THE STAFF OF BILL’S SPORT SHOP
18388 Coastal Highway
Lewes, De. 19958
By this weekend, our store will be fully stocked for our summer season. We are getting deliveries every day that will give our customers a great selection of rods, reels, tackle, clothing, crabbing and boating supplies. We have clothing for women, men and children with brands like Guy Harvey, Pelagic, Aftco, Calcutta, St. Croix as well as a Perms & Worms and a Bill's Sport Shop line. Clothing includes hats, sunglasses, t-shirts, shorts, long pants, foul weather gear, watches and footwear. We have a variety of "carts" that makes hauling gear to the beach and boat a much easier task. For those who drive on the beaches to wet a line, we have a nice selection of rod racks that mount to the vehicle to hold surf rods and some will even hold coolers. If you are looking for a rod and/or a reel or a ready made combo, Bill's has the largest selection in the area. Our selection of reels include: Penn, Avet, Shimano, Daiwa, Abu Garcia, Okuma, Fin-nor, Quantam, Van Staal and more. Rods include: Star, St. Croix, G Loomis, Tsunami, Tica, Penn, Shimano, etc. We have rods and reels that will land anything from a freshwater sunny to a big offshore trophy tuna or billfish.
Bill's Sport Shop Tournament Standings
Name Weight Length Place
William Rawlings 9.45 28.25" 1
Don Ruth 9.12 28.5' 2
Kwan Chon 6.20 25" 3
Eddie Kim 2.74 21 4
Kwan Chon 2.49 19 5
Tara Faust 2.35 19" 6
The striper bite has been red hot and linesiders have been taken from the beach as well as the inlet.
Mickey Bremer beached a 38", 19.55Lb striper while fishing the North Pocket on a bunker noggin.
Al Boyd caught a limit of stripers up to 23.05Lb and 42" on Storm lures at IRI.
Brian Elliott and Paul Spencer caught their limit of stripers to 20lb at IRI on rigged eels and storm lures.
Brian Harpster of Millsboro was using nightcrawlers in the Broadkill and nailed a citation 1.03Lb white perch.
George and Judy Hinkle landed 20 sharks from 36" to 50" on fresh bunker at Savages Ditch.
Mark and Carol Stiegler were at 3R's Rd. using top and bottom rigs tipped with cut bait and were hammering blues up to 13".
A customer came in and said he and a buddy had 5 keeper flounder in the Lewes Canal.
Kwan Chon weighed in a 6.20Lb 25" tournament flounder and now holds 3rd and 5th place in our tournament.
Mike Thompson caught a 24" 5Lb flounder in IRI on minnows. Capt. Oak also reported landing a 21.5" 3Lb flounder and released a lot of small blues on bucktails . He wishes they would have signed up for our flounder tournament.
Don Ruth came in with a 9.12Lb 28.5" flounder putting him in 2nd place in our tournament.
The black drum has shown up in the DE. Bay. The bite should only get better over the next few weeks.
Sue Foster of Oyster Bay Tackle reports stripers from the surf as well as the north jetty. The Rt. 50 Bridge was hot on stripers all week. Anglers also beached big sharks, blues and rays. Flounder action was hot on Saturday.
Capt. Ted on the "Pirate King" went out friday night on a drum trip and boated 7 fish up to 74Lbs including 5 citation fish.
Captain Carey Evans of "Grizzly Sportfishing" emailed us that his charters have begun to catch black drum in the bay. The first fish landed on the "Grizzly" was an 83 pounder. Their success continued on subsequent trips.
Free Vessel Safety Check
May 29 at Massey’s Landing, May 30 at Lewes Boat Ramp
As part of National Safe Boating Week (May 29-June 6), free vessel safety checks will be offered on Saturday, May 29 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Massey’s Landing and on Sunday, May 30 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Lewes Boat Ramp by members of USCG Auxiliary Flotilla 12-09, Coast Guard Station Indian River.
Make sure that your boat is ready for the summer season with this free safety check, which takes just a few minutes and includes inspection of lifejackets, lights, lettering, and other important items. The details covered by the inspection are vital to enjoying fun days on the water. Vessels that pass receive a sticker for 2010.
If you would like to schedule a vessel safety check for another time, call Flotilla 12-09’s Bill Tower at 945-3423 for an appointment.
Radio Fishing Report
Tune in to Capt. Bill's Sports Talk Show every Friday evening from 5 pm to 7 pm on WGMD. On Friday, May 21st, at 5:00PM, Commander Mark Corbishly of the US Coast Guard Station Indian River, De. Will be on the air for one hour with Bill to answer any questions from the listeners. The timing of this appearance is for the start of safe boating week May 22 to May 29.
Seabass fishing will reopen May 22 and should remain open until sometime in Sept. The limit per angler is 25 fish at 12.5".
May 1 to June 12-Bill's Sport Shop Flounder Tournament
May 22 to May 29 - Safe Boating Week.
May 29 - Vessel Safety Check at Massey's Landing
May 30 - Vessel Safety Check at Lewes Boat Ramp
June 5 - Lower Sussex Bassmaster's Annual Youth Tournament Contact John Bernath - 302-231-8123
June 19-Center for the Inland Bays Clean Up-details to follow
*** SPRING HOURS *****
Mon. thru Thurs. 6:00a.m. - 8:p.m.
Fri. 6:00a.m. - 9:00p.m.
Sat. 5:00a.m. - 8:00p.m.
Sun. 6:00a.m. - 6:00p.m.