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CAPE GAZE'IWE, Friday, April 18- April 24, 1997 - 69 Prime Hook working to help fish populations OUTDOORS Mike Short more freely and increase spawn- ing. Officials gathered April 4 to test net samples. They put nets on one side of the water control devices to see if fish were able to swim through If they swam through and got caught in the net, it means they made it through the control struc- tures and the program is a success. Judging by the netting success, Fish and Wildlife officials gath- ered on April 4 at Prime Hook Wildlife Refuge to test the newly updated water control structures in areas like Petersfield Ditch. The old structures, which help control water levels for waterfowl, had the major disadvantage of keeping fish like perch, shad and herring from going upstream. Many of those fish are anadro- mous, meaning they enter fresh water to spawn. A few fish like eels are catadramous, which means they live in freshwater and enter salt water to spawn. But the water control structures kept most of the fish away, which means they may have helped re- duce fish numbers by preventing spawning. A few fish, like river herring, have decreased consider- ably in number. The structures also prevented residents like blue crabs and pumpkinseeds from moving. So, they were revamped a few years ago in an effort to help fish move Ulko Short photo Mark 8wihart measures a fish during Friday, April 4 testing at Primo Hook U.S. Wildlife Refuge. TIDES 4/191 4/201 4/211 4/22 1 4/231 4/241 the program works. "R's definite- ly helping," said Gary Swihart, who called the revamping money well spent. Swihart is with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Office of Fishery As- sistance in Gloucester, Va. The second net tested by the officials found a total of 44 pretty white perch, two bullhead catfish, one herring and a nice sized shad. There were plenty of perch, a few catfish, an occasional herring and a solitary pumpkinseed caught. "Anything we can do to give them a better chance," Swi- hart said. Most of the fish were released, none the worse for wear. The dif- ference is a small slot that is now permanently in place in the water control structure, just big enough to allow fish to migrate back and forth. The hope is that anadra- mous fish will be able to move up- stream, without having to jump over the water control structures, as was occasionally reported. Friday's fishing attracted the at- tention of ahungry osprey and at- tracted an occasional curious hu- man fisherman, as well. Swihart noted that other areas may consid- er following Prime Hook's lead. Blessing of Fleet May 4 The annual Blessing of the Fleet is Sunday, May 4 at Fisherman's Wharf. This year's event will in- clude a tribute to Captain Elmer L. Thomas, better known as Captain Tom. The event is a tradition in which ships are blessed and the dearly departed are fondly re- membered. The event is equal parts church service and celebration of life and it always draws a good crowd to Fisherman's Wharf in Lewes. Tom's passing should help ensure heavy attendance', More details will he coming in the following weeks for an event that truly brings the waterfront together. If you've never attended, come out and see the waterfront community at its very best. I Fishing improving R & R Sports Center reports that even though the weather is a little cool, fishing is starting to pick up. Their fLrSt fishing report of the year notes that the fst trout of the year has been reported at Broadkill and four large size flounder have been taken from Cape Henlopen State Park. There have also been some stripers taken at Indian River Inlet. Tom O'Ham and George Hadder returned from Wachapreague with seven floun- ders - the largest being four and a half pounds. Striped bass action out at 8A will continue to improve as the temperatureiclimbs. Tautog are moving in to inshore wrecks, the outer wall and Indian River (salted clams and green crabs have been very productive). Mackerel are also Still being taken around the A & B Buoys. Outstanding catches include Tim Barnett of Bridgeville with a nice striper weighed in at 34 pounds from the Delaware Bay and Bill Smart of Milton, with his nice big mouth bass taken from Red Mill Pond. : I "Everything up here is really hitting," said Paqline Wilson of Wilson's Sunshine Marina on the Broadkill River i She suggests grass shrimp for fishing the tidal areas. Perch and icatfish are the most common catChes. Tournaments Coming fast It's fast becomigg the season for / i NEW KITCHENS Quality Design & Installation For Kitchens 25 YEARS EXPERIENCE RT24 JUSTOFFRT1 & Baths FINANCIN( AVAILABLE 644.,9006 ATFAM ILYDOLLARMALL Indian River Rehoboth Inlet Beach Roosevelt Oak Inlet Orchard fishing tournaments. Here are a few dates to mark on your calen- dar. On Sunday, April 20, Wilson Sunshine Marina in Milton will hold its annual spring bass boogie. The tournament is already sold out, but show up and you're likely to see some truly fine largemouth bass weighed in (weigh-in is at 2:30 p.m.). It's a catch and release tournament. Also in Milton is another fresh- water tournament the following weekend. The Chamber of Com- merce will sponsor its annual bass tournament and spaces are still available for this tournament on Sunday, April 27. To enter, call 684-1101. Finally, the annual spring tour- nament of the Bethany-Fenwick Chamber of Commerce is ap- proaching just in time for the spring run of bluefish. The annual spring surf fishing tournament is held on Saturday, May 3 and spaces are also still available. For info, call 539-2100 or 800-962- 7873. Stay turned to the following editions for comprehensive tour- nament coverage. SPORTS FANS! I BET !i YOU j DIDN'T KNOW Brought to you by Kelly Rae. Did you know that a man can be the winning pitcher in a baseball game even though he never threw a pitch to a batted... How is this possible?... This actually happened once in a minor league game... A relief pitcher came into the game with 2 out in the top of the 9th... 8dare throwing a pitch to the plate, he picked the runner off first base retiring the side... Then, his team scored the winng nm in the bst of the 9th, and so he was the winning pitcher - without ever throwing a pitch to a batter. One d the oddest thinga that ever happened in a major gulf tournament happened to Ixo golfer Tony Jaddin... He was playing in a tournament some yearn ago and hit a 300-yard long shot that landed right in a spectator's pocket - without any injun/to the spectatori Did you ever wonder what was the smallest crowd ever to see a major league baseball game? The record low was set at a National League game in 1890 in Pittsburgh... Official paid attendance at that game - 6. I bet you didn't know... 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