DSF Monday Meeting… I am a Fisherman … Cast For Cancer

Monday evening was a good time.  We had a few folks drop by and check the club out for the first time.  Alan set up to tie flies and demonstrate.  While he was doing that everyone met and chatted about ... fishing.  Alan tied up a bunch of flies.  I brought 2 really nice feathers I found on Broadkill Beach and he tied up a wild looking fly.  I…
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Lighthouse Cove Proposal tonight in Dewey Beach

There is a public meeting tonight to discuss proposed bayside improvements in Dewey Beach.  This meeting will be overseen by DNREC.  The proposal is about increasing the width of the bay beach at the end of Van Dyke Street, including adding more piers.  This is part of the Lighthouse Cove redevelopement project.  The meeting will be at the Bay…
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In memoriam of Caleb Shaw …. 1985 – 2013

I am at a loss of words.  A good friend of mine suffered a sudden loss last night.  I never knew Caleb, and was going to meet him this season when we all had a chance to fish together.  I am so sorry for his family and friends.  My thoughts and prayers go out to you all.  "Caleb Shaw was born Born on October 19, 1985 and leaves behind a young…
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Lewes Polar Plunge 2013 was a huge success

Sunday we hit the boards in Rehoboth for the Lewes Polar Plunge.  Last year I arrived very early and watched the festivities come alive, from setting up, to hitting the surf.  This year we were delayed by a number of things, and the Black Pearl was not able to make the trip.  That changed the day up fast, and I apologize to all who missed out…
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Delaware Surf Fishing (DSF) Monday Meeting 2/4/2012

Hey Gang, Happy February and looks like spring will be here early according to Punxsutawney Phil.  So we need to start gearing up and getting ready.  In the spirit of that need we will start doing weekly gear demonstrations and monthly speakers.  The first speaker will be from the Delaware Center for the Inland Bays.  We have several subjects to…
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Striped bass still showing up in small numbers

Sorry we have been kind of quiet, I have been dealing with broken vehicles, sick as a dog, and going through videos and pictures of last year.  Wow, did I take a lot of pictures, and I have yet to look on the external drives.  I took 2 days just to go through 5 months worth.  Not much has been happening fishing, and I missed going to…
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Division of Fish and Wildlife announces revised trout fishing regulations, new options for catching invasive snakeheads

Division of Fish and Wildlife announces revised trout fishing regulations, new options for catching invasive snakeheads   DOVER (Jan. 17, 2013) – Revised non-tidal fishing regulations have been published in January’s Delaware Register of Regulations and became effective on Jan. 11, the DNREC Division of Fish and Wildlife recently announced. The…
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Striped bass are still in Delaware waters

The weather warmed up over the weekend, not like it was predicted in some cases, but it was still decent.  There were a lot of folks coming this way to go for the striped bass that have been showing.  Keepers were pulled from the rail, rock piles, the bays, and out front on the troll.  There are shorties everywhere.  It was very foggy every…
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Striped bass, sea bass, and herring … oh yeah!!

This is dedicated to my Uncle, Jim Davies, whom passed suddenly this morning.  I am going to miss him, and wish I had more time to see him. It has been an eventful few days to say the least.  The fishing has picked back up thanks to temperatures increasing and baitfish availability, something that has also increased.  Every time I am at the…
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Draft amendment proposes changes to both commercial and recreational shark regulations … public comment forum the 12th of February

As you may be aware, NMFS has a draft amendment to their consolidated shark FMP.  The draft amendment proposes changes to both commercial and recreational shark regulations.  NMFS and DNR will host a joint public hearing regarding the proposed FMP on January 30th at the Ocean Pines Library.  Staff from the Highly Migratory Species (HMS) Division…
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Public hearings scheduled to collect public sentiment for and against Special Management Zone (SMZ) status for our 5 permitted ocean reef sites

This was just sent in from Bill's Sport Shop, and requested to be sent to our readers ... recreational anglers.         Gentlemen, After years of putting up with huge numbers of commercial fish pots on our reef sites, we finally have a series of public hearings scheduled to collect public sentiment for and against Special Management Zone status…
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March Of Dimes At the Beach Annual Fundraiser … Reel Friends Surf Fishing Club

