THE STAFF OF BILL’S SPORT SHOP
18388 Coastal Highway
Lewes, De. 19958
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Our annual flea market will be held April 11 on our parking lot starting at 5 AM. One space is free. If you need more room, you can see Bill Sr or Bill Jr and rent another space. Most use their tail gates and bring a table.
As you are cleaning out your tackle boxes, put aside items you can no longer use.
As always, we will have a vender offering coffee and breakfast sandwiches, etc. at a reasonable price.
There will be plenty of help for those wanting to spool their newly purchased reels that day.
Visit Don Avondolio, President of the DE Fly Fishing Club, who will be in the empty store, for demonstrations on tying and fly fishing.
Also on hand will be various reps to demonstrate their products.
>> On April 25th, Bill's Sport Shop will be holding a "Surf Fishing 101" Seminar. This will be held by C.J. Jarrell of Striper King Gear and Deep Blue Mayhem. It will be from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm, the cost will be $15.00 each, with kids under 16 free and will include coffee and donuts! Call in advance to reserve your spot. Payment is due on the day of the class.
ýMonday, ýMarch ý16, ý2015
Just got off the phone with Stew Michels from DNREC Fisheries.
>> First: There is no word as of yet on any changes in the striper size and creel limits. We are expecting word on this at any time.
Second: There will be NO changes to the flounder size and creel limits this year! It will remain at 4 fish, 16” of greater.
SEA BASS UPDATE
>> Just got off the phone with DNREC, and per John Clark: The opening of the sea bass season will be May 15th, NOT the 19th as stated on their web page and in the Fishing Guide.
>> DNREC Division of Fish & Wildlife announces spring 2015 trout stocking plans for downstate ponds. Trout anglers encouraged to check requirements before fishing.
Stocking will take place at Tidbury Pond south of Dover, and Newton Pond near
>> It's that time of year where you should be checking over your gear! Take a Q-Tip and run it on the inside of your guides, if there is residue, replace that guide or it will cut your line! I soak my reels in a pot of boiling water to remove any salt or residue from your reels. Bring your reels in now to get the line replaced! Don't wait until the day you want to go fishing to get that done! We will even strip the old line off for you.
>> DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife Enforcement Section reminds recreational crabbers to repair crab pots and replace or refresh required markings. Recreational crab pots must be marked with the owner’s full name and permanent mailing address, either on the required white buoy or on a waterproof tag attached to the buoy. Check the condition of the required turtle by-catch reduction device, a rigid metal or plastic frame measuring 1.75 inches by 4.75 inches that is attached at the funnel entrance of all recreational crab pots to reduce the possibility of diamondback terrapins entering the pot and drowning. By-catch reduction devices are available at local tackle shops or may be handmade of heavy wire. Directions to make or install a by-catch reduction device are available online at Turtle Excluder.
>> Monthly Guppy Club programs for preschoolers at Cape Henlopen State Park Children 3 to 5 years old are invited to Cape Henlopen State Park to take part in the Guppy Club program, where they can discover secrets of nature through activities, games, crafts and outdoor adventures. The Guppy Club meets once a month and features various topics. The Guppy Club meets at the park’s Seaside Nature Center and costs $3 per child. Children must be accompanied by an adult and dressed for the outdoors. Space is limited and registration is required. Park entrance fees are in effect. Information and registration are available by calling 302-645-6852. The Seaside Nature Center is open Wednesday through Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
More information about programs offered at Cape Henlopen State Park - and all of Delaware state parks - can be found at destateparks.com.
Are you AWARE?
>> With boaters beginning to think spring, DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife Enforcement Section, Office of Boating Safety and Education, reminds those headed for Delaware’s waterways to be prepared before trailering up:
Take a boating safety class – visit Delaware_Boating_Safety for more information; Renew your boat registration and check your trailer registration to make sure it is current; Check and replenish if necessary all emergency supplies including flares, marine radio, working fire extinguisher, and a whistle or other sound-producing device;
• Check the number and condition of life jackets on board;
Check the engine, fuel tank, lines and hose connections for leaks;
• Check oil, gas and fluid levels;
• Make sure hose clamps and battery connections are tight;
• Make sure steering and throttle controls, lights and carburetor are in working order;
• Make sure you have a fully charged battery;
• Make sure you have an anchor with attached chain or rope in appropriate length for water depth;
• Check weather forecast;
• Dress for the weather; and
• File a “float plan” with a responsible friend or family member, including a description of your boat, when you plan to head out, who is going with you, where you plan to go and when you plan to return.
Wear life jackets: Boaters are encouraged to remember the importance of life jacket use. Delaware law requires that all personal watercraft (PWC) operators and all children 12 years old and younger aboard a vessel wear a life jacket while underway. The law does not require wearing a life jacket for those age 13 to adult on vessels other than PWCs; however, boat owners/operators are required to carry a life jacket for each person aboard a vessel.
Dress for cold weather: Boaters also should remember that water temperatures are cold – and immersion in cold water can lead to hypothermia very quickly, in which the body instinctively protects its core by shutting down limbs first. To be better prepared for the possibility of ending up in cold water, the Coast Guard recommends the following gear:
• Wear a flotation coat or a survival suit for warmth and to act as a life jacket;
• For intentional entry into the water, wear a dry suit, which keeps water out and, with thermal layers beneath, keeps warmth in;
• Carry a personal position locator beacon, a personal emergency locator light and/or flares, and a whistle to make noise and attract the attention of rescuers; and
• Wear layers for maximum protection and warmth, including gloves and a hat.
If you fall overboard or capsize:
• Stay with your boat for a better chance of being found sooner;
• Keep clothing on to help retain heat;
• Pack a set of dry clothing in a sealed plastic bag; and
• Keep your cell phone in a secure pocket and sealed in a plastic bag.
>> Winter Hours: Mon. thru Sat. 9 to 5, Sun. 9 to 3