Delaware Mobile Surf-Fishermen

Time is Running Out!

Register NOW for ther 8th Annual DMS Invitational Surf Fishing Tournament, October 10-12.  In the header above, click TOURNAMENTS>DMS INVITATIONAL.  Scroll down to the link to download a printable entry epplication.  Mail it no later than Saturday, October 4 to the Lewes address on the entry form.  DO NOT mail it to the PO box in Dagsboro! 

2015 Membership Renewal

Dues for 2015 are payable during the period of October 1 - December 31.  A reminder that the dues have increased to $25.00 for the annual renewal.  New Member fee is now $35.00.  Any person that joins DMS during the Oct 1- Dec 31 timeframe will be a member for the balance of 2014 plus 2015. We now accept PayPal for online payment of dues.

Nominations for DMS Officers and Board of Directors

Nominations for Officers and Board of Directors now being accepted.  Click on the link for more info.

Fish & Wildlife's Delaware Fishing Photo Contest

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.

Hearing Set for Summer Flounder Management

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

Anglers, Hunters Bring Money to State Coffers

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.

Changes Made for Fishing Violations

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.

From the President: DMS Fall Feast Thanks

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. 

Morty

8th Annual DMS Invitational Tournament  

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!

Special Olympics Fishing Tournament 

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 Fishing teams wanted! 

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. 

Changes proposed to surf fishing vehicle tag requirements  

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. 

Interesting read: Interview with NPS OBX Acting Superintendent

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? 

In Memorium    

Former DMS President 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 will have a dues increase  

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.

DNREC Beach Grass planting March 22  

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!

Message from the President   

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

Your comments welcome  

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

What a catch!   

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 Invitational video on-line!   

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  

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  

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

7th Annual DMS Invitational results  

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   

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  

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

Well Done!  

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  

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: info@dmsclub.org  

DMS endorses proposed beach replenishment   

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  

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    

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

2013 Summer Flounder options   

Click here for info on the options 

Annual Dinner report 

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   

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

The Point at CHSP is closed  

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 

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   

Sea Level Rise: looking ahead 

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 

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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 president@dmsclub.net  

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 info@dmsclub.org or post on our Facebook page

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.
 
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WHAT'S HAPPENING?

Click on the date to get detailed information on DMS-sponsored or DMS supported events. 

October 10 - 12, 2014

8th Annual DMS Invitational Surf Fishing Tournament.  Headquarters at Youth Camp # 3 Cape Henlopen State Park.  Email  lydiasch@verizon.net to help at the headquarters during the tournament.

October 25, 2014 

Adopt-A-Highway clean-up.  Meet at 8 A.M., Savages Ditch Parking area

October 25, 2014

Beach Clean-up.  Immediatley following the Adopt-A-Highway detail.  Conquest road south to the Life Saving Museum

November 6, 2014

DMS Monthly Meeting.  8 PM.  Location Frankford Fire hall, Frankford, DE.  Nominations for DMS officers open. 

November 15-16, 2014

DMS Intramural Tournament.  For DMS members only, pick up score sheets at Old Inlet , Ricks Bait and Tackle, Bills Bait and Tackle or

Henlopen Tackle.

December 4, 2014

DMS Monthly Meeting.  8 PM  Location Frankford Fire hall, Frankford, DE.  Election of DMS Officers.

March 14, 2015

DMS Annual Dinner.  Details TBA

 

 

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Anyone may purchase DMS Club merchandise but there is a limited supply. Click HERE to view all available items.

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