Delaware Mobile Surf-Fishermen
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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).
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.
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!
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 10, 2016, 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!
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.
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
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!
GOD BLESS AMERICA!
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.
DMS wants you at Adopt-A-Highway
Adopt-A-HighWay will be May 21 at 9 AM. Meet at Old Inlet B&T.
Do DMS proud by helping clean a small stretch of DE Route 1
Grace period closes March 1
The grace period for DMS membership renewal without penalty expired March 1, 2016.
Members that have not paid their 2016 dues by this time are considered to be in arrears AND unpaid members may have their DMS number assigned to other persons. Members in arrears will be assessed an additional $10 late fee to renew.
Get Well Eric Burnley
DMS offers the best wishes for a speedy recovery to DMS member Eric Burnley after his recent hospital stay
CHSP Campground Improvement
DNREC's Division of Parks and Recreation is currently upgrading the CHSP campgrounds. Improvements to include new bath houses, camp store, laundry facilities, create back-in, pull-through and pop-up RV sites and much more.
Click here for more info.
Condolences to the family of Jim Peel
Our condolences to DMS member Jim Peel on the death of his father, Edward Peel.
DNREC Beach Grass Planting
DMS was on-hand to assist the volunteers for DNREC's annual Beach Grass Planting event on March 19. event on March 19.
Assatweagye Island management plan
DMS was part of a forum hosted by the Assateague Mobile Sportsmen's Association (AMSA) on Saturday, Feb. 27.
Click here for more info.
UPDATE: The NPS has set 3 dates for the Open House for Public Comments on the AINS draft GMP.
Click here for the dates.
Access to the Point at CHSP to close March 1
The usual seasonal closure for the piping plover starts March 1. This closure is a result of a Memorandum of Agreement between the US Fish & Wildlife Service and DNREC signed in 1990.
Comment period open for Proposed ORV Rule Changes in Cape Hatteras
The National Park Service (NPS) released for public review the Environmental Assessment (EA) for consideration of modifications to the ORV rule currently in effect at the Cape Hatteras National Seashore Recreational Area.
Public comments can be submitted during the 30 day period ending on March 18, 2016.
DNREC's 2016 Delaware Fishing Guide
DNREC's illustrated 2016 Delaware Fishing Guide should be in tackle shops now.
If you can't get to your favorite shop right now, check out DNREC's "Fish Facts for the Recreational Angler" available on-line
DMS Annual Dinner
The DMS Annual Dinner will be Saturday, March 5, at the Frankford Fire Company hall, Frankford DE
Tix are $35/DMS member couple, $45/non-member couple.
Public Hearing on Flounder Management
A Public Hearing will be held Tuesday, January 12 at 6 PM at the DNREC Boat Ramp, 901 Pilottown Road, Lewes, Delaware
"Inside Road" Opened at Cape Hatteras
An "Inside Road" has been completed between Ramp 44 in Buxton, NC and Ramp 49 in Frisco, NC. This road allows travel between Ramp 49 to Ramp 44 without using NC Route 12.
Construction has started on new Ramp 62 on the North end of Ocracoke Island.
Click here for more info.
NEW! DMS Club Merchandise site!
DMS club merchandise can be viewed and ordered on-line.
Click here to view all merchandise and place your order
DNREC to offer low-number surf-fishing vehicle tags
Designed to attract people that have a strong liking for low digits, DNREC will auction low-numbered surf vehicle tags starting Spring, 2015.
"Listening Session" on Draft Mid-Atlantic Regional Ocean Planning set for Nov. 5
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.
Workshop held on beach protection and use of beaches
"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
Wanted: Your opinion on DMS meeting location and day
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!
Changes in Striped bass size and creel limits possible
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."
CHSP Fishing Pier Closed
Citing safety concerns, DNREC closes the pier after finding significant repairs are required to the strucure. Read the full news release here.
Adopt-A-Highway and Beach Clean-up
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
The Result are In!!
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.
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?
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.
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
7th Annual DMS Invitational results
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.
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 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
Annual Dinner report
Ocracoke Tournament team announced
Click here for the team chosen to represent DMS at the Ocracoke Tournament.
The Point at CHSP is closed
National Park proposed for DelawareDelaware 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
Catch and kill the Northern Snakehead.
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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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?
U.S. House bill seeks to restore free and open access at CHNSRA
Petition to keep open access at CHNSRA
CHAPA Files Suit over Cape Hatteras ORV Plan
Chincoteague Island NWR to Close the Beach to ORV Use?
2012 Delaware Tautog Regulations Annonced
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