South Side Shoot Out 2015

Southern Delaware often gets pushed to the side when people speak of boardsports. Not exactly a reliable wave to talk about, and very often the least windy time of the year are the summer months when many people would love to come and try kite boarding. However, in one community of boarders, our beautiful beaches, and Dewey in particular, are a…
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Burrowing Owl Sighting Sets State Record in Delaware

A couple of months ago a burrowing owl was seen in Bombay Hook Wildlife refuge,.  This rare bird sighting is a pending  new state record for the state of Delaware as it is the first sighting of a burrowing owl and has to be approved by the Delaware Birds Records Committee.   I talked to Chandler Hunts who took a great picture of this new and…
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Memorial Day Weekend fishing update

Beach Rules Pamphlet front side Delaware State Park Drive on beach rules pamphlet back side Well so far the parks new rules seem to be helping the over crowding issues. Unfortunately some folks could not find space on the beaches today in Cape Henlopen. I noticed at 9:00 A.M. the beach was crowded, more so than ever for
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Happy Memorial Day Weekend

First and foremost be safe driving this weekend.  The beach isn't going anywhere, take your time it will be there when you get here.  We still have bluefish out there.   The Indian River Inlet was hot in the late morning on Thursday and the incoming tides this weekend should be great to fish.  The crowd will look like opening day for…
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Moving Spawning Horseshoe Crabs

Last night at 10 p.m. I met a few friends and a group of people at Broadkill Beach to help Julie McCall.  We were there to help her move spawning horsehsoe crabs out of the way of the beach replenishment project.  The workers shut down the equipment for about two hours so the spawning horseshoe crabs can be moved to the finished side…
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Weekend fishing update

The bluefish are still here but the catches are random from the surf, but that doesn't mean you should no try.  People are catching them at Fenwick Island to Beach Plum Island State parks.  Mostly this is happening as they move with the incoming tides, the fish not the anglers.  The Indian River Inlet was crazy over the weekend.  …
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Keep Calm and Fish On

If you haven't heard, seen or been there, the Indian River inlet has been on fire for bluefish on the incoming tide.  It is crowded down there but for the most part you can find space to fish.  It is rather obvious the hot spots when you get there and the fish are on both sides.  the other day it was so thick with blues you could…
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Boater throws knife at Fishermen

Below is the DNREC press release and, yes ... that is a harsh title, but I wanted to get your attention. Do I have it? Controlling a boat inside the Indian River Inlet can be a chore to say the least.  I watched guys today volley for position to fish while trying to respect each other's space.  This is not an easy task and unfortunately it is…
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Water Hazard at Cedar Point near Patuxant River

A lot of people that follow this website fish in this area, so we wanted to pass this along to everyone.  This is fro the folks at he Coastal Conservation Association in Maryland. ATTENTION ANGLERS AND BOATERS.... A navigational hazard has been reported to us. There are multiple cut off poles which may present a danger to boaters at the…
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Stay Off The Protected Dunes

This is a bit of a rant, I get calls, cornered in public, and messages constantly about people complaining about the beaches, now it is my turn. How hard is it to stay out of the dunes?  Over the winter these kids went sledding on a dune face.  People got mad at us for wanting them to be charged.  By the way they were not charged…
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Weekend Fishing report what to expect

We had some fog roll in yesterday that is helping keep the temperatures low for the fish to stay around.  At least that is what we are hoping for especially during tomorrow's surf fishing tournament.  The blues are still here in force and are now hitting the Indian River Inlet feeding on the shad in there.  You can still find them in Rehoboth…
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Rehoboth Ocean Outfall Bond Referendum

From John Weber of Surfrider Foundation ... Folks, Last week a Facebook Event was made for the May 15th Public Hearing in Rehoboth Beach about the bond referendum. This is a great idea.  What is not great is that no one has said they are going and invited others. https://www.facebook.com/events/1431797787123905/  Please see that event,…
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When Will Blues Change Up For Striped Bass

Well it has been three solid days of hammering bluefish.  The boats are getting into them in the harbor at Cape Henlopen.  It is not hard to tell where the fish are just follow the boats.  We were fishing the chum slick of a head boat yesterday and it was almost unfair.  Every cast was a slammer bluefish, largest was 36 inches and…
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Fishing Report, All Good News

