The Old Man In The Seal

There is a large seal on the beaches in Delaware Seashore State Park. It is an older seal, and looks to be on his last days. If you see it, leave it be. Not just because that is the federal law, but also ... old seal, just wants to rest. MERR is aware and has been monitoring. After numerous reports to our social media pages, I figured put
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Sunday Funday The Return Of The Whelks

Easter Sunday Funday was for surf fishing and giving back to the sea. If you found a whelk shell on Gordons Pond yesterday, we put them there. There is a unwritten "rule" in Delaware State parks to not remove shells from the beaches. Also known as low impact beach combing. Pick it up, look at it, put it back. This "suggestion" is
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Download NOAA Nautical Charts For your Area

NOAA has all their nautical charts online. NOAA's Office of Coast Survey has a nautical chart finder section on the website. These charts are for planning trips and not to be used for up to date guidance for depths. When we see the hydrographic survey boats these are one of the tasks, updating these nautical charts. Navigating
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Marine One Landing Pad Moving To Gordons Pond Beach

Due to the surf tag shortage Marine One will be landing on the beach at Gordons Pond. Just like so many other Delawareans, President Joe Biden missed out on the park's robocall for the last 1,000 surf tags. President Joe Biden ... "It was awful man, just chaos. I get this crazy robocall and I am like where are the credit cards? Who
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Orca Pod Breaches Ocean City Inlet

The yearly east coast orca run has started, they are heading to the spawning grounds. Yesterday Mike Givens from the band Monkey Paw and fellow Wallops Rocket Chaser was at Ocean City inlet doing a little drone footage before playing that night. Getting shots of the town and inlet. "All of a sudden, out of the corner of my eye, this
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Delaware State Parks To Pave Rehoboth Lewes Highway

The beach run between Gordons pond to Herring Point is getting a facelift. Due to massive traffic this season on a stretch of beach in Cape Henlopen State Park known locally as the "Rehoboth Lewes Highway". It has been proposed it is best to just go ahead and pave it as another thruway. Parks Staff ... "We are trying to move people in
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Delaware Recreational Fishing Licenses Increased In 2020

In 2019 the State of Delaware issued or sold 81,075 recreational fishing licenses. Honestly I always thought this number was much higher, which it is but can't be counted. In 2020 due to covid restrictions, fishing really bumped up. One activity that many people could do and social distance well was fish. Be it individually or as a family
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The 1950’s Delaware Salt Water Fishing Guide & Map

I have a pristine copy of The Delaware Salt Water Guide Fishing booklet put out by The Rehoboth Sportsmen's Club in the 50's and 60's. "A Complete Guide To Fishing In The Delaware Coastal Area". It was a yearly publication that sold for a dollar. This guide truly is a complete book, loaded with information. Full of fish lists,
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Bending Offset Circle Hooks

Anglers can bend their offset circle hooks to be legal, but is it a good idea? With the new striped bass circle hook regulations. Many of us have a collection of circle hooks that are not legal now for targeting striped bass. So what do we do with all these offset circle hooks? Working for a tackle manufacturer, DS Custom Tackle has
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Offshore Wind Updates March 2021

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) released the Final Environmental Impact Statement for the Vineyard Wind 1 Project, which is available here. The next stage in the federal permitting process will be the Record of Decision which will include BOEM’s determination regarding approval of the project, including mitigation and monitoring
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Delaware State Parks Release 1,000 More Surf Tags

One would think this is an April Fools joke but it is real. Someone needs to let the Starbucks fighters know.According to the governor's latest emergency order update. Delaware State Parks is to release, or is allowed to release one thousand more surf tags. May the odds be ever in your favor! Dover (March 29, 2021) ... In response to the
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When Will The Gator Bluefish Show

The gator bluefish run in the surf is slower each year. Every year, a few big gator bluefish are caught in the spring, while surf fishing in Delaware. It happens every year, you hear about it if you weren't there, and then the action would just stop, lasting for a couple days at best. Then the fish move offshore. In 2014 that action
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Weekend Fishing Picking Up

The resident striped bass are not the only schooling fish hitting in Delaware This weekend's warm up out brought out more anglers, and created chances for more catches. The short bass action has been fun around the inland bays. That water temperature jumped up over fifty seven degrees. It has held at low tide for the past four
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Sandy Surf Will Settle

Inland Bay water temperatures rise quick. The surf was rough today, the wind was worse. Exfoliation level twelve, I'm down three layers of skin. The surf is really stirred up with wind blown sand. You could cast a mile. It will calm down over night. Sunday's rain looks like a lot of fun. Warm, moist rain. Short striped bass are
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Get Your Hard Clams Now!

This is my favorite time of year to eat steamed clams. This is my favorite time of year for farm raised or wild collected clams, just a little sandy, no mud. The water is still easy to see into around the inland bays if you are collecting your own. Seasonal clamming is still open in Delaware. This seasonal "season" is from December
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Delaware Surf Fishing Report

Finally something to talk about besides white perch, skates, dogfish, and the coming spring runs. Striped bass action is finally picking up more in the upper Delaware Bay and river. Up north Richard King, commercial angler, and owner of Port Penn Bait and Tackle ... "We are starting to see more and more big striped bass in our nets. They
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CARES Act Funds Available for Fishery-Related Businesses

CARES Act Funds Available for Fishery-Related BusinessesApplication Period Will Be Open from March 22 Through May 5 Saltwater fishery-related businesses that suffered severe revenue declines in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic can apply to the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control for financial relief from March 22
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Beach Conditions Are Nautical

