Delaware Mobile Surf-Fishermen

January Meeting postponed

Due to the anticipated severe winter weather, the DMS Monthly Meeting and BOD Meeting scheduled for Thursday, January 4 has be postponed.

The Meeting will be held on Thursday, January 11, at the Frankford Fire Company hall, Frankford, DE.
The BOD meeting starts at 7 PM. with the Monthly Meeting starting at 8 PM.

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DMS does not sell email addresses of any member.

UPDATE!  A great Thank you to the 30+ members that now want to receive the DMS newsleter via email!  

Click here for a message from DMS President West


Our sincere condolences to the family and friends of Al Wright, #687, who passed away in late November.
Al was a mainstay in the cook shack during the Beach Grass Plantings events.
View Al after a nice catch at the Point in Buxton, NC.

RIP, Al.  you will be missed.

DMS Inter-Club Tournament

The 2017 DMS Intra-Club Tournament will be held November 25, 2017. The Tournament is for DMS members only, with the grand prize being the most sought-after award every angler desires - BRAGGING RIGHTS!
Click here for more info

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 2 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.

Rest in Peace

DMS recently lost a great asset in the recent passing of Rick Stone. 
Rick served as DMS 1st Vice President and working at the Fall Feast for years, as well as maintaining and manning the cookshack.
Our sincere concolences to Rick's family

DMS also will miss DMS Member Jack Bolin.
Jack was a fixture as a judge for the DMS Invitational Tournament. 
Our sincere condolences to his wife Ginny and his family.

Godspeed, gentlemen.

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 opne, 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 vai 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 20

Sign up now for our popular Fall feast at the Frankford Fire Company Hall, Frankford, DE. 
Get more info here!

DMS seeking members for the AMSA tournament

DMS is looking for Memberrs toform a team of 6 people to represent DMS at the AMSA Surf Fishing Tournament October 19, 20 and 21, 2017
The event is held at Assateague Island National Seashore.
Teams must be submitted via email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by July 1 or via USPS and postmarked no later than July 1, 2017.  If using email, pleasm put AMSA Tournament in the subject line
Click here for more info on how to form a team and other info on the tournament.

Public Hearing for 2017 Flounder regulations

DNREC will hold a Public Hearing for 2017 Summer Flounder regulations on June 29, 2017 at 6:00 PM at the DNREC Auditorium, 89 Kings Hiway, Dover, DE.
DE current regulation of the 17 inch minimum is a result of an Emergency Order to bring DE in compliance with the Summer FLounder Management Plan.
This action proposes to adopt the measures through the normal regulatory process.
You can click here to view the Public Notice of this hearing.

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
(04-13-17)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.

Has your membership expired?
The grace period for renewing your DMS membership expired March 1, 2017. 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.

Annual Dinner
Click here for some photos of our 2017 Annual Dinner at the Frankford Fire Company hall.  Our thanks to the Frankford Fire Company Ladies Auxilary for another fine meal!

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

Our sincere condolences to DMS member Larry Grimm on the passing of his wife, Kathy, on February 28, 2017.  May she Rest in Peace.
Our sincere condolences to the family of DMS member Robert Line #321, formerly of Harleysville, PA, who passed away in December, 2016.  May he Rest in Peace.

Get Well, Al Wright
Long time DMS member Al wright is currently battling serious health issues.  Join us in wishing Al a speedy and complete recovery! Click here for a web posting and photos of Al while fishing (and catching!) at Cape Hatteras Point in Buxton, NC.

Public Hearing on Summer Flounder harvest reduction options
The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) will hold a public hearing on a proposed addendum to the interstate fishery management plan (FMP) for summer flounder at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017 in DNREC's Auditorium in the Richardson & Robbins Building, 89 Kings Highway, Dover, DE 19901. 

From the link above: “Given the large recreational harvest reduction required for 2017, all FMP options restrict the number of legal-size summer flounder Delaware recreational anglers can harvest in 2017, but Delaware fares better under some of these options than others,” said DNREC Fisheries Administrator John Clark.
Click here for the complete ASMFC Draft Addendum.  Sorting out the number of options is a bit of work.  Attend the meeting to voice your opinion on the options.
DMS member Eric Burnley takes a quick look at the impact in his Cape Gazette article.
Here's another article that helps explain the what and why.

2017 Committees - Help Wanted!
Chair of the various Committees of DMS were appointed at the January meeting.
Your help is need in many areas, most notably in the Tournament and Club Supplies committees.
Click here for the 2017 Committees and the chair(s).

Election results
Bruce West was re-elected President at the December General Meeting.  Click here for the new 2017 Officers and Directors of the DMS.

10th Annual DMS Tournament
The results are in!

Outdoors Delmarva stops by the DMS Meet & Greet
The good folks at Outdoors Delmarva showed up at the August Meet & Greet with a video team.  They did what videographers do - took video of the event for future broadcast on WBOC TV.
Their focus? Long distance casting champions Tommy Farmer and DMS' own Harry Aiken, who were on hand to offer tips on casting. 
Watch the YouTube videos of the October 8 episode of Outdoors Delmarva which was broadcast on WBOC:
Tommy Farmer, Carolina's finest!  
Our own Harry Aiken 

Nominations for Officers
The Nominating Committee for the election of Officers and Directors for 2017 was appointed at the September 1st meeting.
Check your 2016 September-October newsletter for more info OR Click here.

