The gale warnings for Thursday will be up again on Friday, but the weekend could be fishable and next week doesn’t look too bad right now. Of course, all of that is subject to change without notice.
On Wednesday evening I attended the Advisory Council on Recreational Fishing Funding held in Dover. This council has been meeting twice a year since the general fishing license passed into law with the charge of determining where the money raised by the license will be spent.
For the most part, the money goes towards building or maintaining fishing access points such as fishing piers and boat ramps. One project that seems to have taken forever is the new boat ramp at Millsboro Pond. Finally, everything is in place to begin the work. The ramp will be reconfigured and there will be parking for seven trucks/cars with trailers. A permanent dock will also be built. As with all projects funded with license money, 75% comes from the federal excise tax on fishing equipment.
This is Eric Burnley with your WGMD Fishing Report
UPDATED 11-15-18 – Delayed again. The launch of Northrop Grumman’s Antares rocket with Cygnus cargo spacecraft is now targeted for 4:01am Saturday, NovEMBER 17, from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility. NASA TV will provide launch coverage with commentary online beginning at 3:30 a.m.
Thursday morning’s launch of the Antares rocket from the Wallops Flight Facility has been postponed because of the weather. The Northrop Grumman Cygnus cargo spacecraft is now set to lift off aboard the Antares rocket in the early morning of Friday, Nov. 16 at 4:23am from Wallops in Virginia. This is a resupply mission to deliver scientific research and supplies to the International Space Station. Much of the U-S East Coast should be able to see the launch if the skies are clear.
UPDATED 11-15-18 – Dover Police are now looking into what appears to be a murder-suicide in Camden. Police located the vehicle belonging to Dishiem Johnson Thursday in a parking lot on South West Street in Camden. Detectives learned that Johnson was possibly residing in an apartment in that area. Inside the apartment, detectives found both Ahyanna Baker-Griffin and Dishiem Johnson deceased inside the apartment as the result of apparent gunshot wounds. Police believe Johnson may have taken his own life following the murder of Ahyanna Baker-Griffin – the final determination on manner of death will be made by the Division of Forensic Science.
The investigation continues – anyone with information is encouraged to call Dover Police 302-736-7111.
Have you seen Ahyanna Baker-Griffin? The 20 year old from Dover was last seen leaving her South Queen Street home with her boyfriend, 21 year old Dishiem Johnson in a dark-colored Nissan Sentra with tinted windows on Thursday morning. Family members have not been able to contact her, she’s missed a family function and has not been at work since Thursday. Family members reported her missing to Dover Police on Saturday. Anyone with information should contact Dover Police at 302-736-7111 or Crime Stoppers – 800-TIP-3333.
Delaware Electric Cooperative is asking members to Beat the Peak this afternoon from 5 to 7pm. This is because of the cold weather blanketing our area. You can help Beat the Peak by turning off unnecessary lights, delaying the use of major appliances and hot water and turning the thermostat down a few degrees.
With small craft advisories up on Wednesday no one got out and it looks like we could have gale warnings up for Thursday and Friday. On the bright side, the weather for the weekend could be fishable. Is that even possible?
Back in the day, I used to spend Thanksgiving week on Hatteras Island with my two sons and their families. We finally quit going when the fishing got so bad we spent a week catching exactly one small sea mullet (kingfish).
Right now not only are they catching sea mullet to two pounds the red drum run in the surf has been excellent. The only problem is the red drum seem to attract a bad crowd at the Point who seem to feel confrontation is part of the sport of fishing. In all my years of fishing on Hatteras Island I believe I fished the Point exactly twice. Once was for big blues and the other time was for flounder. The flounder crowd was a bit less hectic, but the bluefish folks were as mad as hatters with Hopkins flying through the air in every direction.
This is Eric Burnley with your WGMD Fishing Report
The Delaware Sports Commission is proud to announce the full schedule and participating teams for the 2018 Slam Dunk to the Beach basketball tournament. The lineup includes two of the Top 25 teams in the country and many of the nation’s top players. The elite squads will hit the hardwood at Cape Henlopen High School from December 27-29.