Only one way to describe the beaches today, nautical with a gale warning. Water pushed to the dunes at high tide over night. Next high tide is a 1:15 PM. Right now it is low tide and water is on top of the beaches. The wind advisory should lift about 1 PM. Possible small craft advisories into Saturday. Big wave day great for pictures,
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Reading The Beach To Surf Fish

Reading a Delaware beach to surf fish will help you find and catch more fish After a nor'easter or heavy wave storm surges. The beaches are all carved up and washed out, but that is actually a helpful tool for any surf angler. Especially in Delaware, it is tough to read a beach here. Some carved troughs soon to be swales are tens
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Montauk Rocks Surf Fishing feature film

This is the best documentary you will ever see on Montauk. Five years in the making, completed in 2012, this film really shows you the surf casting culture of Montauk, NY. A mecca for the most eccentric and hardcore striped bass anglers in the world. "The land of the giants." Montauk Rocks, Surf Fishing feature film was recently released
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2021 Chincoteague Pony Carnival and Penning Canceled

Announced today on the Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company Facebook page (March 16, 2020 .. ) Dear friends,After much deliberation the fire company regrets to announce the cancellation of the 2021 carnival/pony penning activities. By now we would already be more than half way through the planning phases and preparing for upcoming events.Given
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Mosquito Control Spraying of Woodland Pools to Begin

Spring Campaign Will Reduce Numbers of Year’s First Biting Mosquitoes Dover (March 16, 2020) ... The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control will begin annual spraying of spring woodland pools to control aquatic immature mosquitoes Tuesday, March 23, weather permitting. Statewide spraying will originate in southern
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DS Custom Tackle Spring Sale Code

It is that time of year, spring has sprung and it is time to load the tackle boxes, boats, and trucks. Get your gear cleaned up and replace the bad with much better. Do you make your own rigs? DS Custom Tackle has all the supplies you need to make your own gear; floats, teasers, swivels, hooks and more. "This year our sale will last until
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Attention Boaters New ECOS Law

Engine cut-off switch (ECOS) and associated ECOS link (ECOSL) as of April 1, 2021, as the U.S. Coast Guard implements a law passed by Congress. WASHINGTON (March 10, 2021) – Operators of recreational vessels less than 26 feet in length will be required to use an engine cut-off switch (ECOS) and associated ECOS link (ECOSL) as of April 1, 2021,
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Space X Falcon 9 Plume Seen Along East Coast

If you decided to wake up early enough this morning to catch the SpaceX rocket that launched from Florida this morning. Everyone saw the plume on the east coast. That extra hour of sleep was just too attractive for some of us this morning. Nate Holder got these pictures this morning .. "I was in the Chesapeake bay headed up to Cape Charles
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Last One We Promise Have a Great Weekend

Going to be a little cooler tomorrow but still a great weekend. Have fun, if you didn't get your tag do some exploring. Now is a great time to see places you've never been with less people in the way. Try the Fishing Locations page for some ideasWalk on Surf Anglers start scouting out new places. Check out the town beaches, now is a great
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Delaware Drive On Beach Conditions March 12th

Lot of people are heading down and the beaches had some activity today. Vehicle activity and anglers, don't get excited unless you like dogfish and skate. Nothing wrong with catching them at all, but things haven't changed. The ocean is still about forty two degrees. Someone will probably catch a few short striped bass this weekend with that
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Osprey Arriving In Sussex County

People been seeing osprey arrive all over Sussex county this past week. Usually I get to see at least one as soon as they start showing up and then I am happy. Today I saw my first three and am loving it. That chirp. When you hear that sound and you are fishing. You know there is at least something around to catch. Osprey on the nest
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Upstate Stream Trout Season to Open Early

Anglers Encouraged to Practice Social Distancing; Trout Streams Closed to All Fishing from March 14 Until Opening Delaware’s 2021 upstate stream trout season will open early to minimize opening day crowds and accommodate responsible outdoor recreation during the current coronavirus (COVID-19) period. The Delaware Department of Natural Resources
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Delaware Surf Fishing “Uber” Of Sorts

We are getting a lot of requests about how to get on the beaches. Walk on surf fishing locations we just did an article on. Many are looking for rides. One thing someone suggested was a way for people to meet up and get a ride to surf fish. Not a bad idea. Knowing what I know about parks permits, rules etc. The only way to do this is as
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Delaware Walk On Surf Fishing Locations

You might have missed a surf fishing tag but you won't miss out on actual surf fishing. Pro Tip ... Look on the bright side, no one is going to ask you for a ride to the beach this year. These areas below are all walk on area for surf fishing. I recommend a five gallon bucket of gear and two rods and sand spikes. You can sit on the bucket.
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Navy Crossing Is Open

Navy crossing is open. Today there was a truck on the beach, the gate is open and you can see people are easily getting passed the great dune base. The beach is wide but flatter so watch yourself at high tide. Navy Crossing beach looking towards the great dune. You can see the sand road along the dune base is fine and level
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Lot of Bird Action Off Broadkill Today

Hundreds of Gannets Raining on Bait in the Delaware Bay There were hundreds of gannets raining on bait today off Broadkill Beach and Beach Plum Island State Park. Easily a mile if not more offshore. I had to break out the big binoculars just to see if they were gannets or gulls. I got some decent shots they were pretty far out. The
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Getting The Surf Fishing Vehicle Ready For The Season

Now it is time to clean the surf fishing rigs, gear, tackle, and add snacks. It will be seventy degrees on Friday, the water is forty , but yeah, I'm going to the beach too all week. But first, I gotz sum cleanin to do.The season is coming, there are dogfish and skate in the surf now. Don't care, I want to go catch other fish, but first
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Masseys Ditch Is already Shoaling Back In

