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80 - CAPE GAZETFE, Friday, March 27 - April 2, 1998 Nor'easters uncover whale skeleton at Bowers The nor'easters this year have done more than ravage the coast- line. A mostly complete skeleton of a humpback whale was uncov- ered at Bowers Beach by the storms and the remains, pictured with this column, are now drying at Camp Arrowhead. Suzanne Thurman, a member of" Delaware's mammal stranding network and the naturalist for Camp Arrowhead's Carmine Na- ture Center, said the immature humpback died around 1992. The massive skeleton is some 35 feet long (a full-grown humpback is about 54 feet long) and the bones are expected to be displayed at the nature center. It's a striking sight. But look, don't touch. The bones are pro- tected by federal law and there are very severe penalties for disturb- OUTDOORS Michael Short ing them. " Safe boating course set The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary 12-02 of Lewes will hold a two- day Delaware State safe boating mau Shoa ph This juvenile humpback whale skeleton was found near Bowers Beach, unearthed by winter storms. TIDES Indian River Rehoboth Roosevelt Date! Inlet Beach Inlet Oak Orchard 3/27 3/28 3/29 3/30 4/2 I course at Angola by the Bay Club- house on April 18 and April 25 from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Cost is $6 and you may register by calling Public Education Officer Ruth Jopling at 945-8806. Snow goose rules easing? Rep. George Carey, R-Milford, is sponsoring a bill designed to in- crease hunting for snow geese. H.B. 511 would cut the hunting costs of out-of-state hunters by only charging them $35 for a three-day license, instead of hav- ing to pay the full price for a non- resident hunting license, which costs $86. Snow geese have grown so nu- merous that they sometime turn ponds at Prime Hook white with fallen feathers. Once a protected species, they are now so numer- ous that they are raising agricul- tural and environmental concerns. In October 1987, 15,735 snow geese were counted in the state. This past October the survey turned up 371,715 geese. Delaware Division of Fish and Wildlife's Ken Reynolds said "snow geese will completely pull the vegetation out of the ground, roots and all. At Bombay Hook Wildlife Refuge, there are areas that they have turned into open water mud flats that had once held significant marsh vegetation." Rep. Wally Caulk, R-Frederica, said that winter grain yields have dropped dramatically on some farm fields, causing serious losses to farmers. Reynolds said the legislation might encourage some out-of- state sportsmen to attempt snow goose hunting who are currently turned offby the large cost (feder- al and state duck stamps are not included in the $35 cos0. Reynolds added that federal regulators are seriously consider- ing letting hunters use electronic calls and live decoys, tactics that have been banned for decades, if efforts to reduce the snow goose population do not soon start hav- ing an effect. Great spring fishing R & R Sports Center reports in Pat Maloy shows the citation.sized rainbow trout he caught in the stocked pond at Gravel Hill. this week's fishing report that a 3-pound, 12-ounce rainbow short stripers are being taken from trout at Gravel Hill this week, a the state pier at night, using either fish so big that it turned his spin- a Bill Lewis rattletrap or mir- ner to spaghetti. rolure. Maloy was fishing with 4- The north pocket at Indian Riv- pound-test line this week, using er continues to produce short light tackle to bounce a small stripers with an occasional keeper spinner and quarter-ounce of split fish of 28 inches or more on shot sinker along a bar in the bioodworms. Taug action, when pond. you can get out, is excellent on Maloy caught three small trout near-shore wrecks and the Outer (he reported limits being taken by Wail. . many fishermen) with his drag set Live green crabs are now avail- very lightly as he bounced the able for the taug. The white perch spinner in a heavy wind. He also run is well underway with Peters- lost several trout before his grand- field Ditch, the Pole Bridge, Red father trout took the spinner. "It Mill Pond and the abandoned was enormous," he said. bridge over the Broadkill hot spots. "Me and the fish were going R & R reports two citations this absolutely nowhere." week. James Donaldson HI caught The fish twisted his spinner un- and released a 5.39-pound large- tii it looked like a safety pin and mouth bass from Red Mill Pond bent his lightweight one-piece rod and John Bendistis caught a 2.18 nearly in half. Once Maloy was pound rainbow trout from Gravel able to tighten his drag, he Hill. beached the fish in about 2 1/2 Lastly, the blue claw crab run minutes. has started in Rehoboth Bay with "I went into the water and excellent early catches being re- scooped this bad boy up. I basical- ported, ly landed myself on top of the fish," he said. Trout big as breadbasket "I did get a thrill out of it," he Patrick Maloy reported catching added. Terry Spence Golf Tournament to benefit CHEER in Sussex The Second Annual Terry R. Spence Golf Outing on June 15 in Dover will raise money for Sussex County Senior Services (CHEER). Spence, the speaker of Delaware's House of Representa- tives, announced plans for the tournament on Wednesday, March 25. He hopes to raise at least $20,000 for the organization, money that will he used to replace a 14-year-old bus used by CHEER to service Ocean View. "This is a wonderful nonprofit organization that deserves the community's full support. They regularly serve thousands of seniors living in every corner of Sussex County by supplying nutritious meals, trans- portation and recreational activi- ties," Spence said. Spence and golf tournament chair "Hap" Crystal said they hove to jive somethin back to the community. "We are trying to reach out and get the community involved," said Crystal. Last year, the first golf outing raised more than $18,000 for the Delaware Sports Museum and Hall of Fame. Spence said he hopes to raise even more money this year, setting a target of $20,000 to $25,000. CHEER's 14-year-old bus is in dire need of replacement and is expected to cost $54,000, according to CHEER representatives. While still preparing and trans- porting about 1,100 meals each . day, CHEER also operates eight mature lifestyle centers through- Continued on page 81