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DNREC fishing photo contest

DNREC Division of Fish and Wildlife seeking
great summer shots of Delaware anglers for photo contest

Entries being accepted now through Oct. 15

 

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I take a lot of photos when I am out and about. Send in your best shot this year to DNREC

DOVER (July 8, 2014) – With the summer fishing season in full swing, DNREC’s Division of Fish and Wildlife invites angling and photography enthusiasts to enter the 2014 Delaware Fishing Photo Contest. The winning photo will be featured on the cover or inside of the 2015 Delaware Fishing Guide to be published early next year.

A judging panel comprised of DNREC staff will be looking for photos that best portray this year’s contest theme, “Taking Action for Conservation,” by depicting anglers of all ages using catch-and-release techniques or otherwise demonstrating a conservation-minded action. Judges also will be looking at technical criteria including resolution, clarity and composition.

“After the success of last year’s contest, we are hoping that once again photographers from all over the state will share some of their best images with us, so we can share them with the fishing public,” said Division of Fish and Wildlife Director David Saveikis. “This year we look forward to photos that catch the conservation actions of anglers as they enjoy our great outdoors.”

The contest is open to Delaware residents of all ages, with a maximum of three entries per person. To be eligible, photographs must have been taken in Delaware. Portrait orientation is preferred; landscape photos, if chosen among contest winners, may be cropped for presentation.

Photos must be submitted as 8 x 10 paper or photo quality prints, with no frames or mats and no markings or signatures on the front or back. Winning entries must be available in a digital version with resolution of 300 dpi or greater. Normal processing of RAW image files, minimal cropping and minor adjustments to color and contrast are acceptable. HDR and focus stacking are permitted as long as manipulation is disclosed upon entry. Nothing should be added to the image or, aside from dust spots, taken away. The entrant must hold all rights to the photograph and must not infringe on the rights of any other person. Images that involve unlawful harm to fish or damage to the environment should not be submitted and will not be accepted. Entries will not be returned.

Entries may be mailed to the DNREC Division of Fish and Wildlife, Attention: Crystal Beck, 89 Kings Highway, Dover, DE 19901. All entries must be postmarked or delivered by Wednesday, Oct. 15, and must include a completed and signed entry form and photo release form. Information and forms are available on the Division’s website at http://www.dnrec.delaware.gov/fw/Pages/FWphoto_contest.aspx and the Fish and Wildlife Facebook page (search Delaware Fish & Wildlife), or may be requested by calling Crystal Beck at 302-739-9911, or email crystal.beck@state.de.us.

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Weather, tides, moon, and temperatures

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Tuesday sunrise by Leah Reynolds

Morning Gang this is your mid week weather.  I usually do this every morning on Facebook, trying something different today … sunrise photo by Leah Reynolds … We got a bit wet yesterday but at least it has cooled off out there.

Currently it is 71 Degrees out
Surf temp .. 69.4
Waves: 4.3 ft.
Swell Period: 7 sec.
Wave direction … SE (142°)
wind …From the South Southwest at 7 mph … N (7°)
tide … incoming

DFM … 6 … DGM … 4

 

 

Masseys Landing temp … 70 dropped to 64 at high tide
Delaware bay Lewes DE … 68.5
Ship John Shoal … 79.3
Reedy Point … 81.3
Delaware City … 81.3

