We know many of you have questions regarding the 9th Annual DMS Invitational Tournament this weekend, Oct 9. 10 & 11.
We will hold the tournament if the beaches are open.
No official word as of Noon, October 6, from the parks as to when the beaches will open.
That being said, there are Facebook reports that some drive-on access points are open at CHSP. Things are looking up!
We will post on Facebook and here on DMS website as soon as we get the official word from Parks and Rec on the beaches.
With the re-opening of the CHSP Fishing Pier, DE Special Olympics will hold the Fishing Tournament on Saturday, September 19! We know it is short notice, but DMS will be there to assist.
Those that have helped in the past know this is a great day for the Special Olympians, their families and the volunteers. Show up and experience the joy that fishing can bring to the participants.
Meet in the parking lot at 9 AM. Contact Crystal Gray at 302-530-7059 to confirm your presence.
The Committee is looking for volunteers to fill positions at the Tournament HQ for the 9th Annual DMS Invitational. Email email@example.com to sign up. Click here for more info on positions needed to be filled.
The National Park Service (NPS) is accepting written comments on changes being considered to the currently restrictive ORV Rule in effect at the Cape Hatteras National Seashore. A number of changes are under consideration,
DE Special Olympics Field Dayevent. 8:30 Am -12 Noon.
Meet at the Fishing Pier in Cape Henlopen State Park at 8:00 AM
At this time, there will not be a fishing event due to the Pier being closed. Instead, DMS will assist the Delaware Special Olympics at their Field Day.
Persons intered in helping should contact Grystal Gray at 302-530-7059. Deadline to sign up is August 16.
When calling, please have your shirt size ready!
Crabs, Crabs and more crabs! Check the July/August DMS newsletter for details or click here!
The Delaware Mobile Surf Fishermen will hold a Meet and Greet event on Audust 8 at Fenwick Island access from 7:00 to 9:00 am.
Click here for more info!
Cape Hatteras National Seashore is holding public scoping meetings to consider changes to the Seashore's Off-Road Vehicle (ORV) special regulation as it relates to morning opening of beaches, extending the length of fall and spring seasonal ORV routes, and modifying the size and location of vehicle free areas.
Click here for more info.
Thanks to the DMS members that participated in the beach Clean-up on Saturday, May 16. Chairman Steve Merrick reports the big surprise of the day was ... how little trash there was on the beach!
Ray Divins, Director of DNREC's Division of Parks and Recreation announced changes in on-beach parking at the State Park beaches. Vehicles accessing the beach with a surf fishing vehicle permit will now be required to park single-file along the oceanfront. This parking restriction is in response to concerns of various user groups regarding enforcement of surf fishing vehicle permit regulations.
This action is supported by DMS.
A DMS-supported event will be Vets Fishing, held in Septemeber. Details here.
DMS place first at the 2015 Ocracke Invitational Surf Fishing Tournament held April 30 & May 1. They outdistanced the 2nd place team by almost 30 points. Phoots and updates can be found on the DMS Facebook page. Click here for more on the Team.
Click here for a brief report on the May 2 Meet & Greet held at CHSP.
In order to comply with legislation contained the in the National Defense Authorization Act passed in December, 2014, the National Park Service (NPS) released proposed changes to wildlife buffers at the Cape Hatteras National Seashore.
DNREC annouces that the 2015 Striped Bass regulations will take effect May 11. No striped bass between 37 " to 44" can be harvested and only 2 fish per day may be harvested. Click here for more info.
Pursuant to the recent change in By-Laws, the Nominating Committee was formed at the April, 2015 meeting.
DNREC's Dvision of Parks & Rec will be issuing new regulations regarding beach access via the surf fishing permit in Delaware. We at DMS urge Parks & Rec to enforce the surf fishing vehicle permit regulations rather than regulate access. Click here to sign the petition.
DMS will hold its first Meet & Greet of the year on May 2. More info TBA. Click the date on the "What's Happening" module for details that are currently available.
Click here for a report on the 2015 Annual Dinner and 2015 Beach Grass Planting.
HB 41 was pre-filed on March 12, 2015. From the description of the bill: This bill adds active members of the ladies auxilary or volunterr fire department ladies auxilary as eleigible for free surf fishing license. The complete bill, with the new language and deletions from the current law, §4701(a)(5) Title 7 of the DE Code, can be found here.
