THE STAFF OF BILL’S SPORT SHOP
18388 Coastal Highway
Lewes, De. 19958
>> Stop in your local tackle shop (Bill’s, of course) as it is the best place for information about what their catching and what bait to use. We have a facebook presence and this report as well. I report from Tues to Tues. which of course includes the weekend. We have a great staff , knowledgeable in surf, jetty, offshore and inshore, bay and canal. We carry fresh and frozen baits, minnows, eels, worms, clams, sand fleas and soon, green crabs (as soon as tog opens). Call ahead for info.
>> New Delaware record 20.5-pound false albacore taken in Masseys Canyon by Pennsylvania angler
LEWES (July 1, 2016) – On the eve of what many consider the biggest recreational fishing weekend of the year, DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife has confirmed a new state record in the Delaware Sport Fishing Tournament – a false albacore caught June 29 by a Pennsylvania angler from the fishing boat Get Bent in Masseys Canyon, about 35 miles offshore from Indian River Inlet in the Atlantic Ocean. Tim Parrill, Wellsville, Pa., caught the record fish – which measured 30.75 inches long, had a 22-inch girth and weighed 20.5 pounds – with Capt. Craig Lednum at the helm of Get Bent. The false albacore was weighed at Hook 'Em & Cook 'Em in Rehoboth Beach and certified as a new state record by Lieutenant Casey Zolper of DNREC Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police.
>> Crabbing reports out of Rehoboth Bay is that they are getting more plentiful and they are full of meat.
>> Trigger fish are showing up on the wrecks and being caught on clams.
>> A lot of kingfish and small trout are being taken from the Broadkill Beaches with an occasional flounder.
>> Sheepshead are starting to show up in the IRI now using sand fleas.
>> Isabel caught her first flounder at the Pier. She was using minnows.
>> Bill Weiss fished Conquest Rd. using mullet on top and bottom rigs with small floats. In between feeding the crabs caught kings up to 12” and a couple of blues 12 to 13”.
>> Charlie crabbing the backbay is still filling his pots with 33 keepers.
>> Ryan Searies sent me this offshore report: “Sunday into Monday, from the Washington Canyon, 25 mahi. 1 keeper sword. Lost 2 white and a blue. Also lost a mako. No tuna. Mostly trolled hoo and chunked butter bought from you on the way out on Sunday. Got most of dolphin on the chunk. We must've thrown a dozen dolphin back. More than we needed.”
>> Jeanette Perkins fished at Canary Creek and had big blues bite her hooks off and her bait in half -she came in for steel leaders-Jeanette's going to get even!
>> ’Dana Lynn Charters’ fished Fenwick Shoals and had blues, spanish mackerel and bonita the day before.
> >From A buoy, 2 gentlemen fished with all kinds of bait (minnows-gulp-bellies-squid-sea robin) caught 12 flounder, 8 of which were keepers.
>>Brian Smith, Dover, caught 2 stripers in the 25” range using topwater plugs fishing in the Nanicoke River. They’re looking forward to the slot striper fishery the DE bay and its tributaries . Only 20 to 25” fish may be retained from July 1 to Aug. 31 in the Delaware River, Delaware Bay and their tributaries.
>> A customer reported 4-5# blues, keeper flounder, triggerfish and spadefish at Fenwick Shoal’
>> Bob Foster, Oyster Bay Tackle, Ocean City Inlet: “Water temp. 71 degrees, Delaware buoy 71 degrees. Flounder fishing in the back bays seems to get a little better every day. The best bite has been in the South bay from the inlet to Frontiertown campground and around the South jetty. We had reports of some nice keeper flounder caught from the 9th. street pier and from the bulkhead. The offshore reefs and wrecks are producing decent catches of flounder and sea bass. Try jigging a 3-6 ounce Spro bucktail tipped with a 5" Berkley Gulp swimming mullet or a strip of squid. The Route 50 bridge has been good for small bluefish and short stripers at night and a few flounder during the day. Surfcasters are catching kingfish on bloodworms and strips of finger mullet on small hook rigs. Shark fishing from the beach is heating up for surfcasters using chunks of bunker or mackeral on circle hook rigs.
>> Chris and Nick fished Diamond Pond using Baby Manns and had 4 largemouth bass up to 16” and 4.9#.
>> Bob Warehime and Ike Megonnell caught a 43" striper and a 34" blue in the Lewes Canal on fresh bunker.
>> Ron C fished Fenwick and caught two dozen kingfish and a couple of blues.
>> Anthony Renzoni and family from Mass. fished Herring Point with bloodworms and caught a 7'' catfish.
>> Casey Moran, age 7, or so from VA was fishing in Silver Lake and hooked into the largest big mouth bass the family ever saw. Unfortunately dad could not reach over the wall to get the beast out of the water.
>> Tog opens July 17.
>> Hours - Mon. thru Sat.- 5 -9 Sun. 5- 8 Call 302 645 7654 If you need bait after hours, give us a call.