The blues are still hot for action, you just have to find them.  I know we said a week ago they had left, but the fish left the ocean surf in heavy numbers and moved into the back bays, Broadkill River and went up the Delaware Bay beaches.  They did not leave Delaware waters, and they are as far north as New York right now.   Just to…
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Banging The Big Drum in Delaware

The big drum made an appearance the other day and as of last night the catches have increased exponentially.  Fresh clam is the bait of choice and you can find the Black drum from Broadkill Beach to Bowers Beach.  You boaters will need to look in the usual spots at the coral beds.  For the most part they are hitting on the top of…
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MONKEYSEA’S BLACK ‘N BLUEFISH

MONKEYSEA’S BLACK ‘N BLUEFISH Bob Jones (May 2015) ... With chopper blues making an unusual inshore appearance this spring, you might be looking for a new recipe that will work with fillets that tend to be a bit on the oily side.  One of my favorite recipes for bluefish is borrowed from the Caribbean, where hot and spicy are standard fare.
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Weekend fishing report

The storm we had last night is producing some heavy waves this morning and into tomorrow.  Fishing will be doable but just hard to hold bottom in the surf.  Maybe the north-east winds will push some fish into the beaches.  Otherwise aside from skate dogs and the occasional puffers and short striped bass the surf has been quiet.  The…
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Mary Lee pings off Assateague

She's back!! Mary Lee's tracker pinged off Assateague Island early this morning, around 7:37 a.m according to OCEARCH.  She is a  16-foot, 3,500-pound-plus mature female great white.  She was tagged in 2012 off the coast of Cape Cod and named Mary Lee after the OCEARCH expedition leader Chris Fischer’s mother.  She (Mary Lee) and a…
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Delaware City Refinery chemical release

Heads up North Delaware .... According to the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Control's emergency alert system, Delaware City Refinery was releasing thousands of pounds of a toxic chemical into the air.  The Wrangle Hill Facility was releasing 3,500 pounds of sulfur dioxide every hour due to a boiler problem according to DNREC.…
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Annual Spring Surf Fishing Tournament

Annual Spring Surf Fishing Tournament  Saturday, May 9, 2015 Hosted By Old Inlet Bait and Tackle Registration Fees: Men and Women: $25 (16 and over) Kids: all children 15 and under fish free, but must be registered Fishing License Requirement: A fishing license is required for saltwater fishing in Delaware waters. This license…
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Real Estate Step by Step

Real Estate Step by Step By Kim Bowden So …. you’re just beginning your search for a new home?  What’s first?  Unless you are paying cash, first you get pre-qualified by a mortgage lender.  We need to know how much you qualify for before showing you homes.  There are several lenders in which to choose from and they offer the same and…
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Here’s Your 2015 Blue Rocks

Here’s Your 2015 Blue Rocks By ....  Tim Sullivan There is nothing better than the beginning of Baseball Season and recently our local team has been forgotten. The Wilmington Blue Rocks have compiled a record of 6-7 going into tonight’s game. Dwindling ticket sales and lack of playoff appearances have contributed to the…
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The Blues have hit the road

For the most part the bluefish run of 2015 is over.  I know you don't want to hear that, but the fishing has certainly slowed down.  There are still some showing up near the pier in Cape Henlopen and the Broadkill River has seen its fair share.  For the most part, the blitzing runs are north as far up as New York.  It was fun while it…
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THE CANAL FLOUNDER TOURNAMENT

THE CANAL FLOUNDER TOURNAMENT FRIDAY MAY 15, 2015 CASH ENTRY FEE OF $25 PER ANGLER IS TO BE PAID AT LEWES HARBOUR MARINA BAIT & TACKLE SHOP BEFORE 7AM MAY 15TH, 2015. FIVE DOLLARS OF EACH ENTRY WILL BE DONATED TO THE CAMP AWARENESS YOUTH PROGRAM. THIS IS A FLOUNDER TOURNMENT ONLY. ALL STATE AND FEDERAL REGULATIONS REGARDING…
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ASMFC meeting on Menhaden May 5th

