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Sports Briefs Fall 2019

September 18, 2019

Cape Henlopen Senior Center seeks billiards players

Anyone age 50 and older who likes to play pool but doesn’t know where to go to get involved can check out the Cape Henlopen Senior Center at 11 Christian St., Rehoboth Beach. The center is seeking male and female pool players of all skill levels to play on friendly traveling teams Friday mornings. Center members enjoy the use of two excellent pool tables from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. every weekday. This is a great way to meet new people, develop skills without any pressure, and enjoy some good-natured competition. For more information on the pool leagues, call Lou Schultheis at 302-521-9600 or Joe Mangini at 302-383-3263. All are welcome.

Participants must be senior center members. CHSC dues are $30 per year and offer so much bang for the buck. For more information, call Bernita Hackney, program director, at 302-227-2055.

Grotto Pizza to host NFL game-day contests

Grotto Pizza invites customers to celebrate Sunday game days at its sports bar restaurants with new food and drink specials, and big giveaways. Grotto Pizza’s NFL giveaway program will feature a new game-day menu, the Pig Skin Pick ‘Em Contest and weekly giveaways, plus a $500 AMEX Gift Card grand prize for each participating Grotto Pizza sports bar location. Participating local stores are Grand Slam Lewes, Bethany Beach, and Milford. To take part in the annual Pig Skin Pick ‘Em game, guests must ask for a form at a participating location, circle the predicted winner and submit to the bartender. Players receive one point per correct prediction. All forms must be submitted by the start of each game, one per person. After week 17, the person with the most points at each Grotto Pizza location will win a $500 AMEX gift card. Prizes will also be awarded to the player with the most points scored each week. Weekly prizes include beach chairs, coolers, backpacks, golf accessories, portable grill, cornhole and more. All games are Sunday and Monday; no Thursday or Saturday games are part of the contest. For more information, go to www.GrottoPizza.com.

Sussex Family YMCA to host volleyball leagues

For those who want to bump, set, and spike their way into shape this fall, or for avid volleyball fans, the Sussex Family YMCA has fall leagues. Teams consist of six to 10 players, and games will be hosted at Beacon Middle School in Lewes. Cost to register is $350 per team. Individuals are also welcome to sign up for $75 and will be placed on a team at random. Coed volleyball games are played from 6 to 9 p.m., every Monday ending in November. Women’s volleyball league games are played from 6 to 9 p.m., every Wednesday. 

For more information on youth and adult programs, go to www.ymcade.org/sussex, call 302-296-9622, or go to the facility, 20080 Church St., Rehoboth Beach. Anyone interested does not have to be a member of the YMCA to participate in any sports programs.

Horseshoe crab season closed

DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife announced that Delaware’s 2019 commercial harvest quota of 159,211 male horseshoe crabs has been met, and the horseshoe crab fishery closed July 8 in accordance with Delaware law and regulations. The fishery will remain closed for the remainder of 2019. A lottery for a horseshoe crab dredge fishery, scheduled for July 19, has been cancelled due to the fishery closure. 

Horseshoe crabs are managed by the Division of Fish & Wildlife through an Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission Interstate Fishery Management Plan. Annual allocations for the Delaware Bay-area states are determined through an adaptive resource management model that takes into account changes in the horseshoe crab population and in migratory shorebird populations dependent upon horseshoe crab eggs for food. Harvest of female horseshoe crabs is prohibited in Delaware.

Horseshoe crabs are harvested in Delaware for use as bait in the whelk (conch) and American eel commercial fisheries. Horseshoe crabs also play an important role in the ecology of the Delaware Bay, notably by providing migratory shorebirds with horseshoe crab egg forage that fuels their long-distance migrations to Arctic nesting grounds. The horseshoe crab’s copper-based blue blood also is used in medical testing and research. Delaware does not have a specific biomedical fishery. All harvested horseshoe crabs count as part of the state quota, regardless of use; once harvested, the crabs may be used for bait, biomedical or other purposes.

For more information on the closure, contact the DNREC Division of Fish & Wildlife Fisheries Section at 302-739-9914.

Delaware Fishing Guide also available online

DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife 2019 Delaware Fishing Guide and fishing rulers for measuring catches are now available, along with 2019 fishing licenses, at licensing agents statewide and at the licensing desk in DNREC’s Dover office at 89 Kings Highway, Dover. The guide is also available online at www.eregulations.com/delaware/fishing.

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

The guide features winning photos from the Division of Fish & Wildlife’s 2018 Fishing Photo Contest. The cover profiles the first-place photo taken by Israel Mora of Wilmington of his son, Bryan, holding a large muskellunge that he caught and released while fishing on the Brandywine River. Second-place and honorable mention photos appear inside the guide.

The new fishing ruler, colored “spicy mustard” for 2019, is a handy tool to measure fish and shellfish catches, and provides a quick reference on fish and shellfish minimum sizes, possession limits, and seasons.

Although the print version of the fishing guide and the fishing rulers both provide a summary of minimum sizes, anglers are reminded that these regulations are subject to change. New regulations are anticipated for cobia, a saltwater species, and freshwater trout during the 2019 recreational fishing seasons. The online version of the fishing guide will be updated as new regulations become effective.

For more information on the 2019 Delaware Fishing Guide or fishing in the First State, call the Division of Fish & Wildlife Fisheries Section at 302-739-9914. For more recreational fishing information, anglers also can call the Little Creek field office at 302-735-2960.