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86 - CAPEGAZTTE, Friy, AugUst 2:k  ' * Delaware Ca00e Region Fishing Report Mike Short photo RBCC holds member-guest tourney The Rehoboth Beach County Club recently held one of its yearly tournament highlights, the ladies member-guest com- petition. The low gross winning team was made up of Pam McCrery and Beth Carpenter (members) and guests Cathy Klocko and Pat Kaufman with a gross score of 146 and the winning low net team was Corinne Sommer and Gaff Cox (members) and guests Carol VanReenan and Linda Tigani. They shot a low net score of 119. Shown are top winners in the Aug. 13 event. From bottom to top are Pant McCrery, Cathy Klocko, Pat Kaufman, Beth Car- penter, Corinne Sommer, Carol VanReenan, Gail Cox and Linda Tigani. The second low gross team was made up of Joan Crowley, Dottie Farmer, Judy Bennett and Kay Pigott. The second low net team was made up of Carole Ann Medd, Linda Urian, Bet- ty Thomas and Jean VanPelt. The third low net team was Judy Buckley, Linda Raughly, Connie Kotula and Nancy Strickland while the fourth low net team was Carol Perry, Ellin Leon, Terry Cleaves and Mane Maroshek. Longest drives were by Linda Urian and Mimi Matthews and closest to the pin shots were by Sandy Bunting (1'6") and Judy Bennett (5'11"). Fifth low net scores were compiled by the team of Barbara Morgan, Carlyn Bryan, Carole Schagrin and Anne English. Briefly New Yorker wins RBSA Anniversary Regatta The Rehoboth Bay Sailing As- sociation (RBSA) has announced the results of the Anniversary Cup Sailing Regatta for Sunfish, held Saturday, Aug. 16 on the Re- hoboth Bay. Taking first in the three-race event was Dave Davies from Mid- dletown, N.Y., who had two first place and one second place finish. Turner Hastings, a junior sailor from Rehoboth, was second and rounding out the top three was Pat Littleton of Rehoboth and Po- tomac, Md. In the Junior Fleet for those aged 18 and under, Turner Hast- ings finished first. Second was John Eisenbrey from Dewey Beach and Middletown, Del., and third place was captured by James Dolan of Millsboro. The RBSA will host its final Sunfish regatta for the season, the Commodore Cup Regatta, on Sat- urday, Aug. 30. For more information, call the RBSA Club at 227-9008 for de- tails. MBNA 400 slated for Sept. 21 at Dover Downs Dover Downs International Speedway will present its first 400-mile NASCAR Winston Cup event on Sunday, Sept. 21 when the MBNA 400 takes the green flag. Jim Speicher lands his first white marlin, By Michael Short Jim Speicher landed his first ever marlin on August 12. Speicher has hooked a marlin before, a bruising blue marlin on 30-pound test fishing line that might have been big enough to be a winner in the Ocean City White Marlin Open. But that fish was lost after more than a two hour fight. This fish, estimated to be 75 to 80 inches long, was caught while fishing with his 16-year- old son on his first offshore trip. It was the 32nd trip for Speicher, who works at the Lewes Drawbridge. He often SPEICHER goes by the nickname "Captain Choo Choo" because he is a former Amtrak employee. Captain Choo Choo caught and released his white marlin, letting it go to tailwalk and greyhound like a whirling balleri- na for another lucky angler. He said the sight defies mere words. "If you've seen it, you know. If you have never seen it, then I can't describe it. "We got him, looked him right in the eye and then cut the line," said Speicher, who said the fish took him 30 minutes to catch. He was fishing in the Poor Man's Canyon on the Skipjack captained by Pete Floyd. He said the white marlin tail- walked once across the water and then dove and fought him all the way to the boat. It was a 30-hour offshore fishing trip with Floyd which caught two white marlin and three blue whaler sharks. His son Michael caught one of those sharks, estimated at 12 feet, six inches long and nearly 300 pounds. During the trip, a ray with a wingspan of an estimated eight feet glided silently past the boat and Speicher waxed poetic about the beauty of offshore fishing. "As far as I am concerned there is no place better on