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4:11 AM EST, February 8, 2014

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Fish diseases

Tuesday, 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, 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

Tuesday, Feb. 11: The Pro-Formance Fishing Team, a member of the Maryland Bass Nation, is seeking new 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 other events. Information: pro-formancefishingteam.com, pftbass@yahoo.com, on 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.

Fly-fishing talk

Feb. 19: William Heresniak, owner/operator of Eastern Trophies Fly Fishing in Alexandria, Va., and a professional guide since 2003, will discuss trout in the Mid-Atlantic, in a Maryland Trout Unlimited meeting from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Towson Presbyterian Church. Nonmembers always welcome. Information: dhaynes8320@gmail.com.

Saltwater Fishing Expo

Feb. 22: The Saltwater Fishing Expo — including seminars, bay and offshore tackle, expert anglers and guides — will be held from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Annapolis Elks Lodge No. 622 at 2517 Solomons Island Road. Hosted by the Annapolis Chapter of the Maryland Saltwater Sportfishing Association. Details and directions at mssaannapolis.com, or call Kevin McMenamin 410-340-5030.

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.

Hunter safety course

March 8: The Baltimore County Game & Fish Protective Association will conduct registration 9 a.m. to noon for a hunter safety course on club grounds at 3400 Northwind Road in Carney. The course will be Wednesdays and Thursdays March 12, 13, 19 and 20 from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. with testing March 22 from 8:30 a.m. to noon. For further information, call Butch Janeczek at 443-695-2565.

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 can 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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