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Lewes Delaware Fishing Report
Bill's Sport Shop


Date: 5/22/12




18388 Coastal Highway

Lewes, De. 19958




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Fishing News

>> Fourteen year old Michael DeBlasis, Phila PA, caught one of his biggest stripers yet at IRI on Sat night using a Storm lure. It was 37” and weighed in at 19.2#.
>> Tom Baylor, along with Nick Richmond, Cynthia and Lindsay Dale caught 2 bushels of crabs on a trot line out of Gull Point.
>> Phil Brady, New Castle, weighed in a 16.2#, 34” striper caught at CHSP on bunker.
>> Trevor Karchner, Danvill PA,weighed in a 33.5”, 14# striper at CHSP on clams.
>> There was a dolphin bite happening on Sat 5/26. A customer reported going 5 for 7, 13 miles from the tip of the Baltimore.
>> Jeremy & Julia Woolsey with their grandpop caught 2 bushels of fat crabs at Gull Point on a trot line.
>> Received an email from Don Avondolio: “Hey Bill: Just heard your radio talk & nothing mentioned about the MANY 20”weakies, 20” specs, 24” and 31” bass + some fluke caught the last 4 weeks by our club – “THE SALTWATER FLY ANGLERS of DE.” …All caught between Herring Pt, and along Henlopen waters early and at late night…” Don’s flies and dropper rigs, available at our store, were the ticket for the great catches.
>> Gary DeBlasis sent us a photo of the striped bass his 14 year old son, Michael DeBlasis, caught last week at the Roosevelt Inlet using a Calcutta flash-foil lure we recommended. He also let us know that he visits Bills Bait & Tackle on a regular basis and we are always helpful. Mike loves the techniques and any advise we give. He was disappointed when driving home to learn the store had closed 15 minutes earlier. He wanted to show us his biggest catch with hopes to have it mentioned on Bill's fishing report. The fish measured 37” and weighed 19.5#. Nice going Michael!!!
>> Sue Foster, Oyster Bay Tackle, reports from OC,: “Fishing this weekend was slow on flounder, though we weighed in a few nice ones. We still had a few stripers reported from the beach. Assateague saw some black drum action. Lots of blues in the Inlet, around the Rt. 50 Bridge, and the Oceanic Pier crushed the blues and shad on Saturday night. Few tautog still around Ocean City along with the first sheepshead. Good sea bass action offshore. Further offshore, the first white marlin and the first wahoo were caught.
>> Shirley Donovan writes: “Hi bill, …I am with the Captain's Lady out of Bowers Beach now. We retired the "Reliable II". Sending you some below pics. of our recent drum trip this past Friday evening. …We are also catching a few trout. Some keepers but mostly throwbacks. Hope this is a good sign for the future. Also, we have caught some nice keeper flounder. Capt. Bob said he will be down tomorrow to get some clams from you for his drum trip this coming Thursday night. I will keep in touch on what the Captain's Lady is doing this fishing season. Thanks!


Contact: Joanna Wilson, DNREC Public Affairs, 302-739-9902, or E.J.

Chalabala, Delaware Center for the Inland Bays, 302-226-8105.

Volunteers needed for Inland Bays Cleanup on June 23

MASSEY'S LANDING (May 24, 2012) - The DNREC Division of Fish and Wildlife

Enforcement Section, along with Enforcement Section volunteers, the Center for the Inland Bays and the Division of Parks and Recreation, are seeking volunteers and boats for the Eighth Annual Cleanup of the Inland Bays beginning at 9 a.m. and finishing up about 2 p.m., Saturday, June 23. This year, the cleanup will take place at Massey's Landing Public Boat Ramp at the end of Long Neck Road and concentrate on the Rehoboth Bay and Indian River Bay areas. A Little Assawoman Bay Cleanup will be scheduled for later in the summer. Volunteers should dress to get dirty and be prepared for cooler conditions on the water as well as wet walking conditions on land. Rubber boots are also suggested. Those who have access to lifejackets should bring one, as

they are required on boats. Otherwise, lifejackets will be provided. This event is not recommended for children under the age of 10. Last year's event drew 100 volunteers who collected a large quantity of debris, including soda bottles and cans, tires, derelict crab pots and a lot of plastic. A large construction dumpster was donated and filled by the end of the day.

"With this event, we are continuing our public outreach on behalf of the Division of Fish and Wildlife, Delaware State Parks, the Center for the Inland Bays and our Fish and Wildlife Enforcement volunteers. We hope that through activities such as the clean-up, people using the Inland Bays will pause long enough to make decisions that truly benefit these waterways," said Sr. Cpl. Casey Zolper of Fish and Wildlife Enforcement.

Volunteers are encouraged to sign up in advance, as lunch and t-shirts will be provided. To volunteer or for more information, please contact E.J.

Chalabala, Delaware Center for the Inland Bays, at 302-226-8105 or by email

at restoration@inlandbays.org.

32nd Annual South Jersey Shark Tournament June 7-10

230 POUNDS PLUS....Two mako's were brought to South Jersey Marina's scales on Memorial Day; each fish weighed in excess of 230 pounds; what a great prelude to next week's 32nd Annual Shark Tournament, June 7th - June 10th.

2012 Boating Safety Classes

Now is the time to get your free Vessel Safety Check this Holiday weekend or any weekend during the Summer

· 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.

Those area boaters (including Kayak and Canoe users) wishing to have a free Vessel Safety Check, should see Bill Tower on most Saturday and Sunday, mornings between 9AM and Noon during the Summer. He will be at Massey's Landing on Saturday and at the new DNREC ramp in Lewes, on Sunday. (Weather permitting) He will also make house calls (do Vessel Safety Check at your residence) in the Millsboro, Lewes, Rehoboth area. Call the number below to set up a time and location for the "Check".

Note to Paddle Craft users (Kayaks, Canoes, Row Boats and Paddle Boards.

The USCG "Navigation Rules" require "ALL" vessels using costal and inland waters of the US, to have a Sound Signal (Whistle or horn) on board at all times. (Every means of transportation on these waters is a "vessel" under these rules.) So please attach a whistle to your Life Jacket, the only other item required on Paddle Craft. We will also provide you with a ID decal, you can place on the craft, so it can be returned to you, if lost.

*****Hours 5/30/12*****

Mon. – Thurs 5 AM – 9 PM

Fri. 5/25–5 AM – 10 PM

Sat., Sun. - 5 AM - 9 PM

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