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Live muffet filling coastal creeks and marshes and why is Georgetown colder than Hagerstown? Two men stood on Canary Creek bridge, at the end of Pilot- town Road in Lewes, as the sun began to lower in the west last Sunday evening. They held cast nets in their hands and watched the surface of the water intently as the high tide steadily broadened the width of the creek and filled the thousands of acres of the Great Marsh. "There they are," said Mike Smith, "over along that edge. Looks like a big school of them." At the moment he spoke, the water he pointed to broke with the splash of a large fish. "Probably a blue or a striper," he said. "They come in here this time of year and feed on the mul- let." "Look like they're coming your way," said Ron Ballantine. "Look like they're coming right up the creek." Smith crouched. "Don't want to spook them. I think they're afraid of the bridge." The small fish known as mullet are the favored bait of surf fisher- men each fall. A live mullet on the hook attracts a trout or a blue or a striper in the surf better than any other bait. There was little wind Sunday evening. The knee-high green grass of the Great Marsh, just beginning to show some of the brown that will be its winter color, stood still toward the west. Canary Creek, driven by the full moon due Sept. 26, swirled past the pilings of the low bridge that attracts crabbers, fishermen and nature lovers from early spring until late fall. The mullet created the only oth- er motion. The movement of the schools of fish pushed ripples above them and it was easy to fol- low their progress from one edge of the creek to the other. In a quiet voice, Smith, from his crouched position, spoke about the mullet. ''hey like it along the edges. Shallower water. They're safer there. The bigger fish can't get to them. They don't like to go across the deep water if they can help it. The last mess of mullet I brought in - a lot of the fish in that batch were cut up from the bigger fish cutting through them. Those BAREFOOTIN' Dennis Forney snapper blues. About ten inches or so. Ron caught two of them when he threw into the mullet on his last cast." Smith ceased his talk. A school of fish that started out from the grasses on the east edge of the creek moved to the center, driven by a larger fish. From the shape of the pattern on the water, you could tell that the school moved something like a flock of geese - like an arrowhead, with a single fish or two at the point and the ranks widening gradually behind. Like a cocked gun, Smith tensed as the pattern turned toward the bridge and the fish moved closer to the forty foot range of his cast net. Then in one motion, Smith unfolded his heavy body as SUCCESS! he sprang upward and at the same time hurled the shimmering cast net toward the approaching fish. The folds of the net spread into a wide circle like the dresses of spinning square dancers and fell over the school. "You got 'era that time," hollered Ballantine from the other end of the bridge. "I think so," said Smith. He hauled on the retrieving line that not only brought the net back, but also closed the purse around the silvery mullet. As he pulled the dripping net from the water, it Continued on page 8 CAPE GAZETTE, Friday , September 27. October 3, 1996- 7 WORK WITH A PRO! 166 HENLOPEN AVENUE New construction, maintenance- free exterior, & clever floor plan. October 1996 completion date. $237,500. Call Doug. 40 WILLIAM F STREET Dodd's Addition. 3 year-round apartments on a 100x100 lot. $250,000. Call Doug. ....... THE HAPPY SALMON Very successful business at the Ocean Outlets Bayside. Call Doug for details. Doug Davis, Associate Broker 227-6200 (Office) 800-496-9269 (Toll Free) 227-1689 (Home) UNOBSTRUCTED BAY VIEW 3 bedrooms. Watch the sunset on Rehoboth Bay from your screened porch or living room. Almost waterfront. $269,900 WATERFRONT BROADKILL BEACH New construction. Incredible view all the way to Lewes. Paradise found. $304,000 SPACE FOR ALL Steps to the beach. 3 bedroom duplex in Dewey. Immaculate condition. No condo fees. Backyard and fireplace. $220,900 OCEAN FRONT! 2-3 bedroom with great view of the beach and the ocean. Rental income 20K +/-. The best priced water front in Dewey. $165,000 Call Harry Wooding, REALTOR - O'Conor, Piper & Flynn (302) 227-5080 (800) 496-9269 e-marl: Mike Smith winds up for a cast into Canary Creek. The larger mullet that come later in the fall are called "cobs". (800) 496-9269 (302) 227-6200