The drawing for the DMS-sponsored team that will represent DMS at AMSA's 10th Annual Surf Fishing Tournament will be held at the DMS Annual Dinner. The AMSA tournament is scheduled for October 16 -18, 2015 at Assateague Island National Seashore, MD. Team Captains must submit their roster at the Annual Dinner. Click here for qualifications for Team Captians and Team Members.
A reminder that the dues are $25.00 for the annual renewal. Click here to renew now on-line. We now accept PayPal or credit card for online payment of dues. Using the form in the Nov/Dec 2014 or Jan/Feb 2015 Newsletter, you can also renew by sending you snail-mail payment to:
DMS 2015 Dues, P. O. Box 455, Dagsboro, DE 19939
DMS members are urged to respond to the letter they have recently received regarding options proposed by DNREC's Division of Parks and Recreation for managing beach access by persons using the Surf Fishing Vehicle pemit at CHSP on certain days and times during the period from Saturday of Memorial Day weekend to Monday of Labor Day weekend.
Parks and Rec called this time period "the summer season."
You can give us your thoughts on the letter and on the options presented by Parks and rec by clicking on the "CONTACT US" button in the top right corner of this screen.
Please include your DMS number in your response.
Click here for an update on Cape Hatteras National Seashore management efforts designed to comply with the 2015 National Defense Authorization Act. NPS says it will update the web page "as significant progress is made."
UPDATED: The hearing for striped bass harvest limits was held February 23.
The Hearing provided all anglers the opportunity to express their choice of 6 Options that are designed to the reduce recreational striper harvest by 25%.
While the hearing has passed, public comment on the Options can be made until March 10, 2015via email or snail mail. Click here for info on how to respond.
Proposed across-the-board increases in user fees for Delaware's state parks will take effect on February 15. Fees for surf-fishing vehicle tags will increase 23% to 27%.
A public lands use package of bills was included in other recently enacted Federal legislation. Highlights include modification of the Final Rule, wildlife buffers, designation of corriders to by-pass wildlife buffers and construction of new vehicle access points.
The US Fish and Wildlife Service has listed the the red knot (aka the rufa red knot) as a threatened species. The Cape Gazette calls it the first bird to be protected due to "climate change effects". Click here for the full document as published in the Federal Register. The "determination" as a threatened species is found on page 41. DNREC, however, still lists the red knot as #7 on a list of endangered species. Another take on the ruling from the OBX.
Heads up, DMS members that fish AI. Assateague Island National Seashore is seeking comment on potential increases in entrance, kayak and camping fees in 2015. The National Park Service will provide a 30 day comment period available today through January 12, 2015. N.B.: the increases do not include OSV permits.
Bruce West was elected President for 2015. Find the complete results of the election of the 2015 Officers and Directors here.
DNREC's Division of Parks and Recreation has proposed increases in some user fees. They also want your input on these proposed increases. Open houses will ocur in each County, where parks staff will be available to discuss and answer questions.
Delaware’s 2015 Stripped Bass recreational harvest must be reduced through harvest control measures, which include consideration of reduced possession limits, increased minimum size limits and slot size limits.
DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife announced steps toward implementing the regulation change in Delaware, with a public hearing and accompanying 30-day public comment period to be scheduled early next year to solicit input on recreational options.
Results of the DMS IntraClub Tournament will be posted as soon as the Tournament Committee releases them.
Designed to attract people that have a strong liking for low digits, DNREC will auction low-numbered surf vehicle tags starting Spring, 2015.
DNREC's "Listening Session" (meaning: no public input?) will be Wednesday, Nov 5 at 4 P.M at UD's Virden Retreat Center, 700 Pilottown Raod in Lewes. Could this mean Marine Protected Areas - or MPAs, areas where human activity is restricted - are in the works? Click here to get an insight into this "listening session." from Captan Bill. Plan on attending this session and hear first-hand what dramatic changes may be in the works for Delaware.
"Morty" Morton attended a DNREC workshop on Saturday, November 1, regarding updates to regulations govering beach protection and use of beaches. For Morton's thoughts and insights on this workshop, please visit our Facebook page
DMS members are urged to check Page 4 of thier November/December newsletter and send us your thoughts on when and where DMS monthly meetings should be held. Follow the instructions in the newsletter to get your voice heard!
ASMFC Striped Bass Management Board has approved implementation of a management plan that is designed to reduce the striper harvest by 20.5% to 25%, depending on each state. From the report: "The coastal recreational fishery harvest will be reduced by implementing a one fish bag limit while keeping a 28” size limit."
