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Lewes Delaware Fishing Report
Bill's Sport Shop


Date: 5/19/15

Date: 5/19/15


18388 Coastal Highway

Lewes, De. 19958


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>> The inlet is absolutely on fire, as evidenced by all the pictures we have been posting. I am getting multiple reports of pieces of stripers and flounder floating in the inlet from the feeding frenzy of the bluefish. One customer told me that in a 3 hour span yesterday, he caught 105 blues, with the smallest one being only 8#. Now is the time to go fishing. Capt. Bill has been living here and in business for over 21 years, and has been traveling here for over 40 years, and he tells me he has NEVER seen this type of blitz, for so long!

>> Remember to bleed the fish as soon as it is brought on board. Capt. Jack Rodgers reminded me in his Coast Press report that the cheeks from the bigger blues are delicious. In the old days, we used to brine and smoke a big batch. Served with gray poupon mustard they were delicious and lasted a few weeks.

>> BLUEFISH!!!! Catch a State Record, and bring it in to Bill's Sport Shop, you will win a Tica Rod AND a $50.00 Gift Card from Bill's Sport Shop!!!!The Big ones are here! The State Record is 21#, 15 oz. According to State rules, the new State Record must weigh 22 #, 1 oz.


>> Can't get here before we close?????

>> Leaving before we open????

Just give us a call, have your order and credit card ready, and we will leave your order out for you! We will take your order and put it in a secure spot for you to pick up WHEN YOU are going past!

>> Rec'd many phone calls this morning asking if we have eels, and each call wanted a couple dozen. Had several people tell me that there is a striper bite, at night, down deep.

>> Paul Matthews and Suzi Talbot (of The Sands of Time) went to the Outer Wall for the last day of tog season and caught 3 keepers, including a double header!

>> Nils Olson: “The fish I caught Monday was 25”, 7#. I got it at the end of the jetty at the Indian River Inlet.”

>> Dominick Vavala, Newark, kept 5 of 50 blues up to 13.55# at IRI on bucktails.

>> Richard Fox, Swedesboro NJ, kept 3 of 50 blues at IRI on bucktails.

>> Ozzie and Brian Webster, Rehoboth and Melbourne Fl , managed a 15.99# linesider and 16.75# blue at IRI on bucktails.

>> Mace and son Luke Webster kept 8 of 15 blues at the IRI using white and chartreuse bucktails.

>> Dalton Zugehoer caught a 20.85#, 35.5” striper at the IRI long lining flys.

>> Tim Gola sent pictures from his adventure on the "Wreckahlic" by ‘Fish Whisperer Charters:’ “ 2 real nice drum…Gregory Roberts and Steven Williams are happy!

There's more down there! Drum fishing at its best! ~Tim”

>> ’Anglers’: “Capt Rick Knight,Rich Knight,Matt Piecara, John Gambacorta,Chris Scalia,and Rick Smith…4 of them never tuna fished before. All were aboard the FV Main event traveled to the South Wilmington canyon in 80/100 fathoms , they ate everything & anything but we used canyon runner margarita spreader bars and every color 3 oz joe shutes. Limited anglers made it a tough day as far as fish caught. We lost 10 and had another 6 that never came right and boated 11 nice yellowfin tuna. Nobody wanted to go because they said it was too early.”

>> Jim Hitchens caught a citation blue at IRI inlet using lures. It weighed 15.50# and measured 38”.

>> Mike Echart, Milford, caught nice bluefish at IRI inlet using lures. The largest weighed 13.65#.

>> Ed Jarell, Lewes, caught bluefish at IRI inlet using lures .They average about 9#..

>> Rob Wolhar and Mike Meibaum caught blues at the Inner Wall using lures.with a total of 11 fish.

>> John (Ringo) Meade on his 1st day of retirerment was blue fishing at the IRI inlet using lures. >>Chris Clauser, Schuylkill Pa., weighed in a 33”, 13.25# blue caught at IRI on a bucktail tipped with a white worm.

>> Drum fishing tomorrow night 3 pm until ?? Fishing with Outdoors Delmarva for big black drum. The fish are here. Call Capt. Brian 320-430-3414. Last night 55.7, 44, 44, 42, 36 pounds.