Menhaden meeting ...  From the CCA MD ... you can also email John Clark of DNREC to tell him what your thoughts are on this issue.  John.Clark@state.de.us From David Sikorski,  CCA MD.... Our message on menhaden is that they must be managed for their ecosystem role, rather than just as a single species.   This is something that has…
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Weekend fishing update

Just a heads up but for this report to make more sense, you have to have read this one ... Gator Blues Invade Delaware Yesterday was crazy in the surf.  I haven't seen anything like that  in a long time.  Bluefish one after another up to thirteen pounds.  The fish would come in you would see a rod bend at the beginning of the…
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Gator blues have invaded Delaware

You always hear about that one time your friends caught an epic blitz or run of fish.  You know how it goes, you miss the trip and then your phone rings or you hear about it later.   Luckily today I got there in time to witness the bluefish hammering lines left and right.  I am also kicking myself for not getting up earlier, but such…
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Big blues are here

Well that didn't take long, while I was writing about fishing the folks lucky enough to be out there today, were banging up thirty inch bluefish.  Ethan Henry hit a nice blue from the surf at Beach Plum Island around noon.  Meanwhile John Stringham caught a blue from the Indian River inlet today on Bucktails at about the same…
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The Lyrid meteor shower peaks the 22nd

  Aprils's shooting stars the Lyrid meteors tend to be bright and often leave trails and lasts from about April 16 to 25.  You should be able to see about 10-12 meteors per hour at the peak, which is on the mornings of the 22nd and the 23rd.  Sometimes a rare surge will increase during the peak viewing times and you could see upwards of 100…
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Rosedale Beach boat ramp to remain open during repairs

Rosedale Beach boat ramp to remain open during repairs, replacement of damaged floating courtesy docks DOVER (April 20, 2015) – Due to extensive winter ice damage to the existing wooden floating courtesy docks at the Rosedale beach boat ramp near Millsboro, the ramp’s docking capacity has been unavoidably reduced, DNREC’s Division…
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Pending New Jersey Tautog Record

Yesterday a pending state record tautog was brought to the dock in Cape May, New Jersey.   Frank LaMorte  was fishing with Capt. Tom Daffin of the Fishin’ Fever IV out of Cape May.  He caught the tautog in 130 feet of water with a white leg crab.  The fish measured in at 33 inches and weighed  25.37 pounds on the scales at Jim's Bait…
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Summer Flounder are in

Jeff Purdy was drifting the Lewes Canal today and caught these nice keeper flounder at 18 -20 inches on shiners and minnows.  The outgoing tide has the best action due to water warmer leaving the inland bays.  Crabbing is heating up as well, more are showing up in the warmer shallows of the inland bays and tidal creeks.  Shorty…
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Tautog are showing up Blue Crabs on the move

The other day a buddy of mine told me of some tautog that were caught at one of the walls in the Harbor of Safe Refuge.  He did not give me an exact location and I wouldn't post that anyway.  You have three options out there, the inner wall, outer wall, and the haystacks or ice breakers.  So my buddy tried yesterday but they only had…
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Christina River Cleanup on Saturday, April 18

Volunteers sought for 24th annual Christina River Cleanup on Saturday, April 18 Longstanding state environmental event to include two new sites along Brandywine River   NEW CASTLE COUNTY (April 16, 2015) – Volunteers are needed to join the Christina River Watershed Cleanup along the river and several of its tributaries on Saturday,…
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Delaware Double

"Delaware Double" By James Blackstock I headed out to the woods on Monday morning for what was supposed to be just a video and turkey calling session with a friend. I had been selected in the Delaware state turkey lottery, but not until the second week. I hadn't really planned on doing much more than scouting for birds during the…
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Weekend fishing was exciting in Delaware

Well the past weekend was rather eventful for fishing, seal watching at Masseys Landing, beach combing, and just chilling at the beach.  I think the Masseys Landing seal watching is going to be an annual event so to speak, until they migrate north.  The water temperatures are on the rise daily, more and more striped bass are being…
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Fishing and Boating Expo May 23rd

