Delaware Mobile Surf-Fishermen
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Delaware State Park Beaches re-open for surf fishing
Governor Carney modified his order that closed beaches to permit vehicles with a valid surf-fishing permit to access the beaches for the purpose of surf-fishing.
Effective 8 AM on March 31, beaches are open with restrictions:
- Vehicle must have a current DE Surf Fishing Permit
- Max 2 people per vehicle and must be from the same home or residence.
- Each person must be actively engaged and no other activity permitted.
- Vehicles must be 20 yards apart.
- Practice "Social Distancing"
- no "walk-on"
Additionally, Key Box Road and Conquest access points in DSSP and Cape Point acces in CHSP are closed.
Not all amenities will be available at the State Parks.
We urge everyone to be smart and abide with the above or the beaches will be shut down again. Be smart. Play by the rules.
April and May DMS Meetings cancelled
Pursuant to the State of Emergency declared by Governor Carney due to the COVID-19 virus, the regular monthly DMS meetings scheduled for April and May are cancelled.
DMS, State officials meeting notes
Click here for notes of the meeting between the Board of Directors of the DMS and elected and appointed state officials held February 26, 2020
Governor closes all DE beaches
All Delaware Beaches are closed effective 5:00 P. M. Saturday, March 21. Beaches will remain closed until May 15, or otherwise declared by Gov. Carney. This includes the State Park beaches.
DMS Annual Dinner postponed
After much consideration, we have made the desicision to postpone the DMS Annual Dinner scheduled or march 14. Safety and the health of our memebrs and the Fire Hall's staff is paramount to this decision. We will reschedule the event as soon as we are able to do so.
Thanks and be safe!
Clark Evans, President
On-line reservations for the DMS Annual Dinner
You can now make your reservation on-line for the March 14 DMS Annual Dinner.
One price fits all this year! $35/couple, $17.50 individual.
DNREC Beach Grass Planting March 21
Saturday, March 21 between 9 AM and Noon. We will meet at the IRI North Inlet parking lot at 8:30 AM.
Click here for more details.
DMS Members: your opinion wanted
The Officers and Board of Directors of DMS want to hear your opinion on proposed improvements to the Bethany Fenwick area bathing beach in the state park.
Click Here for more info and how to let your opinion be known.
The Annual DMS Dinner will be held March 14 at the Frankford Fire Company Hall. Frankford, DE.
$35/Couple, $17.50 for indivivual. Non member? Same price!
Join us for a night of fun and fellowship, including the drawing for a team to represent DMS at the AMSA Ronald Bounds Team Tournament , November, 2020.
Click here for more info
DMS On-Line store
We have updated our on-line store for DMS apparel! And just in time for the holiday shopper, there is FREE SHIPPING on orders over $20.00!
Check out the long and short sleeved t-shirts, pull-over and zip-front hoodies, jackets, hats, beanies... the list goes on. vairoius sizes and colors available.
Enter the online store by clicking here. DO NOT use the "STORE " button in the header.
DMS TOURNAMENT UPDATES
Friday. October 11
THE DMS TOURNAMENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED! We reluctantly do this but do so in the best interest of everyone.
We will hold a Meet & Greet and a meal on Saturday October 12 at 2PM at the Tournament HQ, Youth Camp #3 in Cape Henlopen State Park. We will have raffles also.
You will get an email asking you to tell us what you want to do with your entry fee- refund or apply to next year. Please respond via Email and not in this message.
We reached this decision after being advised that Parks & Rec are using an "enter at your own risk" basis for driving beaches this weekend. It was mentioned that the tournament generates more than “just a few vehicles.” There is no dry ground to park a vehicle 3 hours either side the high tides. Parking and driving through the dunes is illegal. There is a concern of getting stuck and vehicles being inundated with salt water. The tides are running about 3 feet higher than predicted with a continuing large ocean swell and NE wind expected through tomorrow.
Our apologies for not having the event, but we believe it is in the best interest of all concerned that cancelling the event is best.
