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CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, January 3 - January 9, 1997 - 57 Striped bass, ducks, birds keep season busy Captain Jerry Blakeslee had one of the best days of recent memory on Friday, Dec. 27. Blakeslee and his boat Grizzly continue to fish for rockfish or striped bass and Friday's trip was the kind of day that fishermen often dream of. His charter caught 50 fish, in- eluding 14 keeper size fish by the time most people are pouring their second cup of coffee. Those 14 fish were in the boat by 9 a.m. and Blakeslee and his party spent most of the day enjoying a day to re- member. Three and four hookups at a time were common on fall run stripers, some of which approach 20 pounds. The party were experienced fishermen and Blakeslee said they came prepared to catch fish. The combination of hot fishing and Chesapeake Bay afiglers with years of experience catching stripers proved lethal. Friday was exceptional, but the fishing has remained solid for many, many days. Blakeslee's charters caught 11 fish on Sunday and returned on Monday with five . keepers. Water temperature re- mains in the 40s and Blakeslee ex- pects to continue fishing for as long as fishermen show up at the dock. So far, it's been no trouble to scare up fishing charters. OUTDOORS ike Short Dumb ducks? Assistant Prime Hook Wildlife Refuge Manager George O'Shea reports that duck hunting success is down. The reason7 The long hunting season has al- lowed ducks to get accustomed to hunters and to become more wary. The result is that the good hunters who are skilled waterfowlers con- tinue to bag ducks. So-so hunters who can't put out a good decoy spread are tending to go home empty handed. It's not because of a shortage of ducks. O'Sff'ea says it's just that some ducks are getting wise to the hunters. Turkey time If you want some first class wildlife viewing, get up early to see the wild turkeys at Prime Hook. The word from refuge offi- cials is that early morning visitors can often see a flock of turkeys along the road between the refuge office and the entrance. The best Viewing is usually before 7:30 a.m. Bring binoculars and happy viewing! Winter still busy Local state parks have put out their schedule of events for the winter. There's still plenty of things to do at the local parks, al- though the schedule is positively sedate after summer's bedlam. There are winter birding trips, full moon rambles and assorted other winter trips for the hardy who want to experience the state parks in an entirely different set- ting during a dramatically differ- ent season which offers a charm all its own. If you're interested in history, the program World War II comes to Cape Henlopen, is offered on Jan. 18. There is a walk in the winter woods at Cape Henlopen with a hike along the pinelands trail on Jan. 12. For a special treat, take advan- SeaCoast Speedway awards $18,500 from point fund total SeaCoast Speedway held its 5th annual Awards Banquet Saturday, Dec. 7 at the Sheraton Fountain- bleu in Ocean City, Md. The Delaware National Bank Drivers' Point Fund totaled $18,500 in cash and contingencies. The Covey team with owner Ken Covey and driver Mike Cov- ey, champions in the 358 modified TIDES Date -- z/4 1/5 1/6 1/7 Indian River Rehoboth Roosevelt Oak Inlet Beach Inlet Orchard 8149-[2:49 9:4i 13:Sii .... 1/8 1/9 8i331 li53 1/10 7:52] i:50 i0:431 5:22 h0035161ii division, took home more than $3,000 in prizes. Mark Field, street stock champion, earned a total of $1,000 in prizes, and sprint driver Brian Brittingham garnered $1,000 of cash and goods for owner/father Wayne. Mike Hough, champion of the new Sportsman division, took home a total of $675. Other awards and their recipi- eats were: Paul Moore Most Improved Driver Award: Howard Huepfel. Wayne Rust Hard Luck Award: Ray Staats. We Love Racing Award: The Stonebraker Family. Most Popular Driver Award: Ron Roberts. Perseverance Award: Cliff Foskey. Track Matriarch Award: Roberta Fields. Track Patriarch Award: Bill Richards. Tony Steele Chief Wrench Award: Ken Covey. Best Appearing Team: The Howard Mullins team. Oscar Fields Sportsman of the Year Award: Greg Mitchell. Keil A. West Rookie of the Year Award: Jeff Moore in the 358 modified, Stewart Carmichael in the sprints and Punky Chism in the street stocks. tage of the winter birds of the Delaware Bay. programs and find out what makes watefowling such a fine and pleasant misery. Bring binoculars, a field guide and something warm to drink and ob- serve the ducks, geese and water- fowl of the marshes and inlets of the coast. The winter birds program takes place at Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge on Jan. 11 and at Prime Hook Wildlife Refuge on Feb. 1. For more information on the programs, pick up a copy of the winter schedule at Cape Henlopen State Park or call the park Nature Center at (302) 645 6852. Christmas count reminder This is your last chance to take part in the local Christmas bird counts of the area. This weekend is when the local counts take wing, so call ahead and make your reservations. I've signed up to tag along on the Rehoboth Count this weekend, so I'll try to stay out of the way of the real birders and give you a re- port next week. To participate in the counts, call Bill Fintel at 645-5561 (Seaford area count) or Joe Swertinski at 292-1592 (Rehoboth eount) or Meta Little at 368-3472 (Prime Hook-Cape Henlopen area). Open All Yesrl LEWES FISHHOUSE & PRODUCE 1130 Highway One 5 Points, Lewes, Delawaro i -- While supplies last- CLOSED MOHDAYS Retail & Wholesale Tues.- Sun. - 12 - 6:30 Fri. & Sat.- 11- 7 644-0708 ][tIGER