On may 23rd from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. there will be a fishing and boating expo at the American Legion post 28 on route 24 near Long Neck and Oak Orchard to honor the memory of Jordan Glatfelter.  This event has been set up to raise money to take veteran(s) fishing on charters or head boats.  There will be 50/50's, raffles, the legion…
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Drum Fishing Adventures

Drum Fishing Adventures By ... Kevin Blouch It is the time of year for large Black Drum to return to the Delaware Bay for their annual mating ritual, so I will write a little about that. If you never fished for them, it's a different kind of fishing. Generally there is a lot of waiting trying to catch one of these giant fish. A small…
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Stop the Fish Slaughter at the Delaware City Refinery

This is a repost from the Delaware Riverkeeper Network. Stop the Fish Slaughter at the Delaware City Refinery It hurts fishing, recreation, jobs, and the health of the River for all Tell DNREC the Draft Permit they are Considering is Not Good Enough For more than 13 years, the Delaware City Refinery (DCR) has been operating…
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Striped Bass Action is Heating up in Delaware

The spring run is definitely underway.  Of course that depends on what you consider the run.  If you base it on the larger part of the Atlantic migratory fish being in your area in full force, then that has certainly not happened yet, but the run has begun.  Residential fish have been on the move and active for the past couple of…
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Gasoline Spill in Long Neck

In case everyone is wondering what DNREC's Emergency Prevention and Response Section (EPRS)  is doing on Long Neck rd.  There was a gas spill, and by spill I mean to say, someone poured gas into the slough area that is near the condos and Mariners Cove.  A resident that picks up trash daily  along that area noticed the smell when…
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Seal Rescued by MERR

A seal was on the beach yesterday and the day before, it was not doing well.  It had a bad flipper and bad cough.  I know the cough part sounds weird but that was the description.  The folks at MERR went out to rescue the little guy, but had a hard time trying to catch him so they could treat his flipper.  One buddy of mine was…
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Delaware Youth Day Turkey Hunting

Delaware Youth Day Turkey Hunting Saturday April 4, 2015 By .. James Blackstock I set out this last Saturday for the Delaware youth day turkey hunt with my favorite hunting partner, my daughter Chloe. We have a special little spot that we traditionally like to go to, but the turkeys seem to have vanished from that spot, well at…
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Pre-season Tackle Maintenance

Pre-Season Tackle Maintenance By .... Bob Jones There’s no doubt that the change in weather over the past few weeks has most of us chomping at the bit to get back out on the water. But, there are a few simple tasks that you might want to take care of to make sure your gear is up to the challenge of the season’s first hook-up.  Other than…
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Keep Playing Baseball, Don’t Go Soft

Keep Playing Baseball, Don't Go Soft By, Tim Sullivan Growing up in North Graylyn Crest, my friends used to get together at Forwood Field and play a game of pick up baseball. Everyone was invited to join no matter what their skill level was at the time. We would play different developments in North Wilmington and develop friendships that…
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Budget Lift Kit

Budget Lift Kit by ...  Chris @ SDJC One of the initial modifications many Jeep Wrangler owners do is put bigger tires on their ride. The problem with that is wheel well space. A set of 31" inch tires will usually fit under a stock Wrangler but under a flexing condition they may rub. There are a couple of ways to alleviate this…
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Real Estate 101

Hello from the wonderful world of Real Estate! Real Estate 101 …. what’s the first thing any Realtor in the State of Delaware has to do when they meet you? Before we talk about listing your home or showing you property to purchase? We have to explain the difference between seller agency, buyer agency and dual agency — the who represents who…
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Seals at Masseys Landing and Bunker in the Ditch

I dropped by Masseys Landing too check and see if any seals were there and check out the water conditions.  The past few days there have been up to four four seals at any given time relaxing on the other side of the ditch on the mud banks.  Yesterday they were there just after the tide switched to outgoing and the banks were clear of…
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The Spring Run has Sprung in Delaware

Opening day for trout was exciting for all and great fishing for some.  As usual like any opening day across the country people, were lined up to catch fish.  White clay creek was packed on both sides.  In the more popular fishing areas.  Funny thing is with any opening day you can always venture away from the crowds and do much…
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Delaware Code: FINFISHING IN TIDAL WATERS

