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r 120 - CAPE GAZETTE - Friday, April 11 - Monday, April 14, 2008 First blues of the season make appearance FISHING REPORT - The weather continues to put a crimp in many fishing plans, but we did have some good news during the past week. The first bluefish of the season was caught out of Indian River Inlet and a few keep- er rockfish were caught along the Delaware River in New Castle County. Once the warm weather finally arrives I believe we will see some good fishing for the tisual spring species. Right now the best bet for win- ter-weary anglers' is the white perch run in local tidal creeks. Bloodworms are the only bait they seem to want and perch weighing more than a pound have been caught. The herring run at local spill- ways is also due to break wide open. The dogwood in my yard is about to bloom and that is a sure sign the herring and shad are on the way. Do be aware the new bag limit for herring and shad is l0 fish per day combined. Shad and rockfish caught out of the Nanticoke River and its'tributar- ies must be released. Speaking of the Nanticoke River, DNREC Enforcement Officers arrested two poachers who were fishing for rockfish in the fiver and had one in the boat. Neither poacher had a license, so they were arrest- ed on that count as well. Eric Burnley OPEN HOUSE AND FISH- ING FLEA MARKET - Cedar Creek Outdoors just north of Milford on Route 1 will hold an open house and fishing flea mar- ket on May 3. There will be rep- resentatives from major tackle companies and boat builders on site and the store will feature spe- cials on tackle for the 2008 sea- son. Fishing seminars are also planned. The fishing flea market will give anglers an opportunity to sell off some of their excess tackle then turn around and buy some- one else's stuff. Tables are $15 for sellers and admission is free to buyers. Fishing flea markets have become very popular in New Jersey and Maryland and I hope this one will continue the trend in Delaware. Most of the fishing flea markets are sponsored by STG-2000-C RIFLE Evenings: - 7:10 OUTDOORS fishing clubs as fundraisers and charge a small admission fee. This year I attended the fishing flea market in Milford at the fire house and was able to purchase some good tackle at a great price. BEACH GRASS PLANTING - I had hoped to attend the beach grass planting last Saturday at Indian River Inlet, but a nasty cold curtailed my plans. My friend Mike Pizzolato did attend and reported the event was a great success. The planting actually took place along the beach north of the inlet where planters split up into teams of two with one mem- ber digging the hole with a stick and the other actually planting the grass. Sounds a bit primitive, but it works. SPRING SURF FISHING - All of this east wind could push a lot of bait close to the beach. Bait attracts gamefish and we could see some decent action in the surf over the next week. The water temperature is still on the cold side, but well within the range of rockfish. Two years ago we had a good run of big blues in the surf during April. I caught a few on clams meant for rockfish and anglers using cut bait did even better. We should see the water temperature push above the 50-degree mark within the next week or two and that could bring some blues into the surf. These will be the thin and lean blues that are trying to rebuild their strength after a long winter and are eager to bite just about anything. EnI - chassteele Dennis Forney photo Ducks Unlimited plans annual Sporting Clay Shoot The Eastern Sussex chapter of Ducks Unlimited will hold its annual Sporting Clay Shoot Sunday, April 20, at the Owens Station facility near Greenwood. Registration starts at 9 a.m. and continues through noon. The cost for 50 targets for individuals is $65 o $40 for Greenwings - and $100 additional for four-person teams. There will be individual Lewis Class prizes, top-three team prizes, game prizes, lunch and a silent auction. All proceeds of the event will benefit the wetlands conservation efforts of Ducks Unlimited. Tickets for the event and chances for a 12- or 20-gauge Montrefeltro ventilated rib, 26-inch Max HD shotgun are available at Hazzard's Auto Parts on Route 1, Rehoboth Beach, or at Wright's Auto Parts in Milford. Shown here are Sanford Hazzard, left, and shoot chairman Dave Waters with the Montrefeltro shotguns. For more information, contact Waters at 302-463-4548, Rusty Pride at 302-542-6973 or Curtis Wright at 302-236-6302. THE NEWLY FORMED IS SEEKING BOYS AND GIRLS 12 AND UNDER AND 10 AND UNDER WHO LIKE PLAYING BASKETBALL AND WANT TO IMPROVE THEIR GAME!! Each youngster will participate in I0 workout sessions designed to teach the fundamentals of shooting, ball-handling, passing, rebounding and defense. These sessions will begin March 15 and will be held at various locations within the Rehoboth, Lewes and Milton areas. At the conclusion of the ten-session program, participants will be eligible to try out for teams which will participate in surrounding AAU tournaments. The cost of participation in this non-profit organization is $25.00. All proceeds will go back into the program to cover future costs. Interested?? Please call 226-3042 and sign up today!