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78 - CAPE GAZETTE, lldty, May 2- May 8,199" ! Lewes's Blessing of the Fleet to honor fallen watermen It's been a-bad year on the wa- terfront. On Sunday, May 4, the annual Blessing of the Fleet will take place. A tradition in many seafar- ing communities, the service is a part of life along the waterfronL Delaware's Blessing, held at Fisherman's Wharf, is part cele- bration of life and part remem- brance of those lost in the past year. The Lewes Blessing is a decade old and it nearly always draws a large crowd for a ceremo- ny filled to the brim with memo- ries and music. Those in other towns like Gloucester, Mass., have been oc- curring nearly as long as ships have plied the Atlantic. Sunday's service always draws 40 to 50 boats. The line of boats, from sailboats to schooners, forms in front of Fisherman's Wharf and proceeds past the docks where each receives a blessing. There will also be 12 men re- membered this year, an exception- ally bad year for those who live on the water. Attend if you can to honor their memories. A wreath will be laid in honor of: • George Waiueff-captain of the Chargeo, U.S. Army Captain who received the Purple Heart and for- mer owner of Lewes Harbour Ma- rina Tackle Shop. • Gordon West-avid fisherman and bait and tackle shop owner. • E.L. Thomas-Known simply as "Captain Tom," he may have done as much to promote boating safety in Delaware as anyone who ever lived. • Charles Ash-a 96-year-old wa- terman who spent years working on board the boats Blue Jay and Mispillion. • Grayson Smith Jr.-Reporter, fishing columnist and charter boat captain, Smith was well known in the Cape Region as a reporter for OUTDOORS such newspapers as the Whale and Delaware Coast Press • Clarence Bush-Bush captained the boat Go Go II. • Morris Gibson-Gibson cap- mined the boat Apache. • Herbert Hands-Hands ran the boat Both Hands. • Hayward Robinson-Robinson ran the vessel Bill Davey. • David "Tony" Potter-A former Navy lieutenant who spent four decades as a river pilot. • A! Marshall-Ran the ship New Day. • Eugene Layton-Layton was a launch boat operator. The Blessing begins at 2 p.m. Bethany-Fenwick surf tournament set May 3 The annual spring surf fishing tournament will be held on Satur- day, May 3 and will be beadquar- tered at the Information Center in Fenwick Island. The popularity of this tourna- ment draws hundreds of anglers in anticipation of winning one of the five cash prizes ranging from $1,000 to $150, or the prize of $25,000 for breaking the Delaware State Bluefish record. The tournament encourages fami- ly participation. Children's prizes 5/6 are in two categories: nine years and under and 10 to 14 years of age. Many other prizes will be awarded; all prizes are based on a point system. Almost 1,500 fish were caught at last year's tourna- menu Pre-registration is suggested, but anglers may register after 6 a.m. the day of the event or the day before, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Fee is $20 for individuals and $30 for families with a small late fee after April 21. The tournament is sponsored by the Bethany-Fenwick Area Cham- ber of Commerce and supported by the Delaware Mobile Surf- Fishermen, and the Delaware Surf Casters. For more information or to obtain an application, contact the Chamber at 539-2100 or 800- 962-7873. Fishing stays hot The weekly fishing report from R & R Sports Center says that taug have moved to the Outer Wall in good numbers. Steve Scarfo and his father reported " catching well over 50 fish and keeping their limit of six. They re- leased all the females. They were using green crabs and salted clams. Indian River also has good taug action. Roosevelt Inlet is slowly yield- ing tronU Best catch of the week were five trout to 20 inches caught on frozen peeler and squid. The Broadkill area is also producing trouL Bluefish to 12 pounds have been caught on the Jack Spot. These fish should be moving up the coast and giving 'us some good action. Striper fislQ,'ng was hot until a storm created dirty water condi- tions. But that may have.reversed itself by the time you read this re- port. Richard Burkhardt caught a ten-pound monkfish and a keeper striper on live eels at 8-B Buoy. Brown Shoal, Brandywine Light, the rips and 8-A and 8-B continue to be the best areas. Flounder action is slow, but striper fishermen are returning with some from the rips. One cus- tomer checked in with four floun- ders to 26 inches from B-Buoy in the Anchorage. Mark Demo had one 16 incher. By the time you read this, if you want mackerel, head north to Atlantic City and Wildwood. Blowfish in good numbers are coming from the surf on blood- worms at 3R's and Haven Roads. 5/7 IndianRiver Reboboth Roosevelt Oak Inlet Beach Inlet. Orchard Mha Short photo The Milton r of Commerce bass tournament on Sunday attracted lots of fishermen to Milton.-Shown here are the top winners in the Sunday, April 27 tournament. Pictured from 0-r) are: Mike Collier, Pat Patrick, Chuck Shelton, Riehie Field, Michael Christopher and Er- ie Reed. Field and S helton top winners in Milton Chamber Bass Tourney By Michael Short The Milton Chamber of Com- merce's Spring Open Bass Tour- nament on Sunday, April 27 drew a big crowd for some fine fishing. Chuck Shelton and Richie Field took the top prize of $500, besting 32 other fishing teams to win top honors. The chamber tournament awarded more than $1,000 in prizes with the biggest bass weighing 3.6 pounds. "I think everything went really well," said chamber official J.R. Clark. Clark also announced that the chamber will resume its tradi- tion of a fall fishing tournament, a tradition which was missed last fall. Here's the breakdown of top fishermen. Fishing was strictly catch and release and Sunday's rain held off until moments after the tournament ended. • First place--Field and Shel- ton, $500. • Second place--Pat Patrick and Mike Collier, $250, • Third plaeenMichael Christopher and Carlton Spencer, $150. • Fourth place---Gene Kane and Connie Koch, $100. • Fifth place---Marty Messick and Tom Passwaters, automatic registration for the next tourna- ment. • Sixth place---Ernie Fletcher, Steve Wilson, fishing rods from the Tackle Shack • Seventh place--- Henry Tim- mons, Reese Mumford, two Mil- ton baskets. • Eighth place---Mark Faulk- ner, Keith Jones, $25 gift certifi- cate. • Ninth place--Mike Roe, Jeff Stevenson, $25 gift certificate. • Tenth plaeenKippy Dou- glas, Sandy Schurman, case of motor oil. ' • Eleventh place--Frank Laia- cona, George Dickerson, two Mil- ton bass t-shirts. • Twelfth plaeeEHarold Bunting, Danny Schurman, cool- er. • Thirteenth place-Phillip Wilt, Joseph Wilt, cleaning supplies. Prizes were donated by the Mil- ton Chamber of Commerce, the Tackle Shack, Riverwalk Shoppe, Norma's Sub Shop, Harbor Care, Fisher Auto Parts, Jailhouse Art and Antiques, Milton Hardware and the Milton Service Center. Tunnell, Heart Association to sponsor golf tourney The American Heart Association, Delaware Affiliate, Sussex County Division and the Tunnell Communities will host the 5th annual "Classic at the Greens" golf tournament Wednesday, June 1 1. The tournament, which will be held at Sussex Pines Country Club in Georgetown, is lim- Red to the first 25 foursomes registered. The format of the tournament will be a scramble, with honors going to low gross and low net. There will also be prizes for closest to the pin and longest drive. The entry fee for each foursome is $400, which includes greens fees, carts, lunch and dinner. In addition to the entry fee, tee sponsorships are also available for $150. For more information, call 856-7386.