earth," he said. Surrounded by clear water so blue it can hurt your eyes and sun- rises and sunsets that could make a poet ache with envy, it's easy to understand his passion. Atlantic Ocean Excellent flounder, sea bass and croaker fishing is still being re- ported on the Old Grounds. R & R Sports Center said that Joe Walker and crew checked in with 50 flounder on sand eels. Croaker (hard head) action has been taking place two to three miles east of the Coast Guard Sta- tion at Indian River. Squid and clam have been excellent bails on after 32nd trip top and bottom rigs. These are nice fish, but the school tends to move around and you may have to search before the action starts "I was so busy taking fish off hooks and baiting for my two sons, that I didn't have time to fish," said Craig Karsnitz. Spanish mackerel and king mackerel are being caught by in- shore trollers from B Buoy to the Delaware Light. There are reports of king mackerel as heavy as 15 pounds showing up. Delaware Bay Sandy Barton caught a limit of large flounder N.W. of the Star Site, Tom Coil and crew had their limit 200 yards south of DB Buoy, Larry Doll and his son had their limit of fish south of Brandywine on sand eels and John Barton had his limit of flounder outside the Icebreakers in about 40 feet of water. R & R reports that fishing is sol- id for trout for fishermen pursuing them. Large fish are coming from structure early in morning and late in the evening. Flounder are tak- ing baits with the area between 9 and 10 Buoys one of the better spots for fishermen using shiners, flounder belly or squid while trout fishermen are catching fish work- ing inside the Outer Wall off Lewes on the tide change. Nice catches this week include Diane Loekle with a 6.44 pound floun- der. There are some fish being caught at Roosevelt Inlet, but the action is solid instead of spectacu- lar. Indian River Striper action is good at Indian River on top of the incoming tide. There are also striped bass at night mixed with some trout. The best bait, according to Old Inlet, for both is live bait, especially spot or bunker (menhaden). Flounder fishing is best around the South Shore Marina or Buoy 19 and it has picked up, although a lot of fish aren't quite keepers Bluefishing is improving around dusk and Friday brought an unexpected surprise, courtesy of warm water temperatures. Spanish mackerel were being caught in the inlet, probably the only day that will happen this sea- son. Jeanette Semasek took a limit of three to five pound flounder on Monday. Semasek was fishing with local guide Freddie "Lying" Burton. Surf Surf fishing has shown good improvement with bluefish in the two pound range. Surf instructor Don Myrer caught a 40-pound brown shark from Haven Road. Old Inlet Bait and Tackle reports that surf fishing has been fair on the beach for kingfish, trout, pom- pano and some bluefish. Freshwater Mike Dominguez of The Tackle Shack reports that freshwater fish- ing is good right now. Dominguez suggests buzz baits, spitting im- age topwater baits or jitterbugs for fishing in the evenings. Rattletraps are also catching fish. Offshore Lewes Harbour Marina reports good tuna fishing on the Hot Dog with some fish being caught trolling in 30 to 40 Fathoms. But the best action is chunking early in the morning around the Hot Dog area. Marlin fishing has been good in the Washington and Norfolk Canyon. Poor Mans and Washing- ton are also producing some tuna and last week produced a sign of fall, some true albacore for fisher- men. Yellowfin fishing is very good on the Hambone and Hot Dog. Among the nice catches this week were by Doc Alexandrea and John Gipe who brought back a 78 pound tuna caught on the Hot Dog. Tuna action has switched to yel- lowfins and the odd bigeye tuna now. That's because the season has closed on bluefin tuna. For bluefin tuna information, call the bluefin tuna information number, 888-872-8862. Todd Hazzard's catch this week included this flounder taken near B Buoy off Indian River. The bottom fishing has been good for croaker with a mixture of other fish, but few are as nice as Hazzard's five- and-a-half pound fiattie.