TITLE 7 Conservation Game, Wildlife and Dogs CHAPTER 9. FINFISHING IN TIDAL WATERS § 901 Purpose of chapter; policy of State; interstate fishery management plan; advisory committee. (a) The purpose of this chapter is to effectuate the State's policy toward the management and conservation of coastal finfishery resources in cooperation…
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Fishing report and then some

Easter weekend is upon us, everyone have a safe and fun time be safe traveling.  Unfortunately we are looking at some snotty weather for the next 2 days but Sunday is looking pleasant despite the wind.   The water temps are slowly creeping up, the ocean surface temp has been almost 41 degrees.  The Delaware bay this morning according…
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Help The Parks With Beach Access Issues … Volunteer

I reached out to the parks' volunteer department.  Many people want to see the overcrowding issues and fake fishing stop on the drive on beaches.  One way you can help make a difference is to volunteer.  There is a benefits program for volunteers if you are interested.  The information below is what I received from  Glen Stubbolo, DCVA, CIG the …
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April’s Full Moon Will Be a Lunar Eclipse

The full moon for April occurs on April 4th,  a bonus will be the lunar eclipse.  This will create what has become known in some cultures and religions as the blood moon.  The sun, earth and moon will be lined up in space so that the earth's shadow, eclipses the moon.  This will be visible in North America on April 4th at 5:16 am,…
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Final Four, Who Wins?

Final Four, Who Wins? by ... Tim Sullivan Growing up, the NCAA Final Four was the best televised event during the Sports Year. Guess what? It still is the most exciting Sports event and will always be that way. You have a bunch of college kids giving everything they have to achieve a single goal. Bring home the hardware and be…
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Getting a Second Home

Getting a Second Home By ... Steve Morgan The majority of people heading towards retirement prefer to buy a second home in calm and serene places such as Bethany beach, Rehoboth Beach, and surrounding areas in Delaware. Financial experts suggest buying a second home 5 to 10 years before you retire. So, you might want to look at your options…
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Spring Turkey season in Delaware

Spring Turkey season in Delaware By ... James Blackstock Spring time is finally here in Delaware, and for us hunters that means only one thing... Turkey Season! Birds are starting to show themselves now, and it won't be long and those gobblers will be looking for love in all the wrong places.   In preparation for the upcoming season,…
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Oil Rig Explodes in Gulf Of Mexico

What does this have to do with Delaware you ask?  Everything, because tomorrow night there is a meeting in Dover basically about permits for seismic testing and drilling in the Atlantic Ocean.  Despite what you may think about drilling, oil spills etc.  This is obviously not a very safe thing to do at sea especially for the 4 people…
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Delaware’s 2015 striped bass regulations

Striped bass spawning season starts tomorrow ... The new striped bass regulations from DNREC ... "Secretary’s Order No. 2015-F-0010 was signed March 30, 2015 approving amendments to the striped bass regulations.  The order has been posted online. http://www.dnrec.delaware.gov/Info/Documents/Secretarys%20Order%202015-F-0010.pdf ) . In…
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DE Meeting on Seismic Testing in the Atlantic

Bureau of Ocean Energy Management hosts open house in Delaware Thursday, April 2 to sound out public on seismic permitting in Atlantic Ocean DOVER (March 26, 2015) – The federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) will host two open houses Thursday, April 2 in Delaware to share information on the geological and geophysical (G&G)…
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Northside campground ribbon cutting

New campground and other enhancements transform Delaware Seashore State Park  REHOBOTH BEACH (March 27, 2015) – Governor Jack Markell, Federal Highway Administration Delaware Administrator Mary Ridgeway, DelDOT Secretary Jennifer Cohan, and DNREC Division of Parks & Recreation Director Ray Bivens joined other officials today for a…
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Assawoman Wildlife Area road closures

Assawoman Wildlife Area road closures announced due to boat ramp improvements   FRANKFORD (March 27, 2015) – The access road to Mulberry Landing Boat Ramp on Assawoman Wildlife Area near Bethany Beach will be partially closed periodically over the next two to three weeks for boat ramp improvements including bulkhead replacement, DNREC’s…
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Fishing is getting better in Delaware

Fishing was picking up until the cold snap and then picked up again.  Hoping this rainy warm weather will help bring the temperatures back up.  Masseys Landing has been hitting as high as forty eight degrees today and as low as thirty nine degrees the past few days.  You have to remember that at low tide the back bays are at their…
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March Sadness

Growing up in an Irish Catholic household, I was taught to love the University of Notre Dame. Of course, I decided to cheer against my Father because I loved The University of Delaware Blue Hens. I was too young to understand that those teams never played each other and our mascot was an extinct bird that just looked cool. Going into the first…
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Sports, Who is this guy?

