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Sports Briefs

May 30, 2018
Special Olympics athletes head to Seattle

On Saturday, June 30, a contingent of 26 Special Olympics Delaware athletes and coaches will be on their way to Seattle for the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games. From July 1-6, Team Delaware will join thousands of Special Olympics athletes and coaches from across the nation, along with tens of thousands of volunteers, family members and fans, for a week of special events and competitions in 14 team and individual sports.

“Having the opportunity to compete on a national stage is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for most of our athletes,” said Ann Grunert, executive director for Special Olympics Delaware. “It’s a chance to not only compete against some of the finest athletes from around the country, but to experience all of the thrills that go along with traveling to a national event. For some, it will the first time away from home. For others, it is going to be the first time traveling on an airplane. And for all of them, it will be an experience they will never forget.”

A sendoff ceremony is being held on Saturday, June 30 at 9:45 a.m. at the Delaware State Police – Troop 2 complex in Newark. Team Delaware will be introduced and local supporters recognized during the 20-minute ceremony that precedes the team’s departure via motor coach to the Philadelphia airport. 

Team Delaware’s journey at the USA Games begins with the Opening Ceremony on Sunday, July 1, where they will march in the Parade of Athletes in front of thousands of spectators at the University of Washington’s Husky Stadium. ABC will broadcast the Opening Ceremony live starting at 3:30 p.m. EST.

North Beach 5K set for June 24

The 17th annual North Beach 5K will be held at 8 a.m., Sunday, June 24, starting and ending at North Beach restaurant, 125 McKinley St., Dewey Beach. North Beach is home to the famous Dewey Devil, great live music and good food. The run is the third in the 10 Sisters of Dewey Beach Run/Walk Series. The 2018 selection and crowning of the Queen of the 10 Sisters of Dewey Beach will be held following the run/walk. If you want to enter the contest, contact barb@races2run.com.  It’s all for a great summer of running and loads of fun.

The course is USATF certified. Entrants receive a gender-specific tech shirt, giveaways. Gift certificates go to overall male and female and masters male and female winners. Awards go to top three in five-year age categories 9 and under to 80 and over and top male and female walkers. The fastest beach house also receives a prize. On race day, parking is free in Dewey Beach until 10 a.m. Registration and race policy information are available for this and other 10 Sisters of Dewey Beach races at www.races2run.com. Day of race registration opens at 7 a.m. Cost is $25 in advance and $30 on race day. Guest tickets for the post-race party are $5 and do not include the run.

Safe boating course offered June 23

U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 12-02 5 NR, Lewes, will be conducting a Delaware Basic Boating Course from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Saturday, June 23, at the DNREC Building at 901 Pilottown Road, Lewes. Cost is $10 per person. It is an 8-hour, one-day course, with class registration at the door beginning at 8 a.m. Upon successful completion, participants will receive a Safe Boating Certificate. All materials for the class will be provided. Attendees should bring a bag lunch.

Mandatory boating education is required for those born on or after Jan. 1, 1978, to operate a motorized boat or personal watercraft on Delaware waters. For more information, email safeboat12.02@gmail.com or call Norman Stein at 302-966-0078.

New interactive pond maps available

DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife announced the release of new interactive online maps that allow anglers and other users to easily locate Delaware’s public freshwater ponds throughout the state. The public ponds, most of which are managed by the Division of Fish & Wildlife, range from five to 189 acres in size and support a variety of gamefish. The application can be used on mobile devices and can be found on the DNREC alpha website’s Public Pond Page.

The maps include useful details about each pond, such as access, depth contours, flow direction, areas of prominent vegetation, and surface acreage. Satellite imagery provides an on-the-ground perspective and allows users to zoom into specific areas on the pond or to zoom out to get a landscape perspective. Up-to-date research on the gamefish in each pond is included so anglers can plan their outing to cast for their favorite gamefish. Aquatic vegetation management and shoreline and boating access information is provided for each pond. 