Striped Bass public hearing set
DNREC's Division of Fish and Wildlife will hold a Public Hearing on proposed changes to Striped Bass regulations.
Hearing will be Monday, October 24, 2016 at 6:00 PM at theDNREC Auditorium, 89 Kings Highway, Dover, DE.
Proposed changes would clarify language that the recreational angler IS NOT required to tag a Striped Bass. 
There are several changes that apply to the commercial fishery.

Click here for the entire hearing Notice.

DMS Intra-club tournament Nov 12!
Get more info here for the biggest prize in fishing - Bragging Rights!
Open to DMS Members only

DMS Invitational Surf-fishing Tournament
The 10th Annual DMS Invitational Tournamant is Oct 7-9, 2016.  Invitations to last year's participants have been sent.  The deadline for mail entry is fast approaching!  
Mail you entry today to ensure your spot for the Tournament! 
If you did not receive your invite, or you wish to get one, send an email to the Committee: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
As always, post entry will be available on Friday, October 7 between 12 Noon and 7 PM at the Tournament Headquarters at Youth Camp #3 in CHSP.
Get info on the Tournament here.

DMS Fall Feast
September 9, 2017, 2 - 5 PM. Frankford Fire Company Hall, Frankford, DE
Crabs, crabs and more crabs! 
Mark the date as we continue the DMS tradition of providing the best crabs and everything else - corn on the cob, baked beans, hot dogs - that makes this the time and place to be to get ALL YOU CAN EAT crabs!

Click here for more info.
Use the form in the DMS newletter to sign up.  Payment MUST be postmarked no later than September 1,2017.
On-line sign-up is now available!

DE Special Olympics fishing tournament
Reminder that the event will be hled at the CHSP Fishing Pier September 17, 2016.
Contact Crystal Gray at 302-530-7059 to sign up for this event. 

DMS Meet & Greet August 28
Click here for a review of the final Meet & Greet featuring casting champions Tommy Farmer and Harry Aiken.

Rick's Bait & Tackle Youth Tourney
Rick's Bait and Tackle is sponsoring a Youth Tournament. Sign-up is via their website OR in person at their Long Neck shop.
Tournament runs from May 28th to August 27.  Ages 4 to 15.
Each participant that checks in a qualifying fish will receive a prize.
wards for Largest Fresh and Saltwater species AND awards for age groups.
DMS is proud to sponsor the trophies.

DMS funds scholarship at U of DE
DMS has donated $1,000 to the University of Delaware's College of Earth, Ocean and Environment.
DMS will make a yearly contribution to the College of Earth, Ocean and Environment, which offers both under- and post- graduate studies.

Adopt-A-Hiway and Beach Clean-up May 21
Mark May 21 as a day to help DMS as we take part in the Adopt-A-Hiway and beach Clean-up events.
Meet at Old Inlet B&T at 9 AM.  Contact us on Facebook OR use the Contact Us feature.
A little effort goes a long way.

DMS Places 7th at Ocracoke Tournament
The DMS Fishing team placed 7th of 72 yeams at the Ocracoke Invitational Surf Fishing Tournament held April 28 & 29.
Our gratulations to the winners of the event, the Merchantville (NJ) Fishing Club. 

AMSA Announces stance on Assateague Island GMP
AMSA has published its stance on the Assateague Island National Seashore (AINS) draft General Management Plan (GMP).  
AMSA feels that Alternative 3 is the better Alternative. That being said, AMSA would like to see some consideration for changes within Alternative 3.

Click here for the message on the AMSA website and thier comments on Alternative #3.

Click here for AMSA's Facebook post.

Comments are due May 1.  Comments should be mailed to:
Assateague Island National Seashore
ATTN: Assateague CMP Comments
7206 National Seashore Lane
Berlin, MD 21811
VIA fax: 410-629-1023, ATTN: Assateague CMP Comments

Click here to make your comments on-line at the NPS site.

DMS President Bruce West has made the following statement:
It is critical that we ALL SUPPORT AND RESPOND to AMSA's stand on this GMP.
AMSA has worked on this for a number of years and have made their decision for present... and for future generations to come.
This pertains to many user groups that enjoy the wonderful resource the man above has provided us; yet, there are others that want to do away with the priviledge we now have.
PLEASE respond and support AMSA's option on the future of beach access at A.I.
It is sad that others want to do away with Beach Access altogether and it will be worse if we don't RESPOND AND SUPPORT AMSA in this time of need for present and future generations.
The ball is in our court. 
PLEASE, read the AMSA response and respond with your comments now!
Thank you.

DMS President Bruce West and AMSA Prsident Bill Justice will speak with Delmarva Angler's Jon Budler on Delaware 105.9 FM. 
The show will be broadcast at 6 AM on Saturday, April 16.
A podcast of this show should be available on the Delmarva Angler Facebook page.

UPDATED 10-10-17