Sun & Moon Times
Sunset Wed: 8:24 pm
Sunrise Thu: 5:50 am
Moonset Wed: 10:46 am
Moonrise Wed: 11:11 pm
Moon Phase … waning gibbous
TIDES …
Indian River Inlet (IRI) …
07/16 Wed 12:04 AM 3.25 H
07/16 Wed 05:57 AM -0.34 L
07/16 Wed 12:37 PM 2.88 H
07/16 Wed 06:14 PM -0.17 L
07/17 Thu 12:56 AM 3.03 H
07/17 Thu 06:49 AM -0.26 L
07/17 Thu 01:36 PM 2.88 H
07/17 Thu 07:16 PM 0.03 L
Lewes DE …
07/16 Wed 12:07 AM 5.29 H
07/16 Wed 06:17 AM -0.6 L
07/16 Wed 12:39 PM 4.72 H
07/16 Wed 06:36 PM -0.24 L
07/17 Thu 01:00 AM 4.96 H
07/17 Thu 07:09 AM -0.44 L
07/17 Thu 01:36 PM 4.7 H
07/17 Thu 07:37 PM 0.01 L
Ship John Shoal …
07/16 Wed 01:27 AM 7.13 H
07/16 Wed 08:13 AM -0.6 L
07/16 Wed 02:04 PM 6.5 H
07/16 Wed 08:34 PM -0.16 L
07/17 Thu 02:22 AM 6.81 H
07/17 Thu 09:04 AM -0.53 L
07/17 Thu 02:59 PM 6.45 H
07/17 Thu 09:31 PM -0.06 L
Reedy Point …
07/16 Wed 02:37 AM 6.49 H
07/16 Wed 09:42 AM -0.31 L
07/16 Wed 03:15 PM 5.97 H
07/16 Wed 10:02 PM 0.1 L
07/17 Thu 03:33 AM 6.25 H
07/17 Thu 10:32 AM -0.24 L
07/17 Thu 04:11 PM 6.0 H
07/17 Thu 10:58 PM 0.22 L
Delaware City …
07/16 Wed 02:47 AM 6.05 H
07/16 Wed 09:56 AM -0.41 L
07/16 Wed 03:27 PM 5.48 H
07/16 Wed 10:16 PM 0.03 L
07/17 Thu 03:43 AM 5.81 H
07/17 Thu 10:47 AM -0.36 L
07/17 Thu 04:24 PM 5.54 H
07/17 Thu 11:13 PM 0.14 L
From the NWS …
Humidity94%
Wind SpeedS 6 mph
Barometer29.79 in (1008.7 mb)
Dewpoint71°F (22°C)
Visibility6.00 mi

Today Scattered showers, mainly before 10am. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 82. Northwest wind around 8 mph becoming east in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 40%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.
Tonight Partly cloudy, with a low around 66. Southwest wind 5 to 8 mph becoming northwest after midnight.
Thursday Sunny, with a high near 83. North wind 7 to 9 mph becoming northeast in the afternoon.
Thursday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 65. Light west wind.
Friday Sunny, with a high near 82. North wind 6 to 9 mph becoming east in the afternoon.
Friday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 69.
Saturday Mostly cloudy, with a high near 82.
Saturday Night Mostly cloudy, with a low around 68.
Sunday Mostly cloudy, with a high near 79.
Sunday Night A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 69. Chance of precipitation is 30%.
Marine Forecast …
SYNOPSIS FOR THE COASTAL WATERS FROM SANDY HOOK NJ TO FENWICK ISLAND DE AND FOR DELAWARE BAY…

A COLD FRONT OVER THE DELAWARE VALLEY WILL EASE SLOWLY OFFSHORE TODAY AND TONIGHT. A HIGH PRESSURE SYSTEM OVER THE NORTHERN PLAINS WILL SPREAD EAST, REACH THE MID ATLANTIC STATES FRIDAY AND THEN TRUNDLE THROUGH NEW ENGLAND AND ITS COASTAL WATERS OVER THE WEEKEND.

COASTAL WATERS FROM CAPE MAY NJ TO CAPE HENLOPEN DE OUT 20 NM-
COASTAL WATERS FROM CAPE HENLOPEN TO FENWICK ISLAND DE OUT 20 NM-
601 AM EDT WED JUL 16 2014

TODAY
SW WINDS 5 TO 10 KT…BECOMING W LATE THIS MORNING…
THEN BECOMING S EARLY THIS AFTERNOON…BECOMING SE LATE. SEAS 2
TO 4 FT. MAINLY IN SE SWELL WITH A DOMINANT PERIOD OF 7 SECONDS.
SHOWERS LIKELY EARLY THIS MORNING…THEN SCATTERED SHOWERS LATE
THIS MORNING. ISOLATED SHOWERS EARLY THIS AFTERNOON.

TONIGHT
S WINDS AROUND 5 KT…BECOMING W IN THE LATE EVENING
AND EARLY MORNING…THEN BECOMING NW 10 TO 15 KT LATE. SEAS 3 TO
4 FT. MAINLY IN SE SWELL WITH A DOMINANT PERIOD OF 8 SECONDS.

THU
N WINDS 10 TO 15 KT…DIMINISHING TO 5 TO 10 KT EARLY IN
THE AFTERNOON…THEN BECOMING SE LATE. SEAS 2 TO 4 FT. MAINLY IN
SE SWELL WITH A DOMINANT PERIOD OF 8 SECONDS.

THU NIGHT
SW WINDS AROUND 5 KT…BECOMING W LATE. SEAS 2 TO
3 FT. MAINLY IN SE SWELL WITH A DOMINANT PERIOD OF 8 SECONDS.

FRI
N WINDS 5 TO 10 KT…BECOMING E IN THE AFTERNOON. SEAS
2 TO 3 FT.