The interactive maps also include updated information on nine small DNREC-owned ponds. These ponds, which range in size from one-half acre to 10 acres, are geared for bank fishing, and are ideal for beginners and youth anglers. For more information on small pond angling in Delaware, visit https://dnrec.alpha.delaware.gov/fish-wildlife/small-pond-angling/.

Delaware’s non-tidal fishing regulations apply, and a general fishing license is required for most anglers who fish these ponds and other waters throughout the state. Delaware fishing licenses are sold online, at the licensing office in DNREC’s Richardson & Robbins Building, 89 Kings Highway, Dover, and by license agents statewide. For more information on Delaware fishing licenses, call 302-739-9918.

Summer flounder minimum size reduced to 16.5 inches

DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife announced that the summer flounder minimum size has been reduced to 16.5 inches for recreational anglers, half an inch less than the previous 17-inch minimum size. Summer flounder season remains open year round and the possession limit remains at four summer flounder per person per day.

The minimum size was reduced to comply with the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission’s Addendum XXVIII to the Summer Flounder Fishery Management Plan. The size change was adopted through an emergency regulation due to insufficient time to adopt the regulation through the standard regulatory process before flounder move into Delaware waters this spring. The required standard regulatory process to adopt the regulation, including a public hearing and comment period, is being initiated.

For more information on summer flounder regulations, call the Fisheries Section at 302-739-9914 or go to www.dnrec.delaware.gov/fw/Fisheries.

DNREC’s 2018 Delaware Fishing Guide and fishing rulers now available

The Division of Fish & Wildlife’s 2018 Delaware Fishing Guide and fishing rulers for measuring legal-sized catches have landed wherever anglers purchase a Delaware fishing license, including bait & tackle shops, and sporting goods and hardware stores. Anglers also can pick up the guide and ruler when buying their fishing license at the licensing desk in DNREC’s Dover office at 89 Kings Highway, Dover. 

Inside the full-color, magazine-sized guide, anglers will find detailed information on Delaware’s fishing license requirements and how to obtain a Delaware Fisherman Information Network number, as well as sections on tidal and freshwater sportfishing, fishing regulations and general angling information. The guide, available online, also showcases additions to the Delaware Sport Fishing Tournament and Live Release program.

The new fishing ruler, colored purple for 2018, serves as a handy tool to measure fishing and shellfish catches, and it provides a quick reference on minimum size, possession limits, and seasons. “We are pleased to issue the 2018 Delaware Fishing Guide and fishing rulers early in the fishing year to better serve the fishing public,” said Division of Fish & Wildlife Director David Saveikis. “We encourage anglers to use them as a source of helpful information to enjoy their fishing experiences in Delaware.”

When picking up a guide and ruler with their fishing license, anglers are also reminded that although the print version of the fishing guide and the fishing rulers both provide a summary of minimum sizes, possession limits and seasons, these regulations are subject to change after the guide has been published and the rulers produced. This year, changes are expected for black sea bass, tautog, and possibly summer flounder. The online version of the fishing guide will be updated as new regulations become effective.

This year’s guide features winning photos from the Delaware Division of Fish & Wildlife’s 2017 Fishing Photo Contest. The cover features the first-place photo taken by Chad Betts of Milton.  The photo shows his son, Cohen Betts, holding a fine striped bass that he caught and released while fishing on Delaware’s Inland Bays. Second-place and honorable mention photos appear inside the guide.

“The guide provides a user-friendly summary of fishing opportunities in Delaware, from freshwater ponds and rivers to the Delaware Bay and ocean,” said DNREC Fisheries Administrator John Clark. “The fishing rulers are perfect to keep in your tackle box or on your boat. Every angler should pick up a ruler and a guide when they buy their Delaware fishing license.”

For more information on the 2018 Delaware Fishing Guide or on fishing in the First State, call the Fisheries Section at 302-739-9914. For freshwater fishing information, anglers also may call the section’s Smyrna field office at 302-735-8650, or for saltwater fishing information, the Little Creek field office at 302-735-2960.