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94 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, August 27- ptember 2, 1999 George O&apos;Shea honorq:[ for 30 years of service at Prime Hook State revamps hunting, fishing, trap regulations In a world of people who change jobs almost willy-nilly, George O'Shea has staying power. For 30 years, O'Shea has worked for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. He has spent 21 of those years working at Prime Hook Wildlife Refuge near Mil- ton, a gem of a refuge and one of the most spectacular sites on Del- marva, perhaps in America. The refuge is home to wild turkeys, ospreys, endangered Del- marva fox squirrels and vast num- bers of ducks and geese. The refuge regularly hosts half or more of all the ducks in Delaware and so many snow geese that it turns the air white with feathers. During O'Shea's tenure as as- sistant manager of Prime Hook, the refuge has grown tremendous- ly and now receives some 75,000 visits per year. On Tuesday, Aug. 24, the Friends of Prime Hook Refuge honored O'Shea. "You can well be proud of your accomplish- ments," said George Naegele, president of the Prime Hook group. Phragmites control has re- claimed the marsh for wildlife, a OUTDOORS Michael Short huge accomplishment. Dikes, road repairs, introduction of the Delmarva fox squirrels and the building of a new visitor center are a few of the other accomplish- ments which have happened on O'Shea's watch. "You moved us from the milk house to the big house," Naegele said, a reference to the refuge's previous cramped offices in a for- mer dairy farm milkhouse, State revamps regs Delaware has completed a com- prehensive revamping of its regu- lations governing hunting, fishing and trapping. Most of the changes, the first comprehensive overhaul since 1972, are cosmet- ic. But others are of interest to sportsmen, including allowing falconry for the first time in Delaware. "Many of the revisions were to reflect the enactment of new laws or clarify the meaning of certain terms. But some, such as estab- lishing rules for falconry, repre- sent major changes," said Lloyd Alexander, wildlife administrator for the state. "Now it is the re- sponsibility of bunters, trappers and anglers to learn what the rules are. The new format should make that easier." The following acre are a couple of the more significant changes: Falconry - Although more tightly regulated than any other hunting in Delaware, the state ap- proved the idea. First-time fal- coners would need to become an apprentice under Delaware's rules. Delaware is now awaiting federal approval of its require- ments. Driving deer - Nonresidents will no longer be able to drive deer on state wildlife areas for reasons of safety. Residents will be limited to no more than six people at a time driving deer on those state areas. Alexander explained that the change came about after com- plaints from hunters that large groups would conduct deer drives, suddenly inundating an ar- eas with many hunters. Alexan- der said that many people could create a potential hunter safety is- sue. +,++ ,+ .,+g,,,. + : ++ Michael Short photo Prime Hook U.S. W|IdHfe Refuge Assistant Manager George O'Shea was honored for 30 years of dedicated service to the Fish and Wildlife Service on Tuesday, Aug. 24 by the Friends of Prime Hook. O'Shea, left, is shown accepting his award from Friends President George Naegele. The addition of six more days to deer season, four of them on Saturdays. The additional days will be Oct. 9 in the muzzleloader season, Jan. 15 in the January shotgun season, Jan. 27, 28 and 29 in the January muzzleloader season and Dec. 11 in the Decem- ber antledess deer season. The regulations also do the fol- lowing: Prohibit target shooting on state lands Permit the use of bait for deer hunting on private lands Establish a daily limit of four terrapins Eliminate gunning rig permits Permit landowners to remove up to eight beavers causing prop- erty damage without a trapping permit The newly published regula- tions are on the Division website at <www.dnrec. state.de.us/fw/ wildregs.htm> or available at the main offices of the Department of Natural Resources and Environ- mental Control, 89 Kings High- way, Dover. Cape Relgi0n Fishing Report Bill Yost l:0000nds w a(:,pping 13.25-pound doormat By Michael Short It's more of the same this week for Delaware fishermen. Croaker and trout continue to please in Delaware Bay. Flounder fishing remains good in Delaware Bay and Indian River and just outside the inlet. Offshore, a nice tuna bite is be- ing reported for fishermen who fish late in the day or at night. Yost's whale Bill Yost needs a bigger net. Fishing on Thursday, Aug. 12 in Indian River, Yost boated a 13.25 pound flounder. The fish was caught on the first line in the water and Yost was convinced he had snagged the bottom. That is - until Grandpa Floun- der started to move. Even then Yost was convinced the heavy, circling action of the fish meant be bad hooked a skate. But this was no skate. It was a flounder so large that it would have qualified as a keeper size striped bass and striped bass must be at least 28 inches long. The fish measured 32-and-a- half inches long. "You can under- stand why I had to bend it to get it into the net," Yost said. "When it got to the surface and I saw it was a fish, I couldn't be- lieve it," Yost said. The fish was longer than his landing net and Yost speculated that the whopper wanted more than his minnow. He thinks it may have been after a small bla:k seabass, since four-inch lomg seabass were in the area Yost wras fishing. Yost said the fish felt heavy. '"It didn't fight hard like a bluefish, but was heavy and tried to muscle its way back to the bottom. I kept saying it was a skate. They stay down. They stay on the bottom and you have to horse it up," ihe said. "It is the biggest one I ever caught." Trout, croaker, flounder Hoss's Pier One reports that trout are being caught on chicken and mullet, but only by fishermen "in the middle of the night." Lewes Harbour Marina's Joe Morris said there is "pretty de- cent" flounder fishing in Delaware Bay in the area around A Buoy. Morris said that Joe Walker Jr. weighed in a 6.7 pound flounder. Croaker are showing up off Re- hoboth Beach and trout can be foUnd around the Lewes walls, specifically outside the Outer Wall and around the Shears. Bill's Sport Shop reports trout on peeler crab at Roosevelt Inlet. Croakers are also taking squid at Roosevelt Inlet. Nice flounder catches were tak- en around A Buoy, G and F Buoys this week, according to R&R Sports Center. Top baits seemed to be cut bait/spearing (minnows) combinations on top and bottom figs. Trout were pulled from artifi- cial reef sites, the Coral Beds and Blakes Channel with the best ac- tion taking place early and late in the day. Top and bottom rigs, jig- heads and gotchas work. Large croaker, flounder and a few trout were taken outside the Outer Walt. Indian River R&R Sports Center said that In- dian River gave up good numbers of trout to those fishing live spot and squid at night and a few stripers on live eels and plugs. Sam "I Am" caught flounder to five pounds, on three out of five days last week near Buoy 12 in Rehoboth Bay, according to R&R's fishing report. Just outside the inlet, R&R said croaker were had from one to eight miles off the beach. Around DB Buoy and the Old Grounds it's been a mix of flounder, croaker and seabass. Inshore trollers are finding some king and Spanish mackerel. There's also some dolphin and skipjack (tuna) mixed in for trollers around the Buoy Line and Five Fathom Bank as well as be- tween FB and FA buoys. Don't forget the Pimple - it's been a good spot as well. Bill's Sports Center said that Brenda Radick brought a 7.75- pound flounder to the scales caught in Indian River Bay on a bucktail tipped with green squid. Bill's also noted that large trout have been taking bombers at In- dian River Inlet. Best colors are either purple or black for bombers, while rigged eels are taking stripers. Rigged eels produced 39 stripers, only one of which was legal size, for Parker Atwood. Offshore Morris suggested fishing for tuna in the late afternoon or at night southeast of the Teacup in the 35 Fathom area. R&R said sinall tuna were re- ported at the East Lump. The Elephant Trunk produced fish and the Chicken Bone (I really didn't make up these names, which had to be created by a very hungry fisherman) produced tuna earlier in the week.