THE STAFF OF BILL’S SPORT SHOP
18388 Coastal Highway
Lewes, De. 19958
>> Bill's Sport Shop and Irish Eyes Restaurant Striper Tournament is October 22nd to December 2nd. Sign ups available in local businesses, at Bill's and on Bills Face Book page. On Friday nights during the tournament, Irish Eyes will have a free buffet and door prizes will be awarded.
>> There is a nice mix of keeper croakers being taken at the Pier.
>> A customer called and was fishing in Indian River Bay and caught a 17” flounder, a croaker and spot.
>> Fishing the ocean, the bite has picked back up since the storm with some of the head boats reporting some nice catches of flounder and sea bass at the Old Grounds between A and B Buoy. The IRI is also giving up some flounder.
>> Poor Mans Canyon is producing white marlin and mahi.
>> Coastal Fisherman Fishing Report by Larry Jock: “I did receive a report this morning from Capt. Chris Little on the "Talkin Trash". They ended up making it all the way down to the Washington Canyon yesterday and were rewarded with 10 yellowfin in the box and another 10 broken off. They were done by 11:30 AM. Chris said the ride down wasn't bad but the ride home was horrible. He did see a Virginia boat hooked up to a bigeye, but wasn't sure if they ever boated it. With all the cobia being caught, I just want to remind everyone (like we have mentioned in the Coastal Fisherman MANY times) that you CANNOT catch cobia in Federal waters (3-200 miles offshore). There is no size or creel limit on cobia in Maryland or Delaware state waters so you can catch as many as you like.”
>> Ocean City Sunset Marina, OC “Sunset Marina, count them up, not 1, not 2 but 17 white marlin releases from the Osprey! They also capped off their day with a blue marlin release and 29 dolphin!
>> Brian Smith, Dover, weighed in 30”, 10.7# catfish which he caught in the Nanticoke River on a jig with a jerk shad on it.
>> Toby Lee stopped in and said he was throwing a cast net at the Pier, and wound up with a small striper but no mullet which has been difficult to come by (but bills has been able to get some fresh bunker). The night before he told us the water was covered with shiners.
>> Tim Andrews stopped in for minnows and fleas. He said he had 4 flounder last time out.
>> Butch Evans at Old Inlet told me that there are short blues and kingfish hitting on the surf and one trigger fish at the inlet. The Fall Classic Surf Fishing tournament will be held on Friday and Saturday Sept 24-25. Info is on oldinlet.com and you can sign up in the Old Inlet store and at Bills.
>> DMS 10th Annual Surf Fishing Tournament is Saturday, October 8 and Sunday, October 9th. Info and sign up sheets available at Bills Sport Shop.
>> A couple of trout up to 16” were caught on plugs at IRI by the Coast Guard Station and a couple of small stripers were beached by our ice delivers’ son while he was loading coolers in the area.
>> Steve and Tommy, Rockville, fished the Pier all day and had a couple of small flounder. They saw small spot caught and a couple of keeper flounder coming over the rails. The boats fishing the end of the Pier had similar fates with only a few keeper flounder being caught.
>> Bob Spellman fished Gordon’s Pond and had a couple of sand tigers in the 40 and 60# range using mullet.
>> A customer stopped in and said he was fishing at the Outer Wall and caught a trigger fish on squid.
>> ”Bill, thought I'd email in a report as I was out on Saturday. Headed out of IRI at 9a with Fenwick Shoal as our destination. Seas came up earlier than expected and were 3-4’ with a very short interval so we turned around somewhere around Sea Colony. We trolled up some snapper blues just south of the inlet on Clarkspoons. We then drifted the inlet and managed three 14” flounder on minnows. Not the best day, but not too bad either. Tight lines. Eric Miller, Capt of the “Howie T”.
>> Received a report from a reliable source that there are big bluefish busting bait at the north end of the IRI inlet on the outgoing tide.
>> Bob Smith reported catching a bunch of blues, largest 20”, on the bay side of the Point on fresh mullet.
>> Tautog and Seabass Regulations
Tautog closed. Will reopen Sept. 29
Seabass open till Sep. 21 - 15 @ 12 1/2"
Opens Oct. 22 to Dec. 31 –
>> Hours - Mon. thru Thurs. 6 – 8 Call 302 645 7654 If you need bait after hours, give us a call.
Fri. 6 – 8; Sat. – 5 – 8; Sun. 5 - 7