These Three Beaches Under A Recreational Water Advisory

DNREC monitors the waters off the beaches, it tests for levels of Enterococci bacteria. This is at all guarded, and some unguarded, public beaches during the swimming season (summer). Today Bethany Beach, Dewey Beach-Dagsworthy, and Rehoboth-Rehoboth Ave Beach. All three of these town beaches have high levels of Enterococci bacteria. DNREC ..
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Saturday’s Shooting Star Trifecta

The early Perseids are arriving, the Delta Aquarids peak Saturday night and the Alpha Capricornids meteor shower is in town and will peak soon. The Delta Aquarids peak this Saturday around midnight to early dawn is the best "peak" shower we will have for summer. If you saw that big greenie last night it was probably an early Delta fireball
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Salps The Clear Blobs Washing Up On The Beach

The salps (salpae, or salpa) are back and washing up on the beaches. Not in huge numbers yet. One year they were so thick in the surf your lines would get coated up with them and make it all the way to your reel. It was slimy. then dried up and crusty. Especially with braided line. They can clog up line to the point you are cutting it off and
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Summer Striper Slot Season Starts

The best tasting striped bass are the shorts, and we get to catch and keep them in the summer. Only in the Delaware Bay and her tributaries are legal. From July first to August thirty-first anglers can catch and keep one striped bass at 20 to 25 inches. The tributaries are any that run into the Delaware Bay; Broadkill River and Canary creek
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surf Angler Water Rescue At Cape Henlopen Last Weekend

A man was rescued before he drowned by beach goers last weekend. June 2022 ... Day one of 'school's out for the summer' and Christina, Sandy (the beach dog), and I head up to Herring Point to fish with the Bluefish Slayer, Suzanne Martin. We spend the day catching up, and telling stories. Next to the rocks (navy jetty) we see a little
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Air Down More For The Soft Sand

If the beach feels worse than usual take out more air Faithful steward crossing to coin beach used to be real bad, now it's worse. That has been very loose sand ever since Sandy. Literally a guaranteed area to get stuck, even aired down if you aren't careful. At 16 psi it is no problem, 20 psi it is rough. The fuel truck blew through
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Coastwide Bloodworm Shortage Use Fishbites Instead

There is a coast wide bloodworm shortage. Long story short the suppliers can't collect enough for the demand due to many issues. Dave Beebe owner of Lighthouse View Bait and Tackle posted yesterday ... "Sheepscot River Bait of Woolwich, Maine. Brian is the owner, and with 35 years of experience under his belt, when he tells you something,
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Delaware Seashore State Park OSV Crossing Update

The three northern DSSP OSV (Over Sand Vehicle) accesses are still closed. It is understandable why Key Box, Conquest, and Faithful Steward beaches are closed once you walk the entire beach. The beach has levels and these are too thin near the dunes to drive during high tide. In some spots a spring or lunar tide will flood the beach to the
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Delaware Surf Fishing Report June 2, 2022

Lot of fish have arrived for catching Most of Delaware Seashore State Park drive on beaches are still closed. Navy surf fishing crossing will be closed for a while most likely. Walking on and fishing these beaches is amazing, you are all alone most of the time if you don't mind walking. Delaware Walk On Surf Fishing Locations The fog the
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Crews Work to Contain Fire on Barge in Delaware Bay

DNREC Onsite to Assess Possible Environmental Impacts Local emergency responders have been working into the afternoon today to contain a fire aboard a cargo barge in Delaware Bay approximately nine miles off the coast of Port Mahon. Crews from the U.S. Coast Guard and the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental
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White Shark In Wicomico River Was A False Ping

Another Ocearch white shark went land shark over the weekend. The OCEARCH shark tracker pinged a white shark in the Wicomico River over the weekend. This was a false ping. It happens on occasion. False signals are usually crossed signals from GPS transmitters in airplanes and cell phones. Now we have a flying shark headed inland that
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DO NOT drive through the wet sand

The Quicksand is on the ocean side of the swale So we keep saying do not park in or drive through swales. We thought it went without saying not to try to drive between the swale and the ocean, especially do not try to cross the drain (cut). In the wettest sand possible out there besides driving into the ocean. These fellows are
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Shipwreck at Cape Henlopen Pictures

The exposed shipwreck bottom at Cape got a little beaten up There is an old shipwreck buried in the beach of the Harbor of Safe Refuge in Cape Henlopen State Park. Just below the point comfort station walk over access. It was exposed a few years ago during a storm. Parks roped off the area for people's protection. Those iron spikes
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The Beaches Look Amazing Not Damaged

A surf angler and surfer will tell you these beaches look wonderful now. Usually we get nor'easters in winter, the beaches get rearranged, then DNREC and the towns "fix" the mess and we never see the structure again. Not this time! I know the beach towns are upset and want sand for hightide and tourists. They are not allowed to
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Navy Crossing’s cypress knees and stumps Exposed

Every heavy storm surge exposes the cypress knees and stumps on the drive on beach at navy crossing just below the great dune. Usually a few are exposed in the tide pools, as the waves dig out around the cypress knees' root system. The root systems are complex and hold fast. Cypress knees and stumps exposed by the nor'easter on Navy
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May’s Full Blood Flower Super Moon Weekend Is Clear

After a good spring bor'easter we like to have an old fashioned super blood moon at the beach. The lunar eclipse this weekend is the only one we will see in North America this year. This is also a faster lunar eclipse, only lasting two hours. Which is great considering some of the times these start and last into the late twilight
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BOLO Oyster Cages BOLO