This year’s event will feature 13 teams from around the region and nation and four teams from the host state of Delaware. The top players as rated in the latest 247Sports rankings include:
· Jonathan Kuminga (Our Savior New American) – 3rd c/o 2021
· Khalil Whitney (Roselle Catholic) – 7th c/o 2019
· Jeremy Roach (Paul VI) – 16th c/o 2020
· Julian Strawther (Liberty HS) – 33rd c/o 2020
· Symir Torrence (Vermont Academy) – 50th c/o 2020
· Anthony Harris (Paul VI) – 64th c/o 2019
“We are so excited about it being year five for the revival of Slam Dunk to the Beach. As always, the quality of the teams and players for this year’s edition of Slam Dunk are first class,” said Dr. Matthew Robinson, chairman of the Delaware Sports Commission.
Tickets are on sale now at http://www.
The 2018 field of participating schools include:
· Archbishop Wood HS (Warminster, PA)
· Albany Academy (Albany, NY)
· Bishop Loughlin HS (Brooklyn, NY)
· Bishop Walsh HS (Cumberland, MD)
· Caesar Rodney HS (Dover, DE)
· Cape Henlopen HS (Lewes, DE)
· Eleanor Roosevelt HS (Greenbelt, MD)
Gonzaga College HS (Washington, D.C.)
· Hudson Catholic HS (Jersey City, NJ)
· Liberty HS (Henderson, NV)
· Our Savior New American School (Centereach, NY)
· Paul VI HS (Fairfax, VA)
· Roselle Catholic HS (Roselle, NJ)
· Salesianum School (Wilmington, DE)
· Sanford School (Hockessin, DE)
· Vermont Academy (Saxtons River, VT)
· Westtown School (West Chester, PA)
“We are very excited to attend Slam Dunk to the Beach this year,” said Liberty High School Head Coach, Stefan Berg. “It is a terrific event with great history! We are looking forward to playing against some great teams and the competition the event offers each year.”
The iconic tournament has hosted many future NBA and college superstars over the years and since returning in 2014, Slam Dunk to the Beach has welcomed in the next generation of basketball’s best. The most recent wave of talent has included 2018 NCAA Tournament Most Outstanding Player, Donte DiVincenzo (2014) and the 6th overall pick in the 2018 NBA Draft, Mohamed Bamba (2017, 2016, 2015).
Making a return to Lewes, DE for the first time since 2016, Paul VI leads this year’s group in the national rankings. The MaxPreps Preseason Top 25 ranks the Panthers as the 11th best team in the nation. 2016 Slam Dunk to the Beach All-Tournament team selection, Jeremy Roach, is back after impressing the Cape Henlopen HS crowd with 40 points in two games as a freshman two seasons ago. Rounding out the MaxPreps Top 25 at the 25th spot are the Roselle Catholic
Lions, making their fifth consecutive appearance at the beach. Leading Roselle is this season’s highest rated participant, Khalil Whitney. The nation’s 7th ranked player in the senior class has already committed to Kentucky, making him the fifth Slam Dunk player to commit to John Calipari in the last five years.
Locally, this season’s event welcomes four of the top teams in the state of Delaware. Earlier in 2018, Cape Henlopen and Salesianum made up the first and second ranked teams, respectively, in the DIAA Boy’s Basketball Tournament while Caesar Rodney made the Second Round and Sanford advanced all the way to the state’s semifinals.
The DSC also announced the matchups for the 2018 Slam Dunk, which breaks down into day and evening sessions featuring three games in each session.
The tournament begins with Delaware’s top two teams from the 2017-18 regular season as Salesianum and Caesar Rodney tip-off at noon. At 6:30p.m., Gonzaga College will be making its first appearance at Slam Dunk to the Beach since playing in a 2014 double-overtime instant classic against Roselle. This time the Purple Eagles will take on Albany Academy.
Day two of Slam Dunk to the Beach will start with MaxPreps 25th ranked Roselle Catholic against Eleanor Roosevelt at noon. The day will feature three teams ranked in the national Top 30 as #28 Gonzaga plays Our Savior New American at 6:30p.m. followed by #11 Paul VI vs. Liberty HS in the nightcap.
