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Cape Gazette SPORTS & OUTDOORS FRIDAY. APRIL 6- MONDAY. APRIL 9. 2012 117 was a pretty good week- - end for tog fishermen. At least three citations were caught on Sunday, and lim- it catches were reported on some charter boats. Those who fished the Outer Wall found a big heave making it impossible t6 fish the ocean side. The bay side and the Inner Wall did pro- duce some tog. Just about all the reports I have on rockfish are coming from New Castle County. Chunking with fresh bunker at Blake's Channel produced at least one limit catch, and others were re- ported at the Yellow Can, Bullpen and 6L Buoy. A few rock and lots of white perch were caught on bloodworms from shore at Woodland Beach, Green's Beach and Dobbinsville. Indian River Inlet has been the best location for flounder. The VFW Slough and Massey's Ditch were the top spots to soak min- nows, squid, bunker strips and shiners. "Rockfish have been caught from the jetty, and tog were taken from the rocks. In the surf, the occasional and many bathrooms. rockfish and bluefish have been The beauty of Charter Hall is caught on cut bunker. Skates and its location on the shore of the dogs make up most of the catch. Chesapeake Bay. I have taken my boat for the past two years, but Kids and fishing this time I decided to leave it Since my boys are a bit long in home due to a marine forecast of the tooth to be called kids, it has 10 to 15 knots northeast with been a few years since I have gusts to 20 and rain. done much fishing with children. This left me stuck on the dock All of that changed last weekend fishing with little kids and big at my wife's family reunion. Her adults who don't get much time family, the Twilleys, get together on the water. The little kids are every year, and the group has much easier to teach than the big now reached the point where adults. our kids are having kids, and the My great-niece Kaitlin had little ones have become the high help from her grandfather, who point of the gathering, put a 1-inch piece of a plastic The Twilleys used tc meet at worm on her hook and set it Redden State Forest in an old about 2 inches below the bobber. hunting lodge that the state has I replaced the imitation worm converted into a large meeting with a real one, dropped the hall with plenty of room for even hook about two feet below the the largest family, bobber, and Kaitlin promptly The problem was, the lodge caught a 12-inch yellow perch. had no beds and only three bath- Her next fish was a big sunny, rooms, so most everyone had to and then it was a catfish. To see sleep on the floor or a cot. Form- the true happiness on her face nately, the place is about 15 min- was, as they say, priceless. utes from my house, so I would Her father showed up, and come home every night and with about the same level of fish- sleep inmy own bed. ing expertise as his dad, he de- As the Twilleys began to age, cided she should cast the bait far- the idea of sleeping on the floor ther out. Of course, Kaitlin was or a cot lost some of its glamour, too small to cast, so her father While the lodge was close to the took her rod and reel and tossed two families living in Sussex the bait 30 feet from the dock. I County, it was a bit of a drive for was impressed that he could cast those living in New Castle Coun- that far, but the fish were under ty and in Pennsylvania. Enter the dock, not 30 feet out. Charter Hall in Perryville, Md. Soon Kaitlin lost interest, since Not only is this place big enough her bobber only moved when to hold everyone, it has real beds her father reeled it back in, so she Running Continued from page 113 crossed through the chip-timing split, they started another loop since they enjoyed the first loop so much. Total distance was 3.32 miles with Vanderwende taking the male race in 23:09 and Susan Dunn winning the female race in 25:52. Christopher Stanley won the masters and finished in the No. 2 spot in 23:33, while John Thorton wrapped up the top three in 23:51, winning the 30-39 age group. Mardiny Ung fin- ished second in the femalerace winning the masters in 28:07 for second, while Monique Bam- forth wrapped up the top three, winning the 40-49 age group in 28:22. Visit www.seashorestrid- for race results. Community Rocks 5K - The in- augural Community Rocks 5K and 1M walk took to the streets March 31 with 74 runners sup- porting local friend Mike ]en- nings, who was injured in a car accident earlier this year. Mike was pushed in a wheelchair through the one-mile course and was introduced at the start to a cheering crowd. A local band played; local restaurant Big Fish played host, local people donat- Mike Jennings, front, waits for the race to begin at the start line as Race Director Tim Bamforth describes the course to all runners and walkers. ed and local runners showed up Upcoming April Races to show their support as the 8 a.m., Saturday, April 7, Btm- community rocked through this nyPalooza 5K/10K Run, Bethany event. The goal of the event is to Beach. support someone in the commu- 8 a.m., Sunday, April 15 - Third nity in need every year. Seashore Classic, Half Marathon Chris Racine of Dagsboro won Classic 5K and Relay, Irish Eyes, the male race in 18:45, while Lewes. Mark Rosasco won the male 8 a.m., Saturday, April 28 - 12th masters in 19:43, finishing sec- Oxford Day 10K Run, Oxford, on&Amanda Meade won the fe- Md. male race in 21:54, while Carole 9 a.m., Sunday, April 29 - Sec-- Rosasco won the female masters end Quest Fitness Mud Run, in 22:38. Visit www.seashore- The Farm, Milton. striders.corn for race resuks. .IL.--j-j SUBMITTED PHOT~ DR. KEN NIEEE |R shows off his new Virginia state record tog weighing 24 pounds, 3 ounces. This is a second tog state record recorded in our area this year, with the other caught in Maryland. went on to other pursuits like they let the kids do the catching. watching my inephew-in-law and The bay gave up plenty offish in- me catch mo e fish. cluding yellow perch, sunfish, The weath4r forecast was spot white perch and catfish. Nothing on with the v ind, but it never did rain. Regardless, the kids enjoyed fishing so 10ng as they were catching, but soon got cold after the adults toqk over their rods. As the oth r little kids in the family growlold enough to do some fishin g, I predict even more fun for the adults so long as really big, but plenty large enough to put a big smile on a lit- tle kid's face. Eric Burnley is a Delaware native who has fished and hunted 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 & USED GUNS HOLSTERS AMMO GIFT CERTIFICATES 10/22 Takedown Cal 22 LR 28815 LEWES HIGHWAY, LEWES, DE Weekdays: 10 a.m.- 5 3.m. Saturday: 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. Sunday: Noon- 4 o.m. Email: - charlessteele @ :~RE-I.S EAST GERMAN ITEMS MILITARY WEAPONS Atlantic Lacrosse would like to thank the players, families & volunteers for all the support & effort toward another SUCCESSFUL SPAGHETTI DINNER FUNDRAISER! A SPECIAL THANKS to the following BIG DOGS that help make it all possible. 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