Inland Bay Oyster Farms Survived A Beating As the bor'easter's conditions continue. One group is still working on seeing if they have any damage today, well how much damage at this point. Oyster farmers around the inland bays prepped their farms for storm damage and surge. That always helps, but a couple cages always break loose, it is
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Walked The Old Inlet Bridge Road Today On The Beach

Nor'easters Always Expose All Kinds Of Treasures The nor'easter continues to eat away at the beaches, each high tide. Some of the old access road for the last Charles W Cullen bridge was buried in the dune after Sandy. Some of it is exposed now on the beach surface. Be careful if you trip, it's your own asphalt. Black Sand On
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Striped Bass Catching Weather Inbound

Storm and overcast conditions are perfect for surf fishing for larger striped bass Unless you live under a shell, the striped bass run has been underway for a while now. One thing that annoys Delaware surf anglers. The striped bass rarely run our beaches in blitz conditions like Jersey. We rarely see a blitz, mostly because no one is
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NOAA Delaware’s Weather and Outdoor Activity Survey

NOAA wants to give you two dollars to fill out this survey. I've never received one of these in the mail, but I hear about them a lot. Usually in the form of people asking is this for real. Ken Conner ...."Afternoon rich. Unsure if you have any knowledge of this but just got it in the mail and it asks about saltwater fishing a lot in the
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Brandywine Shadfest 2022

Brandywine Shadfest 2022 Press release .... Join us on Sunday, May, 22, 2022 for the 2nd Annual ShadFest, a FREE family-friendly celebration of the Brandywine River and the return of the American shad! Kick-off the morning with the ShadRun 5K race through Brandywine Park. (Walking is welcomed)REGISTER HERE: https://bit.ly/shadrun5k\ WHEN:
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TFFAC Surf Tag Update You Missed

The vehicle capacity of Delaware State Park drive on beaches is a mind-blowing 2,800 to 4,000 vehicles. The other night the Tidal Finfish Advisory Council TFFAC was presented with data and facts from the secretary of DNREC and director of state parks. There was not a lot of people in attendance, only 60 sent in emails. Odd
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Migratory Spawned Out Striped Bass On The Move

Migratory striped bass once spawned out are spring skinny All of your seasoned striped bass anglers are familiar with these fish in many ways from baits, and habits all the way to physiology. The newer anglers are still learning. If you want to know whether you have a striped bass laden with eggs or not, the difference is very obvious.
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Easter Weekend Canal Flounder

Adam Aguado caught this keeper summer flounder over Easter weekend. It was nearly 18 inches. Way to go mon, first one of the year for us and in that crap weather last weekend "Weather was rough, tried a lot of places, and I had to really work my butt off for em, first one was a keeper. ". Jigging Gulp and softies. The new summer
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Delaware Surf Fishing Report April 22, 2022

Time to hit that twenty four hour soak, the chessy girls are arriving The weather snapped and tried to kill us, but the fishing only dropped a bit for a couple of days. It hadn't really amped up heavily yet, but even the south slowed down. It is back on track. Fish on the "run", really don't care at that point. They either slow down or
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Maryland Announces 2022 Summer Flounder Limits

MD DNR April (2022) ... The Secretary of the Maryland Department of Natural Resources announces the season, catch limit, and minimum size for the 2022 summer flounder fishery. This notice supersedes all notices effective prior to April 18, 2022 affecting the 2022 summer flounder fishery. SEASON The season is open January 1, 2022 through
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Dolphin And Wahoo Changes Effective May 2nd, 2022

NOAA Fisheries Announces Changes to Catch Levels, Sector Allocations, Accountability Measures, and Management Measures for Dolphin and Wahoo Fishery of the Atlantic NOAA BULLETIN ... Key Messages: NOAA Fisheries announces the final rule for Amendment 10 to the Fishery Management Plan for the Dolphin and Wahoo Fishery of the Atlantic (Dolphin
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How Old Is Your Black Drum

(April 2022) ... We all like catching big fish, but sometimes that big fish could be older than the angler. Letting these fish go to help increase breeding stocks is the main bonus, not eating a thirty year old fish is the other. People would be surprised just how old some of these fish get. Black Drum are starting to hit in the surf in Delaware
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Flying Ship Off Rehoboth Beach

That crazy mirage type thang is happening, Fata Morgana Love the crazy stuff you see at the coast. Fata Morgana being one of my favorites. We have an inversion layer off Rehoboth Beach. Fata Morgana creates a floating ship off Rehoboth Beach April 15th .. photo by Laura Cook This phenomenon is called Fata Morgana, a type of
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Delaware Surf Fishing Report April 15th 2022

The fish species variety is picking up as are the catches. It's been a hot minute of nothing but white perch and the winter fish. Then things warmed up a bit and the short striped bass started schooling and feeding heavier several weeks ago. That has been fun, but we always want more action. Warmer weather makes for longer days to
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Celebrate Earth Day with Marsh Madness

Salt Marsh Tours at the Aquatic Resources Education Center Dover (April 13, 2022) ... The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control invites the public to celebrate Earth Day 2022 by visiting a tidal salt marsh, one of the most amazing ecosystems on earth. DNREC’s Aquatic Resources Education Center will host a special
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US Windfarm Fishing Facts For Anglers

The windfarms will benefit fishing with huge reef structures. A couple Wednesdays ago, I attended a briefing for Delaware recreational fishermen given by US Wind. Most of you are familiar with Orsted aka Skipjack, who has the offshore wind lease area that’s off the coast of Delaware. US Wind owns the rights to a lease area that stretches from
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Charles W Cullen Bridge Lit Up Orange