FRI NIGHT
E WINDS 5 TO 10 KT. SEAS 2 TO 3 FT.

SAT
E WINDS 5 TO 10 KT. SEAS 3 TO 4 FT.

SUN
SE WINDS 5 TO 10 KT. SEAS 3 TO 4 FT. A CHANCE OF SHOWERS
AND TSTMS THROUGH THE NIGHT.

WINDS AND SEAS HIGHER IN AND NEAR TSTMS.
ANZ431-162130-
DELAWARE BAY WATERS SOUTH OF EAST POINT NJ TO SLAUGHTER BEACH DE-
601 AM EDT WED JUL 16 2014

TODAY
SW WINDS 5 TO 10 KT…BECOMING SE LATE. SEAS 1 TO 2 FT
UNTIL LATE AFTERNOON…THEN 1 FOOT OR LESS. SHOWERS LIKELY EARLY
THIS MORNING…THEN ISOLATED SHOWERS LATE THIS MORNING AND EARLY
AFTERNOON.

TONIGHT
NW WINDS 5 TO 10 KT. SEAS 1 TO 2 FT.

THU
N WINDS 5 TO 10 KT…BECOMING W LATE. SEAS 1 TO 2 FT.

THU NIGHT
W WINDS AROUND 5 KT. SEAS 1 TO 2 FT.

FRI
N WINDS AROUND 5 KT…BECOMING E IN THE AFTERNOON. SEAS
2 TO 3 FT.

FRI NIGHT
E WINDS 5 TO 10 KT. SEAS 2 TO 3 FT.

SAT
SE WINDS 5 TO 10 KT. SEAS 2 TO 3 FT.

SUN
SE WINDS 5 TO 10 KT. SEAS 2 TO 3 FT. A CHANCE OF SHOWERS
AND TSTMS THROUGH THE NIGHT.

WINDS AND WAVES HIGHER IN AND NEAR TSTMS.
ANZ430-162130-
DELAWARE BAY WATERS NORTH OF EAST POINT NJ TO SLAUGHTER BEACH DE-
601 AM EDT WED JUL 16 2014

TODAY
SW WINDS 5 TO 10 KT…BECOMING NW THIS MORNING. SEAS 1
FOOT OR LESS. SCATTERED SHOWERS EARLY THIS MORNING…THEN ISOLATED
SHOWERS LATE THIS MORNING.

TONIGHT
NW WINDS 5 TO 10 KT. SEAS 1 TO 2 FT.

THU
NW WINDS 5 TO 10 KT. SEAS 1 TO 2 FT.

THU NIGHT
W WINDS 5 TO 10 KT…DIMINISHING TO AROUND 5 KT IN
THE LATE EVENING AND OVERNIGHT. SEAS 1 TO 2 FT.

FRI
N WINDS AROUND 5 KT…BECOMING E IN THE AFTERNOON. SEAS
1 TO 2 FT.

FRI NIGHT
SE WINDS 5 TO 10 KT. SEAS 1 TO 2 FT.

SAT
SE WINDS 5 TO 10 KT. SEAS 1 TO 2 FT.

SUN
E WINDS 5 TO 10 KT. SEAS 1 TO 2 FT. A CHANCE OF SHOWERS
AND TSTMS.

WINDS AND SEAS HIGHER IN AND NEAR TSTMS.

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Delaware State Record Mahi Mahi Broken

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56.9 Delaware State record Mahi Mahi … Butch Emmert (second from right) holding his mahi-mahi … with (left to right) Gregg Catts, Jason King, Jamie King and Will Emmert .. photo from DNREC

On July 6 William Emmert caught a 56.9 pound mahi-mahi trolling the  Baltimore canyon.  This catch beats the previous record of  52 pounds, 15 ounces on Aug. 18, 2003, by Charles Ciociola.  Since the mahi mahi was caught by a boat that ported out of Delaware it qualifies as a Delaware State record in the Delaware Sport Fishing Tournament .  William Emmert was fishing on the Elizabeth Jane with captain Jason King.  The boat ported out of Indian River Inlet and the catch was verified by Fish and Wildlife enforcement officer Senior Cpl. Casey Zolper at Hook ‘Em and Cook ‘Em Outfitters  .  Mahi Mahi of this size are exceptional, usually averaging  fifteen to thirty pounds.  The Mahi Mahi is also known as a Dorado fish or dolphin fish.  It is a very popular fish to catch, for the action and to eat.   This catch is one huge bull of a mahi mahi.  Congratulations to William Emmert and crew they will have a story to tell for years to come.