The final day, December 29, will feature another six action-packed games for hoops fans in Lewes. Saturday’s games will feature the top two players from New York in the class of 2020 as Andre Jackson and Albany Academy face Westtown School at 6:30pm and Nate Tabor’s Our Savior New American School starts the competition for the day against Archbishop Wood at noon. This game will feature the 3rd ranked sophomore in the country, Jonathan Kuminga, for the third time in as many days. Hudson Catholic and host school, Cape Henlopen, bring the event to a close at 8:00p.m.
The full schedule, with start times for all 18 games, is listed below.
The Delaware Sports Commission has once again brought aboard Position Sports, Inc., a national sports marketing company, to manage all event operations. Position Sports has worked with many of the world’s leading brands, including current clients Nike, Jordan Brand, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and USA Basketball.
For more information on the tournament, follow @SlamDunkToBeach on Twitter and Facebook at Slam Dunk To The Beach.
Code Purple Sussex County will be opening for On Call nights beginning on November 25th. Four new shelters have been added – so more is needed in donations in either items or funding. Volunteers, especially overnight volunteers, are also needed. To find out how you can help – go to codepurplesussexcounty.com
Small craft advisories were up for Tuesday and are already up for Wednesday.
At Lewes Harbour Marina Tommy said there were two citation tog on the Katydid’s Monday trip. Dave Furio had an 8.6-pound tog and Jackson Aeo had a tog weighing in at 8.4 pounds. Captain Keith Beebe had the Surface Tension out for some sea bass action on Monday bringing in a good catch including a 3.28 pounder caught on a jig by Matt King.
At Hook ‘em and Cook ‘em they had more information on the boats that ran to the canyons on Monday. The Boy’s Toy caught eight swordfish keeping three plus some yellowfin tuna. The Indian Giver brought in three yellowfin between 30 and 48 pounds plus a 141-pound bigeye. Reel Precision had six yellowfin tuna in the 20 to 40-pound class and two bigeyes weighing 124 and 117 pounds. The head boat Judy V had a trip on Monday and was able to find 20 to 30 tog to five pounds.
This is Eric Burnley with your WGMD Fishing Report
Monday saw weather as good as you are going to get in November so I decided to give Indian River Inlet a try. I arrived around 9:00 AM and fished the incoming into the slack and the first of the outgoing. My total catch was one small oyster cracker on a sand flea. I saw several small tog caught, but did not see anything large enough to keep. The best action was from the bridge to the beach on the northside. I was on the west side of the bridge. A few short rockfish were caught on small jigs during slack water.
Tommy at Lewes Harbour Marina said the Monday group on the Katydid finally had some decent weather and made good use of the day. They brought in 115 sea bass plus a couple of tog and triggerfish.
Lauren at Hook ‘em and Cook ‘em had four boats out for swordfish, but they had not returned in time for this report.
At Old Inlet Bait and Tackle they told us some short rockfish were caught from the beach at Faithful Steward on clams over the weekend.
The Fish Bound out of Ocean City had a boat limit of tog to 10 pounds and sheepshead to 13 pounds on Monday.
This is Eric Burnley with your WGMD Fishing Report.
The Sussex County Council has a full agenda this week. The council is expected to take action on the Land Use map within the Comprehensive Plan – as well as consider approval of the 2018 Comprehensive Plan. They will also discuss an ordinance to amend the calculation of permitted density. County Administrator Todd Lawson will have a report on the recent meetings of the Five Points Working Group – which is looking at options to upgrade that intersection in Lewes. The council will hold a public hearing at 10:30 on the proposed Diamond Acres Streetlighting district. In the afternoon session the council will hold 5 public hearings – 4 are conditional use applications and one for a change of zone. The council meets at 10am in the County Administration Building on the Circle in Georgetown.
A single vehicle crash on Route 50 near Porter Mill Road in Hebron just before 6:30 this morning led to DUI charges for a Parsonsburg man. Maryland State Police say the driver of a Nissan Rogue, 29 year old Jerry Griffith lost control of his SUV and spun out in the median. Police learned that Griffith was DUI and driving on a suspended license. He was charged and released to a family member.
A traffic stop Sunday morning in Georgetown led to the arrest of a Virginia man on drug charges. Georgetown Police stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation on Route 113 near Shortly Road and smelled marijuana coming from the vehicle as they contacted 26 year old Tyrice Thomas. During a search of the vehicle police seized 6 grams of marijuana in the glove box and a bag with 150 bundles of heroin. Thomas is charged with a variety of drug offenses and is free on an unsecured bail.
