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i o lo roAY, JAnUArY 4- MOndAY, JANUARY Z, Z03 SPORTS & OUTDOORS Cape Gazette It's time to buy licenses, registration and tags appy new year to everyone, and now get out your cash, checks or credit cards. That's fight; it is time to buy your 2013 fishing license, boat registration and surf-fishing vehicle tags. The general fishing license and boat registration are avail- able online from the Delaware DelSartment of Natural Re- sources and Environmental Con- trol at vices/Pages/Licenses.aspx. You can also purchase both docu- ments from tackle shops and/or boat dealers. I buy my surf-fish- ing permit from the Cape Hen- lopen State Park office at the en- trance to the park, The permits are also available at Delaware Seashore State Park, If you fish in Delaware Bay, it is good idea to have a New Jersey fisherman identification number. They are free and available online at es.htm. Fishing was slow over the holi- days due to lack of participation and windy weather. The begin- ning of the new year has brought better conditions, and I expect to hear about some successful tog and sea bass trips this week, Rockfish are Still a possibility at Indian River Inlet, but I fear the surf bite has passed. Rockfish have been caught off the coast of Virginia Beach by trollers pulling plugs, spoons and Moios. Some of my friends down there are hoping for a repeat of last year's bluefm tuna run, but nothing but rockfish so far. Delaware Bass Federation The Delaware Bass Federation has been around for a long time 'and in 2012, some members won the Mid-Atlantic Division Championship Tournament held on the Potomac River in Sep- tember. The winning team con- sisted of Brian LaClair, Robert Smith, Ronald Littleton, Neil Miller, Fabian Rodriguez, Scott Hass, Brian Barnes, Ray O'Neil, Butch VanDrunen, Jason Vaughn, Jamie Foy, Greg Alexan- der and Ron Horton. The top two anglers from the team, La- Clair and Smith, will move on to the 2013 Federation National Championship sponsored by the National Guard at Grand Lake in Grove, Okla., April 18-23. If you have ever watched a bass tournament on T, you have some idea of how these contests work. Anglers fish in pairs, with each one trying to catch the heaviest limit of bass every day. At the end of the tour- nament, th e angler with the heaviest combined weight wins the top prize. While luck is always a factor in fishing, the winners at bass toumaments ha,e the ability to Fred the fish in strange waters, can discover the pattern the fish are keying on and are able to im- itate that pattern no matter how it may change during the day. Like all good anglers, they un- derstand their quarry and the environment in which it lives. The big difference between the national pros and our local bass fishermen is the money. If you can be successful on the pro circuit, you can become a mil- lionaire. Success at the federa- tion level gives you bragging rights and a chance to be recog- nized by a big-time sponsor. Many pros began fishing local tournaments until they were good enough to move up the food chain., I covered a few B.A.S.S. and Red Man tournaments over the years and I will say those were some of the most down-to-earth athletesI have encountered. They are never too busy to meet the public and will sign just about anything their fans shove into their hands. You may or may not like Jimmy Houston, but that man can work a crowd better than any politician. He treats every fan like a long-lost friend, and if he ever decides to run for office in Oklahoma, he would become the first-ever professional bass fishing gover- nor of that state. The Delaware Bass Federation not only fishes in'tournaraents, but its members do a great deal of public service. The clubs par- ticipate in conservation efforts to clean and improve waterways and they hold several youth events each year. It does not take a fast bass boat or a lot of money to com- pete at the federation level. A ion boat with an electric motor will do the job, although you will be a bit undergunned on the tidal rivers. Even there, you can get by with one of the less-ex- pensive aluminum boats. If you enjoy bass fishing and would like to learn more about the Delaware Bass Federation, email info@DelTBEorg or go to Eric Burnley is a Delaware native who has fished and huntec the state from an early age. Since 1978 he has written countless articles about hunting and fishing in Delaware and elsewhere along the Atlantic Coast. New Year's Continued from page 74 18:05. She was followed by Patrick Boddicker, 16, in 18:55 and Dan MacElrevey, 44, in 19:07. "I