Fish On!!

Rich King

Posted in DSF, Fishing Report, Surf Fishing News

The full moon on the 12th of July is not a super moon

full moon, lunar perigee, july super moon, The full moon on the 12th of July is not a super moon. However you can expect slightly higher tides and people to be more emotional.  Which is the norm for Facebook and most social media these days.  A super moon is when the moon is closest to the earth so it looks bigger in the sky. It is known as the Lunar perigee, which will be the August full moon next month.  This month’s full moon is known as, the Full Buck Moon.  July is normally the month when the new antlers of buck deer push out of their foreheads in coatings of velvety fur. It was also often called the Full Thunder Moon, for the reason that thunderstorms are most frequent during this time. Another name for this month’s Moon was the Full Hay Moon.  So have a fun weekend with a the full moon, it is great time to do night fishing especially on the beach you can see so much better.

Fish On!!

Rich King

Posted in DSF, Fishing Report, Surf Fishing News

Slow in the surf but decent in the bays and ocean

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Faithful steward drive on access looking south at Indian River inlet

Well so far it has been an uneventful week, well at least nothing has burst into flames no one had to land on a closed beach.  The hurricane stirred up the water and carved the beaches up a bit.  The water is clearing up nicely and the beaches are getting smoother, with the normal sharp slope to the surf.  Jersey was hit with record low temperatures form an upwelling of cold water due to southern winds and our water chilled a bit after the hurricane came through.   We have seen bluefish, dogfish, kingfish, croaker, spotted hake, and spot in the surf even a few flounder this week.  The fishing has been random at the beach, but still a good time in the sandbox.  One day the southern beaches in Fenwick Island State park are good for bluefish and the next day Cape Henlopen is the hot spot.  Proof that fish move and tend not to sit in one area too long.   The last two hours of the incoming tide and first two hours of the outgoing tide have been the best times to fish with top and bottom rigs or mullet rigs.  Honestly using a large striper or bluefish rig with a big chunk of bunker is just a waste of time, unless you want to catch skates, rays, or sharks.  The water has that nice blueish green hue to it and is rather clear.  Fishbites bloodworm or clam formulas and frozen mullet are the best baits.  Sand fleas and peeler crab are working well, you can dig for sand fleas, and you may find a peeler in your crab pots.  Make sure you do not check other people’s crab pots, that is not legal and people can get a little excited when they see someone checking their pots.  People in Pot Nets bayside are still having issues with their pots being poached.

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Pelicans working the water in the surf

Weakfish are still great action in the inland bays, Roosevelt Inlet, Indian River Inlet, Lewes Canal, and Delaware bay beaches.  The catches are not heavy or frequent but they are catching some nice sizes when the bite turns.  If people would like to see more of these every year they should let them go more often than keeping.  I know it is hard to let a fish go that tastes so good, but the the fact they are bouncing back is just beginning.  Would be nice to see the Delaware State fish come back in large numbers and sizes.  If you would like to learn more about helping the weakfish in Delaware you should check out the CCA DE chapter.  They have some ideas they are working on to help protect the state fish stocks.   The group is also working on a lot of ideas to help preserve the fishery in Delaware.  They also attend all the DNREC meetings in Dover to keep anglers updated with what is going on with new legislation.  Recently the poaching laws in Delaware were proposed to be changed and that is about to pass and be signed into legislation.

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Autumn and Cierra with a small blue at savages ditch

Flounder pounding has been great, even in the surf at times.  The Old Grounds, Delaware bay sites, Henlopen fishing pier, inland bays, Masseys landing, lewes canal, broadkill river, and canary creek.  Many areas are producing catches and the baits have been mostly minnows or gulp.  The fly fishing club has seen some decent flounder at the Henlopen flats when the boys meet up for their trips.   The charters  have been doing great and to name a few we recommend …  Captain Chris Ragni  (302) 531 6031  fishing the Quintessa and Blue Collarman ; Captain Chuck Cook of First Light Charters  (302) 853 5717 ;  Captain Brian Wazlavek with Delaware Family Fishing  (302) 430-3414.  Tell them DSF sent you it might get you a better deal, these folks can put you on the fish.  Otherwise there is nothing like a lazy drift in the bay while doing a little flounder fishing.   Sitting on the shore and jigging for flounder from the piers or surf is always a fun day. 