Fenwick Island State Park proposed improvements
DNREC’s Director of Parks and Recreation Ray Bivens unveiled proposed improvements to Fenwick Island State Park.
Orestead, a Danish company, is applying for federal approval to build a wind farm off the coast. Orestead approach the Division of Parks and Recreation with a partnership approach to connect to the electrical grid at Fenwick Island State Park.
There would be no change to access for surf-fishing permitted vehicles if the proposed improvements are adopted.
DMS is but one supporter of the Special Olympics DE Family Day at the Beach Fishing Contest at the CHSP Fishing Pier, Lewes, DE. The Special Olympians will be trying to earn awards for 1st Fish Landed, Most Fish Landed and Largest Fish Landed,
The competition is from 10 AM to 12 Noon, followed by Awards and a great lunch provided on-site by SODE.
DMS members should report at 8 AM to prepare bait, rods, reels and rigs for the Special Olympians. DMS members get to act as judges throughout the competition.
Come on out for a super fall feast at Frankford Fire Hall for DMS members and their guests.
$50 per member couple, $45 non-member. Click header for more info.
2019 DMS Invitational entry packet now available!
Want to fish the best surf-fishing tournament in Delaware?
Join us for the 13th Annual DMS Invitational Tournament October 11-13.
Entries are rolling get yours in the mail today!
The Point at CHSP closes March 1
The annual closure is included in a Memorandum Of Agreement (MOA) between the US Fish and Wildlife Service and DNREC, pursuant to the Endangered Species Act of 1973.
The Point will reopen September 1.
Notes on meeting with DNREC and Legislators
DNREC raises surf fishing permit fees
DNREC's Division of Parks & Recreation will increase fees for the Surf Fishing Vehicle permit by $10 annually for residents and $20 for non-residents.
There will also be a cap of 17,000 permits issued annually.
Fee increases will take effect February 1, 2019.
Clark Evans has been elected President of the DMS.
NMSF issues IHAs for Seismic Testing
The National Marine Fisheries Service issued Incidental Harassment Authorizations (IHAs) to survey companies while they search for oil and gas deposits offshore.
Final Permits for seismic testing is expected to be issued within the next month.
12th Annual DMS Invitational results
207 anglers faced slowly improving weather and seas and a hoard of just-undersized fish during the 12th Annual DMS invitational Surf Fishing Tournament.
Entrants came from as far away as Toronto, Canada and Ireland! Our thanks to everyone who participated in the Tournament.
We thank every involved in the event: Sponsors, Tournament Book advertisers, those who donated prizes and the volunteers that made this event possible.
The Special Olympics DE Family Day at the Beach Fishing Event rescheduled for Saturday, September 29
Mark September 29, 2018, as DMS assists the Special Olympics DE Day At The Beach! DMS Members that are willing to volunteer should meet at 8 AM at the Fishing Pier in CHSP.
This event is not one to miss!
DMS members should meet at 8 AM at the Fishing Pier in CHSP
12th Annual DMS Invitational Tournament
Join us for our 12 Annual DMS Invitational Surf-Fishing Tournament on October 5, 6 & 7, 2018, held on the DE beaches.
Over $4,000 in total cash prizes! 100% return on the bluefish calcutta!
If you did not receive your invitation OR if you want one... Check the links below!
Click here to download a Tournament Entry form.
Click here for more info on the 12 Annual DMS Invitational
Click here for previous DMS Invitational tournament results
Special Olympics DE Family Day At The Beach
Mark September 15, 2018, as DMS assists the Special Olympics DE Day At The Beach! DMS Members that are willing to volunteer should meet at 8 AM at the Fishing Pier in CHSP.
This event is not one to miss!
More info and how to Sign up here
DMS Intra-Club Tournament
The date for the 2018 DMS Intra-Club Tournament is to be determined. This Tournament is for DMS members only, with the grand prize being the most sought-after award every angler desires-BRAGGING RIGHTS !
DMS honored as Volunteer Group of the Year
DNREC recognized DMS as the 2018 Volunteer Group of the Year - Conservation Group.
