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CAPE GAZETTE - Friday, December I, Monday, December 4, 2006 - 135 Nasty weather dampens Cape Region fishing OUTDOORS when the bite will be red hot, An interesting sidelight to the fishing scene is the arrival of blue fin tuna offshore. I have reports from here to as far south as Virginia Beach of schools of tuna chasing bait and even taking poppers on the surface. That is the beauty of fishing in the ocean; you never know what you will see. TRY SOMETHING DIF- FERENT - The crowds of boats that cover up such hot spots as the Valley and the Eights can make fishing difficult, so trying some- thing different could put fish in the box with fewer headaches. Big rockfish not only hold in deep water with a strong current, they also like hard structure and the Outer Wall is an excellent loca- tion to catch your trophy. The best method for pulling a big striper out of the rocks is to put a live bait right where he lives. Slowly move along the wall and cast a live eel right to the edge of the rocks. As a rule, no additional weight will be required as the eel will head for the bottom and, we hope, right into themouth of a big striper. On occasions when a weight is needed, use a crimp-on rubber core sinker about 3 feet ahead of the bait. A good eel rig is a 3-foot leader made of 50 to 60-pound Fluorocarbon tied to a 10/0 circle Eric Burnley .L -Murphy and friends had three rockfish to 22.3 pounds and a big blue whilechunking at the 60- Foot Slough. I do not believe the rockfish bite is over and I expect we will find the best action has yet to develop. There were reports of rock under diving birds Off of Bethany Beaeh and there were some caught further up the bay between the Anchorage and Brandywine Light. It is not unusual for fishing to fall off after a hard nor'easter and once the water settles down the rock will be here in droves. The problem will be finding a good weather day to go after them. If you have any vacation days left, save at least one for that calm, mild. weather Wednesday FISHING REPORT . There was little to be thankful for over the Thanksgiving holiday week- end as fishing was very poor for most anglers. I went past the boat ramp in Lewes ori Saturday and Sunday and the lot was full to overflow- ing on both days. Unfortunately, there were very few fish caught by any of the private boats and the charter and head boat fleet did lit- fie better. I believe the problem was the nor 'easter that arrived on Wednesday and blew right through Friday. It had the water stirred up and put the rockfish off their feed. It did not help the tog bite as those fish were hard to come by in the bay. l did get a good report from Captain John Nedelka on the Karen Sue out of Indian River as he had a limit of tog from the inshore wrecks on Saturday. He went back on Sunday to find the bite hadTtumed off. Such is fish- ing. Surf fishermen .never got the chance to try their luck as the beaches were closed due to ero- sion and high tides left over from the storm. Indian River Inlet did produce a few tog and short stripers. On the bright side, Greg Alexander had a 29-pound striper on a live eel drifted outside the Outer Wall at the end of the flood tide on Sunday. Over on the New Jersey side of the bay, Chris hook. Tie a perfection loop in the tag end of the leader and use a black snap-swivel on the running line to make the connection. When you feel a fish pick up the eel, let him run for a few sec- onds then crank outall the slack in the line. When the. line comes tight the striper should be hooked, or not. At this point turn the boat away from the walt and fight your fish. The primary problem with this technique is the number of tog fishermen anchored along the wall. It will be necessary to move around each of them as you move down the structure. I have found most tog fishermen are late arrivals. If you get to the wall at daybreak the area will be clear for at least one hour. My personal favorite is casting plugs to the wall. I move along casting in the same fashion as I would with live eels. The best plug for this is a Rebel WindCheater in blue or black back. W-mdCheaters float so they won't sink and catch the wrong type of rock. On the retrieve they dive to 5 or 6 feet and this seems to work well on stripers as well as bluefish. CRAB POT CLEANUP - The Division of Fish and Wildlife Enforcement in partnership with the Center for the Inland Bays will hold a cleanup of the Inland Bays in Sussex County beginning at 10 a.m. Monday, Dec. 4 at the Masseys Landing public boat ramp at the end of Long Neck Road. During the cleanup, Fish and Wildlife Enforcement agents and volunteers from Sussex County will pick up all crab pots that are left in the water. The cleanup follows the dead- line established under Delaware law which states the all recre- ational crab pots must be out of the water by Nov. 30. "It's important that crab pots be removed when not in active use, because derelict pots can trap marine life other than crabs, such as the diamondback terrapin, a species which uses our inland bays and needs to be protected," said Sgt. Greg Rhodes offish and Wildlife Enforcement. For further information about the cleanup, call Sgt. Gregory Rhodes at 302-542-6102 or 302- 739-9913. Eric Burnley is a fulltime out- doors writer who lives between Lewes and Milton. He can be reached a H o T 2; .S: E IS  e r FG tM N PS CHRISTMAS SPECIALS The CRICKETT Mini Bolt .22 Weekdays: 10 a.m., 6 p.m. Evenings: - 7:10 p.m. - 9 p.m. Email - charlesstee[ Sunday: Noon - 5 p.m. Submitted photo Eastern Shore United wins tournament The Bethesda Thanksgiving Soccer Tournament saw new competition recently, when the newly formed Eastern Shore United Ull soccer team traveled to compete. The tournament took place on the muddy Polo Grounds in rural Poolsville, Md. Eastern Shore United played all three games on Sunday, Nov. 26, to make it to the championship game. The first game was against Arlington Suprema and finished in a 1-1 tie. The remaining games against the Chantilly Titans and Calverton Strikers were both shutout wins, 4-0 and 6-0, respectively. Eastern Shore United then went on to play to defeat FreeState Ajax of Bowie, Md. 3-0 to win first place in the Chesapeake Division of the tournament. The Eastern Shore United is a new team formed from the merger of Salisbury Red Storm and Berlin Arsenal. The team consists of 17 talented 10- and ll-year-old boys and is coached by Jeremy Hurd of Georgetown. Team members include (kneeling l-r) Hunter Owens, Noah Conboy, Tyler Angelo, Remmy Haynes and Robbie Budd. Standing are J.B. Loomis, Luis Cruz, Baris Safoglu, Ress Bednar, coach Jeremy Hurd, Sunny Aroh, Jared King, Colby Fell and Nick White.