THE STAFF OF BILL’S SPORT SHOP
18388 Coastal Highway
Lewes, De. 19958
- -Visit our home page to get more information on the charter boats at Lewes Harbor and Indian River Marina. Many of the Captains email us with results of their trips. Contact info is available via links to their home page.
- -Our "Trash Fish Tournament" will run from Sept. 1st till the 30th. The four categories include: Skate, oyster crackers, sea robbins and dogfish. The entry fee is $5.00 per category and all weigh-ins will be at Bill's.
- -Sue Killen (daughter of Capt. Bill and Kathy) aboard the "Slicker Too" took her brother, Kevin Baker, and nephews, Joey Neely and Brian Baker to the IRI and had a great trip. The party caught and released 20 undersized stripers and a bunch of bluefish. Joey Neely was high hook capturing a 20" flounder along with the largest striper and bluefish. All were caught on live spot.
- -A customer reported catching keeper tog at IRI on crabs and fleas.
- -Eddie called from the IRI to say he limited on blues to 16" using Gotcha plugs and silver spoons.
- -Tom Bailor and Bob Adams of Bill's Sport Shop fame went crabbing at Gulf Point and came away with 2 bushels of crabs. On another trip, Tom and his nephew Doug went to Bouy 22 in Indian River and caught 40 croaker on Sabiki rigs with Fishbites.
- -Courtney Nagel of Phoenixville, PA., caught two 10" blowfish and three throwback flounder at Site 6 on pink Gulp aboard the "Martha Marie".
- -Jeff Moyer of PA., caught 10 snapper blues on pink and white Gulp and shiner combo at Site 6 aboard the "Martha Marie".
- -Brian Keech of Long Neck, DE caught two 4.10 lb, 23.5" and 3.10 lb, 21.5" flounder at Site 6 on Gulp and shiner combo aboard the "Martha Marie".
- -Mike, Eric, Todd, Bill, Dan and Matt Langdon caught a bunch of chicken dolphin and went 3 for 3 on white marlin trolling ballyhoo in the Baltimore on the "Offishal".
- -Ryan Smith and Jeff Thompson limited on slot stripers to 25" and caught 2 dz white perch in Roosevelt limit and Lewes Canal on Rattletraps.
- -Capt Kenny G and crew Brian, Ambrose, Bob Geure, Bob Quin,and Hugh Alexander caught 6 dolphin trolling ballyhoo outside the Tea Cup.
- -Received an email from Arline Simpson whose husband Charlie passed away recently: "Hi Bill, Just wanted to post this to you. You generally mention the ocean fishing but I thought this was worth mentioning.
My 5 1/2 yr. old granddaughter, Sarah Naar of Milton, reeled in a 15 1/2" large mouth bass out of Red Mill Pond last night by herself. Twin brother Zak didn't have any luck and neither did Nana Simpson. Sarah also caught 4 sunfish. It was her lucky nite. She told all of us on the dock that she is now taking over for Pop Pop Charlie as being the fisherman. Sarah loves to fish and is becoming quite the lady fisherwoman. She kept it for a little while and couldn't believe she really caught it and then sent it back home to the water. Charlie would be a very proud Popop. God Bless."
- -Chris and Rick Rannali went out with Capt. Chuck Cook of "First Light Charters" to the Outer and Inner Walls. They caught and released one striper approx. 30-32". The anglers then used a 4" Zonker and lost one in the rocks.
- -Bob Adams and his son, Bob Jr from Leesport, PA, fished the Old Grounds and boated 5 keeper flounder up to 25" on squid. They also caught a couple of nice sea bass.
- -Frank Reed from Harbeson, went to the Fingers and trolling with skirted ballyhoo managed to boat 6 mahi mahi.
- -Bill Vernon Jr fished with Capt. Steve on the "Four Play" out of Indian River. They went to the South Poormans and boated yellowfins up to 65 lbs. along with some dolphin. He also caught tuna on horse ballyhoo.
- -The "Billfisher" caught 26 white marlin outside the Balt. Canyon in 1000 fathoms.
- -Capt Chris Thurmon, "Skipjack Charters" out of Lewes Harbor Marina, reported a great canyon overnighter with 6 yellowfin, 9 dolphin and one wahoo. He also says that the bottom fishing is good but that he is mostly running for tuna now.
- -Capt. Steve Peterson, "Pandimonium Charters", had a great overnighter. The party ended up with 4 yellowfin, 1 white marlin, 4 gaffer dolphin, and went 2 for 3 on the big eyes with weights of 155 and 188 lbs. All were on the troll using spreader bars and bally-hoos. They lost the tail of the 155 to a 500 lb. mako right at boat.
- -Capt. Carey Evans "Grizzly Sportfishing", finally got some nice sized croakers in the bay. Flounder fishing remains strong and will remain an option thru September. Some seabass are starting to show up in the mix.
- -Sue Foster, Oyster Bay Tackle, OC. said the best flounder fishing was at the top of the incoming tide. Oceanic Pier, Rt. 50 Bridge, 3rd Street Bulkhead and Homer Gudelsky Park all had flounder action. Some croakers were also caught at the Homer Gudelsky Park up to 15-inches. Bluefish action was just fair at the Rt. 50 Bridge this week. Surf action saw kingfish, spot, croaker, sharks and big rays. One cobia was caught from the surf in Delaware. Offshore action included sea bass, along with catches of cobia, triggerfish, dolphin, and marlin.
-From the Saltwater Fly Anglers of DE.: "The fishing trip we (John Lupinetti, Ron Smith, and Rick RinnalliI) made with Capt. Chris Narwold was a for-fun trip as Capt. Chris is no longer taking charters. A nice dolphin was caught near the Delaware Light and the triggerfish was caught somewhere under a floating commercial fish basket. All fishing was done with flies and both fish were caught on chartreuse Clousers."
Final Standings for the Mid-Atlantic Tournament
Heaviest White Marlin – tie - 88 lbs. Billfisher – Bill Zimmerman - $791,442
Lady Luck – Steve Ramsey - $298,514
3rd Heaviest White Marlin–82 lbs.–Cracker–Chris Schultz–$204, 573
Blue Marlin – No qualifying blue marlin were caught so prize money was rolled over to the white marlin category and divided equally among the winners.
Heaviest Tuna – 177 lbs. – Impulse IV – Matt Kriedel - $168,812
2nd Heaviest Tuna – 105 lbs. – Reel Chaos – Anthony Matarese - $100,265
3rd Heaviest Tuna – 84 lbs. – Fin-Ness – Don Pyle - $78,893
*Heaviest Dolphin – 56 lbs. – American Lady – Russell Baiocco - $10,000
Heaviest Wahoo – 49 lbs. – Shelly II – Don Haines - $10,000
*Denotes new tournament record.
Vessel Safety Checks - Every Saturday Morning - Massey's 8-12
Vessel Safety Checks - Every Sunday Morning - Lewes Ramp 8-12
July 1 - Tautog season opened - 14", 10 fish per angler per day
July 1 - Aug. 31 - Striper slot fishing - DE Bay and Tributaries - 2 fish, 20" to 26", per day per angler
Sept. 1 - 30 - Bill's "Trash Fish Tournament"