Growing up in North Wilmington, I was always involved in some kind of sports program. I started playing baseball at age seven and continue to play the game I love. I’m going into my Forty-First Season and I still get excited whenever I take the field. So what makes me think I should write for a Sports section in an upstart Newspaper? My answer…
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Fishing Tales

I will write stories of the past and new....comically I hope....I have fished for a living for the past ten years out of Lewes De... I don't anymore....may again.... I changed it up and serve our great country through Americorps with Habitat for Humanity......anyway I will write what I have lived, have seen and still encounter. I love to take…
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DNREC News and Updates

While my articles may not be as funny or as whimsical as all the other writers here, I will be covering all of the DNREC meetings relating to the beaches and fishing. I've been fishing since I was about 5 years old, and save for a brief stint in Michigan, I've been doing it my entire life. During the course of all of this fishing I've seen to…
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Finance

My wife, Ann, and I were born and raised in Sussex County; I attended Lord Baltimore Elementary School and Selbyville Middle School. After college, I spent 14 years in the Washington, DC, area working in technology sales and investments, but the goal was always to return to our roots before our sons started school – a goal we accomplished in…
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Hunting

I've enjoyed spending my time in the outdoors as long as I can remember. Hunting, fishing, and just generally being in the great outdoors is my greatest passion. There's pretty much nothing I'd rather be doing, than sitting quietly up in a tree stand during the fall season, enjoying the crisp air and changing leaves, in pursuit of the often…
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Kayaking

Kayaking started out as a means for me to access the inaccessible areas along the Delaware coast that piqued my interest. I’ve always been a wanderer; I like poking around and exploring wild places that are new to me. So when I got my driver’s license at 16, I set out to explore every inch of the Delaware coast. I soon discovered there were…
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Board Sports

Growing up in Pittsburgh, I spent my days looking for hills. I wanted any hill I could find, big or small, it didn't matter, as long as it had a bump it meant I could go speeding down it; and luckily for me, they weren't hard to find. When I got my first skateboard, I ran to the top of my street and excitedly pushed off to start my…
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Real Estate

My husband and I have lived in the the Delaware resort of Bethany Beach since 1988. I began my real estate career while still living in Dover. In 1983, I started out as a secretary for a local real estate office. In 1987, I started making the commute to Bethany Beach working with Rehoboth Resort Realty and in 1988 made Bethany Beach our home!…
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Fishing with Bob Jones

I would like to welcome Bob Jones as a writer for Delaware Surf Fishing.  Bob will be bringing his years of experience to the site now with all kinds of fishing tips and techniques.   I asked Bob to  send us a quick introduction ... To say that Bob Jones has spent the majority of his life enjoying the outdoors would certainly be an…
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Spring Snow Showers

https://vimeo.com/122689180 Today was the first official day of spring, annnnnnnnnnd ... it snowed.  You have to love mother Nature she can be rather fickle.  Oh well, soon enough it will be blazing hot and we can all wish for snow.  The trout fishing at Tidbury and Newton ponds has been decent enough.  The ponds were…
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Cape Henlopen Fishing Pier Update

Everyone is asking about the pier so I reached out to Ray Bivens the Director of Delaware State parks and he sent me the latest updated information.  As you can see from the letter below the pier is not going to reopen this year.   The timing is off due to weather and the conditions required to fix the pilings.  The water is too cold…
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More Free Delaware Surf Fishing Tags?