DelDOT is throwing out their own colors on the Charles W Cullen bridge lights in recognition of Work Zone Safety Awareness week. This the politest way to say slow the hell down to motorists, in the road side work zones. We have tons of roadwork around Delaware and it gets frustrating. Let the workers have their space. Charles W Cullen
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Orca Migrates Through Lewes Canal

I was looking on the Lightship Overfalls Live Webcam in Lewes, Delaware Just to check the tide, weather, water conditions and wouldn't you know it. The orca migration has started. I spotted one moving through the Lewes Canal , near the Lightship Overfalls. Murder pandas are on patrol looking for some fun. Orca seen migrating through the
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DNREC Adds “Facilities” To The Sandbars

A new pilot program, "Cousin Eddie" has been initiated by DNREC The weekend crowds at the sandbars in Rehoboth Bay have motivated DNREC to put some facilities out there. The trash and dog poop is easy enough, they said the water washes that away each tide. But they feel some facilities are needed to cut down on human waste in the water.
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DNREC’s New Sandbar Tag

After seeing the ridiculous amount of money parks is pulling off beaches. DNREC decided may as well monetize the sandbars. Since everyone wants to park and we need money for facilities. We decided to make this sand bar tag. This will help us pat for officers ot patrol the bars and facilities for all that recycled beer. Taking a page from
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You Can Ride Stifler’s Mom In Lewes

Mrs. Robinson Redux, Stifler's Mom, the original cougar is offering rides in Lewes You never know what you will see at the docks in any marina, USA. Lewes, Delaware is no exception, from fish carcasses nailed to posts, distance peeing contests in the canal after a night of drinking (fire chief won that one), and now we have ... riding
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Invasive Nutria Collection Boxes

If you have seen any of these weird looking boxes floating in marsh areas. These were placed by the USDA Wildlife Services for invasive nutria studies. The boxes have a wire array that collect hair samples as a nutria, muskrat, otters etc. pass through. "The nutria (Myocastor coypus), a large, semi-aquatic rodent native to South America,
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Birder Citizen Scientists Sought By DNERR

Help Document Bird Species at Delaware Reserves Citizen Science Project at Blackbird Creek and St. Jones Runs Through 2022 The Delaware National Estuarine Research Reserve (DNERR) is encouraging visitors to help with a data collection project by documenting the species of birds they see while visiting the Blackbird Creek and St. Jones reserves.
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Sewer Break Discharges Wastewater into Christina River

DNREC (March 24, 2022) ... The New Castle County Department of Public Works repaired a force main break, which caused wastewater to overflow and spill into the Nonesuch Creek and Christina River. The overflow occurred when the force main ruptured near 419 Old Airport Road in New Castle. The wastewater spill was reported to the Delaware Department
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BOLT-2 Sounding Rocket Bolts Off The Pad

Sounding rockets are sick fast. I think it hits velocity before it lights. You know those bottle rockets from the 80's with the paper fuses that would cook your finger before you got the lighter away. Just like those. Yes, I'm that old. These sounding rockets just rip off the pad, like a rocket. Derp. BOLT-2 Sounding Rocket blasts off
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Safeguard Your Surf Tags and Stickers From Theft

Stolen surf tags and stickers increased as surf tag sold out earlier each year First off if you are stealing a surf tag or sticker it is useless. The sticker now matches the license plate of the vehicle. The best way to safeguard the sticker is to slice it a little with a razor blade. After you put the sticker on the tag, not before. If
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The Ell Series surf tags are finally Shipping

If you haven't received your surf tag yet, check your account status on your Delaware State Parks Reserve America account just sign in. There is a shipping status for your account. It is possible much like this one, that the L shaped tags are harder to mail. No idea why some are taking so long. based on the looks of this one, it was shot out
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Free Parking For Fishing In Lewes May End

Lewes Town Council Has Knew Parking Charges Proposed The Roosevelt inlet is a host to a variety of fish species and is a popular fishing spot for many shore anglers. Looking for summer flounder, striped bass, northern pufferfish, bluefish, croaker, spot, and all the summer favorites. Cast netting for mullet, baitfish, and bunker moving
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House Bill 197 To Add Fees To Surf Tags and Park Passes

There is a Bill in Dover, that has passed the house already. Introduced last year. Proposing to add a fee or service charge to agents issuing surf tags. For example a bait shop as an agent is paid a dollar to take your info and issue a Delaware recreational fishing license. Personally I think that fee is way too low for the work involved.
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Hundreds Of Dead Bunker Lining the Delaware Coastline

These fish are dead, but not just from a low oxygen kill During the warm up many people were seeing a lot of dead fish on the beaches. These are bunker, or menhaden. The comments on social media local pages are hilarious. Just because it looks blue doesn't make it a bluefish kids. Use our Delaware Fish ID page to help with that we
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Port Mahon Fishing Pier Reopened

DNREC Reopens Port Mahon Fishing Pier After Emergency Repairs Dover (March 7, 2022) ... The Port Mahon Fishing Pier has been reopened after completion of emergency repairs, the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control announced today. Dave Okonewski fishing Port Mahon pier The pier, located off Port
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Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission to Hold Virtual Delaware Public Hearing on Striped Bass Management Plan

The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) will hold a virtual public hearing for Delaware regarding Draft Amendment 7 to the Atlantic Striped Bass management plan on Thursday, March 10 from 6-8 p.m., the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control announced today. Atlantic coastal states from Maine through Virginia have
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Antares Sends NG 17 Into Orbit