The Indian River Bay side shoal is forming back up rather quickly Not a year after dredging Masseys ditch and part of Bakers Channel. The end of Masseys near bird island on the Indian River bay side is filling back in. It won't take too long before it is filled in just as bad as before the dredging. Boats were constantly getting
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Fight Breaks Out Over Surf Tags At Starbucks

I can't even make this up for a good April Fool's joke, because this was literally on the list of suggestions this year. So what had happened was ... This has been confirmed by witnesses, it is a hundred percent reliable, identities are anonymous and will remain as such. Today at Starbucks folks waiting in line for their
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That Pink Cloud Is NOT a UFO

Not too long ago a DOD Rocket was launched at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility. We knew there was a launch toady, but being a Department of Defense launch, times are not announced. In case anyone is wondering what that weird pink cloud was earlier this evening on the horizon. Usually the vapors left behind are from sounding rockets. Wallops
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Delaware Surf Fishing Tags Will Run Out Soon

If you haven't gotten your surf fishing tag for Delaware State park beaches you better get on it. There are only 1,000 surf tags left for the public. I don't expect these tags to make it past the middle of February. Surf Fishing PermitsSurf Fishing Permits allow vehicles to access designated beaches for the sole purpose of fishing. Only
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DNREC to cohost with Maryland DNR a virtual joint Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission/Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council public hearing for the draft Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass Commercial/Recreational Allocation Amendment

DNREC will cohost with Maryland DNR a virtual joint Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (Commission) and Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council (Council) hearing to get public comment on the Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass Commercial/Recreational Allocation Amendment on Wednesday, February 24 from 6 to 8 PM. You can find
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Fishing Line Drop Loop Strength Tests

We have been testing a lot of fishing gear on our BFG 2500 (February 2021) ... In 2020, I acquired an old drafting table. Like really old school and weighs as much as a small car. Being bored to death during all the pandemic fun, I decided to repurpose it. Honestly I have come up with some weird stuff for projects the past year. This
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Delaware’s Pond Trout Season to Open Early

Anglers Encouraged to Practice Responsible Social Distancing;Newton Pond Closed for All Angling Through Feb. 27 Delaware’s 2021 downstate pond trout season will open early to minimize opening day crowds and accommodate responsible outdoor recreation during the current coronavirus (COVID-19) period. The Delaware Department of Natural Resources
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2021 Delaware Fishing Guide And Ruler Available

The 2021 Delaware Fishing Guide is out and the new rulers. They are green or as the Trailer Park boys would say, F&%$@*& Mint! Batteries not included either, they are bright. The ink stays on when it gets wet. We checked, even used Windex. Because like Costas "Gus" Portokalos says, Windex fixes everything, You can pick up the
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Sewer Break Discharges Water Into St. Jones River

Public Advised to Avoid Length of River from Dover to Bowers Until Wastewater Spill is Dispersed Immediate Release (February 17, 2021) ... The Kent County Levy Court Public Works is currently addressing a force main break, causing wastewater to flow into the St. Jones River. The public should avoid contact with the water in the St. Jones at
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NOAA Fisheries Reaches Out To Fishermen By Phone

NOAA Fisheries reaches out to fishermen by phone; conducting surveys for scientists to assess impacts on commercial/for-hire fishing operations and seafood dealers/processors related to COVID-19 KEY MESSAGE:NOAA Fisheries and our partner, the University of Florida, are teaming up on a phone survey to assess the impact of COVID-19 on
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A Field Guide to Coastal Fishes

A Field Guide to Coastal Fishes From Maine to Texas No longer does Banded Rudderfish need to be a standard answer. Actually no, it always has to be the standard answer on the interwebs for a fish ID. At least we can now put away the ballyhoo/halfbeak debate every year around the inland bays, they are halfbeaks.I have a ton of books and I
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Delaweather Bubble Strikes Again

I'm starting to think my woodstove is just too hot. We keep getting left out in the cold with no snow in the Delaweather bubble, whether we like it or not. Keep up with Hunter at DelmarvaWX for live updated weather conditions. Especially tomorrow when this bubble bursts from ice.
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Governor Carney seeks nominees for two At-Large vacancies on the Mid-Atlantic Fisheries Management Council

Governor Carney is seeking nominees for two vacant At-Large seats on the Mid-Atlantic Fisheries Management Council (MAFMC) to submit to the federal National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA) for consideration.  One of the two seats is currently held by New York and the second is held by North Carolina.  Although legally available to
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Check Out The Radio Garden App

Spin the globe and be your own DJ There isn't a radio on our smart phones which is just stupid. If you like music as much as I do, and have a diverse taste. Then check out the Radio Garden app on the phone or with a computer. You can listen to radio stations worldwide. Who needs a radio when you have Radio Garden. Spin the globe
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Winter Weather Advisory

Winter Weather Advisory URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE National Weather Service Mount Holly NJ 347 AM EST Wed Feb 10 2021 DEZ002>004-MDZ012-015-019-020-102200- /O.NEW.KPHI.WW.Y.0006.210211T0000Z-210211T1700Z/ Kent-Inland Sussex-Delaware Beaches-Kent MD-Queen Annes-Talbot- Caroline- Including the cities of Dover, Georgetown, Rehoboth Beach,
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Winter Storm Watch

