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Lewes Delaware Fishing Report
Bill's Sport Shop


Date: 8/11/11




18388 Coastal Highway

Lewes, De. 19958




On board the Ferry yesterday, were the men who served on the "Radford", DNREC employees and many invited guests. A presentation was given by Jeff Tinsman, Reef Coordinator, who gave us a history of the ship, the reason it was chosen, and the many steps necessary to arrive at its final destination--26 miles equidistant from the Indian River, Ocean City and Cape May inlets. Lunch was served on the way to the Reef. We arrived at the Del-Jersey-Land Artificial Reef around noon and witnessed the workers cutting holes in the hull with a torch. It took a couple of hours for that to happen. After the workers were taken away on a tug, the waiting game started. As we stood at the rail, cameras in tow, we waited for the stubborn lady to decide her fate. Suddenly she plunged fore, then aft and in one minute (3:36 to 3:37) she took her last breath.

Her new role will be a great fishing habitat for us. In securing title to the Radford for reef deployment, Delaware spearheaded the country's first multi-state reefing collaboration, teaming with Maryland and New Jersey for the new reef bearing the names of all three states- Del-Jersey-Land. Many thanks to The US Navy and the DNREC coordinators from each of the states especially to Jeff Tinsman for his perseverance over the years to achieve this great result along with his many other accomplishments on the reefing program.

Fishing News

> Ellie Stull, age 7, of Newark DE, was fishing at Port Lewes with squid and came away with 6 croakers. Ellie and her sister Amanda were rewarded with a couple of new poles from their dad...
> Don Coffin of New Castle, De, used spec rigs for the first time tipped with Gulp! Shrimp. He caught a 19" flounder at Masseyís Landing.
> Received an email from Frank: "Thanks for the great fishing reports. "I fished at Site 6&7 with my brother and his friend and did pretty good. We got 9 keeper flounder, 33 croakers, 19 blues, 5 sea bass, 2 trout and 3 fish that we were told were barjacks. I have been fishing the Delaware Bay for over 40 years and have never seen a barjack. I'll stop in and see ya in your store again soon and show You a pic. THANKS again!!!"
> James Nolt, age 8, from Leola, PA, caught a 2.83#, 20" flounder while fishing at IRI. using minnows.
> Tom Bailor called in to say he took his nephew, 11 year old Frank Bailor, IV, out to catch spot with Fishbites on Sabiki rigs. They were just outside of Massey's Ditch and wound up with over 50 croakers and 2 keeper trout --never did get to fish for the spot!
> Aaron Tharp, age 23, caught a 21" pickerel, at Red Mill Pond on a green and white jig..
> Sue Foster, Oyster Bay Tackle, OC, let us know that fishing this week was still good on flounder. Croaker fishing is up and down in the bay. Blues are biting around the Inlet area and Route 50 Bridge. A few nice stripers were caught at the inlet. Stripers are also biting around the Rt. 50 Bridge and South Jetty. Big Spot are in the bay as well, but no small spot. Little finger mullet and peanut bunker are around for bait for cast netters. Surf fishing continues to be good with kingfish (whiting) and Norfolk spot and sometimes a few croaker in the mornings. Sharks, big rays, snapper blues, kingfish and some croaker are biting at night. Route 50 Bridge continues to be excellent fishing at night with stripers (lots of shorts) and blues. By day, the Bridge is seeing flounder, tautog near the draw, and blues. Offshore, the bite continues with sea bass and flounder.
> Capt Carey Evans, "Grizzley Sport Fishing Charters" reports that flounder fishing is holding up well. Some days keeper ratios are of course better than others. Croaker fishing has finally taken off in the bay. We saw some good catches of ling cod mixed with the flounder as well. Our half day trips have been perfect for families as we have been catching up to seven different species of fish.
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.

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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

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All money values are estimated. As fish come in, money will fluctuate. These estimates are for educational purposes only, and should not be considered official.

Date Boat Angler Weight Est. Prize Photos

White Marlin

08/09 Tighten Up

Ocean City, MD Brian Kline

Laytonsville, MD 86.5 $843,507.00 Photos

Blue Marlin


08/09 Pipe Dreamer

Colts Neck, NJ Chip Caruso

Colts Neck,NJ 279.0 $312,000.00 Photos

08/08 Playmate

Ocean City, MD Dale Christensen

Hanover, PA 241.0 $58,342.00 Photos

08/09 Last Straw

ocean city md Wayne Bowden

Whaleyville, MD 225.0 $2,000.00 Photos

08/08 Trophy Hunter

Sunset Marina Geoff Pence

Great Falls, VA 63.5 $22,137.00 Photos


08/10 Ranger Gordon McNamara

Baltimore, MD 41.5 $2,000.00 Photos

08/08 Reel Estate

Ocean City, MD Donald Schline

Baltimore, MD 39.5 $10,477.00 Photos

08/08 Alexis

Palm Beach, FL Kevin Stafford

Jupiter, FL 39.0 $3,000.00 Photos

08/10 Some Kinda Good

Manteo, NC Paul Bowers

Solomans Island, MD 36.5 $8,977.00 Photos

08/09 Fugitive

Ocean City, MD Tim Hake

Mechanicsburg, PA 28.0 $8,977.00 Photos


08/09 Reel Desire

Alexandria, VA William Bayne

Arlington, VA 71.0 $15,221.00 Photos

08/09 Restless Lady

Ocean City, MD Brandi Zirckel

Ocean City, MD 68.0 $3,000.00 Photos

08/08 Marli

Ocean City, MD Shawn Hann

Warfordsburg, PA 58.0 $13,221.00 Photos


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