Remote Cameras Catch A Difficult Shot Saturday, February 19th at noonish, NASA lit a candle. Antares headed towards space to rendezvous with the International Space Station. Another successful resupply mission for NASA, Northrop Grumman, and The Wallops Island Flight Facility Crew. Congratulations to all for a successful launch. Due
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Check Your Delaware Surf Fishing Tag Shipment Status

We keep getting messages and posts to the group page. When are surf tags shipping? If you ordered your tag online, which the entire planet did in four hours. Then you can check your account status on your Delaware State Parks Reserve America account just sign in. There is a shipping status for your account. Notifying you when your Delaware
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The Charles W Cullen Bridge Scene Is Green

Many Are Asking Why Is The Indian River Inlet Bridge Green The Charles W Cullen bridge is usually blue at night. The color is intended to not harm or interfere with wildlife, specifically bats. Before the Super Bowl weekend, the lights were switched to green. No one knew why. We have been sitting around the office all week trying to guess
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Governor’s Office Seeks Nominees for Delaware’s Obligatory Seat on Mid-Atlantic Fisheries Management Council

(Dover Jan 7, 2022) ... The Office of Governor John Carney is seeking candidates to be nominated for Delaware’s Obligatory Seat on the Mid-Atlantic Fisheries Management Council (MAFMC). For consideration as a nominee by the Governor for submission to and selection by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), a candidate must be a
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Delaware State Parks Requests Public input On Surf Tags

(Feb 2, 2022) ... Delaware State Parks wants your input on surf tag issues. Email the PR department, Shauna McVey shauna.mcvey@delaware.gov let them know your thoughts and ideas. They are waiting to hear from all of you. This is the only way you will get any reaction. Social media is just a sounding wall. You are wasting your time and ours
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31st Annual Beach Grass Planting Signs ups

31st Annual Beach Grass Planting will be held on March 19, 2022 (DNREC Jan 31, 2022) ... Hello! We are planning the 31st Annual Beach Grass Planting! Our efforts this year will be focused on areas where dune repairs were made and to fill in other areas in need of grass.  Prior to COVID each March since 1990, many dedicated volunteers have
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The web cam views are erie Looking

All of the beach web cams are fogged up and covered in snow, adding a neat effect to the scene. Screenshots look dope of the Ocean City pier. Lightship Overfalls Live Webcam Lewes, Delaware Cape Henlopen Check The Osprey Cam For Traffic Indian River Inlet web cam Rehoboth Beach web cams …Rehoboth Beach Boardwalk web camRehoboth
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2022 Blizzard Morning

We have a little over a foot of snow on the ground (crunchy rain flood) out here in the countryside of Sussex county. There are three to four foot snow drifts all across the property. At least the trees aren't caked with snow. I'm worried less about losing them to wind. The last snow took out enough trees. Powdery, blowy snow is much
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State of Emergency, Level 2 driving restriction issued in Kent and Sussex Counties; Driving warning issued for New Castle County

WILMINGTON, Del. – In preparation for a severe winter storm (blizzard warning) to impact the State of Delaware, Governor John Carney on Friday issued a State of Emergency in Kent and Sussex counties, and authorized the Delaware National Guard to assist state and local officials with any necessary response and recovery. Governor Carney also
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Check The blizzard Conditions on the beach web cams

There are a lot of beach webcams you can use to check conditions. Not just roads, but beaches and the surrounding attractions. Asmu7ch as I want to go explore in the snow tomorrow it might be just a bit too deep. Next up. Can you drive in the snow on a drive on beach? The real question is why would you want to? Lightship Overfalls Live
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Winter Storm Warning

WINTER STORM WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 7 PM FRIDAY TO 7 PM ESTSATURDAY… (NWS Jan 27, 2022)Winter Storm Warning ... Inland Sussex-Delaware Beaches-Western Monmouth-Eastern Monmouth-Ocean-Atlantic-Cape May-Atlantic Coastal Cape May-Coastal Atlantic-Coastal Ocean-Southeastern Burlington-Including the cities of Georgetown, Rehoboth Beach,
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Frozen Food Fight

These two eagles were having a discussion over the one eagle's catch. This happened on Millsboro pond in front of about a hundred cobra chickens (Canadian geese). Which seemed pleased they were not the target lunch for the moment. No fish for you!! You may test that assumption at your convenience. Once it was decided he wasn't
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2022 Maryland Guide to Fishing and Crabbing

The 2022 Maryland Guide to Fishing and Crabbing is now available online. The booklets or paper copies will be available until late February. https://www.eregulations.com/maryland/fishing/ New Rules and Featured information anglers need to be aware. 2021 Records: The Atlantic Swordfish state record was broken twice.You don’t have to have a
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Indian River Inlet Wall Scheduled To Be Fixed

Army Corp Of Engineers to fix inlet jetty This has been a long time coming. Constant storms and erosion have slowly created this damaged area of the Indian River inlet for years. As it got hammered more by storm surges, it got worse and worse faster. This popular fishing section of the north Indian River Inlet jetty wall has been closed
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Ninety Nine Ghost Crab Pots Out Of the Water

The Ghost Crab Pot Round Up Day Two and Final Delaware Sea Grant and the University of Delaware with the help of the Center For The Inland Bays gathered at Warwick Park on Monday for the last day to remove more ghost crab pots. Thirty five were collected on Monday. Diamond back terrapin found alive in a ghost crab pot. there were 12
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12 days of Surf Tagmas

On the first day of Surf TagmasMy state park sent to meA pack of Fishbites sand flea On the Second day of Surf TagmasMy state park sent to meTwo diamond jigsAnd a pack of Fishbites sand flea On the Third day of Surf TagmasMy state park sent to meThree bunker pensTwo diamond jigsAnd a pack of Fishbites sand flea On the Fourth day of Surf
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Lewes Has A New Webcam

