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Cast for a Cure tournament set for June 11

Cape Gazette of Lewes, Delaware

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There will be a somewhat unusual surf fishing tournament Saturday, June 11. The brainchild of Brandy Timmons, it is the Cast for a Cure Surf Tournament. What makes it so unusual is all the proceeds go to the Tunnell Cancer Center Special Needs Fund, This money will be used to help cancer patients with bills they may not be able to pay because they can't work during treatment, transportation to and from the center, copays, medications or any other expense they may incur during their fight to regain their health. Personally, I can't think of a better charity.

There will be a captains' meeting at Delaware Distilling Company from 4 to 7 p.m., Friday, June 10. The team captains must attend this meeting to pick up the tournament packet and get their designated fishing station. The tournament rules will be read at this meeting as well.

Fishing on the 11th will begin at 8 a.m. and run till 11 a.m. The lunch break will be between 11 a.m. and noon. Fishing will resume at noon and continue until 3 p.m.

The awards ceremony will be held back at Delaware Distilling Company from noon to 2 p.m., Sunday, June 12. The top three teams will receive trophies, and a buffet lunch will be provided for all registered anglers. While no cash awards will be made, there will be two Calcuttas: one for the largest bluefish and one for the largest rockfish. The entry fee is $20 for each Calcutta.

Many local businesses have donated to this tournament. RH Custom Rods has donated a surf rod, OTW Sand Sticks has donated some of its great products, and Tsunami and Salt Life have also made donations. Shawn Smith and Brandy have made a custom surf rod that will be raffled off at the captains' meeting June 10. Tickets are $5 each or five for $20.

Go to the Old Inlet Bait and Tackle website to find out more about this tournament.

Fishing report

No need to complain about the weather because nobody can do anything about it. That said, I do believe the rotten conditions during the month of May have had a dramatic effect on the fishing.

Large rockfish are still in the Upper Bay long after they should have departed for the ocean. They have also been caught as far south as the Coral Beds by anglers soaking clams for black drum.

The big boomers are pretty much on schedule with fish to 70 pounds taken on clam. The Coral Beds remain the best location, and fishing in the late afternoon and evening is productive. The beach at Broadkill has seen a few black drum from the shoreline and out of the Broadkill Slough. I was happy to see reports of anglers releasing these big fish.

Big blues are still around, but apparently my presence sends them scattering. I fished Lewes Beach last Thursday, arriving about an hour before high tide.

There were quite a few fishermen between the fishing pier and Cape Henlopen. I worked poppers and swimming plugs all along the beach without success. I did see two big blues that were caught before I arrived.

I must apologize to everyone there for causing the fish to head for the hills.

Big blues and rockfish have been caught from the ocean surf. The fish are scattered; there has not been a repeat of last year's blitz and I don't think there will be. According to Old Inlet Bait and Tackle, the beach north of the inlet has been the most productive. I have also had reports of blues and rock at Herring Point. Most surf fishermen are using fresh bunker, but fresh clams will also produce blues as well as rock and black drum.

To say the first two days of black sea bass season were a blowout would be a major understatement. The boats were finally able to make it out to Site II and beyond on Tuesday and Wednesday and, as expected, they came back with plenty of fine eating bass. Reports indicate the bite was steady and everyone on board had fish to take home.

This Friday is the Lewes Harbour Marina Canal Flounder Tournament and the weather looks like it might be pretty good. Some keeper flounder were caught from the canal and there should be enough to fill the winners list.

I also had reports of a few big blues in the Broadkill River at Oyster Rocks and on the river side of Beach Plum Island. Just like everywhere else, you had to be there when the fish came past.

A major coastal storm is predicted for this weekend, but perhaps this is what we need to clear things out, and we can finally have some warm and sunny spring weather.

Eric Burnley is a Delaware native who has fished and hunted the state from an early age. Since 1978 he has written countless articles about hunting and fishing in Delaware and elsewhere along the Atlantic Coast. He and his wife Barbara live near Milton, Delaware. Eric can be reached at

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Original Publication Date: May 20, 2016

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