I want to go car hooding so send it! NWS ... ...WINTER STORM WATCH IN EFFECT FROM LATE SATURDAY NIGHT THROUGH SUNDAY AFTERNOON...* WHAT...HEAVY MIXED PRECIPITATION POSSIBLE. TOTAL SNOW AND SLEET ACCUMULATIONS OF OVER 5 INCHES POSSIBLE. * WHERE...PORTIONS OF CENTRAL AND SOUTHERN NEW JERSEY, NORTHEAST MARYLAND AND CENTRAL AND SOUTHERN DELAWARE.*
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Broadkill Beach Took A Beating

Every nor'easter carves up Broadkill Beach more and more The waves and wind pummeled Broadkill Beach. Delaware bay beaches are usually calm and have smaller beaches. Hardly any real dunes and usually just look like the edge of any relatively calm bay or big lake. Until the storms crank up the conditions. Broadkill Beach Erosion
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DNREC Cancels Annual Beach Grass Planting

2021 Annual Beach Grass Planting Canceled Due to Covid Dover (February 2, 2020) ... Dear Volunteers, Usually at this time of year I send an email with registration information for our annual Beach Grass Planting. However, due to the pandemic, we will not be holding the event in the spring. This year there will be a minimal amount of
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Angry Seas Minor Coastal Flooding

The nor'easter conditions today were typical and mild. No big deal, nothing to see here typical nor'easter conditions. Once high tide passed we were good to go. Route 1 got a tad wet on the shoulder. Deldot was standing by with the snow plows. Before you laugh, it's a great way to push water off the highway into the drainage ditches.
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Big Surf No More Snow

The snow along the coast and inland areas of Sussex County melted overnight. Now we are watching the ocean push to the dune lines. It is serious nor'easter conditions today. There is a huge build up of foam on he beaches too. High tide is at 11 AM, water is already to the dune lines. The inland bays will see some minor flooding around 3
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DNREC Sinks Ex-Army Fast-Supply Ship

DNREC sinks ex-Army fast-supply ship to expand Delaware's artificialreef system and create more fish habitat and angling opportunities Per DNREC ... (Jan 22, 2021) ... About the newest addition to Delaware’s reef system: The John S. Dempster Jr. joins three other decommissioned World War II-era fast-supply (FS) ships that DNREC has turned into
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Navy Crossing Is Really Thin

Delaware Surf Anglers Avoid Driving Navy Crossing. The drive on access is still closed and for good reason. There isn't enough beach to drive on and even at low tide you can't get down the sand "cliff". Avoid driving to naval crossing from point comfort station even turning around could be an issue. There isn't enough sand to cross in
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Take A Long Walk Off A Short Pier In Rehoboth Beach

Rehoboth Beach's Canal Access Dock Tour Now you really can take a long walk off a short pier in Rehoboth Beach. The new canal access dock in Rehoboth is almost ready to open to the pubic. The switchback to get to the dock below is bit of a walk with benches along the way and information signs. It is a great idea, and needed for the the
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State Park Offices to Reopen Tuesday with Limited Hours

Virtual Programs Offered While Nature Centers Remain Closed The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control will reopen its state park offices Tuesday, Jan. 12, with limited hours from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. every day. Park offices were closed from Dec. 24 through Jan. 11 to limit the spread of COVID-19. The Indian River
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Cecil County Angler Catches Record Flathead Catfish

MD DNR (Dec 6, 2020) ... A Cecil County resident has officially been recognized by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources as the first-ever state record holder for the invasive flathead catfish. Joshua Dixon caught the 57-pound, 50-inch long flathead catfish (Pylodictis olivaris) on Dec. 27, 2020 fishing near the Lapidum Boat Ramp on the
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Delaware 10-Digit Dialing

Delawareans are going to have to make some changes dialing numbers soon FCC .... 2021 is going to bring about many changes, but one of the changes that will affect all of us in our daily lives has barely begun to be made public. Beginning April 24, 2021, telephone users in Delaware with Delaware phone numbers (area code 302) will begin to dial
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Careful Driving Navy Crossing Beach at High Tide

Navy Crossing in Cape Henlopen State Park Navy crossing in Cape Henlopen State Park has been closed since the last storm. The most recent high water and winds have eroded the beach to nearly the base of the great dune. The stumps exposed at low tide on navy crossing beach ... photo Andrew Hansen A lot of the stumps were exposed and
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DNREC to Temporarily Close Park Offices Starting Dec. 24

DNREC to Temporarily Close Park Offices Starting Dec. 24 The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control will close all park offices within Delaware State Parks starting Thursday, Dec. 24 through Jan. 11, 2021, to limit the spread of COVID-19. The closures coincide with Gov. John Carney’s latest stay-at-home advisory,
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2021 Progressive® Insurance Baltimore Boat Show Cancels

We have made the difficult decision to cancel the 2021 Progressive® Insurance Baltimore Boat Show, which was scheduled from January 21–24, 2021. The health and safety of our guests, exhibitors and employees is of the utmost importance, and following a thorough analysis regarding the feasibility of the show, this is the most prudent course of
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Assateague OVS fees Will Increase in 2021

The National Seashore Park is increasing fees for OSV users. "In the summer season of 2020, the National Seashore saw an 81% increase to OSV Zone use from the average use over the last five years. With this increase of use, there was also an increase of cost. The new cost recovery permit fee is intended to offset this cost to the National
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Monolith Pops Up in Cape Henlopen State Park

The mysterious monolith makes an appearance in Delaware While surf fishing this morning we turned around and saw a monolith near the fire control towers on Gordons Pond beach. It was smooth and silvery. The tide was all the way out and we were concentrating on a cut looking for striped bass. Monolith seen at Gordons Pond Friday
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Plastic Carryout Bag Ban Effective on Jan. 1, 2021

