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DNREC … Sea Level Rise Adaptation Plan

Sea Level Rise Adaptation Plan now available to help Delawareans prepare and act


DOVER (Dec. 12, 2013) – After nearly three years of assessment, debate and public input, Delaware’s Sea Level Rise Advisory Committee has approved recommendations for adapting to sea level rise in the state through the release of its final report, “Preparing for Tomorrow’s High Tide: Recommendations for Adapting to Sea Level Rise in Delaware.”

The report is intended to guide statewide decisions about adaptation and to assist government agencies, businesses and individuals make well-informed choices about preparing for and responding to sea level rise. Central to the report recommendations for building the state’s ability to adapt to sea level rise. The SLR adaptation report also contains background information about adaptation measures that can be taken to reduce vulnerability to sea level rise and provides a set of guiding principles.

Delaware’s Sea Level Rise Advisory Committee was convened in November 2010 by DNREC Secretary Collin O’Mara to investigate the state’s vulnerability to sea level rise and to provide recommendations about how to best prepare for higher sea levels. The 24-member committee comprises a wide variety of stakeholder groups including state agencies, local governments, citizen organizations, business organizations and environmental organizations. Publication of this report marks the completion of the committee’s work.

“Preparing for Tomorrow’s High Tide: Recommendations for Adapting to Sea Level Rise in Delaware” is the Sea Level Rise Advisory Committee’s third and final report, and builds upon its comprehensive statewide sea level rise vulnerability assessment, published in 2012.

The committee’s recommendations focus on building the state’s ability to make informed decisions about adaptation strategies, rather than pinpointing specific actions that should be taken in a particular location. Among others, the committee recommended increased regulatory flexibility, incorporation of sea level rise considerations into long-range and comprehensive plans, increased public awareness about sea level rise and improved data about flooding and saltwater intrusion. Any recommendation included in the report was supported by at least a two-thirds majority of advisory committee members.

“Delaware’s long term competitiveness will be shaped in many ways by our response to climate change. This report provides a solid foundation to address threats from sea level rise, one of the key impacts of climate change, and to increase our resiliency to coastal storms,” said DNREC Secretary O’Mara. “While we’ve already begun making strategic investments to improve dams, dikes, impoundments and drainage and stormwater systems, in the coming years, we will be working to implement the recommendations approved by the Sea Level Rise Advisory Committee.

“We will also be leading by example through Governor Markell’s Executive Order 41, which requires state agencies to plan for sea level rise when making decisions about buildings and infrastructure,” Sec. O’Mara said. “State government can’t do it alone and I encourage everyone to review the report and the recommendations of the Sea Level Rise Advisory Committee and to take action today.”

The report is available for download at http://de.gov/slradaptplan. A limited number of hard copies of the report are also available by contacting the Delaware Coastal Programs office at 302-739-9283.

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Redfish in the surf with random keeper striped bass

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Michael Zorzi … Pictures from Monday night. Caught a 18″ throwback and a 37″ between 10 and 10:30 pm.

Not much has changed this past week in the fishing community.  The surf has been slow to random for keeper striped bass.  One day it is good for a few anglers and the next day it is donuts by the box.  Bunker has been the best bait, and the boats are doing well with stretch 25′s at the Overfalls and Sea Colony area.  Live eels have done well too, even for some flounder here and there.  Redfish have made another appearance in the surf, caught on bunker chunks as well while people have been fishing for striped bass.  I have been hitting a few favorite spots in the back bays and catching shorty striped bass until my arm turns to Jello.  Cast catch a fish, cast catch a fish, cast catch a fish … for hours at a time.  Small swim shads, bucktails, plugs, poppers, and spoons work very well on these shorts.  Most of the fish have been twenty five to twenty seven inches.  It is a blast to jump in a small boat or even my buddy’s canoe and do a little early morning fishing before work, or in the evening into the dark.  The back bays are hot in many places you just have to find the fish.  They are in schools and move around, once you find them, following and catching is simple.  You won’t see any keepers and there may be a few mixed in but that is rare.  I just like the fact you can hit one after another, and it seems they will hit just about anything.  Good times for a few hours of fishing, and if you are into catch and release this scenario is a blast.

