THE STAFF OF BILL’S SPORT SHOP
18388 Coastal Highway
Lewes, De. 19958
The White Marlin T shirts are available at Bill's Sport Shop in various colors and sizes.
We also carry a variety of Guy Harvey, Pelagic, Calcutta, Aftco and St. Croix apparel.
> This week there's reports of keeper flounder, ling cod and sea bass SW and SE of “B” Bouy.
Croakers and spot are being caught at the Pier.
Croakers and kings on the surf and IRI is good for croakers, flounder and spot.
> A customer just reported 3 keeper flounder in the Broadkill.
> Linda and Jack Brzoska from DE caught 6 keeper flounder to 23", 5.34# in Rehoboth Bay. Minnows and John Gunderman's bucktails did the trick..
> Fishing off the beach seems to be picking up. At three R’s, Don Perrot picked up a nice 22'' flounder and some keeper blues. Jimmy, his fishing neighbor, had a couple of blues plus a 55" black tip shark all on fresh mullet.
> Our neighbor Michelle, at "Seacoast Salon", caught a nice croaker with her pink rod-her first, but it will not be her last. She also used fresh mullet for bait.
> "Pumping Hard" out of OC stopped by to say he was at the Poorman's today trolling ballyhoo, and came away with 10 yellow fin and 2 white marlins.
> Bill Baker, Jr. went to the entrance of Baker's Channel on the Indian River end with Ellen, Mikey and Sarah. They picked a total of 16 flounder with 1 keeper on spec rigs and Gulp! Alive.
> Heard from David Koster, "Portraits in the Sand"; "You were right on your reports- the Bluefish were hitting on the incoming tide. My boat broke, so I mounted a rod holder on the waverunner and fished off the point of Cape Henlopen. The birds were diving in all over and the bluefish were right there. The Point is still closed for the beach access, but you can get there by boat. Have a great weekend and happy fishing!"
> Sue Foster, Oyster Bay Tackle, reported that fishing this week saw a good flounder bite. Croaker is in the bay but nothing consistent. Anglers are catching decent sized spot. 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.
> Bill Vernon, Jr.,fished the Branch Kreppel Blue Marlin Tourney out of Sunset Marina this past weekend on the Four Play with Capt Steve Wright. Fishing was fairly slow but there were signs of life. Friday they had the leading yellowfin then got bumped out by the boat "Billfisher" on the last day. On Sunday they released a white marlin in the Baltimore where the water was 81 degrees and a pretty blue, Nicole Albani from Lewes was the angler and released her first white marlin.
sport of Extreme Shark Fishing
Running big, baited hooks offshore with a surfboard or kayak while someone on the beach waits with rod and reel in hand — just got a little more risky. Now, when people catch sharks from the surf, they can no longer drag the animal up on the beach to take pictures and remove the hook. The hook has to be removed while the shark — and most likely the angler — are in the water. The rules changed June 11. And Sate Fish and
Wildlife Enforcement Officials are cracking down.
Last week they arrested angler, Kevin Schultze, for landing a sand tiger shark at Cape Henlopen State Park. Enforcement officials got wind of the catch when they saw pictures of the shark on Delawareonline.com. Schultze had submitted the pictures. "You live and learn," he said today. Schultze said he was unaware of the new regulation when the catch was made. The key with the new regulation is, "You’re supposed to leave the fish in the water to take out the hook,” said Sgt. Greg Rhodes, with the state Division of Fish & Wildlife.
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.
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