Check out the Lewies Canal on the Lightship Overfalls Live Webcam Watch the Lewes canal live from the Lightship Overfalls docked in Canal park in Lewes, Delaware. The webcam pans around the canal and the park from the top fo the ship. Zooming in on the Lewes Town docks, and the drawbridge over the Lewes Canal. I'm watching the tug boat
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Delaware State Park Surf Fishing Tags Go On Sale On …

At the Delaware Advisory Council On Tidal Finfisheries meeting tonight. DNREC announced that there will be a press release going out at some point. Surf fishing tags will start going on sale or issued on February 1, 2022. The usual sale mechanisms will be in place for issuing tags; online and offices or vendors.. However covid restrictions
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Ghost Crab Pot Round Up Day One

Ghost crab pots are a hazard around the inland bays If you've never had the pleasure of your day ruined by snatching up a ghost crab pot with your lower unit, then are you even boating around the inland bays? Ghost crab pots are not only a boating hazard they are detrimental to aquatic life. Especially diamond back terrapins. One
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Ghost Crab Pot round up Information

Inland Bay Boaters Can Get Permits To Remove Ghost Crab Pots (January 18, 2022) ... From the desk of Kate Fleming, Coastal Ecology Specialist, Delaware Sea Grant, University of Delaware College of Earth, Ocean and Environment ... Attached is the permit application (downloadable below) if you or others want to apply to remove pots this
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Rehoboth Bay Reopened to Shellfishing

DNREC Reopens Rehoboth Bay Shellfish Harvest 21-Day Emergency Closure Ends Jan. 18 The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control today announced the end of a 21-day emergency closure of commercial and recreational shellfish harvest of oysters, clams and mussels in the Rehoboth Bay that went into effect Dec. 28 after a
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Shellfish Advisory Council Meeting

Delaware Council on Shell Fisheries to meet virtually on Thursday Dover (Jan 13, 2022) ... Delaware’s Council on Shell Fisheries will meet virtually at 7 p.m. on Thursday, January 20.  The Council will discuss various shellfish management issues, and other related topics. For information on connecting to the meeting and the meeting agenda,
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Every Surf Angler and Beach User Needs One Of These

Add this tool to your surf fishing gear. Ever drop a number two circle hook hook in the sand and can't find it? I don't know how I managed without this pin pointer metal detector for so long. I have saved hours of wasted time, I use it frequently and I just got it. A pin point metal detector is used to do just that pin point whatever you
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Our Snow From Space

It looks deeper in my woods The satellite shot of the storm looks like someone swiped a paint brush across a map, or white out. Check out the GOES image viewer to see satellite shots on a constantly updated loop. My back yard has a foot of snow in the woods and two foot drifts.
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Rough surf conditons

It is still a bit nautical along the coast with high tide pushing water to the dune bases. I'd expect to see the drive on accesses still closed till at least lunch. Tide will be higher for another cycle at least and calm down into Wednesday. Small Craft Advisory is in effect for the Atlantic, Delaware Bay has been canceled. Use The Beach
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Drive on accesses closed and Some Parking lots

Jan 3 2022 ... All of the drive on accesses are closed and some of the parking lots are closed. I'd guess the lots that are closed are the same ones that are closed at night. The inlet and cape are open, just can not drive onto a beach. Be careful walking the beach, waves are still flooding the beaches with wide surf. Murphy's Law says
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Coastal Flood Warning

The snow is not the only storm issue. While everyone has snow fever, inland bay communities need to look to the water. There is a coastal flood warning into the early afternoon. It is an hour past high tide (8:30 AM). This morning the beaches flooded to the dunes. Delaware State Park drive on beach accesses have been closed. Big waves
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One to one hundred inches

It is going to snow No idea how bad, but the most reliable (Delmarva WX) say a decent amount in the eight inch range to upwards of a foot possible. Chances are it will definitely snow, that is good enough for me. I'm over prepared as usual. Snacks for days in the shop and the truck. On the 4th of January in 2018 we had a nice ten
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2022 Delaware Fishing Licenses Online

Bait shops can also set you up with a recreational fishing license today. Get your Delaware recreational fishing license now, so you aren't fishing dirty in the new year. Usually it is annoying to get your fishing license the first day of the new year. Now that it is all online, and a Saturday, it is much easier. I like the online
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Non Offset Circle Hooks Required For Striped Bass

Coast wide circle hook regulation for striped bass (Dec 30, 2021) ... Now that migratory striped bass starting to show in better numbers, finally. Just a reminder if you are targeting striped bass in Delaware or anywhere on the east coast. Anglers are required to use non offset circle hooks for striped bass when using bait only. Any
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Voluntary New Right Whale Slow Zone East of Ocean City

On December 11, 2021, the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution's acoustic array detected the presence of right whales east of Ocean City, Maryland. A VOLUNTARY Right Whale Slow Zone is in effect immediately and expires on December 26, 2021.  Mariners are requested to avoid or transit at 10 knots or less inside the following areas where
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Beach Nourishment Projects Set for Pickering Beach, Kitts Hummock, Bowers, South Bowers, and Slaughter Beach

Dover (Dec 10, 2021) ... The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control’s Shoreline and Waterway Management Section expects to begin beach nourishment work in the Pickering Beach, Kitts Hummock, Bowers, South Bowers, and Slaughter Beach communities in early January 2022. Beach nourishment projects introduce sand into the
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Numbered Delaware Surf Fishing Tag Auction Ends today