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Bob Flick. He caught this beauty at South bethany on Thursday dec 5.

Saturday morning my phone blew up and it was Ben Smith and his crew sending me a picture of a nice thirty five inch bass he just caught in the surf.  “Dude get down here were are into some nice bass” …  The boys were gathered for their annual surf fishing excursion.  I teased Ben and asked him if he was going to try and break the state record again this year.  He said that would be nice but i came out ot have fun with the boys and hopefully catch a fish.  That is the best way to go fishing, if you go out expecting to fill a cooler or hammer the big one, you will easily set yourself up for a disappointing day.  I met the boys in Delaware Seashore State Park at conquest beach.  They had rods spread out over a hundred yards or more hoping to catch a few more fish.  They day before they hit a few shorts, farther south.  Saturday they managed a few shorts, one microbass, and the thirty five inch keeper.  The waves were rough and the beach was carved out from heavy surf.  The boys were having a hard time holding bottom with eight ounce weights.  They were picking up a lot of grass and seaweed, probably enough to make a life sized Sigmund the Sea Monster.  The boys packed it in later in the afternoon, and were going to head back out the next day.  They skunked on Sunday but had a good time up until the snow turned to rain.  Many of us tried fishing on Sunday, but the weather was a bit crazy outside, flipping from snow to rain and back to sleet all day.  Many did fish but very few caught in the surf.  Traveling was tough and people up north were walloped with snow and no warning how bad it would really snow.  It happens, always be prepared for the worst during possible bad winter storms.

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Southside parking lot at IRI closed for the winter.

Boots was at Cape Henlopen State park the other evening and saw a seal in the surf at the point.  Our winter visitors are starting to show up so keep an eye out for them.  If you find one stranded or in distress please contact MERR or a park ranger.  The southside parking lot is closed at Indian River Inlet so the park renovations can continue, and will be closed until Memorial Day Weekend.  You can park at the lot across from the campground and that may close soon too they are doing a lot of work down there.  Complaining to the parks will do no good they are not in charge of this work.  I do not know if it will open earlier, and hopefully it will but I would not hold my breath.  The Coast Guard contacted us last week and wanted us to let everyone know the buoys in the Indian River bay will remain throughout the winter, unless ice becomes and issue.  A big thanks to the Coast Guard for asking the boaters opinion in a recent survey we did on the Delaware Surf Fishing Facebook page.  Just a  heads up too, the Coast Guard has been keeping an eye on the 3 mile mark trying to keep people from illegally fishing for and keeping striped bass.  It is illegal to target striped bass and especially keep striped bass beyond the three mile mark.   It is a shame they have to use their resources to keep people honest, but there are bad eggs in any industry.  Poachers really irk me especially the ones that make money from fishing and knowingly break the laws to make money.  In the end this will catch up with them.  Fishing is supposed to be fun, even when it is a business.  Fishing dirty takes all of the sport out of this great past time.  Monday meetings will resume this evening at Delaware Distilling Company at 5:30 p.m. and will continue into the spring every Monday night.  There are a lot of interesting subjects we are working on, I have a few folks interested in doing presentations, and any suggestions are always welcome.


Fish On!!

Rich King

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The surf bite was slow and Monday meetings are starting back up


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Over the weekend, Justin Grynovicki and Jason Delgavio from Baltimore MD cruised the Delaware beach front until they connected with this 40 inch estimated 25 pound bass … this fish was released

Well today was nothing like yesterday in the surf. The sun rose and it was a gorgeous day, but the fish bite definitely slowed down. We went to conquest beach and set up for a lot of plug throwing and spoon tossing. I cast off and on for almost four hours. Everyone near us was using bunker chunks and the reports coming in were about the same everywhere. Nothing was biting and few and far between catches. I saw the snowy owls again and the bird watchers were as abundant as the anglers at one point. A few people caught some striped bass in the surf here and there, the Southern beaches were the better spots to fish again. The biggest striped bass I have seen yet was caught by, Justin Grynovicki and Jason Delgavio from Baltimore MD. The hit a 40 inch striped bass on a bunker head, took a quick picture and then released the fish. Kudos to the boys, it is not often you hear of people releasing striped bass in this area. I prefer catch and release to help ensure the continuation of the fish stocks. I only keep one fish in the thirty inch range every year at the most, and this past spring I did just that. To each his own, maybe one day we will wise up and change the creel limits to only one fish across the board for all the east coast states, and really help the stocks rebuild. I don’t think anyone has ever said “Hey let’s take a charter today, and then catch and release”. There are many opinions on how the stocks should be regulated, and I don’t think it is a cut and dry answer. Managing fish is not an easy job. The boats did decent today, but their frequency of catches was down as well, but much better than the surf. I even saw a flounder caught on a stretch 25 on the troll.