A woman from Lewes was injured in a crash last night at Routes 5 and 9. Delaware State Police tell WGMD that just after 7pm Sunday an SUV and Taurus were approaching the intersection on Route 9 when the 17 year old from Millsboro driving the Taurus accelerated to make a left turn and collided with the SUV. The driver of the SUV, a 50 year old woman from Lewes was taken to Beebe Medical Center with minor injuries. The teen was not injured, but was cited for failure to yield when making a left turn.
Sunday was better than Saturday, but not many boats went out on the water. Monday looks like the best day this week.
Spoke with Bill’s Sport Shop and was told Bill Baker is in a Milford rehab recovering from his fall last Sunday. We wish him a speedy recovery.
At Lewes Harbour Marina the report was one or two boats went tog fishing, but only had limited success. Chris at Hook ‘em and Cook ‘em had the same report.
At Captain Bone’s Bait and Tackle Patty told us Dominick Vavala caught a one-pound, nine-ounce yellow perch on a swim shad out of the Appoquinimick Creek.
At Smith Bait and Tackle Steve reported that Christian Pruneda had a one-pound, two-ounce yellow perch on a minnow from the Leipsic River.
Reports from the north Jersey area indicate stripers in the 20 to 30-pound class with at least one 50 pounder being caught from head and party boats. If the fish are on sand eels then Diamond jigs are doing the job. When bunker are the prime feed then snag and drop works best.
This is Eric Burnley with your WGMD Fishing Report.
A 4-vehicle crash near Dagsboro is under investigation by Delaware State Police. Police say a Hyundai was southbound on Route 113 near Clayton Road when an unknown vehicle began to enter its lane. The Hyundai left the roadway, crossed the center median and struck a Volkswagen Golf and then a Honda Civic which were both in the northbound lanes. The driver of the Hyundai and a passenger, from Pennsylvania, were both properly restrained and treated for minor injuries. The 25 year old driver of the Golf, from Virginia, was properly restrained and taken to Beebe Medical Center with serious injuries. The driver of the Honda was not injured. The roadway was closed for several hours while the scene was investigated and cleared.
A Salisbury man has been arrested after a stabbing Saturday afternoon on Swan Road in Salisbury. The Wicomico County Sheriff’s Office was called for a report of a stabbing and found two victims – Frank Donaldson, Junior of Delmar who had died from his injuries and Charles Turner of Salisbury, who was taken to Peninsula Regional Medical Center and is in critical condition. Police identified 30 year old Brendon Fields of Salisbury as the suspect and he was arrested and charged with 1st and 2nd degree murder, attempted 1st and 2nd degree murder and other offenses. The investigation is continuing.
UPDATED – 5pm – Delaware State Police have canceled the Gold Alert for Ryan Yeager of Wyoming. He has been located.
A Gold Alert has been issued for a missing Wyoming man. Delaware State Police say 33 year old Ryan Yeager was last heard from by text message on Saturday in the Sandtown, Delaware area. Ryan is white, about 6-feet tall, 169 pounds with brown hair and green eyes. He may be driving a gray 2009 Hyundai Santa Fe with Delaware tags ( HP19571 or PC608039). Attempts to locate Yeager have been unsuccessful and there is concern for his safety. If you know where he is – contact Crime Stoppers.
Saturday saw gale warnings up for the bay and ocean. I checked out both bodies of water in the early afternoon and both were not happy. There were even whitecaps on the Lewes and Rehoboth Canal. Sunday will be a bit better, but still too rough for most boaters.
Old Inlet Bait and Tackle said a few folks fished the surf, but the only report they received was one small bluefish along with several skates on cut mullet. Indian River Inlet did produce some keeper tog along with several shorts.
At Lewes Harbour Marina I picked up the rules for their 2018 Striped Bass Tournament. All entry fees are to be paid in cash at the shop. The cost is $30 for the month or $5 for the day paid before going fishing. The contest will run from November 23 to 4:00 PM December 23. Prize money will be determined by the amount of entry money with 50% to first, 30% to second and 20% to third.