There has been a program for a couple of years now to give first responders free surf fishing tags.  Now I have no problem with giving perks to anyone who works in this field, as all of my first responder friends know.  However the ladies auxiliary is not a group I would consider risking their lives when on the job.  No offense ladies, but…
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Piping Plovers Have Arrived In Delaware

I hear it all the time, no one likes the fact beaches are closed for a "stupid bird."  My answer is usually ... it is the stupidity of humans and their destruction of the environments as to why we have these protection laws.  Regardless of your feelings of protecting endangered species, Delaware is required to shut down specific…
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DSF All Species Fishing Tournament catches

If you hadn't heard, spring has sprung, and the fishing is picking up quickly.  The DSF All Species Fishing Tournament like the trout pond season for Delaware was on delay thanks to ice and snow.  However this weekend people were out and about catching fish in many ponds, rivers, and tidal streams.  Even Tidbury and Newton ponds were…
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First Fishing Report for the 2015 season

Well we have thawed out and the fish are starting to get anxious as much as the anglers.  This time of year bloodworms are your best bait choices.  Chartreuse is always a great spring color with a little pink in the mix.  White perch and catfish action has been hot up and down the Delaware river areas.  Augustine and Dobbinsville…
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Delaware Trout Ponds are Stocked for Saturday

https://vimeo.com/122051125 Today Mac Davis and I went to Newton Pond in Greenwood and filmed Mark Zimmermann a Environmental Scientist for DNREC, Garry Glanden, Darryl "Gonzo" Harris, and Jerry Parker stock the pond with rainbow trout for the upcoming opening trout pond season that opens Saturday.  They informed us that…
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Blue Crab Season Started March 1st

Well now that the ice has thawed out we are a go for putting in crab pots, since March first.  However the water is still a tad cold, actually it is realllllllly cold for crabs.  But that doesn't mean you should get discouraged, clean those pots, check your turtle guards, and get them ready for a new season.  Crabbing can be done year…
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Beware the ice tides of March

(March 1, 2015) ... The Delaware Bay, inland bays, and ocean are covered with a pancake ice pack. Well it is March, we made it, now onto spring! The Delaware Bay ice pack has been flowing onto Lewes and Rehoboth beaches. Jamming onto the flats at Cape Henlopen and stacking up on itself. The Cape May Lewes Ferry had to shut
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Harp Seal Visits Roosevelt Inlet Today

The harp seal picture that changed my entire day .. photo by Rich Gaudiosi (February 21, 2015) ... Well we had an exciting day today, despite the deep freeze we are experiencing in Delaware.  There are yearly visitors that migrate here, and winter in our waters, no not tourists.  Harp, Harbor and Grey Seals are all over the place and their
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Firefly Music Festival June 18 – 21, 2015 Line up

The line up has been made official for the Firefly Music Festival. The 2015 lineup includes Kings of Leon, The Killers, Morrissey, Snoop Dogg and many more.  Check this link if you need additional information for the event.  I remember the second year the festival cranked up we were doing the 2013 Great Delaware Kayak tour and the roads were a…
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2014 Delaware Fishing Photo Contest winners

DNREC Division of Fish & Wildlife announces 2014 Delaware Fishing Photo Contest winners  DOVER (Jan. 30, 2015) – DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife today announced the five top entries chosen from its 2014 Delaware Fishing Photo Contest. First place was awarded to Amy Baldwin of Newark, for her sunset photo of her husband Kevin…
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Kevin’s Fishing Terms revisited

Kevin Blouch has hilarious fishing stories This was in an article roughly 2 years ago.  My buddy Kevin Blouch works on the head boats from Anglers Fishing Center out of Lewes.  Over the years he would come up with his own names of fish   to help pass the time and entertain the customers.  I am putting these back up because they crack me up all
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Saturday on the fly

Spoon Fly, mimics a click beetle The boys were in full swing on Saturday tying flies and telling stories at the Saltwater Fly Anglers of Delaware fly tie Saturday.  The annual dinner was the night before, so in lieu of donuts there was cake.  Mack had a few of the spoon flies he tied, using a fake fingernail for the "shell". These flies looked
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DNREC moves City of Rehoboth Beach wastewater disposal financing forward and agrees to a new discharge removal deadline

