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92 - CAPE GAZETrE, Friday, June 19 - June 25, 1998 TAN NATURAL Tan without the sun or tanning beds. NOT A CREAM SAFE & EFFECTIVE TAN ALL YEAR LONG 60 CAPSULES YOU TAKE INTERNALLY. 1-800-399-2291 Everyone is a winner in the annual youth fishing tournament in Milton sponsored by the Lower Sussex Bassmasters. The Bassmasters provide hot dogs and fishing advice while local merchants ante up plenty of prizes in the free tournament, which sometimes attracts more than 100 children. The winners this year are pictured here and the results are Hsted in this week's fishing column. Rehoboth (302) 226-1300 Georgetown (302) 856-3700 1-888-MR ROOTER (667-6683) Fishing Continued from page 91 are beginning to make life inter- esting for offshore fishermen. Freshwater fishermen are report- ing good bass, bluegill and picker- el catches with a 7.5-inch red cul- prit worm one of the best bets. Basically, virtually everything is biting right now. The one ex- ception is that offshore fishing is still spotty, unless you count some fine trolling or chumming for bluefish. Indian River Inlet Brooks Long from Rehoboth Beach caught a 27.2 pound striped bass at Indian River Inlet, accord- ing to Joe Morris of Lewes Har- bour Marina. There are also tons of bluefish at the inlet, according to Old Inlet Bait and Tackle. Old Inlet sug- gests fishing a white bucktail tipped with a plastic worm for the bluefish. Live eels were the bait for Mar- ty Cross and Gary Stewart who pulled a good catch of striped bass to 35 inches from the Inlet on Thursday evening. Sea bass and flounder were pulled from the ar- eas around DB Buoy and the Old Grounds. Trout are also being reported, making the inlet a very good bet right now. Delaware Bay R & R Sports Center reports really good action for weakfish. The best action is on lower bay structures. Hot baits have includ- ed salt-and-pepper zippers, float- ing jigheads and leadheads tipped with crab. Anglers drifting the Broadkill Slough, Anchorage and Brown Shoal hooked up with a nice mix of trout, flounder, small blues and kingfish. Good hauls of flounder came from the canal and around Roosevelt Inlet, with a few nice flatties - such as Ken Ferro's nice 25-inch, seven-pounder - taking shiners, smelt and minnows on shad darts on top and bottom rigs. Big stripers were decked in the rips on eels and big linesiders have surprised anglers fishing for trout and flounder around the Shears and Icebreakers, like the 43-inch, 28.04-pounder nailed by Ron Schmier. Lewes Harbour reports a 7.4 pound flounder caught in the canal by Kimberly Snyder. It looks like the flounder action in the canal is in mid season form. Freshwater Captain Bill's Bait and Tackle reports that minnows and shad darts are catching pickerel and culprit worms are catching bass. Captain Bill Arnold also reports that surface plugs are improving and that ritually any of the ponds as well as the rivers are good bets. Ocean R & R Sports center reports that Bob and Sue Foster and Marston Jones trolled up 14- to 15-pound bluefish on the Jackspot and then used the fillets to nail a beautiful 350-pound mako shark at the Fin- gers. Mako action is steadily im- proving at the Fingers and other offshore structures. Bluefish were trolled up on the "20," east of the Lightship with reports of false al- bacore and bonito mixed in be- tween the A Buoy and Lightship. Kids tourney The Lower Sussex Bassmasters put on their usual fine showing with their annual youth fishing tournament held on Saturday, June 6, in Milton. Not only is the tournament free, but the prizes and free hot dogs and soda make this an event that's well worth cheering for. If more adults took the time to take children fishing, I suspect the world would be a bet- ter place. Here are the top winners from the tournament. Age 0-6: Shawn Dominguez won first place with a 19.25-inch largemouth bass; Kim Bossert was second and Brittany White was third. John Bateman, one of the event organizers, said the tournament drew 89 kids and there "were a lot of nice bass caught." All of the fish were released back into the Broadkill River after being weighed in. Age 7-12: Zach White won first place with a 12.25-inch large- mouth bass. He was followed by Robbie Korosko who finished second and Natalie Hilty. Age 13-15: Billie Walker of Ocean City won first place with a 19.25-inch bass, one of two bass Walker caught of more than 19 inches. John Stone finished second and David Huston was third. L -- " ---- r'%,. "'T Mike Dominguez and son, Shawn Dominguez, show off Shawn's winning largemouth bass in the Lower Sussex Bass- masters annual youth tournament. let MR. ROOTER Handle ALL Your Septic. Sewer & Drain Needs $10 00 OFF Septic Pumping & Drain Cleaning .... II I" Est. 1958 0000lzzaRo Electrical Contractor L.P.I. 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