The signs of spring are abundant on Delmarva

Though we convert to Daylight Savings Time tomorrow and spring doesn't officially arrive until March 20, it seems to have sneaked in while we weren't looking. I've seen crabapple and plum trees in bloom already. Some of the spring flowers have already burst forth and my ancient peach tree is within days of blossoming. I can only hope that a late season killing frost doesn't break its cycle of 20 straight years bearing fruit.

I'm seeing some fishermen along the estuary creeks and on their bridges, and I've heard that the first spotted seatrout was landed by a commercial fisherman last week.

The annual "bull run" for hatchery raised trout that's staged at Tidbury Pond has managed to pass its frenzied few days after initial stocking. Most successful anglers were excited about the size of the fish placed there and the unsuccessful ones are complaining there weren't enough. My late friend, Kenny Glanden once told me that good fishermen can always catch fish and bad fishermen wish they could. Kenny was a great fisherman.

Mike Farkas of Magnolia was one of the luckiest successful fisherman who showed up there. Fishing with a small jig, he was sure he'd hooked a carp when the drag started rolling off his spinning reel.  Only a brief fight ensued before his huge trophy palomino trout rolled up and came to his hand. (A palomino, often mistakenly called a "golden trout, is a mutated rainbow that's a product of hatchery fish. It's colors vary from a light pale yellow with pink markings to a vivd golden orange with red markings.)The huge fish measured 23.5 inches from tip to tip. Congratulations Mike.