DNREC moves City of Rehoboth Beach wastewater disposal financing forward and agrees to a new discharge removal deadline DOVER (Jan. 5, 2015) – DNREC Secretary David Small has signed a Record of Decision (ROD) concurring with an assessment by the City of Rehoboth Beach that an ocean outfall is the most environmentally and financially…
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First Fly Tie Saturday Meet of 2015

Today it was raining earlier than predicted (no surprise there), so I made my way to Lewes for the fly tie meeting.  I Had to hit up surf bagel first for my fix of coffee and sustenance.  I knew there would be a plethora of donuts, but getting all fired up on caffeine and sugar the first day could be dangerous.  I want to pace myself…
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Happy New Year

Hope everyone is ready for a great new year in 2015.  We had a lot of fun adventures last year, looking forward to more.  We helped the boys, Richie Owens and John Bell, complete  
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ASMFC Releases Summer Flounder Draft Addendum XXVI

ASMFC Releases Summer Flounder Draft Addendum XXVI for Public Comment & Approves Continuation of Ad-Hoc Regional Management Approaches for 2015 Black Sea Bass Recreational Fishery   Arlington, VA – The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission’s Summer Flounder, Scup and Black Sea Bass Management Board approved
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Ursid meteor shower peaks December 21st

The Ursids a meteor shower that originates from comet 8P/Tuttle, also known as Mechain-Tuttle's Comet.  This year's meteor shower coincides with a new moon and the December solstice.  This new moon will create perfect conditions to view the Ursids in the Northern Hemisphere.  Active annually between December seventeenth and the twenty second, the…
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Post Nor’easter update

Well that was fun!  We got hammered yesterday, back bays flooding in communities, route 1 covered in water, and lots of wind.  Basically the usual flooding with a few surprises but nothing major.  See the gallery below for storm pictures.  
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Coastal storm this week

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wjc22d5VGlw There is a large coastal storm headed towards the northeast.  We are mostly going to see rain from this storm, but we saw a little snow not long ago move through the area.
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Striped bass fishing has picked up at sea

In the past twenty four hours, ever since that storm front came through, the striped bass fishing has picked up immensely.  Boats at the Overfalls, to the lumps near Sea Colony, and between are picking up limits of striped bass.  We went from random keepers at maybe one per boat at best, after hours of fishing, to lots of hookups for…
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Snowy Owls at Port Mahon

Brian McCaffrey was bird watching at Port Mahon today looking for the snowy owls that have been reported there.  This is what he reported on his trip today, have you seen any snowy owls recently?  "Despite the gloomy weather I went to Port Mahon in search of the two reported Snowy Owls -- both were there (but a long ways off the road)…
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Celebrate Delaware Day Saturday the 6th

What is your favorite holiday between Thanksgiving and Christmas?  The Delaware Day celebration is this Saturday, December the 6th at 16 Mile Brewery in Georgetown, DE.  What is Delaware Day?  Every year, Delaware Day is celebrated on December 7th in honor of that day in 1787 when Delaware signed the Federal Constitution and became…
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Crab Pot season is over and striped bass season is slow

Weill it is December first and it is sixty degrees outside, merry flip flop weather.  Crab pot season has ended and they need to be removed from the waters.  This is a great day to clean and repair your crab pots.  Check the turtle guards if they need replacing.  A pressure washer works great when the pots are still wet from soaking…
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Delaware Surf Fishing Outdoors Show Sneak Peak

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JwSNd3L-10s Would you like to see a weekly local TV show about Delaware's outdoors? We have been working behind the scenes, literally, for some time now to put together an outdoors show for Delaware.  This is something I have been working on and wanting to do for two years.  Please take a look…
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Thanksgiving eve fishing conditions

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yv0Q96cMhs4 Well first it was cold and we were all like, this is horrible, then it hit seventy degrees and we were all like, it's too hot.  Now it is gale force winds, raining and the waves are gi-mungous.  The fishing has been very random for keepers from boat and especially the surf. Basically non…
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Great White Shark Betsy Visits Delaware Beaches

Yesterday the great white shark Betsy tagged by the OCEARCH organization pinged off of Henlopen acres.  Then she pinged off of Delaware Seashore State Park, and eventually 3Rs beach.  Now she is back out to sea.  Ever since people started tracking these sharks online it makes you wonder how many more are always out there, not just…
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