THE STAFF OF BILL’S SPORT SHOP
18388 Coastal Highway
Lewes, De. 19958
Bill and I just returned from Cape Henlopen State Park to witness the re-opening of the Fishing Pier along with the addition of new cabins. Director Ray Bivens welcomed us. We heard from our Governor Jack Markell, DNREC Secretary, David Small, Acting Assistant Director, Paul Rauch, Division of Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration, USFWS, Speaker of the House, Pete Schwartzkopf and Clark Evans, Council on Recreational Fishing Funding.
Following the official program, the Governor was joined by Secretary Small and Director Rauch, state legislators and a class of Millsboro Middle School students to cast the first lines from the pier. It was followed by a brief tour of the new cabins at the park.
The newly repaired pier spans 1300’ and generates $700,000 in revenue per year for our economy. Governor Jack Markell has proclaimed Sunday, June 5th as “Delaware State Parks Day” – and admission is free that day to most parks comprising the Delaware State Parks system to honor the 65th anniversary.
“Fish for Free” and without needing a fishing license the weekend of June 4 and 5 is sponsored by DNREC’s Division of F&W and includes freshwater angling within many state parks. More information can be found by visiting www.destateparks.com/65years
>> Sea bass bite has been hot offshore the last few days on ocean wrecks.
>> Drum bite is also good on the Coral Beds and Slaughter Beach area.
>> There are still blues at the Lewes beach area.
>> Keeper stripers in the IRI at night.
>> Blues at the IRI in the 2 to 3# range are being caught on metal bucktails.
>> We have reports of sea trout in the Lewes Canal to 14” and off Dewey Beach on blood worms.
This from old inlet bait and tackle
>> Just weighed in 19 and 24# stripers caught in the Inlet last night.
>> Big bluefish in the Inlet this morning. Keeper stripers caught on the north side of the inlet last night.
>> Chuck McKenzie just weighed a 15# 8oz. bluefish caught on the surf on fresh cut bunker.
>> Bluefish up to 24” caught in the Inlet on the incoming tide.
>> Report of a 43" striped bass caught in the Inlet this morning.
>> They caught stripers on the beach in the rain over the weekend.
>> Jim Ruback landed a 37” striped bass using live sand fleas on the surf north of the Inlet yesterday.
>> Mr Pumpin Aint Easy, Scotty West had a keeper on the surf yesterday as well.
This from Bill’s Sport Shop
>> Brian fished IRI Thurs without a nibble but saw 5 stripers caught from 34 to 42” on eels and Storm lures.
>> Mo Hussin, Nino Mallari, and Manny caught 6 drum to 81# on clams in the De Bay.
>> Alot of 37-44” stripers are being caught in the surf from Conquest Rd. to Fenwick on clams and bunker.
>> Tom Poot caught 2 flounder up to 21”, some seabass and 4’' sharks at the Old Grounds on Gulp and minnows.
>> Jon Cressler, York, PA, fished Conquest Rd. and caught a 16.75# black drum on Fishbites..
>> Paul Owens, Smryna, fished Key Box Rd with a blood worm cobo and came away with a couple of nice kingfish.
>> Ben Galang landed an 18# blue at the IRI on a bucktail white worm.
>> Ocean City Maryland & Assateague Island - Delaware Beaches - Ocean and Bay Fishing Report By Bob Foster, Oyster Bay Tackle Shop, Ocean City MD – “Ocean City Inlet water temp. 60 degrees...Delaware buoy 54 degrees. Snapper blues,shad and short stripers are being caught in the Ocean City inlet on Gotcha plugs and speck rigs. Justin Mills and Travis Baker of Oyster Bay Tackle reported catching snapper blues two at a time on speck rigs from the North jetty. Surfcasters enjoyed a good striper bite on Assateague Island this past week with several fish over 40". A number of the stripers were caught on sand fleas. The sand fleas are spawning and are carrying orange egg sacks. Try adding a strip of Fishbite Orange Sand Flea or Fishbite Orange Crab to the hook after you thread on the sandfleas. Several black drum were caught from the Assateague beach. The Ocean City beach produced several stripers over 40". We had reports of a couple of croaker and a few kingfish caught from the O.C. surf on bloodworms and Fishbite bloodworms. Flounder fishing continues to be slow due to the cold and rainy weather. It looks like we are going to have a stretch of good weather thru Memorial Day weekend. The flounder fishing should pick up with the improving weather.
>> RESULTS OF THE LEWES CANAL FLOUNDER TOURNAMENT: First place winner weighing 6.7# caught by Robbie Baxley. Second place Patrick Summers weighing in at 6.03#. Third place weighing 4.96# went to Tim West Sr.
>> DNREC Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police to host 30th Annual Youth Fishing Tournament June 4
Tournament marks the start of National Fishing & Boating Week June 4-12; entry forms available now online
DOVER (May 20, 2016) – As part of their activities for National Fishing and Boating Week (June 4-12), Division of Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police will hold their 30th Annual Delaware Youth Fishing Tournament from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, June 4 at Ingrams Pond in Millsboro, Wyoming Pond in Wyoming and at the dog training area of Lums Pond State Park in Bear.
The tournament is open to youths ages 4 through 15. An adult must accompany youngsters under age 12 and contestants must bring their own fishing equipment. Prizes will be awarded at 1:30 p.m. in three age groups: 4 through 7, 8 through 11 and 12 through 15. The tournament is free and open to the public. Participants are asked to arrive before 10 a.m. to register for the tournament.
>> Mighty Mo’s’ big gun moved to permanent resting place at historic Fort Miles in Cape Henlopen State Park. 16-inch gun which fired 2,700-pound shells was mounted on USS Missouri when Japan surrendered on Sept. 2, 1945 to end the Second World War.
>> Division of Fish & Wildlife treating downstate ponds for nuisance aquatic weeds
DOVER (May 24, 2016) – As inland water temperatures rise and aquatic plants emerge, DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife has started treating downstate ponds for nuisance aquatic weeds. These nuisance weeds, if left unchecked, can choke the water they’ve invaded, crowd out beneficial plant species and prevent fishing and boating access. Blairs Pond and Abbotts Pond, both near Milford, were treated this month. Other public-access ponds to be treated are Concord Pond near Seaford, Wagamons Pond in Milton and Millsboro Pond.
>> The Delaware Center for the Inland Bays is REHOBOTH seeking volunteers and boats for the 12th Annual Inland Bays Cleanup from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, June 11. DNREC is once again lending support through the Division of Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police, along with the Division of Parks & Recreation.
This year’s cleanup will take place at Massey’s Landing Public Boat Ramp at the end of Long Neck Road, where registration will be held, and will concentrate on the Rehoboth Bay and Indian River Bay areas. Volunteers should dress to get dirty and be prepared for cooler conditions on the water as well as wet walking conditions on land. Rubber boots are also suggested. Those who have access to lifejackets may want to bring one, as they are required aboard any boat used during the cleanup. Lifejackets also will be provided.
Last year’s event drew 75 volunteers who filled a 30-yard donated roll-off dumpster with debris including soda bottles and cans, tires, derelict crab pots and large quantities of docking lumber. This year’s event will have a focus on recycling, with many pieces of large debris anticipated in the wake of the two major coastal storms last fall and winter.
Advance volunteer sign-up is requested, as lunch and t-shirts will be provided to participants. At the event, volunteers will need to sign a waiver, with parents or guardians completing the form for participating children age 15 and younger. This event is not recommended for children under the age of 10.ý
>> Tog reopens on July 17.
>> Hours - Mon. thru Thurs. 6 -7 Sun. 6- 6 Call 302 645 7654 Fri. & Sat. 6-8