Fourteen tags so far totaling $28,805.01 with four hours left to Auction The Auction for the Delaware State Park's Delaware Surf Fishing numbered tags ends this afternoon. So far the bids are up there and will probably remain. I think you are required to bid $200 over the current bid price. If you look at the bidders link, it is a few
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MAFMC and ASMFC to Consider Final Action on Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass Commercial/Recreational Allocation Amendment

(Dec 8, 2021) ... Next week, the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council (Council) and the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission’s Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass Management Board (Board) will consider final action on the Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass Commercial/Recreational Allocation Amendment during the Council’s 
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Recreational Fishing Wind Farm Workshop

Do you have questions or concerns about wind farms and recreational fishing? (Dec 5, 2021) ... I encourage recreational anglers to attend this online meeting and ask those questions. I asked if this is open to the public. It is and the meeting will focus primarily on recreational fishing. This is one of seven of these virtual
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Snow Geese Rafting Off Cape Henlopen

We fished the point on Sunday and on the way out noticed a small raft of snow geese about two hundred yards off the beach. Good to see those kids back in town. Lot of flying jerky for the surf snack box. I wonder if the point's snow goose that wanders the beach all day will be back this year. The snow geese were reported on eBird, spotted
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Winter Seasonal Clamming Opens Tomorrow

Winter clamming is rewarding The seasonal clamming areas around the inland bays open every year on December first, time to make some clams casino!  These are the areas in yellow on the map that are closed during the summer due to high bacteria levels.  Right now the inland bays are really clear.  Once the bacteria and algae die off the water
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Crab Pot Season Ends In Delaware

Crabbing is open year round in Delaware (November 30, 2021) ... We crab all year long in Delaware, just not with crab pots, handlines, drop traps and rings are allowed.  The season for crab pots ends November 30th (today) and reopens on March first.  Time to pull the pots and get them cleaned up for next year.  People are still catching
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Low-Digit Surf Fishing Tag Auction Starts Nov. 22

DNREC’s Low-Digit Surf Fishing Tag Auction Starts Nov. 22 The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control will auction low-digit surf fishing plates starting Monday, Nov. 22, at 9 a.m., at www.usgovbid.com. Between Nov. 22 and Dec. 9, bidders will have the option to bid on 15 tags including tags 26, 54, 132, 211, 301, 454 and
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The Leonids Meteor Shower Peaks Tonight

(Nov 16, 2022) ... After midnight is the best time to start viewing the Leonids meteor shower, typically producing 10 to 15 meteors per hour. The Leonids are produced by the debris trail of the orbital path of Comet 55P/Tempel-Tuttle. Look above he constellation Leo. The Leonids have produced some of the most impressive shows in history. 
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New Right Whale Slow Zone East Of Ocean City MD

On November 11, 2021, the Woods Hole Ocean City buoy detected right whales East of Ocean City, MD. Because of this detection, the right whale Slow Zone is in effect immediately until November 26, 2021. All vessels 65 feet (19.8 meters) or longer must travel at 10 knots or less. Other boats just be wary of the possibility. Slow Zone waters
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Delaware Surf Fishing Tags Will Go On Sale Soon

The question of the month has been when are the surf tags going on sale. (Nov 14, 2021) ... I contacted parks the other day to see when surf tags were going on sale. "We are working on that right now, getting everything in place. It will be late November to early December. We will be able to confirm a date soon. The low digit
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DNREC to Remove Holts Landing State Park Boat Ramp Dock

DNREC to Remove Holts Landing State Park Boat Ramp Dock for Repairs (Dover Nov 12, 2021) ... The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control will remove the Holts Landing State Park boat ramp dock next week (Nov 15 -19th) until spring 2022. The dock was damaged by a storm and a severe low- and high-tide cycle.  The dock
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Small Craft Advisory Spring Tides Continue

Spring tide still an issue in Lewes today with the combination of the winds. Expect some minor tidal flooding on roads. in the usual spots. Water is still rough with more wide surf today. Big waves all afternoon and will calm down into the evening. The rest of the week will calm a little more, then pick back up on Friday. With a possible
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November Meteor Showers Are Starting To Peak.

The Leonid, Southern And Northern Taurids Meteor Showers are Here The Sothern Taurids are the first to peak with maximum activity Thursday, Nov. 4, into the early hours of Friday, Nov. 5. Northern Taurids one week later on the night of Thursday, Nov. 11, into Friday, Nov. 12. The Taurids are created by debris left behind by Encke's
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Spring Tides This Weekend

The term spring tides has nothing to do with the season. (Nov 4, 2021) ... Saturday we will see some minor tidal flooding in low areas from spring tides, in the fall. Also known or referred to as king tides. The term spring tide is a common historical term that derives from the idea the tide is "springing forth". Which it does twice each
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Incredibly Rare Coin Found On A Delaware Beach

Not your typical rare coin find on coin beach. Everyone wants to find buried treasure at the beach. It is a fantasy of every breach comber when they hunt the beaches for "treasures". Who wouldn't want to find a bit of pirate loot? Even if it was just a copper coin for the common folk. My buddy Joey "Baga Donuts" and his dad were here
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Happy Halloween Learn To Cast Spells To Catch Fish

Time to cast some spells, put a curse on a googan, and get the children ready for bait, I mean fishing. In case your fishing has not been as good as Agnes’ we have a couple fish summoning spells for you to try. By the way the right eye flounder in England is called the Witch Flounder. There is also an eel called the
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Look For The Northern Lights Tonight

