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- GAZETTE,Friday, August 15 - August 21, 1997 Herbert Hoover: 0000"AII men are equal bef0re fishes" OUTDOORS Delaware Cape Region Fishing Report brooks. "Moreover, it is a constant re- minder of the democracy of life, of humility, and of human frailty--for all men are equal be- fore fishes. And it is desirable that the President of the United States should be periodically reminded of this fundamental fact--that the forces of nature discriminate for no man." Former president Herbert Hoover was an avid fly fisherman. Hoover's presidential retreat "Camp Hoover" was on the bank of the Rapidan River in what is now Shenandoah National Park and it was here that the former president came to escape both the heat of Washington D.C. and the "heat" of the press corps at that time. For those who wonder about the allure of fishing, it may be worth listening to what the former presi- dent said in a speech in Madison County, Va. on Aug. 17, 1929. "I have discovered the reason why presidents take to fishing-- the silent sport. Apparently, the only opportunity for refreshment of one's soul and clarification of one's thoughts by solitude to pres- idents lies through fishing. "Fishing sems to be the sole av- enue left to presidents through which they may escape to their own thoughts and may live in their own imaginings and find re- lief from the pneumatic hammer of constant personal contacts, and refreshment of mind in the babble LOCAL FISHERMAN Chuck Ulrich was on hand to watch as a Chuck Ulrich photo A Coast Guard helicopter drops a reseueman aboard an off- shore fishing boat to provide medical assistance. I .TIDES 8/16 8/17 i 7:03 8/18 ,m. I Indian River Rehoboth Rooaevelt Oak Inlet Beach Inlet Orchard 8/19 ! | | | 8/20 F9:29 [ 2:37 [ 8:48 I Z:34 I 9:50 I 3:24 [1i:391 6:06 8/21 8/22 fishing trip turned disastrous re- cently. Ulrich was fishing in the Fingers area on August 2 when an unidentified 58-year-old fisher- men on a nearby boat suffered an apparent heart attack after landing a large fish. Ulrich snapped this picture of the Coast Guard Helicopter hover- ing over the boat and aviation sur- vivalman Scott Harris being low- ered to the deck of the boat. The man had just caught a tuna aboard the 31-foot boat "Katie Mike." A spokesperson for the Coast Guard said the fisherman was tak- en by helicopter to Peninsula Gen- eral Hospital in Salisbury where he was pronounced dead upon ar- rival. Ulrich said that moments afer the man collapsed, the captain could be heard radioing for any- one who knew CPR. A paramedic who happened to be fishing nearby boarded the "Katie Mike" and made attempts to resuscitate the man until the Coast Guard helicopter could ar- rive from Cape May. A LOCAL SAFE BOATING class will be given on August 23 by the Department of Natural Re- sources and Environmental Con- trol from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Short's Marine. There is no charge for the class and a bag lunch is suggested. Call ahead to reserve a spot in the class, which is held at the Short's Marine on Long Neck Road, by calling 934-7707. Croaker fishing turning on in big way for bottom fishermen By Michael Short The big news for local bottom fishermen in the last few weeks is that croaker fishing has turned on in a big way. The fish are being caught by bottom fishermen about two miles off Delaware's coast. The croaker fishing has been hot for about two weeks now and is giving bottom fishermen a nice boost just as things began to slow down a bit. Dqlaware Bay R & R Sports Center reports solid fishing. Gene Racz of R & R reports that the Anchorage from the Crossovers down to G Buoy and 9-10 cans south of Brandy- wine Light are producing trout and flounders. Green teasers with squid, minnows and/or spearing has been hot. Joe Walker and crew produced 43 flounders from the Anchorage with his son Joe Jr including a fish of 6.6 pounds. Speaking of whoppingeatches, try sand eels if you can find them for flounder. Racz said that Tom Coil took 50 flounder from B B.uoy in Delaware Bay on the small eels. Joe Paul caught his limit of trout and flounder from the Lower Middle, Gary Stewart produced 11 