Delaware Mobile Surf-Fishermen

Reminder! 2014 DMS dues should be paid by January 1, 2014. You will no longer receive newsletters if not paid by end of March 2014. By-Laws state that you must pay $25.00 to renew after that time.  Use the form included in the newsletter OR do it online by clicking here.

You can help the club reduce the cost of mailing the DMS newsletter by receiving it via email.  To get your newsletter via email, simply send an email to: with "DMS Newsletter" in the subject line.  Thanks!

Message from the President  (02-24-14) 

Click on the Legislative Update button found under the News button in the menu bar.

DNREC Beach Grass planting March 22  (07-08-14) 

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!

The Point at CHSP closes March 1  (02-24-14)

A reminder that the annual closure of the Point at CHSP will occur March 1.  It is scheduled to re-open Spetember 1.  Get more info here.

Looking for a fishing friend?  (02-13-14)

DMS member wants to expand his cirle of fishing friends. Click here

Your comments welcome   (02-10-14

We welcome your comments of our efforts to acquire a permanant home for DMS.  Click here for more info.

What a catch!   (01-29-14)

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.

DMS will have a dues increase  (06-01-14)

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.
You can comment by email, with the tagline “DMS DUES INCREASE” at


DMS Invitational video on-line!   (10-1-13)

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.

Coastal Cleanup report  (10-11-13)

DMS was part of the Coastal Cleanup on September 21 in which over 4 tons of trash were removed from the beaches.  

Nominations for DMS officers  (10-10-13)

Bill Weiss is accepting nominations for DMS officers and Board of Directors.  Contact him with your nomination: 


7th Annual DMS Invitational results  (10-8-13)

Click here for full listing.  THANK YOU to the 320 entrants that made this our largest tournement to date.
Find photos of the event on our Facebook page.

Hatteras, Assateague National Parks closed   (10-1-13)

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 publishes shark ID guide   (09-25-13)

DNREC has an on-line guide to commonly misidentiied sharks that are caught the Delaware.  Click here for more info.

Well Done!   (09-23-13)

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.

DMS history   (09-23-13)

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:  

Tournament Entry Update    (09-14-13)

Soon the invites for the past partcipants in the  Invitational Tournament will be in the mail, postmarked entries deadline is  Sept 28, 2014. The tournament is October 11-12 .2014, Members can find an invite in the newsletter or you can emai,tournaments2014 to get one sent.

You may also register in person during check in hours of noon to 8 PM, Friday, October 10, 2014, at Cape Henlopen State Park Youth Camp #3. Credit cards will be accepted with a $2 service fee .Cash and checks are accepted ,no service fee required!

In Memorium    (08-31-13)

Joseph W. DiBattista Jr., 70, of Harbeson, formerly of Norristown, Pa., beloved husband, father, grandfather and brother, passed away Saturday, May 24, 2014, after fighting a long battle with liver disease at Beebe Healthcare. Joe was an avid fisherman; he spent the majority of his time here in the community making it better for the fishing community. Joe was a past president of the Delaware Mobile Surf-Fishermen Club, director and member of the Friends of the Park, served as the president of the Delaware Preservation Society and the Park Watch associated with Cape Henlopen State Park. If you got to see him there, he was directing traffic, teaching driving on the beach classes, organizing fishing tournaments for adults and kids alike, and anything else that was needed to make the park a place for everyone. It was his home away from home.

A celebration of his life will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, June 28, at the Biden Center at the Cape Henlopen State Park, 15099 Cape Henlopen Drive, Lewes. Interment will be private.

In April another of our members, Donald Heath, Sr of Dagsboro passed away . He will be missed, please keep his family in your prayers.


DMS endorses proposed beach replenishment   (04-10-13)

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.

National Monument established in Delaware    (03-26-13)

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 stickers available    (03-14-13)

DMS members can obtain the new DMS sticker by following the directions in the newsletter. 

2013 Summer Flounder options   (03-14-13)

Click here for info on the options 

Annual Dinner report  (03-20-13)

Eric and Barbara Burnley thanks everyone who helped make the Annual Dinner a success.  Click here for the full message.  Check our Facebook page for photos.

Ocracoke Tournament team announced   (03-11-13)

Click here for the team chosen to represent DMS at the Ocracoke Tournament.

The Point at CHSP is closed  (03-04-13)

The usual closure took effect March 1.  The fee season for Delaware Parks is now in effect.  Read more here.    

National Park proposed for Delaware   (updated 3-18-13)

Delaware Senator Tom Carper introduced the First State National Historical Park act of 2013   
This is the second attempt to get this legislation passed.  Read more here. 

Fishing regulations and reports   (03-14-13)

Sea Level Rise: looking ahead  (02-17-13)

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.

Message from the DMS President  (01-28-13)

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Check it out!

Surf on over to the Delaware Fisherman for local info and forums.  Check out articles in the Delaware Fishermen Magazine written by DMS members  "Morty" Morton and George Mood.  

