Anglers set to cast their lines in the DMS surf-fishing tourney
The 13th Annual Delaware Mobile Surf-Fishermen’s Invitational Tournament is about to see anglers cast their fishing lines out into the Atlantic Ocean, as well as the Indian River Inlet Bay waters, this weekend, Oct. 11-13, in what is considered the best surf-fishing tournament in the entire state.
On Saturday, Oct. 12, participants may choose where they want to fish, as they can hit the waters at Delaware Seashore State Park, north of the Indian River Inlet, or at Cape Henlopen State Park between Herring Point and Gordons Pond.
On Sunday, Oct. 13, all participating anglers will cast their lines at Cape Henlopen State Park at the traditional tournament locations from The Point to Gordons Pond.
DMS will have more than $4,000 in total cash prizes for participating anglers, as well as trophies over several divisions. The top four finishers in the overall and woman’s divisions will receive cash prizes and trophies. The youth division, which is for participants 15 or younger, will feature trophies and prizes for the top three finishers.
There is also an optional Bluefish Calcutta for the largest bluefish scored, for anglers 16 or older. The winner will receive 100 percent payback.
“We have about a third of the people we are anticipating already signed up,” said George Mood, who is the DMS secretary and tournament committee member. “There is not a lot of pre-registration done any longer. We are expecting anywhere we from 230 to 240.”
There is a $40 entry fee per participant (16 or older) with an additional $10 for the Bluefish Calcutta, if anglers choose to participate. The youth division entry fee is $15.
For Mood and his wife, Margaret, it is certainly a busy weekend, but one they are deeply involved in, to make sure everything goes off without any issues.
“I’ve been the tournament director, and I have done just about every job involved with this except cook the Sunday dinner,” Mood joked. “I’ve been involved since the beginning, as a judge, and since then as head judge. My wife handles all the scorecards when they come in, and she goes off in her own room and tallies everything.”
As an added bonus for the youth fishing participants, Rick’s Bait & Tackle is once again sponsoring that division, which will give each entrant a rod and reel combo for their registration.
In-person registrations will still be accepted on Friday, Oct. 11, from noon to 8 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 12, from 5:30 to 7 a.m. at the tournament headquarters, located at Youth Camp 3, 14628 Officers Road in Cape Henlopen State Park.
By Jason Feather