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Cape Gazette SPORTS & OUTDOORS FRIDAY, DECEMBER 15 - MONDAY, DECEMBER 18, 2017 99 L ast Wednesday, I made my annual pilgrimage to Atlantic City, N.J., to attend the Folsom Tackle Show. Folsom is a major wholesaler in the fishing industry, supplying everything from hooks to rods and reels for many of our local tackle shops. I try to find some- thing new each year to suggest as holiday gifts or just to let you know what to expect to see on the shelves in 2018. Last summer, as I did my fishing reports, I noticed a new artificial bait was mentioned several times. The bait was Ot- ter Tails and was used to catch flounder and sea bass, among other species. I had a chance to talk with the reps for this product at the show and play around a bit with some of the material they use to produce Otter Tails. This stuff is very tough and will stretch but not tear off the hook. It is also very soft and should move with just the slightest pressure from the current or the rod tip. Add to the tough, but flex- ible, material, squid and fish oil scents and you have a pretty effective trailer for bucktails, flounder rigs, spinnerbaits, tubes and Diamond jigs. Right now, Otter Tails come in eight colors and seven shapes. With Uncle Josh out of business, these Otter Tails should fill the need for a trailer. And one other advantage, Otter Tails can be left on the hook and used again instead of having to use a sharp knife and lots of pulling to get the bait off then throw it away. Tsunami Tackle is a part of Folsom and they make just about everything you could ever need in the line of fishing equip- ment from clothes to flounder rigs. I used their flounder rigs last year, and while I still didn’t manage to catch anything over 15 inches, I was on more than one occasion high hook on the boat. This year Tsunami has made their rigs even better with the addition of Silicon skirts on the Glass Minnow along with a round hook with bait-holder spurs along the shank. The round hook will hold large baits without having the barb im- peded due to being covered by the bait. My friend, Larry Weldin, can vouch for the strength and sharpness of these hooks. On one trip last fall I hooked a 4-foot toothy shark on the Glass Minnow. As Larry grabbed my bucktail to remove it from the shark, the fish made a lunge for the bottom, impaling the hook on the Glass Minnow in his hand. Fortunately, the shark also freed itself from the bucktail, so all we had to do was cut the hook out of Larry’s hand and get back to fishing. Speaking of sharks, Tsunami has put together an outfit for those who like to catch big sharks out of the surf. The Air Wave Elite TSAWESS1202XXL Rod is rated for 6 to 12 ounces of weight and that combined with its 12-foot length should get the bait out to the fish. The reel they recommend with this rod is the 8000 Shield filled with 60-pound braid. To complete this outfit Tsunami has a special surf shark rig with either a 10/0 circle or Octopus hook. Cuda makes a full line of pliers and knives and now have added gloves to their inventory. The gloves come in three styles for cutting bait, handling leader wire and offshore fishing. I tried on these gloves, and while I didn’t get a chance to leader in a big fish or cut up any bait, I found the gloves very light and comfortable. I have fallen in love with a pair of Cuda pliers. Their model number 18846 has cutters for mono, braid and wire. The blades are Titanium bonded and will stay sharp pretty much forever. The pliers come with a sheath and a lanyard. Tony Maja has made a device that will allow anglers to troll his bunker spoons from and downrigger. It is an elastic cord with a release clip that will let the spoon to work correctly even without the special soft rods made for trolling bunker spoons. Correction Last week I wrote about fishery management and I made one mistake. While both the Atlantic States Marine Fishery Commission and the National Marine Fishery Service man- age summer flounder, it was the ASMFC, not NMFS, that found New Jersey out of compliance. Earlier this week, both agen- cies held a joint meeting in Annapolis to set the quotas for summer flounder. Once that is done, the states will submit plans for compliance by early 2018. If all goes well, the new regulations will be in place be- fore the first flounder shows up in the Lewes-Rehoboth Canal. Eric Burnley is a Delaware native who has fished and hunted the state from an early age. Since 1978 he has written countless articles about hunting and fishing in Delaware and elsewhere along the Atlantic Coast. He and his wife Barbara live near Milton, Delaware. Atlantic City tackle show has a lot to offer OUTDOORS Eric Burnley » PHOTO COURTESY OF LEWES HARBOUR MARINA PHIL FALGOWSKI released this 42-inch rockfish he caught off the New Jer- sey coast near Wildwood. lot of playing time got a chance to get into the action, they looked pretty good. I was pleased with the ball movement and the de- fensive energy. You hold a team to 33 points in a varsity basketball game, you've gotta be happy with that." Rickards saw plenty of posi- tives, too.  "Communication was good tonight, and we continued to play hard in the second half," Rickards said. "The hardest thing with games like this is being able to play hard. Sometimes it can be frustrating to be up big and just keep chasing kids around, but we kept it up." Polytech (0-3, 0-3 Henlopen North) suffered its third straight loss by 30-plus points and has been doubled up by a 236-118 ag- gregate score so far this season. The Panthers are in the midst of a historic slide, as they went 23-2 and reached the DIAA champi- onship game just three seasons ago. Basketball Continued from page 95 Cape senior Ian Robertson, left, battles for a rebound with Panther Lathan No- tice. Robertson finished the game with 17 points. By Dave Frederick The Woodbridge Middle School wrestling team, coached by high school head football coach Bill Manlove, came out fast against Beacon Dec. 11, quickly pinning people. There were no decisions in the exhibitions, and every match was decided by a fall. The trend would continue across the 16 weight classes of the varsity match, with every bout decided by a pin, except for one forfeit. There were no decisions on the day. The varsity match started at 250 pounds, with Lucas Ruppert getting a quick pin to move his season record to 3-0 all by fall. The match then rolled into the lighter weights, with Beacon run- ning off with seven more pins for a 48-0 advantage. Pins by weight class and time were Ruppert, 250, 0:30; Trey Oplinger 76, 0:29; Tajear Freeman, 82, 2:14; Kyron Smith, 88, 0:51; Luke Bender, 94, 0:07; C.J. Fritchman, 100, 0:41; Mikey Frederick, 106, 0:38; and Riley Neall, 112, 2:27. Woodbridge earned pins at 118 and 124 to cut the lead to 48-12, but Beacon closed out the match with six pins and a forfeit to win 84-12. The remaining pins came from Ivan McCrae, 130, 2:57; Gary Hayes, 136, 0:26; Dalton Deevey, 145, 1:26; Jordan Baines, 155, 1:11; Kevin Leonard, 170, 1:37; and Da- vid DiCampli, 185, forfeit. Ruppert, Bender, Fritchman and Deevey are all 3-0 on the season. Legends of the Fall: All matches end in pin between Beacon and Woodbridge DAVE FREDERICK PHOTO ISAAC TERHUNE is bloodied but battles in his 94-pound exhibition match.