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President's Message

Here is the President's Message as posted in the January-February 2022 edition of the DMS Newsletter: 

Hi all!!!
I hope you had a great Holiday Season and that your New Year is off to a good start!!!
COVID 19 permitting, I am hoping that 2022 will be a very active year for DMS. In addition to our usual activities, I am planning three major points of emphasis for the club.
The first is Visibility. The goal is to keep DMS at the top of everyone’s mind on beach issues in the public eye.
The second point of emphasis is Recruitment. We need to grow our membership!! Increasing our Visibility will help to achieve this goal.
The third point of emphasis is Participation. We need more participation in activities and committees from our existing membership.
These three topics will be a recurring theme in future newsletters and at meetings.
Finally, I want to thank the family of DMS Founding Father Russel Hudson for conveying to me DMS #1. It was quite the unexpected honor and I look forward to carrying on Russel’s legacy.

Clark Evans

Here is the President's Message as posted in the January-February 2021 edition of the DMS Newsletter:
Hello all! 
Spring will soon be in the air and fishing season will be underway. Signs of spring are all around. Schools of bunker are starting to show and daffodils are starting to push through. Ospreys will be back in the
coming weeks and purple henbit will be in the fields. Be sure to give this newsletter a good read. There are some new fishing regulations for the coming season and the club has some upcoming activities.
We have changed the monthly meeting location for April and May. The Frankford Firehall was not available in January and February due to COVID 19 restriction. After postponing the January meeting we held the
meetings in February and March at Bill and Deb Weichardt’s house (man cave/she shed) in Lewes. They have graciously offered to host the April and May meetings as well. We hope you can make it to those meetings and plan to offer a bit more of a social component to these events weather permitting!!! Look for details on Facebook and the DMS website.
Surf fishing permits sold out quickly this year causing quite a stir. DMS will be actively working with Parks to address problems/concerns and any adjustments to the 17,000 cap.
The Delaware Beach Access Coalition is at it again!! They have sent a letter to Governor Carney and DNREC Secretary Garvin seeking to REDUCE the number of tags issued. Rest assured DMS will be lobbying against any reductions in beach access.
Hope to see you at a meeting or on the sand soon. Think Spring!!!!
Clark Evans
# 103
DMS President
Here is the President's Message as posted in the Fall 2020 edition of the DMS Newsletter:

Happy Fall Everyone!! I hope you have gotten the opportunity to do some surf fishing after a busy summer season.

First, I want to thank the group of club volunteers that helped to make the DMS Invitational Tournament a great success. It takes a great deal of dedication and effort by a core group of people to run this
tournament. Specifically, I want to recognize Marge Mood for her tireless efforts in handling registration, packet pick up and score sheet administration. Keith and Lydia Schmierer and Bill and Deb Weichardt are also to be commended for their numerous hours of service to this event and the club.

DMS was also well represented by a group of volunteers at the Friends of Cape Henlopen tournament at the pier back in September. This brings me to point that I have mentioned numerous times. We are a
group of volunteers and we need more of them!! Interested in helping? Join one of our numerous committees. Committee assignments are made at the January club meeting.

We have a club officers and board election coming up in December. Get out and vote!!

Clark Evans, President
DMS #103

Here is the President's Message as posted in the Summer 2020 edition of the DMS Newsletter:

Hi all!!
I hope your summer is off to a great start. I also hope that you and your families are healthy and safe during these strange and uncertain times.

Some good news!! We will get back to having regular club meetings in September. The September meeting is scheduled for Thursday, September, 3 at 7pm (Frankford Fire Hall). The Board will meet prior to that at

We recently received the official word from Parks that the DMS Invitational Tournament is a go for October 10 and 11. The only drawback being that we will likely not be allowed to serve food at the Awards Ceremony. The DMS Board met in June to start preparing for the tournament. The Board will meet again in August to continue working on the tournament. We will post any updates on the website and the DMS FaceBook page.

