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Lewes Delaware Fishing Report
Bill's Sport Shop


Date: 8/14/12




18388 Coastal Highway

Lewes, De. 19958




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Fishing News

>>> Got a call from Don at 3R’s Rd. He said they were catching many trout in the suds using blood worms.

>> Saw a 12” sheepshead being caught at Massey’s Landing. While there, the anglers on the dock were talking about an 18” puppy drum and a throwback tog caught using sand fleas.

>> Dickie Lamb, Rehoboth, caught a nice 20”, 1.15# trout in the Rehoboth-Lewes Canal using a 5” Calcutta bunker.

>>> Paul Powalski and Bruce Sommers went to Site 10 and caught 10 flatties with 3 keepers up to 25 1/2”, 6#. Squid and Gulp was the ticket for the great catch. The guys saw cobia but could not entice them.

>> Captain Carey Evans, “Grizzley” Sport Fishing Charters sent us an email: “We have seen some excellent action on the bottom fishing since the last report. Full day trips have seen some excellent numbers of flounder including a boat limit. Half day trips have been equally successful with some flounder, sea trout, croakers, snapper, bluefish, blowfish, and a few triggerfish. We can always catch the kids some sand sharks as well which are always a hit. Inshore shark fishing has also been a good option as well. The tuna chunking has shut down for the time being but with any luck we'll see a good bite again in September.

>> As reported on Saltfish: “Nice day at site 10. A friend and I fished the out tide at site 10 on Monday from 6:30 till 12:30. Wound up with 7 keeper fluke up to 22". We caught fish all morning, probably had 20 throwbacks up to 17 3/4"...Gulp, and live spot were the bait...We lost our drift about 12:15 and decided to head back in.”

Another report from Saltfish: “Went to my hot spot on site 8 at the start of incoming tide yesterday morning. Caught a mess of short croaks a short flounder a short trout.... Ended up bringing home a half dozen croaker and 2 kingfish. Fleas never caught a fish...fresh squid and gulp“


Delaware adopts new 15-inch minimum size limit for tautog

DOVER (Aug. 14, 2012) – Effective Aug. 11, 2012, anglers catching tautog in Delaware waters are now able to keep fish of 15“ minimum length. DNREC adopted the reduction from the previous 16“ minimum size limit in response to new management guidelines from the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC). “This new 15“ minimum size limit is welcome news to many recreational anglers. The measure provides more protection for the tautog population, but allows for some additional harvest by anglers fishing in Delaware waters,” said Fisheries Administrator John Clark. Results from a 2011 ASMFC stock assessment indicated that tautog is overfished, meaning estimated tautog numbers are lower that what the ASMFC considers a healthy, sustainable population size. Overfishing is thought to be occurring because fishing is removing tautog from the population at a rate that does not allow the species to rebuild to a healthy level. To balance fishing impacts with the goal of stabilizing and growing the population, the ASMFC directed Delaware to reduce its annual tautog harvest. Initially, Delaware was required to make a 53 percent reduction. However, an error was identified and corrected in the assessment, resulting in a 37 percent reduction. As a result, Delaware was allowed to develop less restrictive measures than initially adopted, choosing to make the necessary adjustments by lowering the minimum size requirement.

The current season and bag limits will remain in place as follows:

Jan. 1 through March 31 5 fish possession limit

April 1 through May 11 3 fish possession limit

May 12 through July 16 Closed season

July 17 through Aug. 31 5 fish possession limit

Sept. 1 through Sept. 28 Closed season

Sept. 29 through Dec. 31 5 fish possession limit

For more information on Delaware fishing regulations, please check the 2012 Delaware Fishing Guide, available online at "http://www.fw.delaware.gov/fisheries" and at fishing license agents throughout the state, or call the Fisheries Section at 302-739-9914.

39th Annual White Marlin Open Results

First place winner in the white marlin category was William Woody, Pasadena, MD, with a 72# fish. His boat was the “Blew Bayou” out of Ocean City, MD. The estimated prize was $1,429,092.00. Please go to wwwmwhitemarlinopen.com/ for all the results.


The tournament kicks off with Registration, Calcutta Entries and the Welcome Cocktail Party followed by a brief Captain’s Meeting at both host marinas on Sunday, August 19. From Monday, August 20 through Friday, August 24, participants will select three fishing days from the five available. As always, Canyon Club Resort Marina will serve as the event’s host marina in Cape May and Sunset Marina will host participants who elect to sail from Ocean City, Maryland, the tournament’s only satellite port. Both marinas will again be providing full weigh in capabilities for all five tournament species. As always to keep the boundaries fair for all participants all boats from either port must fish within 125 miles of the Cape May Sea Buoy. There is no limit to the number of anglers, lines or teasers. IGFA rules apply except a fish may be hooked by someone other than the angler provided the rod is immediately passed off to the angler who will then fight the fish until it is boated or released.

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