THE STAFF OF BILLíS SPORT SHOP
18388 Coastal Highway
Lewes, De. 19958
The White Marlin T shirts are now available at Bill's Sport Shop. They are available in various colors and sizes.
We also carry a variety of Guy Harvey, Pelagic, Calcutta and St. Croix apparel.
> Kevin, of Allentown, PA, was fishing at Masseys Ditch with fresh clams and landing a lot of nice croaker. He also started to catch small seabass and spot.
> Bill Jr., of Bill's Sport Shop, went to Masseys Ditch in the afternoon and using chartreuse Gulp on a speck rig he also started catching croaker and then was rewarded with a fat 23 1/2" flounder.
> We're getting reports from a couple of locals that fishing at IRI at night has been very productive. Nice keeper stripers are being taken with eels. Another angler was there toward the last part of the outgoing, using a home made fly tipped with a white worm and he was rewarded with a 10# blue. He also took a young gentleman with him and they caught so many stripers that the young gent had to beg off. His arms were too tired and that is all his father heard about for the next few days..
> On July 19, 2011, "Gale Force Charters" hosted the annual Family Fishing Competition featuring the Bullinger family where a "Guys vs Gals" tournament was held with each team fishing a half day in the Indian River Inlet area. This year the Guys won after a one hour storm delay chased all the boat traffic away from their spot allowing them to make a strong finish in their last 50 minutes of fishing and overtake the Gals. The Gals caught 1 summer flounder, 1 croaker, and 18 blues. The Guys caught 1 summer flounder, 1 croaker, and 25 blues. Spot and shiners were the name of the game for the bait of the day.
> Paul Powalski of Bill's Sport Shop took his two nephews Collin and Brenden, ages 10 and 12, to IRI where the youngsters caught 15 flounder. Although most were throwbacks, Collin caught his largest ever at 18". They were using tube squid.
> Rich Moerman,Jr, was fishing at Herring Point and had several nice blues, about 14", caught on mullet and freshly caught spot.
> Shaun Galloway and friend were fishing south of Herring Point and had a good day with catches of kingfish up to 12", croakers, a large ray plus 2 keeper blue claw crabs and had a 5/0 hook and float crushed and bitten in half.
> Sue Foster, Oyster Bay Tackle, reported that fishing this week saw a good flounder bite though there are tons of throw backs. Croakers are in the bay but nothing consistent. Anglers are catching decent sized spot. Anglers trying to catch bait are wishing for smaller ones! Berkley Gulp to be the "hot bait" this week along with live minnows. Decent sized bluefish are being taken from the Route 50 Bridge at night, early mornings, and at dusk. Some bigger blues were also taken from the Oceanic Pier. Surf is seeing good catches of kingfish (whiting) early in the morning along with lots of spot and some croaker. At night, sharks and skates are the story along with a few reports of bluefish and croaker. Some kingfish are being caught at night as well. Offshore, the flounder bite is definitely picking up.
Plovers finished nesting...Gordon's pond beach reopens
Piping plovers have finished nesting at Gordon's Pond in Cape Henelopen State Park. As a result, the ocean beach at Gordon's Pond has been re-opened to vehicular and foot traffic. Nearly two-thirds of a mile of beach had been closed since June 2 to protect the nesting piping plovers and other threatened and endangered beach nesting and migratory birds. DNREC officials say even though the ocean beach is now open, the dunes and overwash areas at Gordons Pond will remain closed to protect sensitive habitat areas.
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 tournamentís 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