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Bethany-Fenwick surf-fishing tourney produces three-way tie The 18th Annual Bethany-Fen- wick Fall Surf-Fishing Tourna- ment was held last weekend and nearly 700 anglers participated. Fishing was generally good, al- though windy conditions on Sat- urday made fishing tough. More than 1,000 fish were caught and released, 700 of which were recorded. No one was able to claim the $25,000 prize for a fish that breaks the Delaware State blue- fish record. But there was a three- . : Mike Short photo Shown (l-r) are top winners in last weekend's surf fishing tournament, Darren Purcell, Brice Steele Jr., Richard Mc- Cumin, Gary Born, Dominick Mancini and James Sampson. McCurnin, Steele and Purcell finished tied for the largest fish caught (with 18-inch fish). Mancini was the top points finisher among the approximately 700 fishermen while Born finished second, Sampson finished third and McCurnin placed fourth. Cape Region Fishing Report Tog land stripers co00g on; Open Surf tourney wee00d By Michael Short well With this fish. A lot of trigger Don't-forg two local tourna- mentg this: weekend. The Mi]t0n Chamber of Commerce will host its Fall Bass Open on Sunday, OCt. 19. To register, call 684- 1101. Also, on Oct. 18 and 19, Cape Henlopen State Park will be the location of the annual Delaware Open Surf-Fishing Tournament. For additional information, call Harry Quay at 732-6242, the DMS or Delaware Mobile Surf- fishermen Hotline at 424-4778, Bo Gosciejew at 945-3575 or Earl Chamberlin at 302-539-9781. Tautog and stripers Striper action on the BugLight has come on strong. Stripers to 40 pounds are being taken. You must chunk and float a bunker head be- hind the boat. Lewes Harbour Marina continues its month-long tautog tournament. Current lead- ers are Roland Miller (9.6 pounds), Ron Hixon (9.2 pounds) fish are mixed With the tOg. Elsewhere R & R Sports Center reports ex- cellent flounder fishiiig at Five Fathom Bank Lumps. Most boats are returning early with limit catches to five pounds. Most of these fish are fat as they are mak- ing their way out. Minnows, cut bait and silversides are being used. There are some nice sea bass mixed in the catch. Trout are still coming from structures in Delaware Bay and Broadkill Slough. Most boats are anchoring and limiting out. The same holds true from Indian River out to DB Buoy except hardheads or croaker dominate the catch. Hoss's Pier One reports solid action on the pier for bluefish and trout up to 20 inches long. There are also small spot available and the best bait is fresh mullet, if you can find it. Surf fishing up and down the beach has been good with king- and Allan Davis (8.3 pounds). The fish, trout, a'few stripers and blue- leading sheepshead weighing 9.t fish tofive pounds, pounds was Caught by Hixon. Joe Morris aid that.striped bass iOlfshore :" , " action is just:starting with some Offshore, yellowfin tuna have fish at OverfaHs and 8A Bu0y :'been chdnkingini:l '-trolling in the Tautog adtionis slowly picking ,. Baltimore :Canyon and chuaking up, a sure sign of the switch to in the Parking Lot area: This has cooler weather. Tog action was got to be close to the last hurrah slow through the week with water for this fishing, but above average way tie for the largest fish caught. Brice Steele Jr. of Frankford, Dar- ren Purcell of Lewes and Richard McCurnin of Newark, each reeled in an 18-inch bluefish and split the $1,000 prize. Dominic Mancini, of Ha- leyville, N.J., won $750 for the fish with the most points; $500 for second.most points went to Gary Born of Berlin, N.J.; James Samp- son of Oxford, Pa., took home $350 for third-most points and Richard McCurnin added to his take home prize money with $150 for fourth most points. Tiffany Steele of Frankford swept first place in the 10- to-14- year-old children's category, while Phillip Leverrier of Bethes- da, Md., placed second. First place in the nine and under chil- dren's category was captured by Mitchell Davis, of Landenberg, Pa., and Scott Aiken Jr. of Seaford placed second. Each first-place winner earned a rod and reel; sec- ond-place finishers each received a reel. Many other prizes were handed out at the awards ceremony on Sunday, Oct. 12. There were a host of local and national sponsors for the tournament, which seems to get bigger every year. Acie Mankins chaired the event and the Delaware Mobile Surf Fishermen Costa Del Mar, Fenwick, Penn, St. Croix, Hi-Seas, Sea Striker, Bill's Sport Shop, Fenwick Island Tackle, Murray's Bait and Tackle, R & R Sports Center, Hoss's Bait and Tackle. 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