The Reel Friends Surf fishing Club is having their annual MOD at the beach fundraiser.  This is a great time hosted by incredible people.  These folks are our first responders.  Come out and help those that help you in your greatest times of need.  They work hard to keep us safe in traumatic times of our lives.  They are always giving back more…
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Happy New Year … from Delaware Surf Fishing

Happy New Year gang!! ...  the fishing has slowed down to almost nil, there are some bass still around.  Tautog are still hitting as are ling cod.  Skates and dogfish, galore.  I haven't seen a redfish in a while.  Tyler Bankowski hit the inlet in the rain the other day, and brought home 2 nice keepers for the table.  The boats have been doing…
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Merry Fishmas and Happy New Gear from all of us at DSF!

Merry Fishmas and Happy New Gear!! From all of us at DSF.  This has been a great year, and all because of your support.  I want to thank everyone for following our fishing adventures and times around town.  DSF will be here to keep you updated with Delaware's tidal water fishing new,s and "live" weather when necessary.  I personally hope I…
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ASMFC Black Sea Bass Board Approves Draft Addendum XXIII for Public Comment: Addendum to Address 2013 Recreational Fishery

Baltimore, MD – The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission’s Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass Management Board met in Baltimore last week and approved two actions with regards to the 2013 recreational black sea bass fishery. Specifically, it approved opening the black sea bass recreational fishery for January and February with a…
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ASMFC Approves Atlantic Menhaden Amendment 2

ASMFC Approves Atlantic Menhaden Amendment 2 Baltimore, MD – The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission has approved Amendment 2 to the Interstate Fishery Management Plan for Atlantic Menhaden. The Amendment establishes a 170,800 MT total allowable catch (TAC) beginning in 2013 and continuing until completion of, and Board action on, the next…
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New Years Eve celebration at Port Dewey Beach

New Years Eve at Port-Dewey Beach Port is offering two four course options which include choice of soup or salad, appetizer, Entrée & dessert bar complete with chocolate fountain. Reservations suggested (302)227-0669 after 4 P.M. Email us at hitusup@portdewey.com Option One $100 per Couple Caesar Salad- Kings Salad- Wedge Salad- Seafood…
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Stranded Atlantic sturgeon, and the surf produced dogfish, bluefish, redfish, puppy drum, ling cod, and striped bass

Last week an Atlantic Sturgeon washed up on shore in Cape Henlopen State park.  We sent the picture to Associate Professor Dewayne Fox of Delaware State University, and asked him what he knew, coincidentally he was at a seminar about Sturgeon. "The sturgeon that washed up was an immature female that had her head crushed in by a boat.  My…
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High Stakes Bar & Grill Fenwick Island, DE

Eight years ago, a little deli was started in Fenwick Island, DE by Brian Deluca and his family, he was "born" into the restaurant business.  Their 25 years of experience in a small sandwich shop near Philadelphia, has created a very popular hot spot in Fenwick Island, DE.  When I asked him why the name High Stakes Bar & Grill ... "I…
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Volunteers needed to clean up the parks this week

The parks appreciate all the help they have received so far and are looking for more volunteers this week. Tuesday, November 13th: Where: Delaware Seashore State Park – Campground When: 9:00AM –??? What: Cleanup, Raking, Shoveling, Lifting Please meet @ DSSP Campground. Wednesday, November 14th: Where: Cape…
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Post nor’easter news from Delaware Surf Fishing

We had a nor'easter come in right after hurricane Sandy, there has been minimal flooding.  All areas that normally experience tidal flooding are, and will flood.  The bays are full of water, and were still draining from Hurricane Sandy.  Prime Hook road is closed, you can access as a resident only through Broadkill Beach.  Route 1 was covered…
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DSF & Hurricane Sandy

The media dubbed it Frankenstorm.  We watched it travel up the coast from friends in North Carolina.  Jim Williams and Joe Taylor were posting pictures and videos of Hurricane Sandy.  These are friends of mine that were in totally different areas.  I owe the fact I left Broadkill Beach when I did to them.  When I saw the size of  the waves…
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DSF … Delaware Survived Frankenstorm 2012 T shirts