A coronal Mass Ejection, CME, a massive one will create an aurora borealis (northern lights that can be seen as far south as Washington DC. Delaware is in the Fair to poor area for viewing. Due to location and clouds. But we might get lucky. The CME was on Thursday morning. Learn more at the Northern Lights Center Northern lights
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Beach Conditions After The Nor’easter

Small Craft Advisory For Lower Delaware Bay until noon It is almost low tide (9:5 AM), the surf is calmer, but still wide with wash. Seas are still upwards of eight feet and will calm down later this afternoon. There are few swales, but the beaches were washed smooth in most areas. I'd be careful at the point even without seeing it I can
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Route 1 closed Between Dewey And Bethany Beach

I didn't think that would take too long. High tide hadn't hit yet and route 1 was already flooding. Keep up with DelDOT advisories for route 1 to reopen later tonight.  http://deldot.gov/Traffic/travel_advisory/#advisories.  Route 1 at the bridge is clear. Route 1 below Dewey Beach Route 1 below Dewey Beach
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Throw Back To Hurricane Super Storm Sandy

October 29th 2012 We got Hammered by Sandy While we sit around in this nor'easter, it is the same time we got hit by Super Storm Sandy in 2012. That was a wild three plus days for sure. I got a text from a buddy in North Carolina with a picture of a monster wave. I was staying at Broadkill beach. I packed my truck and left, this was
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Nor’easter Conditions What To Expect

The nor'easter hit this morning with high winds and heavy surf. At least it isn't pouring, yet, but rain is the least of our worries. It is dead low tide right now (8:44 AM) and the water is up as much as a typical high tide. The water has been up so much recently we are used to the higher wrack lines. Water is stacked up in the
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Augustine Beach Boat Ramp Continues Temporary Closures

Augustine Beach Boat Ramp Continues Temporary Closures for Dredging Through Nov. 11 The parking lot at Augustine Beach is ample for boaters and visitors alike. Periodic closures of the Augustine Beach Boat Ramp near Port Penn and adjacent intertidal beach located on the south side of the existing rock groin will continue through Nov. 11 due
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Trout Stocked in White Clay Creek

Trout Stocked in White Clay Creek to Provide Fall Fishing Opportunities Dover (Oct 20, 2021) ... Rainbow trout were stocked in White Clay Creek today to provide anglers the opportunity to fish for trout in the fall and winter, the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control announced. About 1,000 pounds of 12- to 13-inch
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Rosedale Beach Boat Ramp to Close Temporarily for Repairs

Rosedale Beach Boat Ramp to Close Temporarily for Repairs Dover (Oct 19, 2021) ... The Rosedale Beach boat ramp and parking lot on Indian River Bay will temporarily close for ramp repairs beginning Thursday, Oct. 21, the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control announced today. The project will include a concrete patch
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Augustine Beach Boat Ramp Temporary Closure Extended

Augustine Beach Boat Ramp Temporary Closure Extended Through Oct. 28 (Oct 19, 2021) ... The Augustine Beach Boat Ramp near Port Penn and adjacent intertidal beach located on the south side of the existing rock groin will remain periodically closed through Oct. 28 to complete maintenance dredging of the boat ramp access channel, the Delaware
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Moon lit beach.

Moon lit beach. The surf is glowing and calm, like the edge of a lake. The moon reflects bright in the wet sand.Wind is non existent, almost to the slack of the low tide now. Nothing stirring in the water, but the lap of the waves. The ships at the anchorage are aglow, small cities floating on the bay. The light houses turn and turn. I can see my
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Black Sand On Delaware Beaches

Why is the sand black? Every coastal storm erodes the beaches, stirring and shifting the sand. The amount of sand that moves around is huge in some areas. Dark streaks or large patches of black sand collect along the beaches' surface. It freaks people out, but it is supposed to be there. A combination of dense minerals such as,
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Calmer But Wide, Check The Beaches At Low Tide

The last storm surge waves carved a new profile in the beach face, surf fishing structure is different for a while. Surf is wide and washed out, but much calmer than expected. Low tide is around five thirty. I would go out now to dark and scout the beaches for good cuts and little tide pool holes. When high tide is in full, those will
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Beach Driving Hazard At Conquest

There is a small drop off on Conquest Beach (Sept 24, 2021) ... For anyone driving out at night to get a spot for the tournament. Seeing beach hazards and holes at night is tough due to shadows. This drop off is the same it would be deceptively small looking at night.The drop off is on the upper beech at Conquest, just south of the drive
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Weekend beach conditions are a little nautical

The surf fishing beaches look good for driving, just a wider surf wash (Sept 23, 2021) ... The weekend conditions will be a little "active" for surf fishing. Five foot swells Friday that will calm into Sunday. Wide surf wash conditions for fishing. Small cliffs at the surf's edge. Exploring at low tide would help find good cuts for
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Delaware’s One and Done Bull Red Run Of 2021

Last weekend some boys had a blast with bull reds for only a few hours. (Sept 23, 2021) ... It happens every year. Coincidentally right after we post about the possibility of bull reds caught on a Delaware Beach, it happens. This is the third year in a row. The Bulls Are Back In Town. I'm going to start fishing right after that
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We Trashed Over A Hundred Turtle Killers Tuesday

Mylar and latex balloons are the real turtle killers (Sept 23, 2021) ... Tuesdays beach clean up was productive, we set a new record for Mylar Balloon catches. I hate saying that about trash but it was a good day to clean a beach. Much like surf fishing success stories, we hit it at the right time. I drove on early around six in the
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Faithful Steward Crossing Cleared

This morning a lone dozer cleared the loose sand on Faithful Steward crossing. The access is used the most since it is the only one open at night. This is done by soil and conservation or maybe they are called watershed stewardship now I can never keep up with all the department name changes. Bulldozer clearing sand from Faithful Steward
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Time To Surf Fish At Rehoboth Beach

