are still in need of volunteers with boats to take active military members for a day of fishing, Oct., 11. Other committees could use some help. Parking, greeting, setting up for the BBQ, cook, serve, clean fish and clean up. Wives and girlfriends are welcome to help.

We will need desserts and other donations. Please call Bill, Jr. at 645 7654.


>> Blues are hitting on just about all beaches right now. They are in the 10 to 18” range, and are chomping on cut bait and in close! Three R's has been the hottest, but we are getting reports from all areas, including the Broadkill, where they are running in the 16 to 20" range.

>> Jeremy Williams wrote: "Hey there. My name's Jeremy. My step son Aidan caught this guy (a sand shark) on a surf rig and some fish bites we picked up in your shop. You guys are very helpful and we always have good luck following your advice. Oh and my little girl was just fascinated by the little crabs she caught."

>> Bill Weiss and a group of guys fished Conquest on Thursday and had a few nice king fish and some nice blues, when they weren't biting the leaders off ..small pieces of mullet on #6 hooks with small red floats when the crabs weren't feasting on the same fare..

>> Ron Capone, AKA Fishman, had a banner day aboard the "Thelma Dale" with flounder, limiting out. The largest 24" and weighing 5.9#.

>> "Captain's Lady Charters" out of Bowers is still catching flounder and croaker. And on another trip, the headboat was hitting the flounder hard.

>> Ross Grossi, Wilmington, DE., nailed a 4.5#, 22.5" flounder from Broadkill Beach using Gulp.

>> We had several indications that there are black puppy drum being caught! One customer told us he caught some in the 2# range around Raccoon Thicket. Also received 2 calls inquiring the size and creel limits of black drum...3 fish @ 16". I think we will be selling a lot of clams soon!

>> Capt. Rodney of "Fish Whisperer Charters", took Katie Gedney Caplinger, JB Latham and the rest of the crew from Pro Lock & Safe out flounder fishing at B Buoy and the Old Grounds and came back with 10 keeper flounder up to 5#.

>> Jason Reiter, Wilmington, DE, caught a 22.5", 4.1# flounder on the beach at Cape Henlopen using minnows.

>> Flounder are still coming over the rails at the Pier. We had a report from a lady of a 16 1/2, 17 1/2, and a 19 1/2" just the other night.

>> Hector Reyes, President of Military Appreciation Day, Delaware Chapter, went out on the "Judy V", with his brother, Carlos, from Idaho, today and put a hurtin on the flounder population, scoring 6 nice flatties between them!

>> Amy Lewis and friends went canoeing in the Delaware Bay near the Pier and picked up 3 keeper flounder and a huge croaker.

>> Matt Schuler is at it again! He went to his honey hole in the Rehoboth Bay and pulled out a 17.5" flounder, a 23.5", 4.12# and 20.25", 3# flattie. The Rehoboth Bay is still stacked with flounder!

>> Fishing Report by Sue Foster, Oyster Bay Tackle, OC. "Water temp is 74.5. Fishing this week picked up with snapper blues in the surf. Some schoolie stripers were reported up on the Delaware Beaches. Lots of flounder in the bay but lots of shorts! The larger flounder are offshore at the Artificial Reefs. Oceanic Pier saw lots of action though keeper flounder were hard to come by. Snapper blues on the Bridge, Piers, and surf added some new action. Croakers are still around though not always consistent. When anglers get into them, it is good! Offshore was good on dolphin, marlin releases, some tuna and wahoo."


DOVER (Aug. 28, 2014) – There’s still time to sign up for the 28th annual Delaware Coastal Cleanup, which will be held from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Sept. 20. Volunteers are strongly encouraged to pre-register on the DNREC website to ensure enough supplies are packed for each site. To pre-register, go to www.dnrec.delaware.gov/CoastalCleanup. Pre-registration will close on Monday, Sept. 9 at close of business.

>> Sent to us via email by Laura Scharle of DNREC

Subject: Delaware Seashore Fishing Weekend Package

"Hi there! Since you guys have asked about park events/programs in the past, I thought I would let you know about our Fishing Weekend planned for October 17-19. It is a package with a 2-night stay at the Indian River Marina cottages. Please see the attached photo for the full itinerary and feel free to share with anyone that might be interested.

Thanks again for supporting our programs – some of our purchases from your shop will definitely be used during this program! In our next facebook post I’ll be sure to tag your page as a thank you."

Laura Scharle, Interpretive Manager, Indian River Life-Saving Station Museum, Delaware Seashore State Park, Office: (302) 227-6991

>> The oceanside beach at the Point is reopened, while the bayside beach will remain closed until October.

>> Military Appreciation Day, Oct., 11.

>> Bill’s Sport Shop Striper Tournament Oct., 17 to Dec., 5. Fri. night Social at Irish Eyes.

>> Tog is closed.

>> Striped bass slot season iS Closed.

HOURS – SEPTEMBER 3, 2014 Call 302 645 – 7654 We’ll leave the bait out for you!

Sun. 5 AM to 8 PM

Mon. thru Thurs. – 5 AM to 9 PM

Fri. – 5 AM to 10 PM

Sat.-.5 AM to 9 PM

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