THE STAFF OF BILL’S SPORT SHOP
18388 Coastal Highway
Lewes, De. 19958
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>> On April 25th, Bill's Sport Shop will be holding a "Surf Fishing 101" Seminar. C.J. Jarrell of Striper King Gear and Deep Blue Mayhem will be teaching the class. 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.
Well.......The FLOUNDER are HERE!!!! We have pictures to prove that they are in the Canal! AND the pictures were taken with our store in the background!! As every flounder fisherman knows...if they are in the Canal, you can bet they are also in both inlets, Massey's Ditch (as reported 2 days ago), and also in the VFW Slough!!! These flounder were caught on an outbound tide, which is when the warmer water is moving, Keep that in mind when fishing these areas. Try and look for hills and valleys along the bottom, these fish will be laying in wait on the slopes. When fishing Massey's, fish between the rocks and the dock, in the shallow. Minnows, shiners (both with squid), or Pink Gulp! will work the best. You can't catch bottom fish if you are not on the bottom! Good Luck!!!
>> The blues are Here!
>> We have been getting reports all morning of bluefish being caught from 3R's north to Cape Henlopen, around the Pier and all the way up the Delaware Bay to Bowers Beach.
>> We are expecting a very nice weekend, and we are getting tons of fresh bait! Let's go fishing!!! And take your Kids with you! Weather up north still has the green crab supply disrupted. Sand fleas still a month away. So until then its clams and shrimp for tautog.
Fresh bunker should be here around noon on Tuesday.
>> Larry Lee back at it last night catching blue's in the IRI.
>> Striper and black drum at Beach Plum Island and Broadkill Beach. Flounder in Massey's Ditch and IRI.
>> Jeff Purdy, Lewes, caught 4 flounder up to 19.5" on minnows in the Lewes Canal. Bill's Sport Shop offered a prize for the first keeper flounder and striper weighed in at our shop. He chose the $50.00 in cash for his prize!
>> Bob Watson, Millsboro, picked his limit of flounder up to 21" on minnows at IRI.
>> Amy Lewis sent us her report. She nailed a 19" striper on pink gulp and shiners from Bill's at the end of the Cape Pier while fishing from a canoe!
>> A customer was in today showing us pictures from the weekend of several short stripers he caught on the ocean side. Things are turning on.
>> Captain Bob Trowbridge of "Captains Lady" headboat out of Bowers sent us a picture of Saturday's trip. Looks to be about 8 keeper tog and several throw backs. A beautiful day to be on the water!
> .Steven Williams sent us 4 pictures of his buddy (Bill Depew) on the Jersey side saying:"The river and mouth of bay just came alive, i got pic of my buddy fishing. He caught a 40" and a 38" along with some shorts" Thanks for the report Steve! On another trip, Steven once again, sent us pictures and a report: "Larry Lee caught some nice blue fish yesterday evening at IRI."
>> Cliff Neal called to let us know that stripers are still being caught at Broadkill and Beach Plum. Mostly shorts up to JUST below 28".
>> Ryan Nys, Bethesda MD., decided to take his prize of a $100.00 Gift Card from Bill's Sport Shop after bringing in the first keeper striper weighing 11.9#, 30.5". He also caught a bluefish, 9.45#, 31" on a bucktail at IRI. He really enjoyed spending his prize!
>> Ed Jarell called and said he caught 2 keeper flounder in the Lewes Canal. The fish were 19 and 21" caught on minows.
>> 'Rehoboth Star' reported: "he sailed the last weekend.. fri had a pick around the boat with a handful of guys.. limited out.. sat was a little better.. high hook had 6 keepers, keeping legal limit.. several outher limits. Sunday, the weatherman got it wrong, by 10 am the wind was honking and so were the fish.. Rosco had his 7 keeper blackfish and one tog by 11 plus his share of shorts and several others that fished caught theirs.. some had a tough day in the cabin.. we docked at 1:30 and called it a day..water was dirty and the tide from the moon was screeming..looks good for fri/sat/sun... we are off the moon and the current wont be a factor... we have clam and crabs for bait.. almost all the fish were caught on clams.. 302-727-6601 for reservations"
>> Tony Ciferni, Dover, caught a citation size bluefish from a kayak along with 4 other blues using bunker at the CHSP pier today. The largest was 16.80#, 38".
>> Capt Rick Yakimowicz, 'Thelma Dale IV' out of Fisherman's Warf in Lewes, reports a mixture of cod and tog with the cod outnumbering the tog.
>> Bob Mebane, Felton, weighed in a 4.75# flounder caught in the Indian River Inlet on a minnow.
>> Rosedale Beach boat ramp to remain open during repairs, replacement of damaged floating courtesy docks. DOVER (April 20, 2015) – Due to extensive winter ice damage to the existing wooden floating courtesy docks at the Rosedale beach boat ramp near Millsboro, the ramp’s docking capacity has been unavoidably reduced, DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife announced today.
>> We have received a couple phone calls asking when the marker buoys will be put back in. Per the U.S. Coast Guard Station at Indian River's Facebook page: "Good morning Indian River, this is to inform everyone that all The Aids to Navigation for Indian River and its tributaries will be placed starting April 27th."
>> DNREC seeks Delaware students who make a difference in the environment for 2015 Young Environmentalist Awards
DOVER (April 20, 2015) – Do you know a Delaware student who is working to make a difference for the environment? The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control is encouraging teachers, classmates, parents, club or group leaders and others to nominate these students for the 2014 Young Environmentalist of the Year Awards. Nominations must be based on actions or projects which have taken place between July 1, 2014 and June 30, 2015.
>> Native Plant Sale at James Farm, Sat., May 2nd - Rain Barrels on sale now!
>> Secretary’s order has been posted online: (http://www.dnrec.delaware.gov/Info/Documents/Secretarys%20Order%202015-F-0010.pdf ) . In summary, effective 11 May 2015, the recreational size, seasons and possession limits will be as follows : A person may possess two striped bass (in any combination*) from 28 to 37” or 44”or greater, except…….from April 1 through May 31 (the striped bass spawning season), none may be taken from the Nanticoke River or its tributaries and the DE River and its tributaries north of the south jetty of the C& D Canal & - from July 1 through August 31, an angler may take two striped bass from 20 to 25” (only) in the DE River, Bay and their tidal tributaries (the 28-37”; >44” does not apply).
*Example - two 29-inch striped bass Or one 29-inch striped bass and one 45-inch striped bass Or two 48 inch striped bass.
>> April 1st is the start of 3 tog per angler per day, till May 11th, closed on May 12th. till July 16th.
>> Register now for “Venture Outdoors Fest” at Lums Pond State Park BEAR
– A vast array of outdoor recreational activities are available in Delaware’s State Parks in the Spring. At Lums Pond State Park, from Friday, May 15 through Sunday, May 17, the popular Venture Outdoors Fest will showcase them all. Registration is now open for the festival, which takes place twice each year in different state parks in order to highlight each park’s amenities. At this year’s Venture Outdoors Fest, multiple activities will be offered, such as stand-up paddle boarding, zip-lining, horseback riding, hayrides, rock climbing and more. Participants also have the option of camping out for one or two nights free of charge.
Lunch and dinner will be provided on May 16, as well as breakfast on May 17. Adult beverage samples will be provided to those 21 and older. Live music will be offered on Friday and Saturday nights, in addition to s’mores around the campfire.
>> Spring Hours: Mon. thru Fri. 7 to 7, Sat. 7 to 5, Sun. 7 to 4