Off Season Surf Fishing Is Fun In Rehoboth Beach (Sept 20, 2021) ... Free parking just started in Rehoboth for the off season. That means we can park and surf fish for less. There is decent surf fishing near the jetty by the Henlopen Hotel and the storm drain structures. Especially when the striped bass start schooling up and feeding.
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Rough Surf Saturday From Odette Swells

Small craft and rip current advisories are up until this evening. (Sept 18, 2021) ... The swells are five to six feet and will calm down some Sunday afternoon. The rip current risk will last into Sunday afternoon. Just be careful in the water. No one is swimming in this junk on a drive on beach, we know better. Okay I think we know
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Red Drum Simulation Model Workshop

Red Drum Simulation Model Workshop Scheduled for October 4-7, 2021 Arlington, VA – The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (Commission) will hold a Red Drum Simulation Model Workshop as part of the ongoing simulation assessment. The simulation assessment was recommended by the Commission’s Assessment Science Committee as part of a
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Port Mahon Fishing Pier to Close for Emergency Repairs

Port Mahon Fishing Pier to Close for Emergency Repairs The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control has closed the Port Mahon Fishing Pier off Port Mahon Road east of Dover until further notice for emergency repairs after a broken support piling was found during a routine inspection. The pier’s closure by the DNREC
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Rip Current and Small Craft Advisory

There is a rip current and small craft advisory into Saturday evening (Sept 17, 2021) ... Nawwtikkcuuhhlll is the condition this morning on all our waters and will last into Saturday evening. Beaches are getting a little surf wash but nothing to worry about for driving on. Just mind the incoming tide this afternoon if you are surf fishing
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The Bulls Are Back In Town

The Bull Red Drum Run Is Happening. (Sept 17, 2021) ... The past week or longer some bull reds have been caught south of us in the surf and back bay areas. From th erbeashes of Chincoteague to Assateague. The action has picked up more this past week and is just getting amped up. The bull reds, or big red drum are arriving more and more.
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Cape Henlopen Fishing Pier Sections Closed For Repairs

Sections of the fishing pier will close during repairs. (Sept 17, 2021) ... The Cape Henlopen Fishing Pier is having several pylons repaired. Crews will fence off sections to work on these pylons. The pier will be open for fishing during this work. Many of the rotted out pylons will be sleeved and encased in concrete. The crews will
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Truck Stuck On Edge Of Marina Rocks

No there isn't a tow truck in the Indian River Inlet. (Sept 16, 2021) ... This truck is stuck on the rocks at the southside marina at the Indian River inlet. Big difference than the inlet itself. Though still pretty annoying for the driver I am sure. Just to quell all the questions being sent to us on Facebook about what is going on, "I
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Space X Launched Tourists Into Space Tonight

Yes that was a rocket launch, full of space tourists. Falcon 9 launched Inspiration4, the first all-private crewed mission to orbit. They launched the dragon capsule from LC-39A, Kennedy Space Center, Florida. The crew will spend the next three days orbiting earth and then return. The mission is a fundraiser to raise money for St Judes
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Delaware’s Cobia and Tilefish regulations Update

Delaware’s Cobia and Tilefish regulations were recently changed to keep Delaware in compliance with the Fishery Management Plans for those species.  The new regulations, which went into effect on September 11, 2021, include the following management measures: CobiaMinimum size is now 37” Total Length. The minimum size applies to recreational
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Delaware’s New Cobia Limits Now In Effect

Delaware's Cobia Creel Limit Effective As Of September 11, 2021. (Sept 15, 2021) ... The cobia limit was set by an order from the Secretary of DNREC. It was issued August 16th, but I never saw a press release. Many have been asking us what the limits are now that more are showing up this time of year. The regulation was published
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Assateague Island National Seashore Lowers Speed Limit

National Park Service has lowered vehicular speed limits on several portions of Bayberry Drive within Assateague Island National Seashore. (Sept 14, 2021) ... Effective immediately the National Park Service has lowered vehicular speed limits on several portions of Bayberry Drive within Assateague Island National Seashore. The speed limit is now
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Add A Fire Extinguisher To Your Surf Fishing Gear List

The required gear list for driving on a state park beach doesn't include a fire extinguisher. (sept 13, 2021) ... Parks should probably start thinking about requiring a fire extinguisher to the necessary gear list. We need a shovel for digging out a vehicle and how often do we actually do that? Many go out there with gas grills and
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Jeep Fire On Faithful Steward

Around 12:47 this afternoon a jeep caught on fire on the beach near Faithful Steward Crossing in Delaware Seashore State Park. Smoke could bee seen a mile down the beach. It could easily be seen on the Deldot Traffic cams. The fire was out by 1:30 with Rehoboth Beach fire crews still checking for secondary spark ups and clearing the area.
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Vehicle Fire on Faithful Steward

(Sept 13, 2021) ... There is a vehicle on fire on the beach at the Faithful Steward (Savages Ditch) drive on access, possible injuries. We do not have any details, a lot of resources are headed there now. You can see it on the Deldot Traffic cam from the Charles W Cullen Bridge's north tower. The fire is being put out right now. 1 PM update
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Peanuts With Pancakes On The Point

The point was so nice today, second summer abides Nothing like driving out to the point at 1 PM, with no traffic and a not so crowded beach on a Saturday. The second summer crew was all over the place, good seeing everyone. Fishing was mediocre, but some were caught. Little kingfish and spot. Everyone was set up surf fishing and
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