THE STAFF OF BILLíS SPORT SHOP
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.
> 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.
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
Leaderboard For White Marlin Open
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
08/09 Tighten Up
Ocean City, MD Brian Kline
Laytonsville, MD 86.5 $843,507.00 Photos
08/09 Pipe Dreamer
Colts Neck, NJ Chip Caruso
Colts Neck,NJ 279.0 $312,000.00 Photos
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
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
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
Ocean City, MD Shawn Hann
Warfordsburg, PA 58.0 $13,221.00 Photos