>> First Mate Roberta Jones, on the ‘Crab Whisperer’ wrote: “My Captain took me trot lining today for the first time ever and we had a BLAST!! We usually do pull pots but the trot line was awesome, I'm completely hooked! Dinner should be pretty good


>> Capt. Bob Trowbridge of the ‘Captain's Lady’ out of Bowers called to let us know that the drum bite has really turned on, on the Cape May side of the Bay. Several boats that he knows are catching in the double digits.

>> Capt Aaron Hurd of ‘Gale Force’ charters reported” “On Fri May 15, Ron Griffin, Ron Jr, Danny Ray Yoder, his son Aaron, and John Hennessey fished with me and caught 24 bluefish averaging abt 10# . On Sat May 16, Jay McCarter and his son Josh fished with Gale Force for the big Inlet blues. The guys boated 17 and filled a cooler with blues which were headed for the smoker. Ryan Nys. Caught this 34" 13.75 lb striper on the tail end of the bluefish blitz Friday afternoon @ IRI. Caught on a 3 oz white bucktail with a 6" white worm. Caught and released a 28.5 inch striper on Sunday afternoon as well on the same lure. Both fish caught very deep just letting the jig slowly roll underneath the schooling fish. Friday's fish was found underneath the chopper blues (as your Facebook page reported they should be). Sunday's fish, however was deep underneath a school of large shad. It seems to me that the fact that big stripers love to eat these shad is often overlooked. The big linesiders are definitely in there but not in huge numbers yet so you have to work to find them. The schools of fish are mostly coming in on the daytime incoming tide. We know that during the day the stripers go deep and stay deep. So if you are fishing for stripers during the day, you need to be fishing deep regardless of whether the blues are there or not. Just thought I would throw that out there. I see so many anglers fishing heavy current with light lures in the middle of the day. This may seem obvious to experienced guys like the staff at Bill's, but you would probably be surprised how few casual anglers understand the importance of this concept. So, don't forget to let your customers know when purchasing those beautiful jigs you have behind the counter!”

>> Jaden Azato was fishing with his dad, Jim, off Cape Henlopen last night, also with another father/son team, and kept 2 of 30 blues to 11.9#, 33” on bucktails. The dads hooked the fish and handed the rods to the kids, for every fish! Jayden's arms were still sore this morning when taking the pictures.

>> Chuck Wilson and Trevor Nuefang weighed blues (4) in using bucktails while fishing IRI the largest a citation at 14.50#.

>> Brian Webster, Rehoboth Beach, caught his first slammer blue at IRI using lures. It weighed 11.70# measuring 34”.

>> Conway Bristow, Lewes, caught 2 blues at 3 Rs. The largest weighed 11.15# measuring 33”.

>> Quan Nguye, Laurel, weighed in a citation striper using bucktails, caught at IRI. It weighed 36# and 47”.

>> Jay Kluka, Brookhaven, PA, caught a citation blue at IRI using bucktail. It weighed 14.20#, measuring 37”.

>> Sam Sanders, Magnolia, DE, caught a blue at IRI using a bucktail. It weighed 11.65#, measuring 36” (2).

>> Tim Gola stopped in with his son, TJ, picked up some bait and bucktails and headed to the inlet. Later that day he sent us pictures of the many blues he caught! Way to go guys, and thanks for the beef jerky!!

>> One of my favorite parts of my job is setting people up with the right gear and bait, and putting them on fish. Debbie and Jim Walker, Upper Chichester, PA, sent us this: “Thanks for all the tips today guys! We had a blast catching the monster blues. We caught 4 blues ranging from 28 to32”.

>> Chris Pusey, Rehoboth Beach, caught a 34.65#, 46.5” striper at IRI south side on a bomber.

>> Congratulations to the crew of the ‘Missfit’ on their 820# mako weighed in at South Jersey Marina Saturday night, 5/16/15!


