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Lewes Delaware Fishing Report
Bill's Sport Shop


Date: 4/11/12




18388 Coastal Highway

Lewes, De. 19958




Annual Flea Market

Did you finish cleaning out your tackle boxes? Get busy!!! This is your last chance to get rid of stuff you don’t want. April 14th is the date of this year's flea market which will be held on Bill’s parking lot with one space allotted for each angler. Bring your table or use your tailgate. It is a good time to turn your unwanted gear into cash and to purchase fishing equipment on your wish list. Representatives from companies will be available to talk about and demonstrate new products. Several local charter Captains will be taking reservations for upcoming trips.

We will also begin accepting registrations for Bill's Sport Shop 2012 Flounder Tournament.

We will be opening at 5 am on April 14th for the flea market.

This year we have a vendor, “DOGS R US” who will sell coffee and breakfast items along with hot dogs, at reasonable prices.

Fishing News

>From Captain Carey Evans of “Grizzly” Sport Fishing Charters at Anglers Fishing Ctr , Lewes: “Tog fishing remains our most consistent action. With water temperatures much higher than normal we are going to see a different spring for sure. Stripers should still be around here and there for the next month and if you find them it is good one day and usually gone the next. There have been several drum fish caught on the ocean front by the folks studying the Atlantic Sturgeon which means we'll see more Black Drum earlier this year for sure. There have already been a few caught hook and line in the bay. Sea bass should be good when the season finally does open as well. We'll see some flounder in the catch by mid May with these water temperatures as well”.


Flounder Tournament

Registration on home page and in store.

May 11th to June 8th - Entry Fee: $35.00

TauTog Regulations, Effective 2-11-12

Jan 1 to Mar 31 5 fish @ 16"

Apr 1 to May 11 3 fish @ 16"

Jul 17 to Aug 31 5 fish @ 16"

Sep 29 to Dec 31 5 fish @ 16"

If there are any changes, I’ll keep you informed.

2012 Boating Safety Classes

Successful completion of a Boating Safety Course is mandatory for persons born on or after January 1, 1978 in order to operate a boat. Personal Watercraft is a boat. Call Sgt. Greg Rhodes at 302 739-9915 or by email at Gregory.Rhodes@state.de.us . Online State Certification is available.

ASMFC Black Sea Bass Board Finalizes 2012 Recreational Measures

Arlington, VA – Upon review of the latest black sea bass recreational data from last year (waves 1 – 6), the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission's Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass Management Board has modified the percent that states may liberalize their 2012 recreational management measures to achieve the 1.32 million pound (942,857 fish) harvest limit for the 2012 fishery. The northern region states of Massachusetts through New Jersey will implement measures that achieve a 37% liberalization throughout the region and a 32% liberalization coastwide; the percent of liberalization will vary by state. Northern region states had the option to collectively liberalize regulations by 41% but opted to be more conservative.

State Minimum Size (inches) Possession Limit Open Season

Massachusetts 14 10 fish May 11 – June 24

20 fish June 25 – October 31

Rhode Island 13 15 fish June 15 – December 31

Connecticut 13 15 fish June 15 – December 31

New York 13 15 fish June 15 – December 31

New Jersey Still finalizing measures

Delaware 12.5 25 May 22 – October 14

November 1 – December 31

Maryland 12.5 25 May 22 – October 14

November 1 – December 31

(Season may change depending on federal regulations)

Virginia 12.5 25 May 19 – October 14

November 1 – December 31

North Carolina 12.5 25 May 19 – October 14

November 1 – December 31

Based on the stock projections completed in 2011, the black sea bass stock is not overfished and overfishing is not occurring. The projections indicate the stock is at about 111% of its biomass target.

Upcoming Events

April 14- Bill's Sport Shop Flea Market

May 11 - June 8 – Bill’s Flounder Tournament

*****Hours 4/11/12*****

We will be open at 5 AM the day of the flea market, Sat., Apr. 14

Mon. – Thurs. 7 AM -- 8 PM

Fri. – 7 AM - 9 PM

Sat. – 7 AM – 8 PM

Sun. – 7 AM – 5 PM

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