Plastic Carryout Bag Ban Effective on Jan. 1, 2021 Dover (Dec 1, 2020) ... Consumers and some businesses in Delaware will no longer be able to use or distribute single-use plastic carryout bags at the point-of-sale starting January 1. Plastic carryout bags are commonly used to take items home from convenience, grocery and other retail stores.
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The Point Air Station Is Closed

When the pole was pushed back the escaping air dug a big hole. The other day the point's air station was damaged. A vehicle hit one of the posts and pushed the air pipes apart underground. I have no idea when it will be open again. The next closest station is Navy Crossing. You can get there one of two ways. Drive across the walk on
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Surf Fishing Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving everyone hope you all had a great day, despite all the crazy. We spent the morning into the late afternoon beach hopping and surf fishing. It was a skatefest today but it was a good time and we all needed a break. Fishing holidays is awesome, I can't work on a holiday, or that is my excuse anyway. The beach was empty
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Tautog: A Tale From The Rail

Delaware Surf Fishing's Community Cookbook presents ... A Tail From The Rail The crowds are gone and our usual catches have slowed for the summer. Evenings are spent watching anything dealing with fishing and or boating while both me and Christina tie up our much needed toggie rigs. Fishing the inlet and landing a good size tog
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Annual Delaware Surf Fishing Tags Will Go On Sale Soon

(Nov 2020) ... I have received about thirty messages a day asking when the 2021 annual surf tags will be available. The Delaware State Parks have a new system they are using to issue permits and surf tags this year. The tag sales will start sometime in mid December and will be announced soon. Parks will be using the same system that they
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Thar Be Seals

We saw our first seal today While looking for a spot to fish, we also were looking for a buddy, we didn't see him. While circling back from the bayside of the point we saw the cormorants feeding that rip. Then I saw a head. Oh cool a seal. Let's sit here set up the lines, that bird just swallowed a huge fish whole, may as well try.
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Heads Up Beach Horseback Riders

Horses are not allowed in no vehicle areas on the park beaches. A rule we never knew existed. While surf fishing the point today we ran into a buddy of ours who is a park ranger and was off duty walking the beach. He asked when the horses went into the PVC fenced area at the point. "That was yesterday we were here why?""Horseback
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Almost Caught A Sea Plane While Surf Fishing Today

Is there are creel on these things and do they taste good? I'm not even sure how I would start cleaning this beast had I landed it. We were at the poin today catching horseshoe crabs and dogfish. While trying to take a picture of a seal. Andrew and John say ... "Hey man you might want to look to your right" ... HOLY ....!!!! ...
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Delaware Surf Fishing Report

We keep getting messages, are the migratory striped bass here yet ... No they are not, but there are keepers to be caught. We discuss this every year, twice a year in fact. The striped bass migration works in phases or stages. We are in stage one in Delaware. There may be a few early arrivals for migratory striped bass, the fish don't
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Delaware State Police Investigating Stolen Boat

Milford (Nov 19, 2020) - Delaware State Police are investigating the theft of a boat and trailer and seeking the public’s assistance with locating it. The boat was stolen from Thompsonville Road on November 15, 2020, between 4:45 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. The boat is described as an 18ft Prodigy 1854 Marsh Tuff Boat with a 20 horsepower Mudbuddy
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The Leonids Peak This Week

With no moon in the sky it should be easy to see the Leonids peak on the morning of Nov 17th. After midnight, the moon free sky will make it perfect for viewing the typical 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
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More Delaware Beaches are Cleared of Oily Debris

Unified Command Conducts Final Shoreline Assessments Dover (Nov 11,2020) ... Cleanup crews under the unified command have successfully cleared all Delaware Bay beaches and another stretch of Atlantic Ocean coastline of oily debris and tar balls. After the latest shoreline assessment late Tuesday, only Gordon’s Pond at Cape Henlopen State Park,
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All About That Dune Life

Muir, Leopold, Carson, the three most important environmental writers in history. I'd argue Dr. Seuss was more influential than those three, but, whatever. I'm not one of them, nor am I the Lorax. I do, however, keep a field journal and every now and then, I share some of those entries. This was today's ... "Empty Sand Hills or Complex
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Advisory Council on Tidal Finfisheries Meeting

Now is your chance to sit in on these fishery meetings form home. I see many complain they never have time or the meetings are too far away. I have even heard they set the meeting times on purpose to make it difficult to get to a meeting. That isn't true, but believe what you want. I think it is an excuse for not wanting to go, or to
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Time To Cast Some Spells

Happy Halloween from everyone of us at DSF. Been a crazy year, make the best of this day. Full moon tonight, no it isn't actually blue, but if it were would that surprise you at this point?Daylight savings, we get an extra hour of this insane year. Go fishing and relax.
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Faithful Steward Crossing Is Closed

Delaware State Parks closed Faithful Steward crossing for oil debris clean up. It will be open again by Monday possibly Sunday afternoon. There is still oiled debris on the beaches and in the double wrack line from the hurricane surge and the last storm surge. So we have two areas on the beach that have a line of oiled debris. Close
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Big Winds Incoming

I'm watching live as the storm system moves across the Delmarva region on DelmarvaWX. The rain is steadily increasing out here in the country. Soon the trees will be rocking form wind. Hopefully we don't ose any. Brches and flying debris will be an issue. Be careful along wooded roadways. Active Delaware Advisories (Delmarva
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Motorists Urged to Watch Out for Deer Crossing Roadways

Peak Deer Activity Calls for Vigilance at Dawn, Dusk and Night Late October through November is prime time for increasing white-tailed deer activity in Delaware, leading up to their peak mating season in mid-November. With more deer crossing roadways, along with shorter days ahead, especially after the Nov. 1 change from daylight saving time
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U.S. Coast Guard, DNREC Recover 55 Tons of Oiled Debris

