THE STAFF OF BILL’S SPORT SHOP
18388 Coastal Highway
Lewes, De. 19958
>> The rain date for the flea market is May 7th. Don Avandolio will set up his fly fishing display in our store. As always, we ask that you take only one space.
This event is for fisherman and women – and not for vendors.
>> Riley McWilliams caught two nice rock fish at the Coast Guard Station on shrimp. His dad said fishing was better on the outgoing tide.
>> Joe Barranco, Rehoboth Beach, caught a citation crappie and perch in the Broadkill River. The crappie weighed 1.65# and the perch was 1.05#. He was using grass shrimp for bait.
>> Ron Capone, Milford, wrangled blues from the surf at Conquest Rd. using cut mullet. The largest weighed 9.3# and measured 32”.
>> According to the workers, construction of the Cape Henlopen Pier is slated to be completed by the middle of next month.
>> Advisory Council on Recreational Fishing Funding meeting April 13th in Legislative Hall,Dover
Here is what is planned for your fishing license revenues for this year:
>> Dobbinsville Pier construction has been delayed because the city of New Castle appropriated the intended funds for this project to their commercial pier.
>> Bridge parking lot and ramp repairs are slated for Scotton Landing and Wagamon’s Pond. Augustine Beach is getting new docks. Wagamon’s Bridge is now completed.
>> Anglers have complained about the lighting at the docks in the Lewes Boat ramp facility so we are putting all new LED lighting in there and focusing the lights near the ramp area so the boaters have better visibility.
>> The Seaford ramp is slated for this year.
>> Hearns Pond is getting a makeover of drainage. The ramp and will be closed to activities for 9 months.
>> Records Pond will get the parking lot paved and a new dam.
>> Garrisons Lake is an ongoing project of getting a new spillway.
>> A new boat ramp is to be constructed in Little Creek this year.
>> Port Mahon Road fishing pier repairs.
>> An interesting finding at Phillips Landing has stopped all construction on the $950,000 project. They found artifacts that date back to 1000BC. Further studies are slated to be done this year. All of the artifacts were pottery.
>> And finally, we found cooperation with Parks and Recreation to enable F & W to financially help with the repairs to the Cape Henlopen Pier. We donated $351,050 for the decking of the pier which is now ongoing and should be completed in the middle of May. They are predicting that all of the repairs to the pier should hold up for ten more years.
Captain Bill Baker, Council Member
>> 12-Month Finding on Petitions to List the Common Thresher Shark and Bigeye Thresher Shark as Threatened or Endangered Under the Endangered Species Act
NMFS has completed comprehensive status reviews under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) for two species of thresher shark in response to petitions to list those species. These species are the common thresher shark (Alopias vulpinus) and the bigeye thresher shark (Alopias superciliosus). Based on the best scientific and commercial information available, including the status review report (Young et al., 2015), and after taking into account efforts being made to protect these species, we have determined that the common thresher (A. vulpinus) and bigeye thresher (A. superciliosus) do not warrant listing at this time. We conclude that neither species is currently in danger of extinction throughout all or a significant portion of its range nor likely to become so within the foreseeable future.
>> Tog Season is open till May 11. You can keep 3 fish at 15". Tog reopens on July 17.
>>Flounder is 4 fish at 16” and open all year.
>> All of last year’s regulations remain the same until further notice.
>> Hours - Mon. thru Sat.: 7 - 7 Sun. 7- 3 Call 302 645 7654