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114- CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, Nov. 15 - Nov. 21, 2002 Work progressing on Cape bik:,00, pedestrian path Areas upriver of the Cape Re- gion, specifically from the Chesa- peake and Delaware Canal north- ward, are already under advisories urging residents to limit their in- take of fish. Those restrictions, however, vary from state to state and there is no real uniformity in Pennsyl- vania, Delaware and New Jersey advisories. That prompts some confusion among residents about how much fish they should con- sume. There are no advisories for fish consumption in the lower bay. There is, however, a proposal to issue a uniform advisory for all three states. Stay tuned and we will keep you posted. Michael Short Path progress The abandoned railroad near Cape Henlopen has long been the focus of many eyes. The rail line will become the heart of a bike and pedestrian path, a path that has been discussed for years. DNREC's civil engineer Phil Gallo said that plans for the first two mile stretch of the trail are well under way and construction should begin in a few months. That initial first section will be a 10-to-12 foot wide pathway from Sussex 270 to 271. Most of the trail will follow the already dis- turbed railroad path, limiting the environmental harm to this beauti- ful area. Gallo said the stone trail portion should be done by this time next year That's a fast pace for the proj- OUTDOORS ect. Gallo, however, said that it's a realistic goal and that the remain- der of the project will be complet- ed at a later date. "It's a pleasure to work on a project like this." Such projects are common in many areas of the nation. The con- versionof the former railroad line is expected to be very environ- mentally friendly because the bulk of the route does not disturb new areas in the area bordering Cape Henlopen Park. That concern has been a major reason why it's taken so many years for the trail to ma- terialize. The existing railroad bridge over Holland Glade will be re- paired, meaning that no new abut- ments or pilings will be needed in the wetlands and there are no oth- er wetlands in this section of the path since the route follows up- land areas. Ed Brown photo Ducks Unlimited auctioning prints, planning dinner The Eastern Sussex Chapter of Ducks Unlimited is readying for its annual dinner and auc- tion, Friday, Dec. 6, at the BayCenter in Dewey Beach. The principle fundraiser for the year will start with cocktails at 5".30 p.m. and dinner at 7 p.m. followed by the auction. Call Denny Quillen, chapter chairman, at 227-2564 for tickets, or Ed Brown at 236-4288. In the meantime, Ducks Unlimited is also raising funds with a silent auction of wildlife prints in the lobby of County Bank's Rehoboth Beach branch. Bidders place their offer on a slip of paper, seal it and insert it in a box at the bank. High bidder gets the print. A new print will go up for bid every two weeks with the program continuing through Christmas. Shown here are County Bank Branch Manager Karen Mumford and Denny Quillen with the first print on display. If it's blues, tog and stripers you want, it's blu,es, tog and stripers you'll get By Michael Short DNREC expects a federal deci- sion on whether states will have to cut back their weakfish catches in the next few days, probably before the end of November. Such a deci- sion could have a major impact on Delaware catches and we will keep you posted. The federal regulations could be mandated for all states because the trout have increased in num- ber, but they have not been as quick to recover as had been hoped. lopen, according to Bill's Sports Shop. Bruce Hagner had two 18-inch and one 19 inch drum plus some smaller puppies and short stripers, according to Bill's. Bill's also re- portedthat Bob Brzoska and Jerry Kryspin caught six stripers in Cape's surf on live mullet with two slot fish and four fish over 29 inches with the largest over 32 The crew from Bill's Sport Shop, consisting of Mike Warner, D.J. Baker, Bill Weiss and Bob Salvatore littered the beach at the point with blues up to 11 pounds using green fireballs and floats with mullet. Chuck Pyle fished the surf at Conquest Road to haul in a striper and a bluefish on cut cob mullet. Mike Warner, fishing the same stretch of beach, caught blues to 9.14 pounds and two puppy drum on green torpedo rigs and mullet. Tog action is still staying strong at the inlet, the walls and various wrecks when weather permits. Joyce Backus caught a 5.83 pound blackfish using green crabs at the wall. The Mac Attack had a very successful trip with a limit of 40 tog up to eight pounds on green crabs. George Brittingham hauled a 33-inch striper through the suds at R3r's. John Williams was surf Great news Elsewhere, the news is great. Kathy Baker from Bill's Sport Shop, R&R Sports and Captain Jerry Blakeslee all say that fall fishing is hot. The bigger blues are hitting the beach and are being caught on mullet. Bruce Mitchler fished the Cape to bring an 8.24 and 7.97-pound fish to the beach. Jim Loomis and son and Rob Kriner loaded up with blues up to 12 lbs also fish- ing the point. Carol Steigler caught a triple header with a striper, red drum and a flounder in the state park. Mark Steilman caught three stripers up to nine POunds with fishing surf plugs at Cape Hen- fishing the north pocket at the in- let and landed a nearly 10-pound whopper. Nineteen anglers fished the Sea Robin Classic Surf Tournament and had a fisherman's dream day. Maw's mullet-baited figs pulled in too many blues to count up to 17 inches. Squid strips and fillet mul- let on high low rigs caught blues and flounder. A squid head dragged on the bottom caught the tourney's largest fish-a 19 inch drum. A vast array of sharks and skates were al- so brought to the beach with the most unusual fish being an 18 inch stargazer Art Thompson and Steve Blan- chard took a ride on the Lewest- own Lady to Hen and Chicken Shoals and the 8 Buoys to catch their limit of stripers on live bait. Spot or eels are best and Roger braved a trip to Overfalls Shoal and caught his limit of stripers to 39 inches, also on bait. Indian River Inlet, both in boats and off the rocks, has been yield- ing its share of striped bass. Abe Malnik boated a 14-pound rock- fish drifting live spot. On another trip, Malnik limited out while drifting the rips in front of the Guard. Jay Define and Josh Raw- ley drifted eels to catch blues up to 12 pounds. . . . '.. , ,| I .... The most unusual catch of the week was the large octopus caught by Nathan from the jetty. Pier reports have been limited, but drum and stripers have been tak- en, including a keeper red drum using mullet caught by local fish- ing semi-legend Herman Rotsch. If the fishing gets slow where you are casting, take a light outfit and some shad darts and head to Indian River Inlet to take advan- tage of the large number of hard fighting hickory shad. Delaware Bay striper and tog fishing has remained very produc- five on fishable weather days. The rips across the mouth of the bay, outside the wall and Brown and Hen and Chicken Shoal have all produced fish. Live spot has been the best bait so far, but the avail- ability is about at an end. Live eels, clams, trolling and bunker will take up the slack. Tog fishing is holding up well on local snags and rockpiles with limit catch being common. 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