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84 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, March 6 - March 12, 1998 Tough competition marks kids casting tournament Here are some final bird counts from the Jan. 4 Prime Hook-Cape Henlopen Christmas bird count. There were 134 species spotted, including 301 house sparrows, 236 American goldfinches, 48 sa- vannah sparrows, 72,500 common grackles, 435,000 red-winged blackbirds, only one-bobwhite quail, 186 red-breasted mer- gansers, one peregrine falcon, nine American kestrels, one rough legged hawk, 37 red-tailed hawks, 17 sharp-shinned hawks, seven Cooper's hawks, 4,530 Canada geese, one Ross's goose, 75,500 snow geese, 204 tundra swans and 29 mute swans. Michael Short Kids on target The Lower Sussex Bassmasters held its annual kids casting com- petition at Short's Marine on Long Neck Road last weekend. The number of entries was disap- pointing, but the quality of the contestants was superb. The Casting Kids competition is part of a nationwide competition for kids ages 7-14. The national casting competi- tion awards $225,000 in cash, scholarships and prizes; the next step for the local winners is the March 14 state competition at the Dover Kmart. On Feb. 28, four contestants tied for first place in the 7-10 age class. Tile four contestants, Debra Smith, Kyle Potter, Bruce Burton and Jessica Digman, faced each other again to see who would win the local casting championship. Smith took first place, followed by Burton, Potter and Digman, but every one of the kids cast like champions. In the 11-14 class, Amber Cook won first place, followed by Charles Haslam Jr. and Mikia Cullimore. OUTDOORS Mackerel due to appear Fishing is getting better by the day. Old Inlet Bait & Tackle ex- pects mackerel to show up any day now and Capt. Jerry Blakeslee of Milton is convinced that the fish may already be here. Freshwater fishing is also im- proving every day. R & R Sports Center, in this week's fishing re- port, said that perch action is im- proving along with catfish. R & R reports George Tunison caught a 4.6-pound largemouth bass while Mike Selvaggi had a citation crap- pie, weighing 1.3 pounds. Eric Smith and Jason Blizzard checked in with a bucket of white perch and a really big yellow perch caught from Cedar Creek. Their mixed bag catch also in- cluded five catfish. In saltwater, some small striped bass are showing up by the Free- man Highway Bridge. Commer- cial fishermen have allegedly caught the first trout off Slaughter Beach and tautog action is good on salted clams and frozen crab bait. Don't forget that freshwater trout have now been stocked in Gravel Hill. Five-hundred fat rain- bow trout were stocked and are now available to anglers with spring fever. TIDES Indian River Rehoboth Roosevelt Oak Date l Inlet Beach Inlet Orchard Mike Short photo The Lower Sussex Bassmasters held its Casting Kids competition on Feb. 28 at Short's Ma- rine. Bassmasters members shown in back are (l-r) Will Tarbox, Bruce Lynch, Tom Gue, John Bernath, Joe Bradford, Shelly Ewell and Russ Amidon. In the middle are casting champions Charles Haslam Jr., Mikia Cullimore, Amber Cook and Bassmaster member John Bateman. In front are casting champions Bruce Burton, Debra Smith and Kyle Potter. Mike Short photos Midway Bowl and Jiggers tops in darts The Midway Bowl "Bull Shooters" team won both the regular season and the playoffs in the Sussex County Bud Light Dart League. Pictured are (l-r) Kevin Toohey, R.C. Barnard, Dave Lausch (with trophies), Butch Zigman and Bert Mitchell. Absent from the picture is Hank Grasing. 3/6 I 3/7 " i 5:14 [10:35l 4:33 I10:321 5:45 111:421 7:Z4 I 1-59 I ,-- I __ I I I 3/9 3/10 3/12 ! The second-place winners in the Sussex County Bud Light Dart League tournament gath- ered to play darts and celebrate on March 3. Shown are (l-r) Jiggers manager Bill Miller and members of the Jiggers team Gary Harden, Joe Donohoe and Brent Vickers. Not shown are teammates Hugh Daugherty and Jackie Woods.