U.S. Coast Guard, DNREC Recover 55 Tons of Oiled Debris Dover (oct 26, 2020) ... The cleanup of an oil spill from an unknown source continues Monday, one week after oil patties first washed ashore on Broadkill Beach and began migrating to other Delaware beaches on both the Delaware Bay and the Atlantic Coast. About 55 tons – enough to fill four
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Beaches Now Being Monitored for Oil/Chemical Spill

DNREC has increased the amount of beaches being monitored for Oil/Chemical spills The oil spill is now on most of Delaware's beaches We were eon the beach this morning at Herring point. There are small tar globs along the wrack line the size of a dime on average. They stick to anything they contact, especially the bottom of your
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Sportsman Auction Sunday

On Sunday At Emmert's Auction House there is an Auction for the Outdoorsperson Sunday October 25th is the Emmert Auction House's 3rd annual Sportsman and Outdoors Sale. Doors open at 9:30 AM located at 20673 Coastal Highway, Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. Consignments are still welcome 302-227-1433. Emmert Auction House sportsman and
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Dewey Beach Is Closed

The Town of Dewey Beach has closed beach access due to tar balls. The recent oil spill is leaving traces up and down the Delaware beaches. DNREC just announced they stepped up cleaning efforts. Lewes closed their beach yesterday. The drive on access at Beach Plum is Closed. Now Dewey beach has closed their beach. Rehoboth beach is
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2021 Great American Outdoor Show Cancels

The Great American Outdoor Show hosted by the National Rifle Association (NRA) has been canceled for 2021. Organizers stated due to covid related state restrictions and pandemic issues, the February 6-14, 2021 show is canceled. HARRISBURG, Pa. – To the great disappointment of tens of thousands of sportsmen and women, COVID-related
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Cooper Evolution M/T All-Season Tires On The Beach

Buying tires for my beach vehicle was an easy choice. I hate buying tires, especially expensive tires for jacked up vehicles. It comes with the territory. I also want tires that are good for the road, mud, snow, and particularly sand. Usually I buy the ever popular "May Pops" at the used places, and just ride them until they are done. A
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Trout Stocked in White Clay Creek for Fall Fishing

Trout Stocked in White Clay Creek for Fall Fishing Dover (Oct 22, 2020) ... Anglers awaiting the opportunity to fish for trout in the fall and winter can now pack up their gear and head out to northern New Castle County. About 1,000 pounds of 12 to 13-inch trout, consisting of primarily rainbow trout along with some brown trout, were stocked in
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Rowing From Cape May To Delaware

"Every time I am out here I see some weird "stuff".  Josh Levan didn't say stuff, but we are keeping it G-rated.  Last weekend while Josh was setting up to fish the point in Cape Henlopen state park.  He watched a row boat pull ashore.  Usually we see this with kayaks, SUP's, canoes, the occasional sailboat, motorboat, and a charter boat this
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Slaughter Beach Being Monitored for Oil Spill

Type: Additional Information Reason: Chemical/Oil SpillLocation: Slaughter Beach Start Date: 10/20/2020Start Time: 14:00 End Date: 10/27/2020End Time: 14:00 Description: Additional InformationComments:DNREC Continues Working to Assess and Clean UpOil Spill in Delaware Bay and Southern Beaches The Department of Natural Resources and
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Menhaden Reduction Fleet In The Delaware Bay

Though they have to stay out of the EEZ these menhaden reduction fleets can fish the mouth of the Delaware Bay. We are seeing more and more of this fleet each year. Either our populations are doing that well or they ran out down their way. Daily you can follow the fleets on any of the Ship Finder apps. You can also follow the fleet by
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Watch The Antares Launch From Space.

Friday's Northrop Grumman's Antares launch was caught on camera by the ISS This is such a cool perspective! If you were on the ISS you would be thinking, here comes more dinner and a new titanium toilet Antares was launched Friday night. The International space station caught the launch on camera. Watch closely and see Antares
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Locating Antares’ Launch Point in Delaware

Northrop Grunman's Antares is scheduled to launch tonight at 9:16 PM form Wallops ISland (OCT 2020) ...Every time a rocket launches from NASA's Wallops Island, we have to decide where to take that shot. If up close it is obvious especially if you can see the launch pad. But back here in Delaware it is hard to find the exact spot to look,
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Additional Delaware Hunting Seasons Open in October

Annual Youth Waterfowl Hunt Oct. 17 Dover (Sept 30, 2020) ... Additional Delaware hunting seasons open in October, including snow goose, duck, other migratory birds and deer firearm seasons. Deer hunting is allowed on all Sundays through Jan. 31, 2021, using only those hunting methods legal for the respective established deer hunting seasons.
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Northrop Grumman’s Antares Launch Delayed

Better to scrub before you are into the countdown then to scrub during a countdown. NASA Wallops (Sept 27, 2020) "Northrop Grumman, along with NASA, has rescheduled the Antares and Cygnus launch for the NG-14 mission to NET Thursday, October 1st at 9:38 PM EDT due to unfavorable weather conditions. The Antares rocket and Cygnus spacecraft
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Antares Is On The Pad Ready To Launch Tuesday

Northrup-Grumman's Antares Rocket has been moved to the pad, we are excited. I love rocket launches. Being this close to NASA's wallops Flight Facility is a bonus. You will be able to see this rocket streak towards space on Tuesday night starting at 10:27 PM. The Cygnus capsule, named for astronaut Kalpana Chawala. will be loaded
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Broadkill Brawl 2020 Results