This is Eric Burnley with your WGMD Fishing Report.
Cindy – Rehoboth 302-430-4411
– Selling entire kitchen and appliances, chance to buy whole thing, all white cabinets and appliances, appliances 5-10 years old, very lightly used. Gas range, Side by side fridge and microwave. asking – $2975
– Gas Fireplace with wood mantle surround with a remote, about 12 years old , ventless asking – $495
David – Georgetown 302- 858-5006
Tuxedo, worn twice, black American made, fit a man about 5 10 to six foot tall. Jacket is 44 Long, Pants Long 34. Perfect time for the holidays. Reg. $65
Murph – Longneck area 302-542-7522
FREE – Intex Swimming Pool, come with two filters one big one for the pump and a little filter, box of SIX pack of FILTERS never opened willing to give away.
Frank – Lewes 302-644-4905
LOOKING TO BUY: Device to copy to a DVD from the old VCR, wants a converter using a MAC. Needs to be MAC compatible.
Ron – Lewes 609-790-4370
– Tow Bar to tow a car, Stainless steel, new 1K 10k pound capacity asking – $500
– Ugly Sticks, 9 and 10′ surf rods, brand new – $30 each for those.
– Men’s Trek bike 26″ excellent condition – $125
Cathy – Rehoboth 302-645-2133
FREE ITEM: 55″ Sony TV 10 years old – FREE ITEM
Dale – Bridgeville / Milford 302-228-5984
– 6 PC Bavarian China From Germany, paid $500, never used, pictures on plates of wildlife of Germany – $300
John – Millsboro 302-945- 6696
– John Bose Kitchen island Cart, lightly used about 3 weeks. butcher block 35″ high 20″ deep with two drop leafs, still has protective coating on shelves, with leaves goes to 50″ wide. was $1139 new, asking – $600
– China – 16 – 6 pc. place setting holiday china, 3 serving pcs. service for 16 $1500 will throw in the flatware (was $300)
Willa – Rehoboth 610-742-0161
– Campbell-Ausfeld Air compressor 6 HP 6 gallon all the attachments and cables paid $1100, asking – $400
Jim – Lewes 302-644-1573
– Trundle Bed, opens up to a queen sized bed, about six years old – $175
During the deer hunting season, the Sportsmen Against Hunger Program will again help to provide for Delaware’s hungry. Several private butcher shops statewide are taking part and will process the meat into venison at no charge to be distributed by the Division of Fish & Wildlife to charitable groups providing meals for needy Delawareans. Deer donations can be directly to a participating butcher or dropped at any of DNREC’s walk-in coolers. Last year over 19-thousand pounds of venison was donated.
Hunters donating deer are asked to call the phone number posted on the walk-in coolers so that the deer can be transported for processing in a timely manner. Hunters are reminded that all deer dropped off at a cooler must be field-dressed and registered by the hunter, with the registration number written on the field tag attached to the deer. Coolers are checked frequently, with donated deer taken to participating private butcher shops or the Sussex Correctional Institution’s deer butchering program for processing.
All deer harvested in Delaware, including donated deer, must be registered through the Division of Fish & Wildlife’s Hunter and Trapper Registration (HTR) system. Deer hunters are encouraged to access the system online at www.dnrec.delaware.gov/delhunt using a smartphone, tablet, laptop, or desktop computer. Hunters who prefer to talk to a live customer service representative can call 855-DELHUNT (855-335-4868).
Cooler Locations to Donate Deer
- Assawoman Wildlife Area, 37604 Mulberry Landing Road, Frankford, DE 19945
- Gumboro Community Center, 36849 Millsboro Highway, Millsboro, DE 19966
- Redden State Forest Headquarters, 18074 Redden Forest Drive, Georgetown, DE 19947
- Trap Pond State Park, 33587 Bald Cypress Lane, Laurel, DE 19956
- Little Creek Wildlife Area, 3018 Bayside Drive, Dover, DE 19901
- Norman G. Wilder Wildlife Area, 782 Kersey Road, Viola, DE 19979
- Mosquito Control Office, 1161 Airport Road, Milford, DE 19963
For more information on hunting in Delaware can be found at 2018-2019 Delaware Hunting and Trapping Guide. The guide also is available in printed form at DNREC’s Dover licensing desk in the Richardson & Robbins Building, 89 Kings Highway, Dover, DE 19901, and from license agents statewide.
