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CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, Sept. 6 - Sept. 12, 2002 - 115 Public can comment on state's oul:00toor recreation plan The public will soon have its chance to tell the state what to do with its federal outdoor dollars. Delaware's outdoor enthusiasts aren't just hunters and fishermen'. They are bikers, photographers, bird watchers, nature lovers, pic- nickers, joggers and lovers of oth- er outdoor hobbies and sports far too numerous to mention. What they all have in common is the need for a place to recreate. That could mean a swing set, fish- ing lake or expanse of state park to hunt doves. Delaware must update a plan of how to spend its outdoor recre- ation dollars. The plan will be used as a guide to direct the allocation of Delaware's share of the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund, approximately $1.3 million a year. The state annually schedules meetings on the issue. When people feel distant from the workings of government and unable to make their wishes known - his is one place, where they can make a difference. A Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP) will follow a series of 14 public meetings in the next few weeks throughout the state. It's time to think about fall surf fishing Michael Short Fishing Report people stop fishing, when the fall and early winter months are often a vast improvement over the sum- mer doldrums. Watch this space for news of upcoming events and continued coverage as the fall season begins. For now, tuna action, flounder and croakers continue to please, with some bluefish and sea bass thrown in for good measure. Jerry Blakeslee reports from his charters that George Ochs with By Michael Short It's time to begin thinking about fall surf action. Some of the best should take place during the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce tournament on Sat- urday and Sunday, Oct. 12-13. Registration forms are available at the chamber office and area bait and tackle shops. Anglers can also call the chamber at 800-962 SURF to request a registration from or download one at www.thequietresorts.com. In the meantime, hot fishing ac- non should continue for weeks to come. It always amazes me that  [ Submitted photo Look ma:, three fish - only two hooks Nine-year-old Trevor McCarthy was fishing with his father, Larry, at B buoy when he landed these three sea bass on a two-hook rig with two fish on one hook. The two anglers hail from Landenberg, Pa. Fishing in the Cape Region continues to remain strong. family and friends had a great one day offshore, coming home with a limit catch of tuna. Jeff Beaston and group had a nice day at the mouth of the bay. The group came home with a de- cent ca.tch of flounder and croaker. Jeff's daughter, Abbey, won the pool by catching the largest croak- er. Nicely done. Alan Schoen and friends had an excellent 30-hour trip. The group had a nice catch of tuna three dol- phin and released a brown shark. Ted Houck Jr. had a 70-pound ci- tation yellowfin. Blakeslee said. Ervin Rutt along with his family and friends had a nice one day trip catching bluefin tuna and several dozen false albacore. Jeff Weibly and friends along with our own ,local fish cleaner Jay Campbell also enjoyed a great offshore trip Blakeslee said. The group quickly filled the box'with a limit catch of tuna using chunks and live bait and returned back to dock in time to miss all the wind and rain. Kathy Baker from Bill's Sport Shop said that despite the "awe- some" weather, there were a few bright spots for those brave enough to fight the elements. Dan Langdon on the O'Fishal boated two of three yellowfin up to 70- pounds. The Reel-istic, on an overnight trip, scored with nine yellowfin up to 103 pounds at the 30 Line'be'- hind the Hot Dog. Closer to shore, Ricky and Leigh Riston caught sea bass and trigger fish while fishing on a headboat using sand fleas Sea bass and flounder have been hitting on fleas and squid at A and B buoys. Trolling has been productive in the same area using feathei's, spoons and ballyhoo to catch false albacore dolphin and an occasion- al king mackerel. Nadine Foley caught four dolphin and many false albacore. Two miles off Fen- wick, Roy and Sue caught blues croaker and shark on cut squid. Foley, while trying to catch sea bass for supper, even hooked a false albacore on the bottom with cut squid. " September 5, 2002 Delaware Lightship 75.6 Courtesy of Bill's Sport Shop. Come out and make your voice heard. Several meetings are scheduled locally and the state is practically pleading to know what land it should buy or what ameni- ties it can improve. Meetings are set for 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. I0 in Milford and the Lewes Public Li- brary Wednesday, Oct. 9 Written comments can be sent to Division of Parks and Recre- ation, 89 Kings Highway, Dover, DE, in care of Robert Ehemann. A few thoughts Indian River's marina is set for major changes in the next few years. The great majority of the boaters at the marina seem to have one dominant thought - do it and do it now. Time and time again, I have been told that the state has waited far too long to do needed mainte- nance and repairs. They point to holes in the dock, patchwork boards and other symptoms of a marina that badly needs an over- haul While many boaters are con- cerned about the loss of tradition- al slips and development of a new dry stack storage facility, most are at least glad the state has remem- bered they are alive. Dry stack storage is considered environmentally friendly, but boaters are understandably reluc- .......... . OUTDOORS tant to give up the comfort of a slip on the water. Plans showcased at an open house indicate the state is willing to. spend millions over the next four years to do the work. That should upgrade and re- place existing facilities, increase security and build the dry stack storage. The money will come from a park systems' pot of money which has been set aside and the division of parks must repay that seed money with interesi, so that the well won't run dry in the future. Boaters are waiting to see what happens next, but it appears the state is on the right track. I think it's high time. .NEW b USED GUNS * HOLSTERS * AMMO, HUNTING UCENSE GIFT CERTIRCATES (pighk kans ah pi taeh vew ews)* At last, a rifle line that speaks your language *It means "accuracy" in Finland R E S T O R A T I O N II1KKA R =mmnra U rAKE A CLOSER LOOK S s I A N I T Saturday: 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. & 7:10 p.m.- 9 p.m..E. 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