Today was the first annual Broadkill Brawl Fall Fishing Tournament Surf anglers met today at the Broadkill Store at Broadkill Beach for their first annual Broadkill Brawl Fall Fishing Tournament. It was dark at 6 AM with that pale grey overcast light you get on a fall morning with not so clear skies, it was a little muggy almost. Which
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ASMFC to Convene Jonah Crab Data Workshop

ASMFC to Convene Jonah Crab Data Workshop In preparation for the workshop, the Commission is requesting data from academia, member states, federal partners, non-governmental organizations, participating jurisdictions and stakeholders. The Commission welcomes the submission of data sources that will aid in conducting a stock-wide benchmark stock
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Guardian Shield Operates Out Of Wallops

If you have heard and seen a lot of military aircraft these past couple days. It is just a joint exercise, Guardian Shield. Every time I get to go to Wallops for a rocket launch or a tour, I can't sleep the night before. It is just like a fishing trip, I'm just too excited anticipating the day to come. Wednesday's trip was that and
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P 51 Mustang Shark Bait

Bob Waldo owner of Clyde's Cranks made this P 51 Mustang Shark bait pattern a while back. I think he is making a few more, because I asked for one to add to my collection. I like to collect these smaller baits for fun, but I also fish them. If you want one you better get up with Bob as soon as possible. I just rig them up for
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Assateague OSV Still Closed Due To High Water

Unfortunately the Assateague OSV area could be closed for a wile longer From the Superintendent: OSV Status: (Sept 22, 2020)I know that many of you are anxious to get back onto the Maryland OSV. I walked out there this morning. Literally the entire OSV beach is underwater. As far south as I could see the entire beach was underwater-in most
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Coastal Flood Advisory and High Surf

We are five hours away from high tide and the water is up already. If you are beach bound today the wind is howling and the sand is a blowing. Hurricane Teddy may be offshore but we are getting the effects. I wouldn't worry about the hundred foot waves some Facebook pages are showing, that is just sensationalism for traffic. The water
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High Surf And Coastal Flood Advisory

Hurricane Teddy isn't near by but dumped some nautical conditions for the weekend. Delaware has a high surf advisory and coastal flood advisory. Hurricane Teddy storm surge is creating large ground swells. Yesterday the point pretty much washed over. Big waves and it is rather "blowy" out there already today. The fish are biting. The
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Finding Beach Treasure Without A Metal Detector

Leave it to our three time tournament champion to find this, of course without a metal detector (September 2020) ... I've always said Stephan Talabisco has a golden horseshoe shoved up his nether region. Yesterday he proved that once again. By finding a little treasure and history on coin beach, without a metal detector. Of course it
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Big Surf This Weekend From Hurricane Teddy

If you haven't noticed the wind is blowing. Hurricane Teddy is inbound offshore but will send us some serious ground swell. Vehicles on the beaches are at risk of high surf today into Tuesday night. Everything should calm down by Tuesday afternoon. High tide is right now and water is almost to the dunes in the beach towns and parks. There
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More Delmarva Fox Squirrels Moving to Delaware

More Delmarva Fox Squirrels Moving to Delaware Dover (Sept 17, 2020) ... Delmarva fox squirrels are about to get a population boost in Delaware with a new round of translocations planned for later this month, a project of the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control and its state and federal partners. Although this
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DSF’s Summer Surf Fishing Slam Series Final Scores

The summer was a good time despite the covid craziness. Lot of people got to surf fish. Several scored well in the summer slam. Joe Miller killed it overall. Mostly everyone just fished and scored when they had time that week. It was fun watching everyone fish in the surf via the internet. Looking forward to next year. We are going to
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Fly Fishing The Flats With The Club

The Saltwater Fly Anglers of Delaware club gathers and fishes the Henlopen flats every couple weeks. This evening some of the members of the Saltwater Fly anglers of Delaware club met at Cape Henlopen State Park at the fishing pier. The topic of tonight's gathering was fishing the flats for fun. The wizards of the long wand were lined
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Smokey Sunset Photos Round Two

If you saw the sun last evening it was merely a huge glowing orb in the sky, you could stare at with no issues. It looked like the planet Jupiter. The sky had a weird overcast all day too.The California Wildfire smoke has reached the east coast. To the point my eyes were watering most of the day yesterday. Nice touch to compound my
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Fall Fishing Is On With CD Outdoors

Guided kayak fishing tours are a great way to get out and learn the water With Captain Chris Dollar CD Outdoors (Sept 15, 2020) ... What a long, strange trip 2020 has been so far. No doubt it has been a very challenging year so far, which is why it's more important than ever to get on the water and decompress. On the bright side Chesapeake
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Dorchester County Angler Catches Record Florida Pompano

Species Added to Maryland Record Books in 2019 MD DNR (Sept 10, 2020) ... The Maryland Department of Natural Resources has officially recognized 26-year-old David Schrock of Woolford as the second official state record holder for the Florida pompano (Trachinotus carolinus) in the Chesapeake Division. Schrock caught the record-breaking
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Pompano Is A Hot Catch And Tasty Dinner

Pompano catches have increased exponentially the past week or so in the surf. Even on structure in the Delaware Bay. From Broadkill Beach to Assateague we are seeing a lot of pompano catches. The farther south they seem to be bigger fish, but more larger ones are showing up along the northern beaches of Delaware. The average size is about
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Broadkill Brawl Registration Opens

