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Surf Fisherman Ponders Eclipse's Effect on Fish

Posted: 08/16/2017 13:13:00 -04:00 Updated:

LEWES, Del. - Ahead of Monday's eclipse, some of Delaware's surf fishermen are hoping the phenomenon will affect their fish in a positive way.

"There's three different schools of opinion," says Rich King. "It's going to be off the hook fishing frenzy, nothing's going to happen or we have to wait and see."

King says the eclipse could affect animals both onshore and off. 

"Some insects, some birds and even some fish do react to a full eclipse because all the sudden it triggers and they think it's night time," he says. "So birds will roost, fish will go to deeper water or some will come closer to the surface and start feeding at the top." 

Another possibility, according to King, is the eclipse bringing in nocturnal sea creatures.

"Sand tiger sharks will come closer to shore at night, so maybe that'll bring them in closer," he says.

Regardless of the eclipse results, King is excited.

"It's going to be a memory of a lifetime," he says.

According to Delaware Seashore State Park, the eclipse's peak viewing time is 2:46 p.m. Monday. 

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