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Jason and Jessica Duncan with a striped bass from the Indian River Inlet

Where are all the redfish we saw last year?  Alex Tkachuk caught a just under the size limit redfish (red drum) several days ago at the Indian River Inlet while flounder fishing.  Archie Fretz caught a undersized puppy drum (black drum) at Cupola park the other day.  We know they are out there but have just not seen a lot of them so far this year.  Hoping that changes soon, redfish make a fine meal as do puppy drum.  Remember black drum (puppy drum) have to be sixteen inches in all Delaware waters this year to keep them with a limit of three per day.  Depending on where you are from, will govern what you consider a puppy drum.  Many call black drum puppy drum and small red drum redfish in this area.  however some call all small drum puppy drum andin Maryland they call small red drum channel bass.  Just depends on where you are and who you talk with.

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Shark seen at the Outer Wall by Captain Chris Ragni and crew when they were spear fishing. Look how clear that water is …

Croaker are still all over the place, in fact it is almost impossible not to catch them.  They are numerous in schools and in decent sizes.  We have seen catches further up the Delaware Bay than Port Mahon.  Fishbites bloodworm formula works good on them and the clam or crab isn’t bad either.  Squid works great too, the smaller whole squid that you thaw and cut your own pieces.   Top and bottom rigs with 2/0 hooks are working the best.  Floats on the rigs are optional, I don’t think he hungry croaker care.  spot are hitinng the same baits and rigs.  The Lewes canal is full of croaker if you want a easy place to take the kids from shore or drifting in the boat.  Try the canal front park pier or the old boat ramp in Lewes near the Overfalls light ship.

Striped bass slot season started on July first …   20 – 26 inch fish may be retained from July 1 – Aug. 31 in DE River, DE Bay & their tribs (DE waters only).  Just a heads up but the train bridge (near the drawbridge) to the Roosevelt inlet is considered a tributary and is legal for slot fishing for striped bass There have been a lot of shorts caught at the Indian river inlet at night on tandem bucktails, or tied up like speck rigs near the walls.  Mostly at night, but you will catch some during the day on the incoming tide close to the rock walls.  A popper worked along the rock wall will produce some as well, but can be tricky when it is crowded.   The inner and outer walls in the Delaware Bay are holding a lot of nice slot sized striped bass.  several of the sites and shoals will see some action as well.  You just have to find the fish.   The Lewes canal and Broadkill river are decent spots to try, a hint for there would be to fish like you are fishing for bass in a lake or pond.  Not pattern fishing, but look for structure and grassy areas they can feed.  Throw your lures near the structure or into the grass lines near the shore.  A nice ultralight set up makes for a lot of fun catching.  

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Tara Neel with a 21 inch flounder out of Masseys Ditch

Offshore action has been great for mahi mahi, tuna, tilefish, and sharks.  The Charters and private boats have been doing well once they find the fish.  The canyons to the hambone have been hot one day and not the next.  That depends on who you ask.  Nothing like a long cruise off shore and all the sea life you see along the way.  Crabbing and clamming are still decent you just have to find a good spot.

Everyone is still talking about the proposed surf fishing regulations being changed for the beaches.  In fact it is all I have been hearing about since it was proposed.  My best advice is to contact your state representatives and voice your concerns to them, nicely.  Something certainly needs to be done to cut down on the traffic on the beach on the weekends.  Limiting the number of vehicles allowed on a beach at one time would probably be the best solution.  As far as having to surf fish, if the guy who doesn’t want to fish doesn’t have to put his gear in your way, then that is one less line to get tangled up with.  However letting people swim on an unguarded beach is not a good idea either for many reasons.  Also if the surf fishing rule is reversed it will affect many bait shops that sell people the gear and bait they need to be on the beach.  This proposal has a much larger impact than people realize.  The issue of too much traffic only occurs on the weekends and holidays.  I was on the beach Wednesday and there were less than twenty vehicles on a mile of beach.   The people that are parking five deep and ten vehicles wide is not safe either regardless if they are all “fishing”.  When that Jeep caught on fire last week, what if that had happened in the middle of a lot of vehicles?  Enforcement is overwhelmed form the weekend traffic and you have to realize they don’t just watch the beaches, they have an entire park to deal with.  Not to mention Cape Henlopen has to watch Beach Plum Island, and Delaware Seashore State Park is responsible for Fenwick Island State Park.  These folks are spread a little thin, so try to cut them a break when you are complaining.  If you think you could help out then volunteer to work in he parks.  Have a great weekend, and go fish a catch!!

Fish On!!

Rich King

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24 Hour Forecast

Rehoboth Beach, DE
November 23, 2014, 10:28 pm
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52°F
sunrise: 6:52 am
sunset: 4:42 pm
Forecast November 24, 2014
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