The Broadkill Store owners are hosting their own surf fishing tournament on September 26th. This is a walk on surf fishing tournament only. Sponsored by Delaware Surf Fishing, DS Custom Tackle, Fishbites, Coca Cola, and Dan's Tackle Box. It is limited to 100 anglers. Anglers have until the 14th of September (Monday) to sign up and select a
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We Call These The Flats For A Reason

Not to be outdone by this morning's stranded boat Rob Lyons made the perfect meme Boat stuck in the flats at Cape Henlopen It is summer 2020 and ending the day with another boat stuck at Cape Henlopen, on Labor Day weekend, seems almost normal. We have no idea what this guy was thinking, but we know what happened. We are kind of
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Rangers Throw Boat Off Beach For Not Airing Down

A Parker Boat Stuck On The Point Manages To Get Free At some point, very early this morning, a Parker ran up on the point in Cape Henlopen State Park. Apparently it was a I didn't see the beach failure. "My kid was driving the boat." The owner told several surf anglers who just arrived to set up to surf fish, watch the show, and help when
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Last Day For DSF’s Summer Surf Fishing Slam Series

This is a free surf fishing tournament, anglers can enter at any time all summer long. This is the last day of the DSF’s Summer Surf Fishing Slam Series. The card for today is the Eight of Clubs. It has been a blast watching everyone fish this all summer, many entered, but not many put up fish. Results will be up later tonight or by tomorrow.
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Delaware Surf Fishing Report

Summer time fishing has been hot to not. Depends on the day and the tide. Low tide and a hot day doesn't make for the best fishing. You have to go a little deeper. The pompano just showed up, so everyone is excited about that. There seems to be much large pompano at Assateague than Delaware right now. Nice to see some larger
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Our Resident Artist Gets The Catch Of The Day

We hit the point on the day it opened, the 31st of August. Cassie Okonewski grabbed the net after catching sand fleas for bait. She proceeded to draw the biggest catch of the day. The fish she did was awesome, there was a dragon or two as well. She decorated the beach while we tried to catch fish. Cassie using the net handle to draw in
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First The Booms Then The Sky Opened Up

Every time we get a storm like this I sit in the yard and learn how to shoot lightening. It is not easy without a MIOPS trigger you just keep pushing the button and hope for the best. This storm put on a show and then the rain dropped like it was hot! Lightening strikes from the September 3rd, 2020 Storm I was taking video at first,
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Severe Weather Alert For Later Today

Hunter at DelmarvaWx is telling us to watch it out there later this afternoon around 5 PM. So we are going surf fishing now since he is ruining my evening fishing with weather. I'm secretly hoping for a waterspout with sharks while I am surf fishing. It would fill in my 2020 bingo card for September, murder hornets are so May. Keep an
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West Nile Virus is Detected in Delaware for First Time

West Nile Virus is Detected in Delaware for First Time This Year in DNREC’s Sentinel Chickens No Human Cases of WNV Have Been Reported to Date in State West Nile Virus (WNV) was detected Aug. 27 in Delaware for the first time this year in DNREC’s sentinel chickens placed at a northern New Castle County location where the chickens are sampled
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Delaware Coastal Cleanup Starts Today

Dover (Sept, 1 2020) ... The Delaware Coastal Cleanup campaign, launched today by the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control, encourages Delawareans and visitors to pick up trash in their neighborhoods and nearby parks, on beaches and along waterways to help Keep DE Litter Free. Throughout September, volunteers are
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DNREC to reopen The Point at Cape Henlopen Sept. 1

LEWES, Del. (Sept, 1 2020) – The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control will reopen The Point at Cape Henlopen State Park, including a stretch of ocean beach and dunes, and a half-mile along the bay shoreline, Tuesday, Sept. 1. The bayside beach will remain closed until Oct. 1 for use by shorebirds migrating south for the
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DSF’s Fall Surf Fishing Tournaments Are Canceled

I hate to say this, but we are canceling War On The Shore and The Fall Fish Bowl. After a long conversation with park administrators I came to the conclusion it will be too hard to have a fun event. Due to the limit of 300 anglers (vehicles), we would fill a beach in Cape to capacity per the state parks new rules for Covid (20 feet).
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Second Summer Started Today

This is the best time of the year, now we can fish The Point was opened a day early and we are out here enjoying our favorite views. Everything looks great check out the videos and pictures below, they speak for themselves. The bayside of the point is closed until October first you have to walk around if you head out from point
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The Tackle Box ID Card For Delaware Sharks

Identify your shark catch easily in the water This is a handy guide I have for Identifying sharks. There is a more detailed Sander's shark guide to walk you through the differences of the harder to identify sharks. This smaller tackle box guide is much handier to have with you on the beach or boat. A good rule of thumb is that any shark
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Maryland Fishing Report

Maryland Fishing Report is written and compiled by Keith Lockwood, Maryland Department of Natural Resources fisheries biologist. The abundance of speckled trout in the shallower shoreline areas has been a real treat to those who love their light-tackle shallow water action. Recreational crabbers are enjoying some of the best crabs of the season
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This Fishing Hook Sticker Is Awesome

About a 100 people have sent me a picture of this sticker. So of course I had to get one, it took a hot minute to find it. Everyone sent screenshots not links. So if you are wanting one f these dope fishhook stickers get to ordering they won't last long. The design also comes on a T shirt. Now I just have to figure out where this is going
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Maryland Fishing Report

Maryland Fishing Report is written and compiled by Keith Lockwood, Maryland Department of Natural Resources fisheries biologist. Maryland DNR (August 20, 2020) ... Now that striped bass are off the table for anglers in the Chesapeake Bay until Aug. 31, there are plenty of other fish species to focus on – speckled trout, Spanish mackerel, and
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