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Eric Burnley 172 - CAPE GAZETTE - Friday, September I - Monday, September 4, 2006 It&apos;sa matter of being in the right place at the right tune OUTDOORS from the inlet rocks or from shore along the Rehoboth and Lewes Canal. FISHING REPORT Depending on when and where you fish, the report is either good or bad. Delaware Bay action has been very slow since last week- end for no apparent reason. I went out on Saturday with niy friend Harry Yingling and we basically caught nothing. We started between the walls because the water was on the rough side and after nell er catch- ing nor marking anything, we mover up the bay to the A Buoy in the Anchorage where we marked all sorts of fish on the bottom and still caught nothing. As a final shot we drifted around the Starsite Reef and Harry picked up a very small croaker and even smaller sea bass. On the run back to Lewes we saw some birds working and I managed to hook a couple of small blues to end the day. On Sunday I talked with sever- al charter and head boat captains and they experienced the same thing on Saturday. While I have been known to jinx a boat or a small section of beach; I believe this is the first time I have man- aged to jinx the entire Delaware Bay. Tuna fishermen chunking the offshore lumps have had some good and some bad days. On a good day they may catch 10 or 12 fish while a bad day may result in an empty fish box. Trollers have had some success east of the 30- Fathom Line at the Tea Cup and Elephant Trunk. In Indian River, most of the flounder are too short to keep, but a few anglers have been able to find fish over 5 pounds. Short WACHAPREAGUE FLOUN- DER - On Wednesday, Aug. 23, I was invited to fish with Bob Baker from Seaford on one of his many trips to Wachapreague, Va. Bob is a flounder fisherman and with a larger bag (6) and smaller size (16.5 inches) limit in Virginia he feels the long trip there is jus- tified. We arrived at the dock about 8 a.m. and were fishing before 9 a.m. We came back in around 4 p.m. with 10 keepers and a pair of nice croaker. I would guess we proba- bly caught 20 shorts and I man- aged to latch on to a big cow-nose ray that fought harder than a 50- pound tuna. Bob has the Wachapreague area mapped out and we fished in many locations until we found some action. He kept moving from the inlet to the Coast Guard Station and from shallow to deep stripers and smal! blues are ay < ;tter. We caught most of the fish able with a feOf each  )! iss than 12 feet of water and big enough to'keep, i. =: lilly anything-/Illl the best action is right in the wash ........ channels where  thought they where spot, kings and sand perch would be on a hougust day md an outgoing tide: That is what I enjoy about fishing with someone new, I always learn something. TRY SOMETHING OLD - The very first story I sold was about drifting sand fleas at Indian River Inlet. I sent it to Salt Water Sportsman and they said it was too short and did not have any photo support. Next I showed it are caught on bloodworms and Fishbites. The holiday weekend is not looking too good for fishing, but with the storm scheduled to pass well to our west we could salvage something out of the next three days. Keep an eye on the weath- er and listen to the NOAA fore- cast before heading out. At the least you should be able to fish 1927 A- 1 45 ACP to Pete Barrett at the "New Jersey Fisherman" and he bought it for $25. That was 1973,.and I suspect drifting sand fleas still works. There have been some major improvements in the past 33 years that change the way sand fleas are fished. The circle hook is one of the best things to come along, fol- lowed closely by Fluorocarbon leader. Even more recently, the inven- tion of the artificial crab, shrimp and bloodworm flavored bait has made a big difference in what we offer our quarry. The standard rig for drifting sand fleas is a 24-inch leader tied to a 3/0 circle hook and then attached to the line. I am current- ly using 30-pound Fluorocarbon leader tied directly to my 40- pound Stren braid with an Albright knot. This is the type of fishing where a spinning outfit is the best choice. The bait may be fished without any weight, or with just a few split shot used to get it down a little deeper. Since all you need is a few hooks and some split shot, you can carry all of your tackle in one pocket and the bait in another. Just be sure to take out any left over bait before tossing the shirt in the hamper. To fish with sand fleas or one of the artificial baits, just let the bait drift in the rocks with the current. Cast up current and follow the line with your rod tip. When the line comes tight you will have a fish, or perhaps one of the many rocks FLOUNDER WARNING - In the past few weeks I have become aware of a situation that can catch flounder anglers unaware. DNREC enforcement officers are issuing tickets to anglers who have flounder strips on board as bait without the flounder carcass. Some flounder anglers will save the thin strips of flounder found along the edge of the filet and use it as bait. They may freeze it or if they are going again in a day or two, they may just keep it on ice. In either case, the fact that they have a piece of a flounder measuring less than 17 inches without the 17-inch or larger carcass on the boat makes them technically guilty of having a short flounder. You can complain all you want, but you are still going to get the ticket. The way to get around this law is to keep at least one legal carcass on the boat at all times. This may sound stupid, but it cheaper than the ticket. Actually, it is illegal to have any part of any fish governed by a minimum size law on the boat without the carcass. This would include croaker, trout, flounder and rockfish. Keep this in mind should you decide to clean a fish before bringing it to shore. FALL TOURNEY REGIS- TRATION OPENS Registration is now open for the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce's 26th annual Fall Surf Fishing Tournament on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 7-8. Registration forms are available at the chamber office on Route 1 just north of Fenwick Island, and at area bait and tackle shops. Anglers can also call the Chamber at 800-962-SURF to request a reg- istration form or download one at More than $5,000 in guaranteed cash and prizes will be awarded, including a $250 prize for the top female angler. Anglers will also vie for $25,000 for catching the bluefish that breaks the Delaware state record. Children 14 and under and fam- ilies are encouraged to participate, and will be eligible for separate prizes. An awards ceremony will be held after the fishing on Sunday at chamber headquarters. Eric Burnley is a fulltime out- doors writer who lives between Lewes and Milton. He can be reached at REHOBOTH MAIN STREET AQUATHLON Mile Ocean Swim & 5 K Run Sunday, September 3, 2006 LABOR DAY WEEKEND 8:00 am Start Rehoboth Avenue & the Boardwalk Register today at or 302-227-7667 A portion of the proceeds to benefit the Rehoboth Beach Main Street Inc. There will also be a 5 K Walk that begins at the start of the AquathlotL This event is USA T Sanctioned J | a |