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78 - CAPE GAZETYE, Friday, May 30 - June 5, 1997 Rhodes named enforcement agent of the year Major Jim Graybeal of the Divi- sion of Fish and Wildlife likes to say that the "can-do" attitude of Cpl. Gregory Rhodes is what sets the officer apart. Rhodes is the winner of two awards for 1996, both of which go to only one fish and wildlife en- forcement agent in the state. Rhodes, a father of three and Seaford resident, is the Fish and Wildlife Division Employee of the Year and the winner of the Shikar-Safari International Award. The Shikar-Safari Club Interna- tional began as a social hunting group, but has since become a considerable conservation force, paying for game wardens for Pak- istan, paying to transplant moose to re-establish them in Colorado, funding the education of Zambian wildlife officers and purchasing a Super Cub Airplane, equipped with two-way radios, for the Mex- ican Game Department to halt the rampant poaching of desert sheep. During a massive snowfall last- January, Rhodes helped find a lost child. There was 18 inches of Cape Region Fishing Report Alex Makowski shows a keeper flounder he caught on a minnow in the Broadkill. [ L ,' H snow on the ground and the child had left home and begun to walk through the woods in sub-zero temperatures. "I basically tracked him through the woods. That night it got down to 10 below zero. If we had not found him, he would have died," Rhodes said. Rhodes explained that the little boy got lost in the dark on Jan. 10, confused by the deep snow and ouldn't find his way home. Rick Sylvanis shows the 20 pound striper he caught in the surf recently. TIDES Indian River Rehoboth Date l Inlet Beach 5/311 t. m II m.I mm Roosevelt Oak Inlet Orchard m 6/1 N 6/2 6/3 6/4 6/6 While he waited for help, the child dug a snow cave for shelter, "You do not do what you do for accolades . . . But it [the two awards] makes me feel good I am very honored." "You are only as good as your next case," Rhodes said. His resume includes time spent on the interview committee for the selection of new fish and wildlife agents, assisting in the elver or baby eel poaching pre- vention project and running Camp Awareness. The Camp is run for approxi- mately 100 children and it teach- es boating and firearm safety, archery and other environmental activities. "The kids just love it," Graybeal said. Rhodes conducts training in boating safety, is the statewide supply officer for the Division and recently made two arrests leading to the revocation of hunt- ing licenses for two people caught poaching wildlife red- handed. He also is a board mem- ber of the Delaware Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Agents As- Mike Short photo cPL. GREGORY RHODES sociation, a group hoping to raise the salaries of Delaware's fish and wildlife agents. "I have a philosophy," he said. "I treat honest people honestly and give them the benefit of the doubt and I treat an outlaw like an outlaw... What I enjoy about the job is no two days are the same." "He is the first one to answer the call...Greg is a pleasure to work with and always maintains a positive "can do" attitude," Gray- beal said of the former Coast Guard officer. Cape friends group The May 28 meeting of the new friends group for Cape Henlopen State Park never materialized. With only a handful of people on hand, the meeting never really be- gan. But organizers will try again next month. Stay tuned for details and please consider joining be- cause a friends group can be a wonderful addition to any park: The Friends group at Trap Pond has raised thousands of dollars for that park and could work sim- ilar wonders here. A friends group can also boost volunteer efforts, give the park some political pull and generally be an advocate for one of the most unique areas in Delaware. Trout and kids' tourney By Michael Short Delaware Bay has yet to hit its stride, but early season fishing near Roosevelt Inlet and other shallow water areas has been out- standing for trout and flounder. Wreck fishing and bluefish trolling and chunking are also pro- viding outstanding catches as are freshwater ponds which are giving up some really nice bass. Don't forget this Saturday is the annual kids tournament at Cape Henlopen State Park (there are de- tails below). The tournament comes just in time for the good flounder fishing and there should be some nice catches for the kids. Delaware Bay Lewes Harbour Marina reports that small, soft plastic lures and bait are catching fish around Roo- sevelt Inlet. The best time for trout is usually the evening and the Fer- ry Wall and other shallow areas near shore also work. Don't ignore the Cape Hen- lopen Fishing Pier, especially for flounder, in four to six feet of wa- ter. Roosevelt Inlet and Broadkill Beach may be the hottest inlet on the Eastern seaboard. R & R Sports Center reports that trout and flounder catches have really turned on. Earl Lankford and Leon Carlisle flounder hot; this weekend had trout to six pounds from Broadkill Beach. Vince Dwyer and Steve Klein had trout to 24- inches one mile out from the inlet. Floating jig heads tipped with peeler and squid. Once you find the trout, drop the hook and start bailing. Gene Hastings caught an 8.47 pound trout in the north pocket. Sharks to four feet have moved into the bay and the twins, Bob and Tom, teamed up with a pair of drum from the Coral Beds. The full moon in recent days produced some excellent drum fishing, including Patrick O'Neill's very nice catch of 80.8 pounds. There was also a rumored whopping 104-pounder caught by a Cape May vessel. There are tautog on the outer wall, but the most unusual catch this week was a 28.8 pound striped bass for Lewes man Chuck Ulrich from the Coral Beds area. Fishing must run in the Ulrich family. Check out his wife Karen's in- novative fishing lure earrings sometime. What makes his catch so unusu- al is that he was fishing with clams for a black drum. Atlantic Ocean" Surf action has been slow with occasional hl0w toads, sea mullet and bluefish. Bluefish action continues from the Buoy line out for chunkers and trollers. Russ Kennedy reported a limit from the Delaware Light. There are night fishing trips dur- ing the weekends for blues from Fisherman's Wharf. Lewes Har- bour reports that chumming is probably producing more fish than trolling right now. Sea bass fishing from the Old Grounds continues strong with humpbacks to four pounds. There were mako and blue sharks reported offshore, but still south of us in the Chincoteague area. Freshwater Kersey's Outfitters reports good numbers of largemouth bass on worms and spinnerbaits. There's no one set spot, but nice fish are being reported on the artificials. Kids tourney May 31 The Seaside Nature Center at Cape Henlopen State Park is call- ing all kids, 13-years-old and un- der, to participate in a children's fishing tournament, at the Cape Henlopen Fishing Pier. Children can begin registering at the picnic pavilion at 10 a.m. The tournament will continue un- til 2 p.m. Prizes, donated by Hoss's Pier One Bait and Tackle, will be awarded to the anglers that land the longest and heaviest fish of the day: Park entrance fees, $2.50 per Delaware vehicle, $5 out-of-state vehicle, will be in effect on tour- nament day, Saturday, May 31.