It was also decided at the June Board meeting to replace the Fall Feast with the Annual Dinner that was cancelled due to COVID 19 back in March. The Annual Dinner is now tentatively scheduled for Saturday, September 12. Happy hour at 6pm with dinner following at 7pm. The rising cost of crabs was also an important consideration in this decision. We hope to have this date confirmed in the coming weeks.

The Special Olympics event at the Cape Henlopen Pier scheduled for September has been cancelled.  Parks has scheduled a Beach cleanup for September 12. We will get the volunteer group finalized at the September meeting.

Let’s hope things get back to normal soon. Until then, let’s go fishing!!!

Clark Evans, President

Here is the President's Message as posted in the March-April 2020 edition of the DMS Newsletter:

Quarantine Greetings everyone!
Hopefully you are well and safe in these uncertain times.

Everyday life has been impacted for all of us and this includes club activities.  We’ve had to cancel our Annual Dinner back in March and had to cancel our regular club meeting in April.   Our May meeting is cancelled as well. I plan to have a “makeup” meeting in June (COVID 19permitting). Look for an announcement on the June meeting on the DMS website and FaceBook page.

On a positive note, DMS was able to successfully lobby the Governor’s Office to get the state Drive On beaches reopened. It’s not a perfect solution but at least we can get out and fish!!!

I want to thank Director Harry Aiken for spearheading an effort in which DMS donated $500 to Beebe Medical to be used for masks and other medical supplies.

Stay safe folks and lets hope all this ends sooner rather than later!!!
Clark Evans, # 103
DMS President

Here is the President's Message as posted in the January/February 2020 edition of the DMS Newsletter:

Happy New Year!
I hope 2020 has started out well for you. Let’s hope plenty of fishing is in your future this year.

First, I want to apologize for missing the regularly scheduled club meeting in January. I was a bit under the weather. From all accounts First VP, Shaun Smith did a great job of running the meeting and I want to thank him for stepping in at the last minute.

You will likely notice a theme in the message. We have a lot of things going on in the DMS and I am looking for some feedback.  Our annual meeting with state legislators and DNREC officials will be held on 
Tuesday, February 25, 2020.  We will be discussing agenda items for this meeting at our regularly scheduled club meeting on Tuesday, February 6.  Please submit any agenda suggestions at that meeting or by
email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

DMS is teaming up with DNREC staff and UD Sea Grant to implement an Air Down campaign for the coming fishing season.  The purpose of the campaign is to raise awareness of the need to air down tires to safely drive on the beach in an environmentally friendly manner.  We are looking for a catch phrase of slogan for this campaign (keep it clean).  Got an idea?  Please submit it to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or bring it to the
upcoming meeting.

Our Annual dinner is scheduled for Saturday, March 14.  We are looking for suggestions for a guest speaker and you guessed it!! Send me an email or come to the meeting with any ideas.

Finally, the Parks surf fishing video that we help fund has been released.  You can find it on the Parks website, social media and YouTube page.  To date, the video has 7600 plus views across all platforms.

Stay warm!!!
Clark Evans, # 103
DMS President

The following is an excerpt from the President's Message as posted in the March/April 2014 edition of the DMS Newsletter:
Hello All,
DMS is proud to be called upon to assist DNREC in their annual Beach Grass Planting event to be held March 22.  DMS is being asked to supply drivers and OSV-permitted vehicles to transport volunteers to the planting areas.  The area to be planted this year is the North Pocket area, north of the Indian River Inlet in Delaware Seashore State Park.  
The dunes in this area have been rescontructed following a beach replenishment project that was completed in late 2013.  The goal is to trap sand on the dunes that protect DE Route 1 from coastal storms.  Overwash from Hurrinaces Irene (2011) and Sandy (2012) deposited sand up to 2 feet deep on Rote 1 and caused Route 1 to close for several days.
DMS members that wish to assist should assemble at 8 AM at the day use parking lot , north side of the Indian River Inlet.  Please sign up for this vital task by emailing us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your committment. 

See you on the sand!

Floyd T. Morton III (Morty)