For more information on the Sportsmen Against Hunger Program, please visit Sportsmen Against Hunger, or contact Bill Jones, regional wildlife manager, 302-284-4795. For deer hunting information, please contact Eric Ness, deer and furbearer biologist, at 302-735-3600.
Small craft advisories were up all day Friday and gale warnings are up for Saturday. Winds on Saturday will be northwest 20 to 25 with gusts to 35 knots. At 4:00 PM on Friday the Delaware Lightship Buoy reported winds at 21 knots gusting to 27 with waves at 7.9 feet. The barometric pressure was at 29.89 and falling fast. The water temperature was 60 degrees. It looks like another lost weekend for any type of saltwater fishing.
Depending on how much rain we get, freshwater fishing could be good in the local ponds and upper reaches of the tidal rivers and creeks. If you can find a lee shore to soak a few worms or cut bunker it is possible to catch some white perch or catfish. I suspect most outdoorsmen will be deer hunting or watching football as will I.
I attended the ASMFC public hearing on Thursday evening in Dover. I must say I was disappointed that I was the only one there who was not a member of the ASMFC or worked for DNREC Fish and Game.
This is Eric Burnley with your WGMD Fishing Report.
The National Weather Service in Mount Holly NJ has issued a Flood WARNING UNTIL 9:45PM EST FRI THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN MOUNT HOLLY NJ HAS ISSUED A * FLOOD WARNING FOR… SOUTHEASTERN SUSSEX COUNTY IN SOUTHERN DELAWARE… * UNTIL 945 PM EST. *
AT 546 PM EST, DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED HEAVY RAIN THAT WILL CAUSE FLOODING. BETWEEN ONE AND TWO INCHES OF RAIN HAVE ALREADY FALLEN. *
SOME LOCATIONS THAT COULD EXPERIENCE FLOODING INCLUDE… LEWES, SELBYVILLE, DAGSBORO, MILLVILLE, HENLOPEN ACRES, LONG NECK, OCEAN VIEW, FRANKFORD, SOUTH BETHANY AND DEWEY BEACH.
PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS… TURN AROUND…DON’T DROWN WHEN ENCOUNTERING FLOODED ROADS. MOST FLOOD DEATHS OCCUR IN VEHICLES. MOVE TO HIGHER GROUND NOW. ACT QUICKLY TO PROTECT YOUR LIFE. BE ESPECIALLY CAUTIOUS AT NIGHT WHEN IT IS HARDER TO RECOGNIZE THE DANGERS OF FLOODING.
EXCESSIVE RUNOFF FROM HEAVY RAINFALL WILL CAUSE FLOODING OF SMALL CREEKS AND STREAMS, FARMLAND, AND OTHER LOW LYING SPOTS.
PLEASE REPORT FLOODING TO YOUR LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCY WHEN YOU CAN DO SO SAFELY.
A FLOOD WARNING MEANS THAT FLOODING IS IMMINENT OR OCCURRING. ALL INTERESTED PARTIES SHOULD TAKE NECESSARY PRECAUTIONS IMMEDIATELY.
A serious crash Friday morning shut down the southbound lanes on Route 1 just south of Route 24 in Rehoboth. Delaware State Police say just after 9:40 a car traveling northbound in the left turn lane crossed the concrete median and collided head on with a cement mixer. The driver of the car, a 48 year old woman from Lewes was properly restrained and trapped in the vehicle. She was taken to Beebe Medical Center and is now in serious but stable condition at Christiana Hospital. The driver of the cement mixer, a 34 year old man from Dover was treated for minor injuries. The investigation continues.
Ocean City Mayor Rick Meehan and councilmen Matt James, Lloyd Martin and Mark Paddack have been sworn in. As the council moved to reorganize, councilman John Gehrig nominated Matt James for council president. Councilman Dennis Dare nominated Lloyd Martin for president. Martin was re-elected as council president by a 5 to 2 vote and Mary Knight returns as secretary. The mayor and council have a work session on Tuesday, November 13.