THE STAFF OF BILL’S SPORT SHOP
18388 Coastal Highway
Lewes, De. 19958
BIG NEWS FOR THE OFFSHORE ANGLER LOOKING FOR BLUEFIN TUNA: Atlantic bluefin tuna (BFT) daily retention limits that apply to vessels permitted in the Highly Migratory Species (HMS) Angling category and the HMS Charter/Headboat category (when fishing recreationally for BFT) effective April 23, 2016, through December 31, 2016, as follows:
Quota Category and Vessel/Permit Type Default Retention Limit per Vessel per Day/Trip Adjusted Retention Limit per Vessel per Day/Trip Effective Period of Adjusted Retention Limit
for private, HMS Angling category-permitted vessels 1 school, large school, or small medium BFT
(27 to <73") 2 school BFT (27 to <47") and 1 large school/small medium BFT (47 to <73")
April 23, 2016-December 31, 2016
for HMS Charter/Headboat category-permitted vessels, when fishing recreationally 1 school, large school, or small medium BFT
(27 to <73") 3 school BFT (27 to <47") and 1 large school/small medium BFT (47 to <73")
April 23, 2016-December 31, 2016
>> Don’t forget the new 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.
>> Tog are being caught on the offshore wrecks, the rocks at the IRI, Outer Wall, Inner Wall and Haystacks.
>> Flounder are showing up in the Lewes Canal.
>> Big blues and short stripers have been reported in the IRI.
>> Blues are in the back bay and also Roosevelt Inlet.
>> Big drum are being taken from Beach Plum.
>> Jon Cressler, York, PA. had a good surf fishing day. He caught 3 short stripers, 1 black drum and a bluefish while fishing CHSP. The blue weighed in at 10.5#, 32” and the drum at 7.5#, 23”. He was using mullet and Fishbites.
>> Mike caught 2 blues from the Dewey surf weighing up to 11#, using cut bait.
>> Robbie Baxley, Milton, nailed a citation crappie in the Broadkill River weighing in at 1#, 12”.
>> According to the workers, construction of the Cape Henlopen Pier is slated to be completed by the middle of next month.
>> 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, 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