trout, all in the four pound range. Sandy Barton caught a lim- it of flounder, large flounder, on Sunday while bottom fishing northwest of the Star-site reef. Hoss's Pier One reports that the state park pier is producing some trout and flounder. Best bet for trout is peeler crab on the incom- ing tide. Some spot are also being caught from the Cape pier, al- though that fishing is not as hot as it was a few weeks ago. There are some nice trout being caught on the Outer Wall in the evening with the best bet being on the tidal change. There are also some flounder in the Lewes-Re- hoboth Canal and some under- sized striped bass in the canal area. Lewes Harbour reports several good catches in the last week, in- cluding Phil McNaughton of Lewes who took at 7.06 pound trout on the Outer Wall on August 8, a 3.3 pound sea bass caught by Ira Prue on a wreck, a 7.75 pound flounder caught by Charles Ruep- pel on the Old Grounds and a 66- pound yellowfin tuna caught by John Bernardo. Indian River Inlet Flounder fishing is decent in the back bays and tautog action is slow. Old Inlet Bait and Tackle said some bluefish and trout are available at the inlet with the blues usually available in the af- ternoon and the trout being caught at night and there are striped bass available at night on bucktails, eels or plugs.The striped bass ac- tion has eased from its hot spell earlier in the summer. But the good news is the croaker action about two miles off of the inlet (and elsewhere from Cape Hen- lopen south). Work dropoffs and edges with bottom rigs and the re- sults have been very good. Ocean Tuna chunking in Massey's Canyon, Hambone, Hot Dog and Tea Cup has been outstanding. The "Edna Rose" had a limit of bluefin tuna and three yellowfin tuna while the "Reel Passion" and Henry Hoffman had ten bluefin tuna north of Massey's Canyon and Ben Cross went one for six. Bill Thornton had three yel- lowfin in the 50-pound range and one yellowfin tuna at 100 pounds. Matt Hall and John Floyd (both senior and junior) had four yel- low fin tuna at the Hot Dog recent- ly. With more restrictions on bluefin tuna, most fishermen are concentrating on yellowfin tuna, although the bluefins are still out there and available (for catch and release). Some white marlin are also showing up with the Poor Man's Canyon being the best spot now. Old Inlet reports trollers in the B Buoy area are scoring on king mackerel, bonito and false alba- core. This is fun fishing and it's less than ten miles from the beach. Bottom fishing continues to be good. Joe Morris of Lewes Har- bour Marina reports flounder mixed with sea bass in the Old Grounds area near B Buoy. Per- haps a combination trolling trip for mackerel and bottom bouncing trip for bass and flounder is just the ticket. Tuna tipoff It is recommended that fisher- men check the number set up to give the most recent regulations for bluefin tuna, since they can change extremely quickly. That phone number is 1-888-872-8862. Surf Local surf fishing teacher Don Myrer nailed six blues in the two pound plus range from Haven Road on cut mullet while "King- fish" Dave had his limit. Surf fish- ing is improving, according to Old Inlet Bait and Tackle. Old Inlet re- ports trout, kingfish and spot be- ing caught on bloodworms by fishermen fishing close to shore. There's no need for long casts here. Ocean City tournament Here are the final results from last week's Ocean City White Marlin Open. White Marlin 76 pounds, Tom Carlock Of Ocean City, Md. on the "Fish Hunter", worth $145,000. 75.5 pounds, Craig Dranbauer of Baltimore, Md. on the ,'En- ticer" worth $366,000. Tie for third place, 75 pounds Blue marlin 691 pounds, Kevin Opper of Fruitland, Md. on the "Box Lunch" worth $188,000. 599 pounds caught by Diane Burley of Ocean City, Md. on the "Frances K" worth $30,000. 497 pounds, Dave Campion of New Brunswick, N.J. caught on the "Fantasia" Worth $53,000. Shark 176 pounds, George Beam of Crofton, Md. caught on the "Fish Finder" worth $6,500. Tuna 192.5 pounds, Jesse Buckwal- ter of Annapolis, Md. caught on the "Dream Merchant" worth $14,000. 176.6 pounds, John Melucci of Montauk, N.Y. caught on the "Renegade" worth $2,000. Continued on page 8'/