Fish diseases

Feb. 11: Martin Carter, a retired Department of Health and Mental Hygiene Laboratories Administration employee who serves as first mate on "Patent Pending" out of Deale, will speak to the Northwest Chapter of the Maryland Saltwater Sportfishing Association about dangerous microscopic organisms infecting anglers on the Chesapeake Bay. The open meeting starts at 7:30 p.m. at the Patapsco Council No 1960 Knights of Columbus Hall at 1010 Frederick Road, Catonsville. Please use the Beaumont Avenue (side) entrance. Doors open at 6:45 p.m., and meeting starts at 7:30. Information: Mark DeHoff at mcdehoff@netzero.com.

Join a B.A.S.S. club

Feb. 11: The Pro-Formance Fishing Team, a member of the Maryland Bass Nation, is seeking members and will hold an introductory meeting at 6 p.m. at Hellas Restaurant in Millersville. The club, primarily based in Glen Burnie and Annapolis, fishes 10 club tournaments a year and participates in MBN and other events. It is seeking boaters but can accommodate a few riders, too. It welcomes new anglers who want to learn how to fish for bass competitively in a friendly environment. Information: pro-formancefishingteam.com, pftbass@yahoo.com, Facebook at Pro-Formance Fishing Team.

Light-tackle rockfish

Feb. 17: Angler and author Shawn Kimbro will cover catching big rockfish on light tackle at a 7:30 p.m. meeting of the Broadneck/Magothy River chapter of the Maryland Saltwater Sportfishing Association at American Legion Post 175 at 832 Manhattan Beach Road in Severna Park. For information, call Skip Zinck at 410-913-9043.

Fishing Flea Market

March 1: Middle River Bass Club Anglers will hold a fishing flea market from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Back River United Methodist Church at 544 Back River Neck Road in Essex/Middle River. Tables $20 (all inside). Boat space $10. Admission $2; under 12 free. Information: Call Scott at 443-909-9786 or 410-686-1920, or email nitro1707@verizon.net.

Pickerel tournament

Through March 15: Anglers have the chance to keep their fishing skills sharp during the winter months through the third annual Coastal Conservation Association Maryland Catch and Release Pickerel Tournament. The fly and light-tackle tournament covers any tidal tributary of the Chesapeake Bay. Fishermen will be required to take photos of their catch against any standard ruler and submit those photos to a judging panel. Prizes will be awarded each month and for the total tournament based on inches of pickerel caught with the top prizes being fishing rods. Registration costs $30. For rules and registration procedures, go to ccamd.org.

Charles Street 12

Aug. 9: The point-to-point running race takes runners down Charles Street, now a National Scenic Byway, from the shops at Kenilworth in Towson to Power Plant Live in Baltimore. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Children's Heart Program at the University of Maryland Children's Hospital. Register at charlesst12.com.

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