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Lewes Delaware Fishing Report
Bill's Sport Shop


Date: 4/19/11




18388 Coastal Highway

Lewes, De. 19958




Good news for anyone who hasn't purchased their 2011 Fishing License. The FIN # is now being issued with the license. Those over 65 years and guests on your boat will still have to call for their numbers.

Bill's Sport Shop Spring Flounder Tournament

Registration is open to all and participants may register at the store or on line from now until May 13th. The tournament runs from May 13 till June 10th. The entry fee is $35.00. First place prize is $500.00, second place, $250.00 and third place, $100.00.

Fishing News

> >James Blackburn of Lewes caught a citation white perch at 1.18 lb and 12.25" and a catfish at 2.86 lb and 20" at Beaver Dam Creek on grass shrimp.
> >A customer reported seeing a 33" striper caught at Masseys Landing on herring." He also witnessed a 24" flounder being taken close to Masseys.
> >A customer reported catching stripers at the IRI, at night, at the end of the outgoing tide when the water is the warmest; they were in the 20 to 30 # category. A black bucktail and black worm combination was the winning bait.
> >Bill, Jr. got an email: "I am the guy from Alabama just moved to Delaware. You sold me the spec rigs I normally use for Speckled trout in the gulf. Tipped them with 4 inch gulp alive minnows and caught 1- 22 inch flounder and one 20 inch flounder while drifting right out side the jetties in Lewes. Water tempt was 51 degrees, conditions were ROUGH and WINDY. Thanks for the tip!" Bill Hancock
> >Sue Foster, Oyster Bay Tackle, reports that Party boats are
catching BIG tautog but only a few cod now. "Get Sum" charter boat caught some tautog in the bay. Maryland has officially announced the 2011 flounder regs. We will have an 18-inch size limit this year, one inch shorter than last year! Flounder season opens 4/16 in MD. Capt. Skip Maguire reported tog caught at 4th, 5th, and 6th streets, and the Rt. 50 Bridge. Anglers from boats caught tog at the south jetty, mostly on the north side. Seems the best bait is live green crabs. Some anglers are using frozen sand fleas with success.

Tautog Regulations

April 1 - May 11, 15", 3 a day; July 1 - Aug. 31, 14" 10 a day and Sept. 29 - Mar 31, 14" 10 a day.

New Jersey Boat Show

We’re just less than three weeks away from New Jersey’s true in-water boat show, the Strictly Jersey Boat Show runs from April 29 – May1st. every boat displayed in the water can be taken for a sea trial – at dealer’s discretion of course. Mark Allen, Strictly Jersey Boat Show, 609-898-9500 mallen@strictlyjersey.com

Indian River Bridge Update !

Open house at 1:00PM - 5:00 PM Saturday, April 30th, rain or shine. Site tour: Under the bridge, also walk onto the northern approach span and enjoy a first time view from the bridge. Activities including Stay Cable Installation, Roadway improvements to tie SR 1 into the new bridge, with an information station explaining the work required. Bridge Schedule: Currently the bridge is expected to be open to traffic by the end of 2011.

Boating Safety Classes

The list of the Boating Safety Classes our Flotilla has set up for this year provided by Bob Adams: 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.

Radford Sinking

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.

Upcoming Events

April 29 - New Jersey Boat Show

April 30 - Indian River Bridge Tour

April 20 - Delaware Advisory Council on Tidal Finfisheries, 6:00 PM, DNREC Auditorium

May 14 - James Farm Annual Plant Sale, Center for the Inland Bays

May 1 - June 10 - Flounder Tournament

Oct. 28 - Dec. 2 - Striper Tournament

*****Hours 4/19/11*****

Please call 302 645 7654

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