finished in the top 10, which is good, and got beat by my son and chicked in the same race," Dan MacElrevey said with a smile. Relentless Cindy Conant, 51, won the women's masters race i19:50. Simon Pels, 9, ran a 25:49 fol- lowed by his brother Ryan, 7, at 31"43. Paula Pels won the 45-49 age group in 20:22. Paula, a no- joke runner, is a former winner of the Rehoboth Beach Biathlon. Leslie Kroon, 33, a former Cape cross country runner, won her age group in 25:53. Breck Vanderwende, 39, the Bridgeville hay baler on the fit- ness cliff of falling into the mas- ter's division, won his age group in 20:55. Peter Ewing, 51, won his age group in 19:13 followed by Bruce Clayton, 21:04 and Matt Hete, 21:17. Larry Windsor, 61, of Laurel continues to amaze, winning his age group in 21:55. lk. Visit us online at:  BB wwwpepzettexm Joanne Szczepkowsld, 66, a re- tired teacherl continuesto own her age category, running 25:24. Nine runners over 70 and 16 between 60 and 70 completed the race. Kids to great-grandparents, perhaps a new race for 2013 the Seashore Striders--the Space Odyssey 5K. Saturday, Jan. 5, is the Race for the Hawks 5Kat Saint Georges High School in Saint Geores. It's the Kai and J.D. Maull Cape con- nection race. Jack is so whack it's his new normal. Jack Vassolotti, 61, would have serious and sensible conversations after run- ning 28:34, not bothering to take off his glasses. Amy Linzey runs 26:57, rocking the greatest hair ever. Waterfowl Continued from page 73 Canada geese, white-fronted g#se and brant, each has a daily bag limit of two, with a posses- sion limit of four birds. The sea- s on harlequin ducks remains closed. The 2013 Snow Goose Conser- vation Order runs Jan. 28 through April 13, with no bag or possession limits. During the conservation order, unplugged shotguns and electronic calls may be used to harvest snow geese. In addition, shooting hours have been extended to a half hour after sunset. Hunters who wish to participate in the CO must register for a free annu- al permit, available by visiting hunt after Jan. 1, 2013. Partici- pants will be required to revisit the website after the CO has closed to report their harvest to the Division of Fish and Wildlife. Season dates for coots and mergansers are the same as for ducks, with a daily bag limit of 15 and possession limit of 30 for coots, and a daily bag limit of five and a possession limit of 10 for mergansers. In order to hunt, Delaware res- idents age 16 through 64 are re- quired to purchase a Delaware hunting license; a Delaware jun- ior license is required for ages 13 through 15 Delaware hunting li- censes are sold online, at the li- censing office in DNREC's Richardson & Robbins Building, 89 Kings Highway, Dover, and by license agents statewide. To find the participating agent or to pur- chase a license online, go to vices/Pages/Licenses.aspxl For more information on Delaware hunting licenses, call 302-739- 9918. Hunters age 16 through 64 who hunt resident or migratory wa- terfowl - including Canada geese - are required to purchase a Delaware Duck Stamp, available for purchase online or from Delaware license agents, and a Federal Migratory Bird Hunting Stamp, available for purchase on- line and at U.S. post offices. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service does not exempt hunters older than 64 from buying a federal duck stamp. Delaware migratory bird hunters also must obtain a HIP number as required under the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Harvest Information Program. The toll-free number to call for a HIP number is 1-855-335-4868 (1- 855-DELHUNT), or go to hunt. The HIP number is avail- able free of charge. To obtain a HIP number, hunters will be asked to provid6 their name and address, and an- swer a few questions about their 'previous year's hunting effort and success with migratory birds, including ducks, geese, doves, woodcock, rails, snipe and COOTS. For more information about migratory game bird hunting, the 2012-13 Migratory Game Bird Season Summary is available on- line at 2012-13 Waterfowl Season Summary. For more information on hunt- ing in Delaware, hunters should also consult the 2012-13 Delaware Hunting and Trapping Guide, along with state wildlife area maps if they plan to hunt on wildlife areas. Copies of the guide are available at DNREC's Dover licensing desk, at license agents statewide and online at nting. Check out My Website www.MikeDominguez.eom Top Listing Agent 2010 Top Sales 2006, 2007, 2009, & 2011 Top Producer 2005 & 2008 Michael Dominguez 302-645-2207 (office) 302-745-2019 (cell) Jack Lingo REALTOR