Results of the DMS Election of Officers and Directors

Floyd "Morty" Morton, III was elected President for 2013. Find the complete results of the election of the 2013 Officers and Directors here. 

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DNREC Seeks your Input

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. 

2012 IntraClub Tournament results

Bruce West - 31" Striper
Morty Morton - 21" Striper 
destiny Morton - 18 3/4" Red Drum 

The Delaware Bayshore Initiative - Conservation or Closure?
A recent article in the Cape Gazette reported that Ken Salazar, US Secretary of the Interior, joined selected Delaware elected and appointed officials to announce the Delaware Bayshore Intitiative. The initiative "... is designed to enhance and promote the Bayshore area as a world-class conservation and low-impact recreation area and strengthen historic local communities, (DE Governor Jack) Markell said." Click the above link for the entire article and some suprising information.
Click here to find the pdf file of a Power Point presentation on the Delaware Bayshores Initiative. Note that fishing and hunting, 2 activities that utilize the areas included in the initiative area, are not mentioned! You will, however find the words "Global Destination for Birders" on the 4th screen shot. You will also find that the Audubon Society and the Sierra Club, two huge special interest groups, are supporting this intiative. Yes, the same Audubon Society that sucessfully fought to severely restrict beach access in the Cape Hatteras National Recreational Seashore Area. They now have their sights set on Delaware.
You can find some thoughtful discussion on this matter at the Saltfish website. Feel free to sign up and join the discussion.
Secretary Salazar's visit and comments were not the first contacts he had with Gov. Markell on this matter. In a letter dated April 19, 2011, Salazar solicits Markell's input on the Great Outdoors Initiative.
In a letter to Jon Jarvis, Director of the National Park Service (NPS), DNREC Secretary Colin O'Mara broaches a broad list of topics, including DE Senator Tom Carper's long-standing desire to have a National Park established in Delaware. From the letter: "We strongly support Senator Carper’s tireless efforts to establish a National Historical Park in Delaware."
This is the same that NPS negleted to follow its own regulations by failing to institute a management plan at CHNRSA which was the basis of the lawsuit filed by the Audubon Society which lead to severely restricted beach access there.
DMS urges all it's members to click the links for information on a program that will impact your use of these lands. As of June 11, 2012, DMS does not take a position on these developments. We ask that your check the links and forward your comments on this to DMS President "Morty" Morton. You can email Morty at  

Fishing Reports!

Find the latest catches in the Fishing Reports. Here's you chance to catch up on which DMS members are catching fish and where. We depend on you, our members, to notify us what and where you are catching. Email your report to or post on our Facebook page

Junior Members have a new name

It is now the Rick Willman Juniors. Read more. 

U.S. House bill seeks to restore free and open access at CHNSRA

Petition to keep open access at CHNSRA

The National Park Service has implemented a Management plan that closes over 50% of the Cape Hatteras National Seashore Recreational Area in North Carolina. If you believe in open access for yourself, your children and grandchildren, follow the link and sign a petition to keep CHNRSA open to humans! 

CHAPA Files Suit over Cape Hatteras ORV Plan

The long-awaited response legal response from CHAPA regarding the severe restrictions on beach access imposed by the NPS at the Cape Hatteras National Seashore Recreational Area was filed in federal court. 

Chincoteague Island NWR to Close the Beach to ORV Use?

Chincoteague Island NWR had been awarded a $1.5 million federal grant to build a park-and-ride parking lot, a project that could lead to the removal of on-site beach parking. Could beach access be next? Read more

2012 Delaware Tautog Regulations Annonced

The regulations will be in effect February 11th. Find length, creel limits and closed seasons here

Club History

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 

The DMS Hotline phone has been discontinued.

Please do not attempt to contact us through that number. You can contact us via e-mail by clicking here.



whats new?

A quick look at upcoming DMS events.  Other events not yet scheduled include Beach Clean-up, Adopt-A-Highway, DMS Intraclub Tournament and others.  Check back often for more info.

May 1, 2014

DMS Monthly Meeting.  8 PM.  Frankford Fire Hall  Frankford, DE******New Location*****

September 4, 2014

DMS Monthly Meeting.  8 PM.  Location Frankford Fire Hall , Frankford, DE

September 13, 2014

Fall Feast.  Frankford Fire Company Hall 7 Main St Frankford , DE

Serving begins at 2:00 PM and ends at 6:00PM

September, 2014

DE Special Olympics Fishing Tournament.  CHSP. Date, time TBA

October 2, 2014

DMS Monthly Meeting, 8 PM.  Location Frankford Fire Hall Frankford, DE

October 10 - 12, 2014

8th Annual DMS Invitational Surf Fishing Tournament Headquarters at camp # 3 Cape Henlopen State Park

November 6, 2014

DMS Monthly Meeting.  8 PM.  Location Frankford Fire Hall  Frankford, DE

December 4, 2014

DMS Monthly Meeting.  8 PM  Location Frankford Fire Hall  Frankford, DE




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