A friend of mine just sent me a text .... Forwarding you a text I got earlier today from a friend who got one of your hoodies (DSF) at the MOD fundraiser...... (March of Dimes) Had on my DE surf fishing hoodie was at the dollar general, guy at the register going crazy about it wanted to know where I got it he's a big surf fisher and…
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Baby Lobsters on Lewes Beach, or something else…

A few days ago we were sent pictures of what looked like baby lobsters or mantis shrimp...  From ... Tommy Lindsay .... "Lewes beach in front of Roosevelt Inlet was full of live baby "lobsters or crawfish or??  not really sure, that were washed up and now stranded.  Ever see this before ? We moved tons back into water not sure if it will help.…
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Surf fishing access and where else can I fish in Delaware?

Fishing is still good out there.  We have hit dogfish, redfish, and puppy drum in the surf on cut mullet and fishbites.  Sandfleas are back in our sponsors shop, also green crabs.  You will probably have a hard time getting green crabs the rest of the year.  They are a by-catch from trawlers up north.  I saw a picture of a beautiful speckled…
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Most Delaware State Parks to reopen Wednesday, Oct. 31

Most Delaware State Parks to reopen Wednesday, Oct. 31 DOVER (Oct. 30, 2012) – Day use areas at most Delaware State Parks will reopen at 8 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31 for normal operations. Exceptions are the Brandywine Zoo, Cape Henlopen State Park and Delaware Seashore State Park, all of which remain closed for cleanup and assessment of Hurricane…
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DNREC expedites authorization for repairs or replacement of docks and piers damaged as a result of Hurricane Sandy

      DNREC expedites authorization for repairs or replacement of docks and piers damaged as a result of Hurricane Sandy DOVER (Oct. 31, 2012) – DNREC’s Wetlands and Subaqueous Lands Section will expedite authorizations for the repair or replacement of docks, piers or other previously-existing structures in tidal or non-tidal waters that were…
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Delaware State Police Prepare for Hurricane Sandy

by Delaware State Police News Room on Saturday, October 27, 2012 at 9:42pm · DSP News Release: Delaware State Police Prepare for Hurricane Sandy Date: Saturday, October 27, 2012 at 9:45 p.m. Resume: Dover-Delaware State Police in preparation for Hurricane Sandy have initiated operational plans and have placed all Troopers on a standby alert…
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Pre hurricane Sandy surf fishing Delaware

By now you have heard there is a huge storm headed our way.  If you haven't heard, then now you know, and if you have a boat in our waters get it out ASAP.  Some folks have said in a back cove it will be fine, that is not the case.  Dan Satterfield put up a prediction that the waves could possibly surge over 3 feet above the mean high tide line…
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Delaware Surf Fishing another typical weekend?

This past weekend was a great time, I saw a lot of folks I haven't seen in a while.  Hung out at Bill's Striper Tournament dinner Friday night, that was fun, and saw the Reel Friends surf fishing club.  I fished with Admin 1 on Saturday, and spent Sunday surf fishing for most of the day.  Chris and Teresa, sponsored by DSF, surf fished the…
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Surf fishing has been hot for the blues

Everyone who has hit the surf in the past few days has been either straight hammering bluefish, or just catching a few.  Jerry Hirst and crew were catching blues all day long on Tuesday.  Karen said they hit over  50 fish and decided they were too tired to continue, took home the keepers, and smoked them for dinner.  I am looking forward to…
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OTW …. Over The Waves Sand Sticks are excellent

I first met Chris Barton about 2 weeks or less after we launched DSF.  When I told him about the web site, we were airing up near one another at Cape Henlopen Sate Park.  He said to me, when he got back in his truck ... "It is about darn time someone does that, I am tired of coming down here, not catching fish, and lousy outdated information,…
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2012 Rehoboth Jazzfest with Old bay Restaurant … Port Dewey Beach … and Ride the Black Pearl Designated Driver Service for free

