THE STAFF OF BILL’S SPORT SHOP
18388 Coastal Highway
Lewes, De. 19958
With the offshore season heating up, anglers are reporting catches of tuna, dolphin, white marlin and wahoo. Bill's has a full line of offshore baits including spreader bars, green machines, ballyhoo, butterfish, daisey chains, cedar plugs, feathers and tournament approved hooks.
We also have fishing apparel including Guy Harvey tees and the new pelagic shorts with dolphin, bill fish, tuna, marlin and camo prints. (They're really sharp!) Catch our add in the Coastal Fisherman!
> At least 3 schools of blues have been seen just out of casting distance from the beach .but there are reports of some blues being taken in the 19" range from the beach.
> Steven Warren and Jonathan Davis of Georgetown DE limited out on flounder to 20" at Roosevelt Inlet caught on nuclear chicken and white Gulp!
> Dylan Barbour, age 11, of Rehoboth Beach caught his first three mahi mahi to 44" at Massey's Canyon on trolled ballyhoo aboard the "This is it" with Capt. Skip Mojie and Rick Mahala.
> Austin Smith of Virginia landed a 4.10#, 22 1/2" flounder taken with a black salty from Indian River Inlet.
> Dan and Matt Langdon on the "Ofishal" went to the Poormans this past weekend and went 1 for 2 on white marlin along with a gaffer dolphin using ballyhoo and artificials.
> Kevin Schultze and Joseph Schultze of Milton, DE, caught an estimated 8', 260# sand tiger shark off the surf near Herring Point at Cape Henlopen State Park. They kayaked whole spot for bait 200 yards offshore using a 14/0 hook and braided 50# line.
> Received an email from Capt. Oak Thompson: "Hey Capt. Bill, We had another great day of fishing in Indian River Bay, caught 25 flounder with 3 keepers, 20",4.5# for Mike Lynch, 18.5 " 2.75# for Mike Thompson and a 18.5 " 2.6# on live spot and minnows. Caught and released 2, 25" rock fish and lots of spot and blowfish on fish bite blood worms. Lots of rod bending action........Good fishing to you!
> Sue Foster, Oyster Bay Tackle, OC, sent us her report: Water Temperature (WTMP): 73.2 °F° Fishing this week was good on flounder though there are a tremendous amount of throw backs. White Gulp seemed to be the "hot bait" this week along with live minnows. Nice sized bluefish are being taken from the Route 50 Bridge. Surf is seeing a lot of small panfish early in the morning such as spot, kingfish, sand perch, and croaker. At night, sharks and skates abound along with a few croaker and flounder. Offshore, the flounder bite is picking up along with the sea bass. Further offshore, the news is tuna, more tuna, wahoo, and dolphin.
> Captain Aaron Hurd of the "Gale Force Charters" reports that the Schultz and Weinberger families landed a 28.5” striper and 8 blues. The next day the Castigliano family caught 10 blues with the largest being 9.5#. Before the storm hit on Fri., they boated a 39" and 28" striper at the IRI on a large shiner and a spot.
> Captain Carey Evans, "Grizzley Sport Fishing Charters", let us know that the offshore fishing is holding up very well. Flounder fishing in the ocean has produced some excellent catches, Flounder fishing in the bay is still just fair. Everyone is anxiously awaiting the croakers in the bay as well. There is also a good all-release fishery for inshore sharks. Anyone wanting to tangle with something real big close to home this is for you. John Schreve, family and friends had a good overnight trip. When they arrived back at the dock, they had 4 yellowfin, 2 nice dolphin, a mix of 15 golden and blueline tile fish, released a white marlin, released 5 big dusky sharks, and had released a couple of undersized yellowfin as well. Bob Wittie and friends had an excellent day of flounder fishing harvesting 13 big flatties along with 30 plus releases. On other trips, tog, triggerfish, cod fish, and seabass were taken.
White Marlin Open Update
The 2011 White Marlin Open will be held from August 8th through the 12th in Ocean City, MD, at Harbour Island Marina.The sign ups are ahead of last year at this point in time and Jim Motsko is excited because of the increase in sign ups and the increase in the landings of both the Blue and White marlin weeks ahead of time. The Indian River Inlet may be posing a problem to mariners entered into the tournament so Jim Motsko and the tournament directors have decided to allow any Indian River boaters to truck their fish to the weigh in because by mid-August, the northside form traveler work will be completed and the traveler will be lowered onto a barge and shipped off site. During this operation, the U.S. Coast Guard will assist by briefly closing the inlet waterway for approximately 2 to 5 hours, or as needed to complete the operation and move the barge. While a specific date has not been established for this operation, DelDOT and Skanska will continue to keep mariners informed of the construction schedule as the work progresses. All parties are committed to working in a way that will minimize impacts to the greatest extent possible. Because it is peak fishing season there is generally an increase in the number of boats in the area. In addition, there are fishing tournaments (WMO)(Mid Atlantic 500,000)scheduled for the next several weeks. For more information on this project, visit the website at www.irib.deldot.gov. Mariner-specific information can be found under the Public Safety/Mariners tab.
Mid Atlantic $500,000
This year marks its 20th anniversary August 21-26. The Mid-Atlantic $500,000 annually attracts the finest crews and the best boats during the height of the offshore season. Canyon Club Resort Marina in Cape May, New Jersey, will play host facility for the event while Sunset Marina in Ocean City, Maryland, has again been designated the tournament’s lone satellite port.
July 15 to August 13 - Pier Point Marina Flounder Tournament
Aug. 8 to 12 - White Marlin Open
Aug. 21 - 26 Mid Atlantic $500,000
Oct. 28 - Dec. 2 - Bill's Striper Tournament
Mon. - Thurs. 5AM - 9PM
Fri. - 5AM - 10PM
Sat. - Sun. - 5AM - 9PM