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70 -CAPE GAZE'FEE, Friday, March 7. March 13, 1997 Mac]k'rel coming:; flounder, sea bass regs change The frst mackerel of the season may be here before the end of the month, particularly if tempera- tures stay above normal. Joe Mor- ris, of Lewes Harbour Marina, re- ports that boats from Virginia Beach took their first trips last weekend and found good numbers of nice mackerel hitting The mackerel travel in schools and springtime fishing can be tru- ly furious, the best cure of all for a long winter indoors and away from the water. Flounder, sea bass regs New flounder fishing regula- tions officially take effect on March 24. The changes are an ef- fort to cut back on the recreational catch, which produced more tro- phies last season than any time in recent memory. Beginning March 24, fishermen can keep ten fish per day, but they must be at least 14 and a half inch- es in length, an increase of one half inch in the minimum keeper size. Recreational fishermen will al- so find that they have a minimum size for black sea bass. Sea bass, which have never had a minimum size, must be at least nine inches long to be kept. There is no daily limit for the popular sea bass, a staple among summer fishermen. But the mini- mum size limit will go into effect on March 24. ]siring from the land The sea bass is nearly a foot long. He plows through the aquar- ium, jaws gaping wide and min- nows scattering before him. Dennis Littleton collected the sea bass for the aquarium. Dennis, better known as "Delmarva Den- nis", also collected the channel whelk which laid eggs last year, OUTDOORS the hungry crabs feasting on fish eggs, the palm-sized oysters, and dozens of fish, snails, brine shrimp and other denizens of the aquarium at Delaware Seashore State Park. But he does regret that there wasn't room to keep the 18-inch long hammerhead shark he caught last season. Littleton is something of an en- vironmental renaissance man. The aquarium work is a hobby. During the summer, he makes his living from the waters in and around In- dian River by taking people kayaking, snorkeling and wildlife viewing. People who travel with Littleton routinely watch eagles at close range, paddle with porpoises and tangle with cantankerous bluefish. When he isn't offering tours, he's adopting and cleaning up streams like James Branch near Trap Pond or planting beach grass and dune fencing in the winter time. The tours and beach work are how he makes his living. "Every- thing I do, I love to do," he said. One great grandfather helped dig the Assawoman Canal. The other grand grandfather was cap- TIDES Indian River Date Inlet 3/8 7:45 11:08 3/9 8:50 [ 1:57 3/10 3/11 3/13 - 15:0---- 3/14  i2:451 6;08 Rehoboth Beach lli Lo tli Lo Hi Lo Hi Lo w 7:10 11:05 ii:4i I 5:00 !2:041 5:52 Roosevelt Inlet 8:00 12:06 9:14 12:54 " I6;06 12:53[ 7iaO Oak Orchard 9:52 ] 4:37 10:481 5:26 2:26 18:42 9:32 12:55 tain of the Assateague Lifesaving Station. "So, I guess I have salt- water in my veins," he said. "I guess I'm fortunate, but I like everything I do and I get to make a living doing it." Littleton, saltwater and all, has lived around the Bethany Beach area all his life. He began offering trips in 1989 with Black Dolphin Kayak, whose owner Cord Pretty- man dubbed him "Delmarva Den- nis" in an effort to give a little ex- tra color to a writer from the Washington Post. The nickname stuck, although it took a little getting used to. "It kind of grew on me," he said. Littleton now has his own busi- ness, Delmarva Dennis Sea Kayaking Adventures, and he of- fers fly fishing, heron rookery tours, trips to Assateague Island and Cypress Swamp and paddling with the dolphins among the out- ings. He says his eagle watch trips have a 100 percent sighting record and average a minimum of four eagles per trip. The dolphin paddle is a crowd favorite. "They will splash you. They'll turn and play around and jump in front of you." He said people often don't real- ize what's right under their noses, like the clear water for snorkeling if you know where to find it or the heron rookery with 500 active nests behind Burton's Island. He's seen as many as 17 piping plovers in a single trip and other rare birds like Ross's Gulls are occasionally an added feature. "It's all right here," he said. During his trips, he acts as an unofficial poaching preventer for the park. He said shellfish poach- ing has been heavy around Bur- ton's Island, which is critical be- cause those shellfish act as seed stock for much of the rest of the inland bays. He also tries to keep an eye out for the area's wildlife and remem- bers the pontoon boat pulled up on the edge of the heron rookery. In the midst of a rookery, two dogs were running loose and the pon- toon party was drinking beer and cranking the music loudly. "We don't see any birds," was the response from the boaters. But minutes after they left, the herons were back in mass. Despite such instances, most people are becoming better stew- ards of the environment, he said. During the winter season, he does landscaping, plants beach grass and erects dune fencing in an effort to protect beach areas. It's a kind of natural beach preser- vation because the fence and the plant roots help hold the sand in place. "It benefits the beach, it benefits the homeowner. It bene- fits wildlife," he said. BJ bJg, g dttlle so far is 22 feet high and is more than 180 feet wide. The fencing and grass offers homeowners an extra line of de- fense against storms and he has erected some 25,000 feet of fenc- ing. !iiii i!i!i ? i? iil/ Mike Short photo "Dehnarva" Dennis Littleton with the well-stocked aquari- um at Delaware Seashore State Park. On March 22, he will help clean up the James Branch, a cypress- lined branch that looks straight out of the far south. Just a little Spanish moss is all that's missing from the waterway and anyone that wants to help is more than welcome to come clean the area while viewing five century old cy- press trees. "It is a good way to bring in the spring," he said. "Everything is out here," he said. "Delaware has a lot to offer. The only thing we don't have is mountains." Anyone interested in any of Dennis's adventures can call 537- 5311. Hoop shooters place at regionals Lisa Williams O) and Brittany Morris, winners of the Cape Henlopen Elks Hoop Shoot, recently competed in Frederick, Maryland in the state finals of the Elks' National Hoop Shoot. Lisa placed second in the 8-9 year olds group shooting 20 out of 25 free throws. Brittany placed third in the 12-13 year old group sinking 18 out of 25. Both girls attend Lewes Middle School. Open All Yesrl LEWES FISHHOUSE & PRODUCE 1130 Highway One 5 Points, Lewes, Delaware CLOSED MONDAYS Retail & Wholesale Tues.. Sun. - 12 - 6:30 Fri. & Sat.-11-7 644-0708