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Paula Compton … 22″ flounder I caught today on Fenwick shoal…trolling for stripers with a stretch 25 on board the Vagrant iking…thanks Capt Steve

Beach tags for 2014 are now on sale at the Delaware State Park offices and the life saving station. I always get mine early s I can drive on the beach January first, that day all state offices are closed. I will try to find out when and if regular fishing licenses for 2014 will be on sale early this year. Monday meetings are starting back up December 2 (tomorrow night) in Delaware Distilling Company at 5:30 p.m. … 18693 Hwy One Rehoboth Beach, Delaware 19971. There are always food specials and the like for these meetings and I will work on a schedule for talks we will host throughout the winter months. Many have asked when we will start these meetings back up and I decided to jump in a month early. Come out and visit with like minded anglers and tell your favorite lies, stories, and trade techniques.  If anyone wants DSF apparel or items from the store, I will have some things with me at every meeting.  I hope to see you out there.


Fish On!!
Rich King



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Striped Bass In The Surf And Snowy Owls In The Dunes

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Joey Drupieski III .. his first Striped bass from the point in CHSP

Yesterday a few keeper striped bass were caught in the surf.  The birds have been working the water in the mornings and everyday they have gotten closer.  Yesterday they came within casting distance.  A few keepers were pulled in Delaware Seashore State Park.  The boats had been doing well in the Delaware bay, but in the past few days the fish have moved farther south and/or out front.  Now the boats are doing better a mile from Bethany Beach.  The fish that moved out front are almost off limits, once the fish pass the three mile line, fishing for striped bass is illegal.  Which can be aggravating for boaters when they are just within a few yards of that line catching.  The fish that moved South have come closer to shore.  Key Box Beach down to Fenwick Island saw keepers yesterday, but low numbers due to the fact there were hardly any anglers out there.  The frequency of catches picked up today with the increase of anglers on the beaches today.  More lines in the water increases the odds of fish being caught.  Simple math, but that does not increase all the angler’s odds, just the amount of fish caught.  It is still fishing, and you  just never know if you are in the right place at the right time.  Early this morning the surf blew up from the point in Cape Henlopen State Park to Fenwick Island.  More fish were caught on the Southern ocean beaches.  Bunker chunks was the choice bait.  Not many were caught on plugs.  Eels and stretch twenty fives were the ticket for the boats.  Henry Busby and his friends were out there and the keeper he hit was stuffed with sand eels.  All of the bass have been feeding heavily on sand eels, mimicking that baitfish would be a good idea for artificials in the surf.  Bucktails with curly tailed soft plastics, or Tsunami sand eels.  I am tossing pencils tomorrow.

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Snowy Owl seen in the dunes of Delaware Seashore State Park

I met Steve on the beach today and we fished in DSSP at Conquest.  It was early afternoon, sky was overcast and the wind was picking up a bit.  Still a nice day in the sandbox.  There were several trucks on the beach.  I threw a few metals for a half hour and decided to use a chunk of his bunker.  We watched people catch skates up and down the beach.  Then we saw a guy catch a keeper striper.  Then Bobbby Rehrig just down the beach from us caught a nice thirty four inch bass.  We just kept looking at our rods waiting for that hit.  When I dropped by and said hello to Bobby he showed me the fish he caught.   It had a hook in its gullet with a leader on it and he said there was an eel on the hook when he pulled in the fish.  I am assuming a boat this morning had a break off, since the eel was still fresh.  I was supposed to be on the beach this morning at five a.m. but I hit the alarm off button and not snooze button, and woke up at ten a.m. instead.  I guess I needed the sleep, otherwise I would have been out there all day.  The day before a friend of mine took a picture of the snowy owls that have been in the dunes for the last three days.  I stopped on my way to the spot to meet Steve and took a few shots of the snowy owls.  From what I have been able too find, they are here due to the fact the lemming population they feed on has probably crashed.  That or they are delivering mail from Hogwarts Castle.  I’m going with the lemming population crash.  It was very cool to see these beautiful birds on our Delaware beaches.  There were more bird watchers than anglers on the beach at one point.  If you decide to go visit the beach to see the snowy owls, please respect their space.  They flew a long way to get here, and need to save all their energy.  I can not imagine what they will feed on in our dune systems, but will try to get some information and pass it along.  Everyone have a great rest of the holiday weekend, I have to try and get up early again tomorrow.