Governor John Carney made the presentation on Governor's Day, July 26, at the Delaware State Fair.
Has your 2018 membership expired?
The grace period for renewing your DMS membership expired March 1, 2018. Not sure? Use the CONTACT US button in the upper right corner to ask.
Renew online now or by using the form in the last DMS Newsletter you received. A $10 late charge is assessed for late dues payment
New starting time for DMS meeting!
6 PM for Board Meeting, 7 PM for General Meeting
DMS voices support for additional Parks Rangers
On February 14, DMS President Bruce West and Secretary George Mood appeared before the legislature’s Joint Finance Committee (JFC) to show support for additional sworn Parks rangers
DNREC Beach Grass Planting
DMS has again been asked by DNREC to assist at their 29th Annual Beach Grass Planting on Saturday, March 17, 2018 from 9 AM to Noon.
DMS members transported folks to and from planting areas and manned the cook shack for refreshments.
Guest Speaker for DMS Annual Dinner
Mr. Ray Bivens, the Director of Parks and Recreation spoke as the Guest Speaker at the DMS Annual Dinner, March 3 at the Frankford Fire Company Hall, Frankford, DE.
Election of DMS Officers
Bruce West was elected President of the DMS at the December 7 meeting.
Click here for the 2018 Officers and Directors of the DMS.
11th Anual DMS Invitational results
221 Anglers particiapted in this years Tournament. Drew Stuchlik became the first repeat winner of this event, scoring 102 points and sharing the bluefish Calcutta with Donald Touhey.
Click here for full results.
Find photos from both days' competition on our Facebook page.
Nominations for DMS offices now open
The Nominating Comittee is now acccepting your nomination of DMS members for Officers and Directors for 2018.
Nomination closed at the November 1, 2018, General Meeting of the DMS at Frankford Fire Company hall.
Special Olympics DE Family Day at the Beach
The Special Olympcs DE Family Day at the Beach Fishing Tournament was held at the fishing pier in CHSP.
Over 35 Special Olympians participated, landing 36 fish.
DMS was honored to prepare bait, supply awards and offer assitance to the athletes as they competed for trophies for 1st Fish, Largest Fish and Most Fish.
Special Thanks to Lighthouse View Tackle for their generous donation to DMS.
Find photos of this event at the DMS Facebook page.
DMS Invitational Tournament invites sent
Entry forms for the 11th Annual DMS Tournament were sent out in August. If you did not receive your invitation, or if you want one, click the CONTACT US button on the upper right of the Website.
Please put your request for an invitation to the DMS Tournament in the comments.
We will send your entry forms via email.
Special Olympics DE Families Day At The Beach
DMS will again assist the at the Special Olympics DE Families Day At the Beach fishing tournament on September 16, 2017.
Meet at 8 AM at the Cape Henlopen State Park fishing pier. More info here.
Sign up now with Tim Wallace (302-382-4722) to help the Special Olympians catch the big one!
DMS Fall Feast September 8, 2017
Even held a week earlier this year , the Fall Feast was a great success. Prizes were won and lots of wonderful food was consumed by all who attended. Our thanks to Frankford Fire Women's Auxiliary for feeding us once again!
11th Annual DMS Invitational Tournament
The DMS Invitational is the best and one of the largest Fall surf-fishing tournament in Delaware. For this to happen, the Tournament Committee needs your help.
Click here for a list of positions and time you can help make this the best Fall Tournament in Delaware.
Nesting activity results in loss of more beach at Point Access
Recent piping plover pre-nesting activity has resulted in closure of beach at the CHSP Point access crossing. The closure starts about 50 yards north of the dune crossing. Check the DMS Facebook post for a map that shows the new restrictions.
DMS Meets with State Officials
Ar stations, creel limits, restricted beach access...
Click here for a summary of the February meeting between various elected and appointed DNREC officials and the BOD of the DMS.
The Point at CHSP is closed
The annual closure of The Point in CHSP for migrating birds occus on March 1, 2017. The Point should reopen September 1, 2017