Citing safety concerns, DNREC closes the pier after finding significant repairs are required to the strucure. Read the full news release here.
Thanks to the DMS members and families that participated in the Adopt-A-Highway and Beach Clean-up programs on October 22. DMS would like to thank each of you for helping keep our little state of Delaware one of the most pristine areas in the country. DMS is proud to be a great steward of the state for both Adopt-A-Highway and Beach Clean-Up. Check our Facebook page for photos and some of the fishing that followed
DNREC is looking for photos that best portray's this year's theme: Taking Action for Conversation. Photos should depict proper C&R techniques or a conservation-minded fishing action. The winning photo will be featured in - or possibly the cover photo of - the 2015 Delaware Fishing Guide. Click here for more info on the contest.
The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) and the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council (MAFMC) will hold a joint public hearing regarding the future direction of summer flounder management in Delaware waters at 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 6, in the DNREC Auditorium at 89 Kings Highway, Dover. Click here for more info
Delaware Governor Jack Markell prclaims September 27-October 3 "Delaware Hunting and Fishing Week". In the proclamation, Markell noted that over 82,000 licensed recreational anglers generate almost $10M in license fees. Fishing and hunting contribute $210M to Delaware's economy and support over 1,900 jobs. Click here for more details.
Delaware recently enacted legislation changing the classifaction of certain "less severe offenses" associated with fishing, hunting and boating. The changes would result in no criminal history for persons charged/convicted of certain offenses. Click here for more details.
As chair of the event it was my pleasure to put this event together once again. It is always good to see the families come out and enjoy themselves and enjoy GREAT crabs. So many thanks need to go out to so many people who made this event another success. It would take me all night to mention everyone who helped. Thank you to those of you who donated prizes, we had some great prizes again this year. Those of you who helped work this event, you are awesome and I could not have done it without you. Most of all thank you to the members of DMS who continue to support such a great organization. Without each of you believing in DMS we would not be where we are today. Thank you for making my job so easy and I look forward to next year already.
8th Annual DMS Invitational Surf Fishing Tournament Cape Henlopen State Park. Tournament HQ is at Youth Camp # 3, Cape Henlopen State Park. Registration 12 Noon to 8:00 PM Friday, October 10. Fishing Saturday and Sunday. Join us for Delaware's premier Fall fishing Tournament. Click here for complete rules and entry form!
The Delaware Special Olympics Fishing Tournament on Saturday, September 20, is always a great event. Held at the pier in Cape Henlopen State Park. DMS and other organizations assist the Special Olympians as they seek to catch the big one. Contact Crystal Gray (302-535-2637) with your commitment to help.
DMS provides sponsorship to DMS teams that compete in two Tournaments. DMS will pay for the entry to the 2014 AMSA Tournament held October 16 - 18, 2014, as well as the Ocracoke Invitaional Surf Fishing Tournament, May 1 & 2, 2015. Drawings for the Ocracoke team will be held at the DMS Fall Feast, Saturday, September 13, 2014. Drawing for the AMSA team will be held at the October General Meeting on Thursday, October 2. Check your newsletter for more info or click here.
Senate Bill 265 would remove the "actively engaged" requirement when accessing the beach with a surf fishing vehicle tag. Click here for more information and to view President "Morty" Morton's thoughts on this bill.
Would you be surprised that the number of shorebird and turtle nests are down this year at the Cape Hatteras National Recreational Seashore despite the added protections of the off-road vehicle plan and special regulation?
Former DMS President Joseph W. DiBattista Jr., 70, of Harbeson, formerly of Norristown, Pa, passed away May 24, 2015. Our deepest sympathy to Marla and Joe's family
In April, another of our members, Donald Heath, Sr., of Dagsboro passed away. He will be missed, please keep his family in your prayers.
At several of the last Board meetings the need for a dues increase was discussed. It is obvious that $15.00 is a real bargain for Club membership. There will be an increase starting with dues for 2015.
DMS Members and their OSV-permitted vehicles are needed to transport volunteers! Get more info on DMS duties here. Find the coverage in the February 21 edition of the Coastal Point here.
Many Thanks to all who helped. The grass has taken hold and is growing!
Click on the Legislative Update button found under the News button in the menu bar.
We welcome your comments of our efforts to acquire a permanant home for DMS. Click here for more info.
