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Cape Region Fishing Report More on the blue marlin that struck By Michael Short Last week's report included the news that Captain John Millar had caught a 350-pound blue marlin, which assaulted an approximately 20-pound albacore tuna he had hooked. Here's more on one of the most unusual catches of this or any fishing season. Millar was fishing about five miles southeast of the Delaware Lightship on board his boat, the Bonnie Maur. "I thought at first it was a wa- hoo," said Millar of his Sept. 27, catch. Themarlin hit the tuna five times, striking it hard enough to send it up the leader and hooking itself. The marlin strike came a scant 20 miles from people sun- ning themselves on the beach. Millar said that if you told a fish- erman that you hooked a marlin at the Lightship, the story would be greeted with, shall we say, skepti- cism. "I never had one come up and eat a tuna. It was quite an experi- ence," he said. "It was totally off the wall. I never expected any- thing like that." Millar was hauling his baits at eight-and-a-half knots when he hooked his marlin, which is far too fast tbr conventional marlin trolling. The fish, which made some spectacular leaps, took an hour-and-a-half for the surprised fisherman to subdue. And the ex- Running Continued from page 89 ran a respectable 22:35. Bridgeville's Glenn Collins took second in the 55-59 group, while Dr. Lee Masser was third in the 60 & over category as he closes in on 100 races in 1997. Several Strid- ers wonder what motivates Doc to run I00 races in a year and what kind of doctor is he anyway? Over & out! the hooked tuna tra fast trolling didn't deter the hungry marlin tbr a moment, ac- cording to Millar. "You could see he wanted that fish." Millar said he would have re- leased the fish, if possible. But the badly hooked fish was already dy- ing. "If he had any chance, I would not have brought him in." Indian River Inlet Old Inlet Bait & Tackle reports that trout, striped bass and blue- fish are being taken at the inlet. Croakers, trout and a few flounder are still taking baits off Indian River in what has been amazingly consistent fishing. Delaware Bay Lewes Harbour Marina's tautog tournament is in full swing and will last until the end of October. Early leaders are Roland Miller with a 9.6-pound fish, Allan Davis with an 8.3-pound fish, Steve Guest with an 8-pound fish and Ron Hixon with a 9. l-pound sheepshead. Morris said bottom fishing re- mains good in Delaware Bay be- tween I HC and 3HC Buoys. Offshore There are still tuna and a good number of wahoo being caught well offshore. Joe Morris of Lewes Harbour Marina reports that the Wilmington Canyon may be the hottest spot for offshore an- glers. Leonard Maull returned to Lewes this week with three wa- hoo, including one of more than 30 pounds and a whopper of 59.5 pounds. That's big enough to take line for what must have seemed like days fbr angler Bill Fintel. Maull also returned with six tu- na, meaning the offshore fishing is still hot when boats can get off- shore. The other two wahoo were caught by Big Leonard and by Joe Cherneski. Old Inlet also reports outstand- ing large bluefish action around B Buoy. Fish can be taken by trolling or by casting bucktails and plugs. Brian Riggin photo Fourth-grader Laura Olen- derski races to the finish line for the Seashore Striders. Tournament time The Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce is getting geared up for its 18th annual surf fishing tournament. The popular event is scheduled for Oct. 1 !- 12. The chamber is awarding a prize of $25,000 to the angler who can reel in a bluefish that beats the Delaware record. Other prizes in- clude $1,000 for the largest fish, $750 ibr the angler with the most points, $500 for second place, $350 for third and $150 for [burth. The size and type of fish caught determines how many points par- ticipants will receive. CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, October 10 - October 16, 1997 - 91 Children are ialso invited to join in the fun. There are two young angler categories: ages 10-14 and ages nine and under. First place winners will receive a rod and reel, while those who place sec- ond will receive a reel. Anglers may begin fishing on Oct. 11 at 7 a.m. Fishing contin- ues the next day until noon. Entry fees are $20 per individual and $30 per family. On-site registration will be held on Friday, Oct. I0 at the Chamber office from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. All anglers must then check in at the Information Center on Route 1 north in Fenwick Island. Pre-reg- istered anglers may check in on Friday from I0 a.m. to 5 p.m. Check in for all others will begin at 6 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 1 I. For additional information or entry forms, contact the Chamber at 539-2100. More tournaments The Milton Chamber of Com- merce will host its Fall Bass Open on Oct. 19. The catch and release tournament costs $50 per boat and will be held from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.. The buddy tournament is based at Wagamons Pond. To register, call 684-1101. On Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 18 and 19, the Cape Henlopen State Park will be the location of the Annual Delaware Open Surf Fishing Tournament. Both this and the Bethany-Fenwick Cham- ber tournament are timed to take Continued on page 98 Memorial golf tourney held The Rehoboth Beach Golf and Country Club's 9 Hole Ladies hosted their first memorial tournament, in honor of Carol Pfeiffer, on Tuesday, Sept. 2. Winners of the tourney (l-r) were Betty Lou Hayes, Florence Hatz, Ann Strum and Ginny Leutner. Est. 1958 ) LISII:DI HAZZARD Electrical Contractor L.P.I. Cert. 959 645-8457 645-9060 1-800-610-8457 CERTIFIED LIGHTNING PROTECTION P.O. 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