Have you ever wondered how to cast a fly rod? How to catch fish “in the salt” with a fly rod? How to select proper fly equipment? A seminar will be held at Bill’s, Sat., June 13 at 9 AM at a cost of $15.00. More info next week…

>> As a reminder to all anglers: 1) Tog is now closed through mid July; 2) Sea Bass opens on the 15th!!; 3) New striper regulations are now in effect. You can keep 2 fish, anything under 28” or between 37 and 44” must be released!

IMPORTANT NOTICE FOR SURF- FISHING VEHICLES>>(DOVER, Del.) - Delaware State Parks Director Ray Bivens announced today that recreational surf-fishing management changes that include parking restrictions are in effect immediately for all state surf-fishing beaches. Vehicles bearing surf-fishing permits (meaning their occupants must be actively engaged in recreational surf fishing) will now be required to park in single-file, with a ban on vehicle stacking that enables better enforcement of the actively-engaged rule and also addresses safety concerns for beachgoers and park staff. Director Bivens cited Delaware code and DNREC Division of Parks & Recreation regulations that authorize his office to limit or close public use areas - authority that applies to both land and water - when such action is necessary for proper management and stewardship of the resource, in this case the state's surf-fishing beaches. Bivens noted that surf-fishing vehicle permits issued by DNREC rose 30 percent over the last five years - from 11,380 in 2011 to a projected 15,000 for the current year. "Over the last several years, the Division of Parks & Recreation has seen a steady increase in the demand for surf-fishing vehicle permits," he said. "With the increase in permits issued have come a higher number of park visitors not following the rules associated with recreational surf fishing. This change will allow for stronger enforcement of the actively-engaged surf-fishing rule and also make our beaches safer for park visitors."

Various user groups, the Delaware Mobile Surf Fishermen chief among them, have voiced growing concern that the enforcement of surf-fishing vehicle permit regulations must be paramount to any other activities on the state's surf-fishing beaches.

"Our board membership fully supports this policy change," said Bruce West, president of the Delaware Mobile Surf Fishermen, "and we applaud DNREC, Director Bivens and Parks Enforcement staff for listening to the concerns of the sport-fishing community. We also know that this problem did not happen overnight and will not be fixed overnight, either."

Acknowledging the surf fishermen's concern and also citing a safety issue as vehicles congregate and stack, Chief Wayne Kline of Delaware State Parks Enforcement said that rectifying the parking problem on the beaches is a priority.

"While Delaware State Park beaches are a great place to engage in fishing and other recreational activities, parking two-, three- and four-deep on the surf-fishing beaches presents Parks' enforcement staff with a number of challenges," Chief Kline said. “The decision to limit surf-fishing permit-bearing vehicles to single-row parking comes after careful analysis by DNREC and the Division of Parks & Recreation. Surf-fishing-permitted vehicles are now required to park within designated surf-fishing vehicle beaches in single-file from the toe of the dune to the high tide line. Chief Kline said the new restriction will be strictly enforced, and that vehicles parked on the beaches must also be in compliance with other Delaware State Parks' surf-fishing regulations – reiterating that vehicle occupants must be actively engaged in surf fishing. Director Bivens' restrictions also stipulate that vehicle parking will be accommodated "on a first-come, first-served basis and space may not be reserved for others who may be coming later in any given day. We thank the surf-fishing public and our park visitors for observing these restrictions and helping protect our precious beaches within Delaware State Parks."

>> DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife seeking great shots of Delaware anglers for annual photo contest Contest opens today, with entries accepted through Oct. 31, and winning photo to grace 2016 Delaware Fishing Guide

>> Stretch of beach at Cape Henlopen State Park closed to safeguard nesting piping plovers

To minimize disturbances to the tiny shorebirds, a half-mile stretch of beach between the Observation Towers and the Herring Point crossover will be closed to the public beginning Wednesday, May 20, with signs, twine and PVC stakes to mark the area.

>> The Inland Bays Clean-Up is June 13, 2015, 9:00 AM at Massey’s Landing. Volunteers are needed for trash pick up, Life jackets and trash bags and gloves will be provided. Boats are needed to transport the volunteers to the various beaches around Rehoboth and Indian River Bays. All volunteers will be given a free tee shirt and hot dogs and drinks will also be provided.

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