THE STAFF OF BILL’S SPORT SHOP
18388 Coastal Highway
Lewes, De. 19958
Annual Flea Market
Our flea market is only 3 days away! It will be held starting at 5 AM on the parking lot with one space for each angler. Bring your table or use your tailgate. It is not for dealers. Representatives from Shimano, Aqua Clear, Star Rods, Sea Striker, Saltwater Fly Anglers of Delaware, Eagle Claw and the DMS will be available to answer questions and demonstrate new products. Several local charter Captains will be taking reservations for upcoming trips.
We will also begin accepting registrations for Bill's Sport Shop 2011 Flounder Tournament.
Our neighbors said it is no problem at that hour to use their lots for parking.
> >2011 Fishing Guides are now available.
> >Capt Mike of "On Delivery" called to let us know that "the tog bite was slow...several nice tog (20) to 8 lb...cod bite was off the hook...filled big cooler with cod...didn't bother counting...marked fish while moving from one wreck to another and stopped to fish...avg 5 to 6 lb and up to 10 lb."
> >Capt. Ben Shamburger aboard the "Wreck Stalker" went out of IRI on Monday with several friends and came back with 4 cod in the 6 to 10 lb range and 9 tog with the largest being 20 lb. Sounds like a great day.
> >As reported on the "Saltfish Forum" by Wildman: " Went out with Ricky yesterday. Good bite most of the day even with tough anchoring conditions. Probably 40-50 Keeper Tog with at least l close to 7 pounds. Good amount of shorts caught. Clams seemed to be the popular bait. "
> >According to Sue Foster, Oyster Bay Tackle, the water temperature is (WTMP): 43.5 °F°. Sue said the weather was "winter like" cold. There were some skates caught from the beach the week before, but I didn't hear of any this week. Same with tautog. Just didn't get any news of any more being caught. Flounder were caught in VA. Capt Monty on the "Morning Star" has been catching tautog and cod fish. Looks like "unofficially" Delaware flounder will be 18-inches. Yes, Maryland and DE may have the same size limit for a change this year. Creel limit will be different, but size the same.
> > Old Inlet has reported one small striper from the beach on Sunday. They had a confirmed report of small flounder caught in the Indian River Bay. The ospreys are here.
ASMFC Tautog Board Approves Addendum VI to the Tautog FMP States to End Overfishing
Alexandria, VA – The Commission’s Tautog Management Board approved Addendum VI to the Interstate Fishery Management Plan for Tautog in response to the latest scientific advice that the stock continues to be overfished with overfishing occurring. Overfishing has occurred since 2005. In order to end overfishing and initiate stock rebuilding, Addendum VI lowers the F target to 0.15 and requires states to implement measures to achieve a 56% reduction in exploitation by January 1, 2012. Tautog's slow growth rate,late maturity, and spawning behavior makes it particularly susceptible to overfishing and limits stock rebuilding. Addendum VI requires all states to prohibit the possession of undersized tautog in excess of bag and possession limits. The measure is intended to deter illegal harvest of tautog for the live market. The Board remains concerned about the illegal live harvest and will continue to work with the Commission’s Law Enforcement Committee on ways to reduce it. The Addendum can be obtained via the Commission’s website at www.asmfc.org under Breaking News or by contacting the Commission at 703/842-0740. For more information, please contact Chris Vonderweidt at email@example.com.
Boating Safety Classes
The list of the Boating Safety Classes our Flotilla has set up for this year provided by Bob Adams: April 16, South Bethany Town Hall, South Bethany, DE; May 7, Treasure Beach Campground, West Fenwick Island, DE; June 11, Gull's Way Campground, Dagsboro, DE; June 18, Tuckahoe Campground, Dagsboro, DE. All classes run from 8:00am until 4:00pm. and are all the Delaware State Boating Course.... required for all boaters born on or after Jan 1, 1978. The cost is $10.00 per person. Anyone interested in registering for any of these courses can contact Bob Adams at 302-541-4038.
A complete listing is available by contacting the Department of Natural Resources & Environmental Control, Division of Fish and Wildlife Boating Education Office.
The Radford, at a length of 563 feet, will be the longest vessel ever reefed in the Atlantic, with the sinking to take place at the Del-Jersey-Land inshore site located 26 miles southeast of the Indian River Inlet. The sinking is expected to take place in spring or summer of 2011, over the jointly-developed Del-Jersey-Land reef, which is equidistant from fishing ports in Indian River, Cape May, N.J., and Ocean City, Md. The reef is a collaborative effort of the three states cited in its name—Delaware, New Jersey and Maryland—and comprises an area of about one square mile with a depth of 120-130 feet.
DNREC has stocked Newton Pond in Greenwood. Newton Pond is located east of Greenwood. From Greenwood, take Route 16 east toward Ellendale approximately 2 3/4 miles and turn right on Hunters Cove Road. Cross Owens Road and continue approximately 1.1 miles. Look for the fishing area sign on the right. Access is down a long dirt lane on the right side. GPS address is approximately 13125 Hunters Cove Road, Greenwood, DE 19950. Anglers shouldn't be surprised to find golden trout in their creels to go with the traditional rainbows as a small stocking of them was made in at least one of the ponds.
March - Saltwater Anglers of Delaware will be tying at Lewes Harbor Marina every Saturday morning.
April 2 - Bill's Sport Shop Flea Market
May 1 - June 10 - Flounder Tournament
Oct. 28 - Dec. 2 - Striper Tournament
Mon. thru Sat. 9:a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Sun. 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.