Check out Old Bay and Port Dewey this weekend for the Rehoboth Jazzfest ... there is no cover charge for either venue.  Also the Black Pearl Designated Driver Service will have free shuttle rides available to and from Old bay into Rehoboth, DE.  Ride the Pearl 302 569 2273 for details.  Mike's Hard Pink Lemonade is on sale at Old Bay this weekend…
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Fishing the Indian River Inlet … etiquette

Well, everyone else was fishing the Indian River Inlet yesterday, I had to drop by the Center for the Inland Bays.  We are now working with them to help promote their efforts and organization.  Yes, that means they are a new DSF sponsor, and I will tell you all about that soon.  Of course when I go anywhere near the inlet, like a magnet she…
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Surf fishing this weekend on Delaware beaches

We have changed the border of the website to pink in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness.  Last Week my family lost Aunt Cathy to pancreatic cancer.  I have not had the chance to see her in a few years, but I remember all the good times had in Connecticut at the lake.  She will be sorely missed, and left us well before her time.  I know many…
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Trigger fish breaks Delaware State record

On Sept. 30th  Buddy Masten and his father in law were headed out on one of their weekend fishing trips.  Buddy tries to get out every weekend, when he can.  On this particular day they were going to fish for tautog, something new to Buddy.  he has gone for striped bass, blue fish, flounder ... the typical fishing trips.  They had a limited…
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Just another day surf fishing in Delaware

Every morning I get up and wander out to the beach, rail, rocks, pier, canal, or drift a bay, and catch a fish.  Spot, croaker, trout, blue, shorty striped bass, redfish, pompano, king fish, flounder, blue runners, black sea bass, puppy drum, sheapshead, spotted hake (ling), there are so many to choose from.  This will not last long, but is fun…
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Great weekend fishing the end of September

Many people came down here for a beautiful weekend.  It was a tad chilly in the mornings with a light breeze, but that didn't stop anyone from surf fishing, or hitting the piers, rocks, rails, and bays.  I have been fishing Broadkill and Beach Plum Island, doing well on small trout, spot, blues, and croakers all on fishbites.  I meant to chunk…
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The fall striped bass run is coming soon to Delaware

The fishing has been excellent the last few days.  Yesterday on the incoming tide the Indian River Inlet heated up for bluefish, and shorty striped bass.  They were hitting flies, and bucktails with white or yellow plastics.  The shorties are getting larger, and increasing in numbers.  We all know what that means, the fish will be running soon.…
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21st annual Special Olympics Delaware Families Day at the Beach was held Sept. 15 at Cape Henlopen State Park

SPECIAL OLYMPICS DELAWARE PRESS RELEASE  ...  sent to us by John Buzby.  These are very hard working folks that deserve our appreciation for what they achieve. Lewes, DE -- The 21st annual Special Olympics Delaware Families Day at the Beach was held Sept. 15 at Cape Henlopen State Park. The event was organized by Rehoboth Beach…
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Rocking the rail on the bluefish blitz

The last few nights the bluefish have been lighting up the Indian River Inlet on the outgoing tide.  It has been surreal to experience according to many that have seen this for the first time.  Mike and Gary Basehore had the best weekend fishing ever.  They were just bubbling with excitement when they told me about the blitz.  I am glad they…
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Congratulations to the Raffle for the Bay winners

Jen from the Center of the Inland Bays just picked our winners and they are  ... Congratulations! ..... Congratulations Dave Baker you are the first place winner of our Raffle for the Bays ... we will contact you shortly ... Charlie Boehm won second Place .... Rich Pilkington won Third place .... 4h through tenth place ... John Barry,…
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Special Olympics families gather at Cape Henlopen State Park on Sept. 15 for 21st consecutive year

Families Day at the Beach Picnic and Fishing Tournament Date:                Saturday, September 15, 2012 Location:          Cape Henlopen State Park fishing pier Time:               10 a.m. – 12 p.m. LEWES, Del. — Special Olympics athletes and families will gather on Saturday, Sept. 15 from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. at Cape…
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Redfish and Pompano in the surf weakies in the Lewes Canal

