Learn from local experts at Long Neck fishing classes

Corby Fulton and Suzanne Martin are just going nuts waiting for spring to show back up and catch these beasts. (Submitted photos)

It is that time of year again, Super Bowl weekend. No matter who you are a fan of, I am a fan of the fact that spring is right around the corner.

This is the time of year that the outdoor shows are happening. Don’t forget we have the Delaware Outdoors Expo coming up March 10th.

If you are in the Long Neck area every Tuesday night at 6 to 8 at the elementary school there are fishing classes. These are great to check out if you want to learn from the locals how to fish areas and different techniques. There are three more classes and they are $10 to attend. Cost covers the use of the school cafeteria.

Water’s edge

Fishing is slow in most areas but anglers have managed to get to the water’s edge now that most of the ice is gone. Bass have been hitting slow worked lures. Pickerel will hit anything, especially if it is shiny. White perch have been hitting grass shrimp readily. Yellow perch in Delaware have been caught but that is slow.

Foxes hunting otters who are hunting fish in the marshes under the ice.

The upper Chesapeake and tribs have been on fire for yellow perch (neds). It takes a little time to find them but then the fishing is excellent.

Waterfowl great, deer done

Waterfowl hunting has been great now that most of the ice has receded, well until we get another deep freeze. Winter isn’t over yet.

Deer season is over. It was a good year had by many, my freezer is full. Nothing like some free range meat. Now I can get out there with the chainsaws and start cutting firewood. (Read that with little enthusiasm).

Deer management proposal

There is a new proposal everyone should keep an eye on from the Delaware Forest Service. This was posted on their Facebook page two days ago.

“The Delaware Forest Service is currently developing a one-year pilot for hunting whitetail deer on the Tunnell Tract and the Long Tract at Redden State Forest. The main goal of this program is to help control the deer population. Through the State bidding process, expected to open this Spring, the awardee will have exclusive deer hunting rights to the specific contracted tract from September 1, 2018 through January 31, 2019.

“Forest Service staff, along with DNREC wildlife biologists, will evaluate the effectiveness of this deer management program to determine if it should continue past the pilot stage.”

We will keep you posted as this develops more. The opinion online about this idea is not very popular. One Facebook group is thinking of taking up a collection to reserve the land for themselves. Whatever happens, this will be interesting to follow.

Polar Bear Plunge

If you are really missing the beach and the ocean, come to the Polar Bear Plunge this Sunday at 1 p.m. at Rehoboth Beach and jump in the ocean for a good cause.

Rich King’s outdoors column runs Thursdays in the Delaware State News.

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