Libby Bibb, DMS #670, sent us a photo of a 13 lb 7 oz largemouth bass she caught at Trace Lake near Sanford, NC. Well done, Libby! To view the photo, go to our Facebook page.
Clcik ths linlk to get to Delaware Fisherman Magazine's Facebook page and check out the 5 - Yes, 5! - videos of the 7th Annual DMS Invitational Tournament. You can also find them on the DMS Facebook page.
DMS was part of the Coastal Cleanup on September 21 in which over 4 tons of trash were removed from the beaches.
Bill Weiss is accepting nominations for DMS officers and Board of Directors. Contact him with your nomination: firstname.lastname@example.org
Failure of the US Congress to pass a budget has forced closure of Assateague Island National Seashore and Cape Hatteras National Seashore. More here.
DNREC has an on-line guide to commonly misidentiied sharks that are caught the Delaware. Click here for more info.
Congratulations to DMS members Sam Catalano, Bruce West, Alan Rosenberger and Cindy Wesley for finishing "in the money" at the Fall Classic Surf Fishing Tournament. Get more info here.
Do you remember the early days of DMS? Can you name the founding fathers or where the meetings or events were held in the early years? Email us: email@example.com
DMS was solicted to comment on the US Armey Corps of Engineer's proposed plan to replenish he beach north of the Indian River Inlet. Read more here.
The First State National Monument was esablished in Delaware by Presidential Proclamation. The Proclamation was authorized under Section 2 of the Antiquities Act of 1906. Read more here.
DMS members can obtain the new DMS sticker by following the directions in the newsletter.
Click here for the team chosen to represent DMS at the Ocracoke Tournament.
DMS attended a presentation by Delaware's Sea Level Rise adaptation Committe recently. A brief report and more on the Committee can be found here.
Floyd "Morty" Morton, III was elected President for 2013. Find the complete results of the election of the 2013 Officers and Directors here.
Click here and scoll down the page to learn more.
DNREC is seeking input via a survey on the Delaware Bayshore Initiative, which, in DNREC’s words “…build on the region’s reputation as a unique and beautiful natural resource, and help improve the shoreline economy by encouraging … visitors to enjoy it through activities such as recreational fishing, hunting, boating and ecotourism.” Included in the Initiative area are popular - and currently accessible to the public - fishing and hunting locales, such as Cape Henlopen State Park (including Broadkill Access), Augustine Beach, the Prime Hook and Bombay Hook National Wildlife Reserves, to name a few. These areas have a strong and rich tradition of use by anglers and hunters.
Take the survey (included in the first link) and let DNREC know what you believe is best for you, the angler.
Bruce West - 31" Striper
Morty Morton - 21" Striper
destiny Morton - 18 3/4" Red Drum
In the summer of 1958, a group of like minded fishermen gathered in the garage of Russell “Chocup” Hudson in order to discuss the formation of a new fishing club. More DMS history
DMS events and other events of interest to the fishing community at a glance. Click the date for more info.
9th Annual DMS Invitational Surf-Fishing Tournament.
AMSA/Ronald Bounds Invitation Surf Fising Tournament, Contact AMSA for details
NCBBA Red Drum Tournament. Contact NCBBA for details.
DMS Monthly Meeting. 8 P.M., Frankford Fire Company Hall, Frankford, DE
DMS Intra-Club Tournament, DMS members only. Date, Time & location TBA
AMSA Striper Tournament. Contact AMSA for details.
DMS Monthly Meeting. 8 P.M., Frankford Fire Company Hall, Frankford, DE
DMS CLUB MERCHANDISE
Anyone may purchase DMS Club merchandise. Click HERE to view all available items. Click the link at the bottom of the page to place your order.
Questions of availablility or sizes? Email firstname.lastname@example.org
We at DMS appreciate and thank these businesses and individuals for their donations. Keep them in mind when you are considering purchase of goods or services they offer.
Standard Distributing Co, New Castle, DE - Overall Division
Lazy Susan's, Lewes, DE - Woman's Division
Rick's Bait & Tackle, Long Neck, DE - Youth Division
Eastern Lift Truck Co, Laurel, DE - prize sponsor
More to come!
2015 Annual Dinner
Captain David Brannon
Delaware Fisherwoman, LLC
Delmarva Law Enforcement Supply
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
East Coast Upholstery & Canvas
Old Inlet Bait & Tackle
OTW Sand Sticks and Surf Racks
Rick's Bait & Tackle
Margaret Mood, Realtor