Fish On!!

Rich King

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Striped Bass are Heavy in the Delaware Bay

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Maggie Lingo, and Clara Hollingsworth …. Striped bass from the Delaware bay

A few days ago the Delaware Bay blew up with striped bass. John French said they were biting like packs of rabid dogs. Good to see the fall run finally enter DE waters. They have been passing us for weeks, showing up in Maryland and far up the Chesapeake bay. The run is still happening up north and the fish seem to blow up one area for a few days and then it goes quiet. We have little of any striped bass in the surf. The past few days people on the troll in front of Bethany and Fenwick have caught some nice fish. They are several hundred yards off the beach, but that is not to say they will not move into the surf. It will take more than a few people fishing out there and to be in the right spot at the right time if they do make the surf. Many of the fish in the Delaware Bay are stuffing themselves on sand eels. If they are feeding on sand eels finding them in the surf may not be as hard soon. We can only wait, hope and see what happens. The sea bass bite has been excellent and I have seen a few keeper flounder caught here and there from the surf. Bunker and mullet for baits, spoons, plugs, and swim shads for artificials. The boats are having luck with eels and stretch 25′s.
The water temperatures have been steadily dropping, the winds are back off and on, fall fishing is always a joy. Much different from the sun and sand we enjoy in the summer. Sea Bass regulations are changing this year and next … Effective November 11, 2013. The open seasons will now run from May 19 – October 14 and from November 1 – December 31. Each season will have a 20 possession limit, size is 12.5 inches. I hope everyone has a great Thanksgiving weekend and please be safe and smart out there. We will see you in the sand box all weekend. I should have the tournament details for next year, after the holiday weekend.

Fish On!!
Rich King

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noma-coast2coast raising awareness of melanoma

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The journey of noma-coast2coast begins

I met Brian and Brendan McElrone tonight in Rehoboth at Arenas Deli.  Brian has been riding his bicycle across the country to help raise awareness for Melanoma.  “Melanoma is a tumor of melanin-forming cells, typically a malignant tumor associated with skin cancer. My brother Brendan was diagnosed with melanoma a few years back and successfully battled the disease. He consulted the Melanoma Research Foundation for knowledge and advice. That being said, it’s time to raise awareness and advocate the Cause.”  Originally from Easton PA, I asked Brian why end this journey at Cape henlopen State Park.  “I lived here for a few years and have always felt a great connection with this area, and CHSP was a sanctuary for my love of the outdoors.”  He started this cross country journey on October 11, and shot for a six week window to ride four thousand miles.  Riding ninety to one hundred miles a day he said it became automatic or machine like to just keep going every day.  Tomorrow he will hit the forty two day mark when he ends his journey in CHSP, and jumps into the Atlantic ocean.  He started in Marin County California at the Golden Gate Bridge.  Traveling across the country he has seen much of our country, and met some interesting people.  He will finish this trip in time to see his eleven siblings and parents in Easton, PA for Thanksgiving.  He is looking forward to a nice relaxing weekend.  You can follow, read about, and donate to their cause on the blog site … noma-coast2coast.com .  It was a pleasure meeting these gentlemen.  It is always inspirational for me to see people helping other people.  My favorite quality in humans is when they act humane.  Good luck tomorrow boys and I look forward to following the next journey you take to raise awareness of Melanoma.  It was truly a pleasure meeting you both.


Fish On!!

Rich King

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