Fish and Wildlife 2005 Artificial Reef Guide Available; Updated Guide Offers Numerous Underwater Sites for Anglers

June 15, 2005

Saltwater anglers hooked on bottom fishing will have plenty of underwater reef sites to consider in the 2005 Delaware Reef Guide published by the Delaware Division of Fish and Wildlife, Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control.

This “Bible of Bottom Fishing” is free and gives the precise locations of over 100 waypoints of reef material placed since 1995 in Delaware Bay and the Atlantic Ocean.

According to Jeff Tinsman, the Division's Reef project manager since 1995, the deployed reef materials include concrete products, vessels, army tanks, ballasted tires and subway cars. The locations range from Site No. 1 off Collins Beach to Site No. 11, which is 16 miles east of Indian River Inlet.

“These sites provide good fishing for structure-oriented fish, such as tautog, black sea bass, triggerfish, Atlantic spadefish and scup, as well as predatory game fish like striped bass, weakfish and bluefish,” said Tinsman.

The Delaware Reef Program is coordinated by the Division of Fish and Wildlife and funded by sportsmen's dollars through excise taxes paid by anglers on fishing and boating equipment under the Federal Aid in Fisheries Restoration Act.

To receive a free copy, send your name and mailing address, preferably via email, to: , or mail to: Lee Pennypacker, 3002 Bayside Drive, Dover, DE 19901. Anglers placed on the list will receive a free, updated guide each year to use when fishing Delaware's reefs.

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