Yesterday Alan and Cindy's crew were fishing 3r's and hit a few redfish.  Top and bottom rig with green/yellow and orange/yellow floats with blood worms, fishing for spot.  There are decent sized redfish all over the place, and they are getting bigger.  Captain Savidge text earlier that redfish are at Cape henlopen for the past 2 days.  So far the…
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Trout in the back bays and flounder pounding

The past week the flounder have slowed down, until yesterday when they turned back on heavy.  I am at Rick's Bait & tackle today selling raffle tickets, and I have seen many a flounder weighed.  The other day Randy Piascinski "the duke of fluke" caught a 6.2 pound doormat on live mullet.  Yes, that is his nickname, he calls himself, you can…
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Blue Moon Labor Day Weekend

I met Kristen on 3R's today to actually do a little surf fishing.  She was set up, the tide was almost to the bottom of the low.  The wind was right over the dunes, and the flies were horrible.  So we stood knee deep in the wash and fished.  The ocean was calm today, and the tide was lower than normal.  We bailed after the flies really turned on,…
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Jim’s Bait and Tackle Frankford DE, 35011 Roxanna rd.

On the back roads to the beach, there is Jim's Bait and Tackle located at 35011 Roxanna rd. in Frankford, DE.  Jim Mershon and his wife Sandy opened the tackle shop on their property in April.  They are a family operated, and oriented business.  New shops come and go, but this one is here to stay.  Jim Mershon has years, and years of…
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Raffle for the Bays … a heads up

I have extended the raffle deadline once, I am not doing that again.  We are raising money for the Center of the Inland Bays.  DSF has purchased a large portion of this gear for these prizes.  The raffle will end on midnight at the end of labor day weekend.  We will pull tickets a week later.  If you would like to get a ticket they are available at…
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Oak Orchard was rocked by the August monsoon of 2012

Last night we were rocked by storms, Sussex county is now waterfront property.  Everything is flooded, low spots are holding large amounts of water.  The exercise area in Pot Nets Bayside is completely full of water.  Pontoon boats were ripped from their decks last night, something no one here has ever seen before.  The pontoon boat…
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Hammerheads in the Indian River bay

Yes, you read that correctly, Monday night a hammerhead was caught in the Indian River Bay.  I know exactly where, not going to burn that spot.  No we do not have a picture, these boys do not fish with cameras, ever.  They have a angling problem that can only be cured by more fishing.  If he said he caught a 50 pound loch ness monster, I would…
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Croakers are getting bigger, keeper flounder in the surf

Mike Givens of the band Monkee Paw was surf fishing this morning, and came up with croaker after croaker, on green fish bites.  He was surf fishing somewhere in Delaware Seashore State park.  Friends at 3r's drive on access this morning, produced croakers and bluefish on mullet rigs.  While I was there at the top of the incoming tide…
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Golden tilefish in the canyons and trout in the bays

Yesterday Mike Parker of Outdoors Delmarva was filming for the September 1st episode.  He went fishing out of Lewes, DE and got into some huge tilefish ... "We caught 16 Golden Tilefish aboard the Quintessa, out of Lewes, Delaware. We were deep-dropping in anywhere from 500 to 1500 feet of water in Wilmington Canyon between 70 and 80 miles off.…
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Delaware surf fishing shark week for science concludes

Well it has been an interesting few days, I met a lot of cool people, and made some new friends.  First off, I want to congratulate Kristen Kemper, Jennifer Garmer, Patty Link, and Sabrina Shannnon for winning the Mahi Division in the Poor Girls Open.  They fished with Captain Scooby "Kevin", mates Travis and Jimmy Hall on the boat REEL DESIRE.…
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Saturday is Old Inlet’s drive on beachfest

Hosted by Old Inlet Bait and Tackle ..... Saturday, August 18, 2012   .... A Celebration of Drive on Fishing  ......  Free Event - Come join us for a day of fishing and fun. Show Your Drive on Pride!Prizes!! Best Truck/Rack Best Compound/Food/Fun Ladies Prize Kids Prize Best American Flag Display Judging at High Noon Must fly/display an…
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